First TAC Match
Below is the report from our forum and given to the Anglers mail. Turned into more of a social event but great to meet people and spead the word about what we do as the TAC. its not all about fishing, we are here to make the difference.
As you know the weather had been poor leading up to it so turn out was less than expected, but given it was arranged in just over 3-weeks not too bad. We had 30 seniors turn up and 7 juniors, not all fishing as is the way of a first event, some came down to support, meet for the first time and help out.
Compared to the Canbury Gardens match a few days earlier which was won with 102lbs the fishing was very very poor indeed. We had a mixture of styles given the nature of the event, 7pm – midnight 1 rod any method and 7pm – 7am 2 rods any method.
Clever money was on a matchman casting every 7 minutes clipped up with a feeder and a Thames legend but neither ranked among the winners.
The stories as follows.
Winner of the 7pm – midnight best specimen to % of the Uk record was Luke Ayling with a 1.02 Roach, Luke works at Surbiton Angling. Surbiton had donated a trophy in memory of David Bird who sadly died very recently and the trophy was returned to the shop with him the winner, quite a story and one that no one could have written.
In the 7pm – 7am match Thames specialist Paul sullivan won both the overall weight and best specimen. His bag was made up with the most remarkable capture a 3.11 Perch on a single red maggot.
The junior overnight trophies were won by Sam Greenwood – The Les Webber Angling Projects Junior best over weight, 1lb -1oz mixed silvers and Connor Brooks – Esher Angling Junior best specimen to a % of the uk record, 1.5 ounce Ruff.
We had many new members join on the night and had the pleasure of two juniors turning up not intending to fish and us kitting them out with some tackle so they could, a great legacy from the TAC and an evening we are sure they will remember for ever.
As a footnote, on each event we are supplying information to the EA about captures and on this particular one it was Eels. Chris Daphne who is part of the conservation side of the TAC and also a conservation officer for the National Anguilla club was very interested in the findings. A total of 5 Els were caught, best was a 1.04, then 4 around the 10-12 ounce mark, shows the are still thriving in the big river.
We do have to thank very many people and companies who have supported this match which include all the local tackle shops and bait companies. Also to the sponsors of the trophies and one of our Patrons Duncan Charman who made the effort to come down and help out for many hours. Without all of this help it could not have gone ahead so we are very humbled.
Luke Abel – David Bird Trophy for best Specimen in the 7pm to Midnight, 1lb 2oz Roach
Chris Slaytor – The Keith Arthur cup for Best overall weight in the 7pm to Midnight
Tommy Lochrane and Oliver Noble who took part in the 7pm to Midnight, our legacy
Sam Greenwood – The Les Webber Angling Projects Junior best over weight, 1lb -1oz mixed silvers
Connor Brooks – Esher Angling Junior best specimen to a % of the uk record, 1.5 ounce Ruff
Paul Sullivan – Lunar Shield for best specimen to a % of the uk record in the 7pm – 7am. 3lb 11oz Perch
Paul Sullivan – The Lock-keepers Cup for Best overall weight in the 7pm – 7am 10lb 15oz
Paul Sullivan and the 3.11 Perch
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