Yozzer.....it was a privilege! R.I.P.

Monday, 2 May 2016

23rd April 2016 - Brookhouse Farm

Bar a super human effort from Dennis, Pete and Mike this was a low weight match with no one else even breaking a pound! Not a great start to the WBAC calendar!

1st - Dennis Jones - 35.12lb
2nd - Pete Canavan - 10.7lb
3rd - Mike Richardson - 7.7lb

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Yozzer R.I.P.

Not my words but says it all really from John who was with him yesterday at Lindholme.....

"It is with profound sadness that I must let you know of the death of Ian 'Yozza' Hughes (The Garden Gnome off this site) at yesterday's Garbolino club angler qualifier at Lindholme. Ian had a suspected second heart attack whilst packing up at the end of the match and he was pronounced dead at the scene. 

For those of you who didn't know Ian he was a much loved and well respected member of the northwest veteran's match circuit fishing regularly at Lingmere at Hampton Springs. He was also a pivotal member of Egremont Ferry Angling Society and our matches and meetings will never be quite the same without his banter and wind-ups. He was a top class angler with wins at many Whiteacres residents matches and having, I think, two previous Garbolino qualifier wins under his belt and a second in the final. Most of all though he was very good friend with a brilliant upbeat outlook on life despite his health problems. 

I would like to thank the fellow anglers who dived into Laurels to rescue Ian when he fell in and then performed CPR while waiting for the ambulance. We weighed Ian's catch in at the end of the match because I know without doubt that that is what he would have wanted. I'd like to thank Darren Cox and the other guys on the scales for that. Ian came second in his section by ounces but still would have had a smile on his face after a good day's fishing. 

I would also like to give my heartfelt thanks to Neil and Arron Grantham and their wives for the compassionate hospitality they showed to myself and two of Ian's fishing partners, Nick and Eric, while we waited for the police and coroner to arrive.

I know it sounds like a cliché but Ian really did die doing what he loved and in I take some solace from this terrible day.

Rest in peace mate, you will be sorely missed"

Sunday, 27 March 2016

25th March 2016 - Conway WL14


1st - Dougie Walsh - 31.3lb
2nd - Ian Simpson - 30.8lb
3rd - Ian Lloyd - 10.1lb

Congratulations to Dougie on winning on the day and it was enough to leapfrog Billy Gore and win the Winter League. A good win off a poor peg in very poor conditions that he turned into a flyer!!!

Ian Simpson missed out on the match win by 7oz and that would have won the WL too with Billy Gore just 1pt behind Doug so a very close run league over 14 matches.

Conway was very very poor with cormorants on it all match and only just over 7lb average with two thirds of the field not breaking 3lb. A poor end to what has been a prolific winter venue for us in prior years but I sense is one to miss for a while to allow it to recover.

Monday, 21 March 2016

19th March - Conway WL13


1st - Billy Gore - 17.0lb
2nd - Brian Fogg - 16.5lb
3rd - Paul Robinson - 15.5lb

Lowest ever aggregate weight for Conway averaging 9lb a man..........

Sunday, 6 March 2016

5th March - Hampton WL12


1st - Kenny Stuart - 65.0lb (L10)
2nd - Ian Simpson - 39.8lb (L37)
3rd - Dougie Walsh - 32.6lb (R9)

Monday, 22 February 2016

20th February - Conway WL11


1st - Mick Flanagan - 78.12lb
2nd - Dougie Walsh - 43.4lb
3rd - Paul Robinson - 28.4lb

Sunday, 14 February 2016

13th February 2016 - Hampton WL10

A cold return to Hampton Springs this week with some close fought sections but Kenny Stuart ran out the winner with a pole and maggot caught carp and skimmer net fishing pole in the deeper water at 11-13m Kenny took top honours and the first win on Long Island not from P18 or P30. Kenny was on P11 at the end of the canal and fished a tidy match .

Second was Rick Keeley with 39lb closely followed by Ted Neild with 38lb, both off Rock and both fished the feeder for the majority of their catches. With a few other 30lb weights across both Long and Rock it fished okay given the temperature drop and only two anglers weighed less than 10lb.


1st - Kenny Stuart - 46.8lb (L10)
2nd - Rick Keeley - 39.1lb (R?)
3rd - Ted Neild - 38.0lb (R3?)