James pips dad for first place

James Copley landed a  first place catch of 47lb 12oz.
James Copley landed a first place catch of 47lb 12oz.

Son and father James and Brian Copley finished first and second in Fryston Angling Club’s match at the renamed Winfield Lakes at Spaldington, near Howden.

It had been over three years since club members visited the venue which was known for many years as Willitoft Fish Farm, named after the nearby small hamlet.

The club booked all of the 24-peg lake, giving the 21-strong turn out just enough room.

There were plenty of memories and stories to tell before the draw all of which were about the large catches in the past and the good stamp of quality resident carp that often made up match catches of over 100lb.

The weather forecast got it spot on.

The rain and wind arrived at noon and slowed down what was already patchy sport.

At the ‘all out’ it was the Copleys who took the first two places.

Copley junior showed dad how to do it with a first place catch of 47lb 12oz, beating Copley senior who was also denied a golden peg pay out with his 33lb 14oz.

Third place was claimed by Gareth Gill who put a straight 33lbs on the scales.

Paul Moran and Daz Finney had to be satisfied with the section wins 30lb 2oz and 25lb-3oz respectively.

Eric Hirst maintained his run of luck by winning another silver peg draw.

Meanwhile, Pontefract’s Tom Davis won Saturday’s open match on Deer pond at Pollington’s Viking Fishery with 84lb 8oz on pellets.

Second was Richard Scott (82lb 11oz), third Gary Watson (63lb 11oz) and fourth Alan Smith (53lb 4oz). This Saturday’s open is on Hawk pond. To book a place ring 01405 860764.

Also on Saturday Barleycorn AC held a club match on Fox pond. It was won by Mark Turner with 71lb 10oz .

In second place, with just one ounce shy of 60lb, was Phil Wood. Ivan Moreton was third with 51lb 15oz and Barry Stewart fourth with 45lb 4oz.

Meanwood AC were on Deer pond on Sunday. P Sedgewick won the match with 85lb on maggot. M Callaghan was second with 78lb 14oz and W Scales third with 71lb 8oz.

The Acorn AC match on Hawk pond was won by M Rockingham with 42lb 10oz and the Thorne Deme Club match on Fox pond was won by J Chapple with 26lb 3oz.