Long Eaton Victoria Angling Society fished their last match of 2018 on the Moat Lake at Rycroft Fishery (Hemington). Not only was this the twentieth and final match of the 2018 LEVAS Championship, it was also for the Fletcher Cup and the Annual Christmas “Fur & Feather” match.
The Championship leader, Dave Cotterill, made no mistake. Drawing peg 18, after a slow start, Dave, fishing pole in the difficult and gusting cross wind when many around him resorted to bomb or feeder, suddenly, after about 90 minutes, caught a carp, followed on the next put in by another.
While those around him failed to catch much at all, Dave continued to add the odd carp to the end of the match, putting 40-02 on the scales which exceeded the weights of the next two placed anglers added together. Dave takes the Fletcher Cup, the 2018 Championship, and the turkey first prize – a truly successful day.
On the opposite side of the lake on peg 8, Rob Pembridge lost a couple of foul hooked carp before landing his first fish on pole, then added some more to take the runner-up place with 21-02, which also helped move him upwards in the Championship to second place in that also.
Third place on the day was Malc Munn withy 17-00 from peg 5, followed by Steve Wilcock with 15-02 from peg 21, Bill Peach with 14-10 from peg 22, and Dave Lewis with 14-06 (a carp, 2 tench plus some bream and roach) from peg 11.
The top ten in the 2018 Championship (the best 15 results from 20 matches to count) ended as follows:
1/. Dave COTTERILL 286 from 18, -28, 258 points
2/. Rob PEMBRIDGE 273 from 19, -28, 245
3/. Steve HOULT 246 from 16, -5, 241
4/. Les SMEDLEY 272 from 20, -38, 234
5/. Nigel BRAILSFORD 193 from 14, 193
6/. John ADAMSON 189 from 15, 189
7/. Paul MARRIOTT 186 from 16 186
8/. Dave KENT 188 from 17, -4, 184
9/. Paul RICHARDSON 170 from 13, 170
10/. Malc MUNN from 13, 162
The meat prizes may be collected from the Soldiers & Sailors Club on the Friday before Christmas, 21 December, 6:30pm to 7:00pm.