Final Embassy Challenge qualifier, Fossdyke Canal, Saxilby, LincsLINCOLN anglers Paul Andrews and Alan Houlton celebrated in style after claiming the remaining two seats on the Embassy ‘Eagle’ – Embassy’s exclusively chartered Boeing 737-200, which will fly 80 finalists to a £21,000 Embassy Challenge Final in Spain next May.
The length turned out a great match in which the top three pairs all had 90 points, but the
Paul Andrews, 46, a self employed
“My catch of 2.150 kg from peg A33 consisted of roach to 4oz taken on pinkie and bloodworm presented on a 22 hook fished at six metres and 11 metres in front of the Pike House on the road stretch.”
Teammate, Alan Houlton, 43, a
“I used a groundbait feeder packed with chopped worm and joker with worm on a 22 hook” said Houlton adding: “I netted three bream to 3 lb and a 2.5lb perch for 4.710 kg. I knew on the day it would be a good weight, but to have qualified for the next Embassy Final is terrific news and we will be sinking a few pints tonight!”
Houlton also finished runner-up in the individual event, won by Goole ace Steve Canty, 42, a company director, who has competed in three Embassy Finals (1998, when he was second) 2001 and 2002.
Canty drew B32 on the Doddington drain outfall and commented: “I drew exactly the same swim in a match four years ago and I remembered it is a bream area. I hooked four good skimmer bream on the feeder rig and landed three bream to 3lb on the pole, switching hook bait between caster, bloodworm, pinkie and worm on a 22 hook.
“I also lost a good bream on the pole and lost a foul hooked bream on the feeder rig during the final five minutes!”
The lost fish didn’t affect Canty’s position in the individual event; his weight of 6.120 kg made him a convincing winner on the day but his partner, Pete Kitwood from Goole, struggled in the coloured water for only 600 grams.
A disappointed Canty said: “This was our final chance to qualify and we were confident we could do it, but our best wishes go to all the finalists in next years Grand Final.”
RESULTS: Pairs (one pair qualifies) 1 Paul Andrews and Alan Houlton (Lincs County) 90 points 6.860 kg; 2 Steve Hemingray and Bradley Titmus (Daiwa Dorking) 90 pts 4.950 kg; 3 Steve Nurse and Graham Ellis (Grimsby Nomads) 90 pts 4.870 kg; Individuals: 1 Steve Canty (Goole) 6.120 kg; 2 Alan Houlton (Lincs County) 4.710 kg; 3 Maurice Thacker (Brigg Whizzo Angling Supplies) 3.850 kg; 4 Fred Bisphan (Harlequins) 3.250 kg; 5 Robert Jagger (Handsworth AC) 3.050 kg; 6 Steve Clarke (Daiwa Trentmen) 2.960 kg;