A quick report on the annual Fishing competition organised by Mike Brookes and friends at the Square Lane pool N.Warks. We met up for Breakfast at the Bull and Butcher, Corley before moving on to the pool. I had been invited to join them as 'helper' (and I had the badge to prove it) which involved helping in weighing the speciamen fish so they could be returned to the water as quickly as possible. The weather was good and after a slow start there was an exciting finish with several good fish being caught by the top contenders at the final whistle. With the top 3 anglers tied on the Carp weights it all came down to the net weights. After packing up everyone moved on to the The Griffin Inn at Shustoke, where, after some deliberation the winner of the 2016 Charles Brookes memorial trophy, John Butler, was announced. He narrowly beat John Young into second place. Dave O'Neil won the prize for the heaviest fish landed.
Mike, sticks with Plan A
Steve gets into a big Carp
Martin lands a decent Carp
A study in technique; John Butler, left - intense, poised, like a coiled spring
John Young, right - relaxed, laid back, like asleep?
Apres match pint
JY enjoys a sip of Port