Above: The ace Total Fishing team. Class will always out.
IN a result regarded by the doyens of the media as so predictable they decided to report the Wimbledonexit of Lleyton Hewitt instead, the cream rose to the top in the Midlandsheat of the
intersite challenge, and Total Fishing showed various wannabe websites what match fishing
as a team is really all about.
Led by the indefatigable Pete ‘El Capitano’ Palmer, the crack outfit comprising Pete himself, WCA,
Mark Mason, One Out of the Frame, Kev Kania, Paul Holt, Paul Kania, Mighty Maggot, Jez O’Neill
and Keith Taylor, out-thought, out-classed and out-fished various rag bag outfits from Talk
Angling, Maggot Drowning, Fishing Magic and Angling Forums to steer themselves to a clear
It all took place at BW’s Stockton Reservoir, a noted carp water which fished quite hard on the
day, despite five weights over 20lb.
Individual honours went to maggotdrowning’s Steve Wilson with a fine 31-10-5 bag, but it was
Total Fishing’s all round ability that shone through, with the team recording no blanks and
boasting the second and third individuals with Keith ‘Crusty’ Taylor weighing in 29-13-0 from
near to Steve Wilson, and Paul Kania weighing in 23-10-0.
Also weighing in double figures for the best online team in angling were Mark Mason, One Out
of the Frame and Jez O’Neill, but the key to the success was a team plan which saw none of the
ten man outfit fail to trouble the scalesman.
Maggotdrowning finished second on the day, two points behind TF, with Talk Angling third,
Angling Forums fourth and Fishing Magic in fifth.
“It was a brilliant effort from our lads, both to put in the effort in practice and make it work on the
day,” said TF’s Geepster. “We have closed up the gap on Angling Forums and Maggotdrowning
in the series and they have to be worried that our obvious class is shining through.
“It’s a bit like when
scored against Scotland all those years ago in the world cup. The whole Brazil
Scottish nation all thought ‘Bugger it, we’ve gone to early’ and that’s what the other teams are
Result: 1 Total Fishing, 35pts; 2 Maggotdrowning, 33; 3 Talk Angling, 31; 4 Angling Forums, 29;
5 Fishingmagic, 10.
League to date: 1 Maggotdrowing, 63pts; 2 Angling Forums, 59; 3 Total Fishing 54;
4 Talk Angling 52; 5 Fishing Magic, 28.
Some of our heroes. Left Paul Kania, middle The Mighty Maggot and right Crusty.
Left One Out of the Frame and right Kev Kania, both looking cool in their Total Fishing gear.
Name / Section / Peg / lbs ozs / pts
Malc Doyle (Captain) B/11 9-0 pts 3
Steve Wilson G/45 31-10 pts 5 Winner
Keith Ashby A/6 14-5 pts5
Vince Nugent E/35 9-11 pts4
K. Arathoon F/40 4-0 pts3
Dirk Williams D/21 Blanker
Scott Essery J/61 5-14 pts3
A Luetchford H/51 6-0 pts2
Nick Jones I/56 6-13 pts3
Martin C/16 10-6 pts5
Zinky Chris Royle C/12 4-1 pts4
Jollyboy (Captain) B/7 13-3 pts4
King Numpty I/52 9-9 pts5
Pea Belly Edwards H/46 10-11 pts3
Reg G/41 Blanker
Katmeat Kent J/57 16-0 pts5
Kalvin E/22 4-8 pts3
Lofty D/17 17-4 pts5
Dave Cooper A/3 1-14 pts3
Fred Bonney B/8 0-12 pts1
Derek Garner H/47 2-5 pts1
John Fletcher G/42 6-5 pts3
Stormin Norman F/37 3-5 pts2
Eric Robathan (Ejayer) C/15 2-4 pts3
N. McMurran (Polepot) D/20 0-6 pts3
Fred Davis H/50 15-12 pts5
Lester Jones (Lester) J/60 5-0 pts2
Nick Hancock (NJH) F/39 20-10 pts5 5th place
Mark O’Neil (MPO 3(Capt) E/25 22-7 pts5 4th place
Gary Plant B/10 5-0 pts2
Barry Gannon I/55 7-12 pts4
Pete Thompson G/44 2-8 pts2
Pete Palmer (Captain) D/19 9 0 pts4
WCA C/14 1-2 pts2
Mark Mason J/59 12-0 pts4
OOOTF H/49 12-10 pts4
Kev Kania A/4 7-13 pts4
Paul Holt I/54 6-4 pts2
Paul Kania B/9 23-10 pts5 3rd place
Mighty maggot E/24 1-3 pts2
Jez O’Neil F/38 18-10 pts4
Keith Taylor (Crusty) G/43 29-13 pts4 2nd place