This year was the 11th event in memory of the Leicester legend Ivan Marks and each day was well-supported with around 90 anglers making the journey to fish this brilliant two-day festival of angling.
For most anglers it is just a great day out and for some the chance to win the coveted Ivan Marks trophy presented by Linda Marks.
The highest individual weight on either day wins the trophy.
Day 1 resulted in Pro Team Marukyu angler and ace pole float-maker, Mick Wilkinson, leading the field with a fantastic weight of 231lb off the Foundation Lake peg 9. Mick caught mainly down the margin on the pole, after catching early on the feeder cast tight to one of the islands, using the new Marukyu Focus baits. Look out for this new range as it certainly tempts the carp!
There were 23 back-up weights over 100lb, which made it a hard one to call.
Close on Mick’s heels were John Clegg with 197lb and the in-form Jarrad Smith with 196lb.
Day 2 historically fishes better and this year was no exception.
The winner with a fantastic weight of 251lb was Jarrad Smith with 29 large carp from Uglies Pool 3. Jarrad caught on the feeder and pole making no mistake from a fancied draw.
Close behind on Glebe Pool 1 was Marukyu angler Andy Williams with an impressive 236lb followed closely by Dave Smith with 222lb.
There were 42 weights over 100lb of quality fish and everyone had a great day.
Linda Marks presented the trophy and announced that four charities would benefit from proceedings from the event.
One of the selected charities is Get Hooked on Fishing who will receive a donation of £500.00. Ivan was a big believer in any charity that promoted our sport to younger anglers and long may it continue.
DAY 1 SECTION WINNERS
John Clegg 197lb
David Doane 102lb
Chris Needham 178lb
Mick Wilkinson 231lb
John Baker 184lb
Andy Neil 115lb
Steve Porter 143lb
John Wincup 127lb
Jarrad Smith 196lb
Dan Hull 158lb
Luke Banford 178lb
DAY 2 SECTION WINNERS
John Wincup 166lb
Luke Banford 162lb
Jarrad Smith 251lb
Gus Nursey 121lb
Rich Bedder 163lb
Ady Hull 160lb
Gordon Parker 190lb
Rob Wootton 141lb
Kev Russell 179lb
Tom Lanni 164lb
Andy Williams 236lb
Pic: Jarrad Smith collects the Ivan Marks Memorial trophy from Linda Marks.