Local Rods Win Pallatrax Open Pairs Carp Match at Upper Tamar

Local rods Scott Bowden and Jamie Rusling won the Pallatrax Open pairs carp match at Upper Tamar from 27-29 March 2015. They scooped £2250 with 7 fish for 68lbs 13oz. Several pairs scrapped it out for second place but eventually Barry and Ben O’Connor from Surrey finished runners up winning £1250 and Matt Gilbert and Jamie O’Connor from Exeter were third winning £500 after both pairs landed good mid doubles within the last hour of competition. Full results below.


The weather for the draw was pleasant, a stiff breeze and not too cold. There was great anticipation and excitement at the draw which was preceded with anglers getting transported to their swims by South West Lakes Trust staff. The pleasant weather then gave way to strong winds and then gale force winds and rain across the whole weekend. The majority of the 17 pairs braved it out to the end. The anglers on the Devon Bank had to fish against waves of two and three feet high. Anglers took advantage of the food available which was delivered to swims over the weekend. Every angler received a Pallatrax goody bag worth well over £50 rammed with bait and tackle including the new ‘gripz’ hooks. Massive thank you to Simon at Pallatrax for sponsoring the event and to all the marshals for helping over the weekend. The next Pallatrax Open is singles from 3-5 July and there is a pairs competition from 11-13 September. For more details contact Ben Smeeth on 01288321262 or bsmeeth@swlakestrust.org.uk

1st Scott Bowden/Jamie Rusling 7 fish 68lb 13oz peg 10 Cornwall bank

2nd Barry/ben O’Connor 3 fish 37lb 1oz peg 3 Devon bank

3rd Matt Gilbert/Jamie O’Connor 2 fish 28lb 12oz peg 5 Devon bank

4th Ryan Wilshire/Matthew Pepperell 3 fish 26lb 10oz peg 7 Devon Bank

5th Paul Thomas/Jason Mcevoy 2 fish 21lb 2oz peg 9 Devon bank

6th Ben/Matthew Cooper 2 fish 20lb 15oz peg 4 Devon bank

7th Karl Yates/Alan Jones 2 fish 20lb 2oz peg 16 Cornwall bank

8th Pete Oates/Paul Oulton 2 fish 16lb 12oz Cornwall bank

9th Ricky Thomas/Tony Welch 2 fish 16lb peg 15 Cornwall bank

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