Each year we enter a team into this league and enjoy the sport that the Trent and Mersey has to offer! This year it was more than just a squat and ground attack, with hemp required and a big fish approach with worm and caster in some sections.
The team consisted of myself, Ian Morrison, Roger Gardom and Paul Hughes (with Lewis Breeze making an appearance as a stand in, in one round – cheers pal!
Although down on numbers this year, it was as competitive as ever! Keith Betley runs a great league and all anglers commend the work himself and his team put into organising the event each year. I personally think numbers were down somewhat as there are so many events running at the same time.
From the outset we fished well as a team, by the end of the league we had won by a considerable margin. Granted we had drawn some good pegs, but as captain I also felt we maximised the points from the difficult areas, this is key in any team event.
Special mention must go to the top team performer Ian Morrison. I did draw him some great pegs and he certainly delivered the goods, managing to frame in each round!
Ted Carter Southport- 145
Browning Lifestyle Red- 124
Tri-Cast Highfield- 111
Betley’s Monsters- 98
Team Les ‘O’- 97
Some of the team managed to qualify for the recent Maver Classic Final down at Larford Lakes. We had a great few days down at Larford, especially witnessing team member Pete Richmond scooping fifth spot overall with two great matches over both days! Having fished with Pete for a number of years he is always difficult to beat and did well to finish fifth against such an accomplished field!
The next few months will see the team preparing for the commercial national and division one national! These take place at Cudmore/Heronbrook and the River Trent Respectively. The teams for both of these will be finalised by the end of June after a selection meeting.
On top of this, the team will be working hard to defend their title in the Stapeley Summer League on the midlands canals! We won this event last year and having spoken to and selected the team again for this year it appears the lads are as keen as ever and working hard in their preparation for the event.
Thanks again to all at Ted Carters Fishing Tackle for their support and sponsorship of the team!