TF.com Charity Event in aid of Breast Cancer Care
Woodlands, Thirsk, Thurs 13th April 2006
The happy band of fishing nutters who contribute or even just lurk around the Total-Fishing.com website have held a few charity events in the recent past. They really excelled themselves today.
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A mega raffle was held , thanks to support from many of the competitors own sponsors, the venue owner and tackle companies who had heard of the event. The proceeds went to another cause close to the hearts of the competitors. One of the TF site members has just been diagnosed with leukaemia for the second time, aged 30. He has a wife and small children. We all hope the future holds something better for them.
So, what about the match?
Bright and breezy would be an optimistic summary of the weather. In fact, at the start it was already blowing a ‘hoolie’ and you just knew it was going to get worse. Long pole was out of the question so straight lead ruled the day, with a few notable exceptions it has to be said.
The 60 competitors were spread across Woodlands 5 main match lakes with very generous pegging thanks to Robin, the venue owner (who promptly donated half the peg fees to the cause and gave a weekends free fishing, including accomodation, as a raffle prize – top man!).
Word spread quickly that Tom Pickering was into fish from the off on Partridge and that the lovely Wendy Lythgoe (‘fluoro pinkie’) was catching as well on Curlew. Wendy was sporting a unique piece of head gear. To match her site name it was bright pink with long ear flaps. Seemed to have a mobile phone embedded in it – she never stopped talking to it all day. A ripple of excitement spread through the crowd (OK then, the 3 of us) when she seemed to announce that she only likes ‘big ones’. Soon turned to disappointment when we realised she wanted two large spoons of sugar in the tea we were ordered to fetch – it was that sort of day!
Wandering round the lakes it was hard to tell who was doing best. There were odd fish being caught in all the pools but TP was still catching steadily. The wind was getting progressively worse and some who had the gale in their faces struggled manfully for their spoils.
A sprinkling of rain meant a brief retirement to the café. Hot tea, and a tasty meat pie followed by the biggest wedge of home made cream cake you’ve ever seen went down rather well!
As we moved towards the last hour TP was probably favourite, still catching steadily but a smaller stamp of fish. Almost un-noticed on the windy bank on Partridge, local man Andy Purvis was putting together a bag of better fish in the teeth of the gale. He was being pushed by Tony Hopper at the next peg too.
All of a sudden the binoculars revealed a length of elastic streaming from the end of Steve Ringers pole at the far end of Skylark. He was fishing long but downwind and down the side. A few minutes later another one and it was game on after he’d struggled for 4 hours, as had Steve Gregory at the next peg.
Tony Hopper had loved it despite the wind and put his best match weight (66.00) on the scales. Star performance of the day however went to Andy Purvis. Fishing under the banner of local fishery rivals, The Oaks (Sessay), Andy had persevered in the wind and admitted to being just a tad disappointed at getting close to the magic ‘ton’. He was one fish short at 98.09 but it was a maghificent performance in the awful conditions.
Dark horse of the day was Ian Toplis (the infamous ‘
The main prizelist was never in danger from the other lakes. Wendy took Curlew as expected. Andy May squeezed a few out of Wagtail for 44lbs. On Kestrel, ‘Stavs’ (49.03) was delighted to put one over on ‘Blaggers’ (46.02) for a change. Chris Gorrel (47.03) split the pair of them – a fine showing on the pole.
So it was all over. Feeling was that the wind had spoiled it but a comment from Alan Gregory, head bailiff at the lakes, put that in perspective. He reckons that the wind had stirred the fish up and they had fed confidently for perhaps the first time this season.
All in all, a marvellous, thoroughly enjoyable day and all for two great causes. Final count up showed £6329 raised for Breast Cancer Care (www.breastcancercare.org.uk)
And £451 from the raffle for our unlucky friend.