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

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

Result

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

Result

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

Result

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

Result

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.

Result

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

Thursday, 11 February 2016

6th February WL9 Conway

Another day when it rained from start to finish and to cap it all we had a bit of wind thrown in to make it a little more interesting! Several trashed brollys and a no7 section broken during the day showed Conway as its savage self

There were two balls of carp feeding and not much else really as Ian Lloyd and Ian Simpson shared a shoal in the bowl and fished method or hybrid with maggot on the hook. Ian L finished with 14 carp from next to the point with Ian S trailing on 9 from the middle of the far bank but as they were a better stamp the scales settled on 57.5lb for both and the result was a joint win.

Ehmmm.........in case you missed it Ian S with a second win on the feeder in as many months....it must have been black!!

Billy Gore fished a superb match battling the weather and 17m+ of pole and was able to present properly often enough to snare some carp and F1's from the sunken island to weigh 40.5lb for a well deserved 3rd place. If the weather had been better Billy could have been the runaway winner.

A few decent back ups with a 29lb, 25lb and 19lb but then the weights fell away sharply to 4lb and below including a blank, unheard of for Conway but as you were either on fish at some point or in the case of the top left handside.......it seemed the fish just didn't bother going there today!

Result

= 1st Ian Lloyd - 57.5lb
= 1st Ian Simpson - 57.5lb
3rd Billy Gore - 40.5lb