Angler Gary Kirkham keeps up form with open victory

First published in Sport

GARY Kirkham continued his excellent run in Worcestershire when he won the Broad Acres Fishery open.

The Browning West Midlands star bagged 70lbs 5oz, consisting of 31 small carp taken from the margins on maggot bait.

Second was another Browning angler as up-and-coming 13-year-old Jordan Holloway, fishing the Hanbury venue for the first time, weighed in carp to 5lbs on sweetcorn for a 69-0 total.

Veteran Triplex angler Mick Tracey was third with 56-10 of meat-fed carp.

Thirty anglers then tackled the Woodland View open contest in Hadley where Kirkham had to be content with third.

Match winner was Tony Corbett with 82-2 of carp caught on the pellet waggler from Arles Pool peg 37.

The runner-up prize went to Ollie Corbett with 62-8 from Arles 39, while Kirkham’s catch consisted of carp on the pole from Deans peg 35 and weighed 59-0.

Mick Henshall had to go to 14 metres to win the 30-peg over 50s contest on the Silver, Island and Middle pools at Hartlebury’s Moorlands Farm.

Offering pellet bait on Island peg 14 gave the Fosters-backed angler a run of carp for a 57-14 total.

Rob Avery came second with 50-8 while some way behind was Worcester’s Colin Bennett with a third-placed 34-12.

The Saturday open attracted 26 hopefuls to the Silver and Middle pools.

Venue regular Colin Pace netted mainly F1s on pellet at just four metres from peg 20 on Silver pool for a winning 77-12 catch.

Shimano’s Adam Rumble weighed in with 75-10 for second, beating Clive Wright’s third-placed 68-4 catch.

The Bank, Middle and Island pools played host to 28 anglers who witnessed another masterclass from fishery manager Mal Watson. He took an all-carp net of 52-10 from Bank peg eight on ledgered corn.

Former Avon star Richard Kings was declared runner-up with 44-12, while Pace came third with a weight of 39-4.

The 31-peg New Year’s Day hangover open at Stoke Works was won by Birmingham’s Des Philips.

He had just two bites on maggot from his peg in front of the Boat and Railway pub to weigh in a brace of skimmers going 4-1-11.

Second was Dudley rod Steve Broome with one bream and a few roach for 3-11-13 ahead of Simon Jacques with 2-1-12 consisting of all small skimmers.

The annual pairs series on the venue starts on Sunday, January 27, and interested teams can call Kirkham on 07545 569811.

Match organisers and club secretaries who would like their results published can ring Alf Hand on 01905-821059 or e-mail alf.hand@btinternet.com.

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