Great day on the Bridgewater Canal on Saturday 4th November with 19 Lure anglers mainly from the Eatern European community coming together to experience a very dismal day in Runcorn.
Saturdays weather offered anglers showers and 10oC and due to a week of showers meant that the canal was crystal clear, all in all not a great start. Saying that the Bridgewater Canal Motorboat Club provided Bacon butties at registration to mood.
The event came about after a couple of interactions with poachers from the Eastern European community which resulted in an operation between the club and the EA resulting in prosecution of one person who was wanted on a warrant and deported. Eager to get the most use out of the Canal we engaging the Building Bridges team within Angling Trust to organise an event, working together with David Lees, Angling Trust regional officer for the North West we began organising.
New to me, Lure matches are different affair than matches I am used to. Lure matches consist of pairs of anglers who are selected at random at the start of the event. Rather than the results being based on weight, Lure matches are based on cumulative length of fish with Pike, Perch and Chub counting and having minimum size limits. Anglers are trusted to record their catches between the pair of anglers along with photo including a tape measure.
Results; 1st place and biggest Pike Ciprian Dascalescu (right), 2nd place Krzysztof Pisiak (middle), 3rd place and biggest Perch Jakub Potrykus (left). Well done all in some very difficult conditions. .