The first Pallatrax Carp Open of 2017 was a great weekend. 24 Pairs of anglers from as far away as London travelled to the venue all with the hope of getting amongst the £3500 prize money! This was the first Pallatrax competition where new Co-sponsors Saenger have got involved and generously donated some great tackle prizes.

The draw was done at 1pm on the friday and each angler was given a Pallatrax goody bag with a selection of their baits, end tackle and great products as well as a bivvy light from Saenger. Tackle was transported to swims and the competition began at 4pm.

The first fish banked wasn’t long and two time winners Sam and Phil Gilhespy were the anglers – a nice 13.08 common from peg 19 on the Cornwall Bank. A really strong and cold Easterly wind was blowing and this really made difficult conditions for everyone and the fish didn’t respond well. The water is still really cold here at Tamar and it certainly wasn’t good angling conditions!

We installed two new pegs for this competition (14 and 20) with 14 being passed the bird hide on the Cornwall bank – it looked inviting! first out the draw were Chris Hudson and Adam Martin who opted for peg 14 – the pressure was on the guys to deliver! They didn’t disappoint and caught steadily to finish with 5 fish. Only two other pegs caught and amazingly as the sunshine and warmer weather was on the devon bank – not a single fish was caught on that side of the lake!

David Bellew and Steve Lovell fished peg 21 (third swim on the lookout tower) and with a really strong cross wind were still managing to get 180 yards which is where they landed their three fish after seeing a fish show – top angling! Peg 25 by the dam was chosen by competition regulars Karl Yates and Alan Jones and they came a credible 2nd but were ruing a lost fish which would have given them the £2000 top prize.

It was a real tussle for 1st and came right down to the wire! Results and prizes were presented on the sunday afternoon after all competitors were picked up from their swim and a free BBQ was enjoyed by all. Some anglers also took advantage of the food service we provided with pre ordered food being delivered to swims over the weekend with anything from Breakfast baps to Fish and chips on the menu! A great weekend was had by everyone, despite the really difficult fishing conditions and 14 fish being caught in total.

Here are the full results and prize winners:

1st £2000 Chris Hudson and Adam Martin 5 fish for 43lbs 12oz Peg 14

2nd £1000 Karl Yates and Allan Jones 5 fish for 39lb 15oz Peg 25

3rd £500 David Bellew and Steve Lovell 3 fish for 31lbs 3oz Peg 21

4th Phil and Sam Gilhespy 1 fish for 13lb 8oz Peg 19

First fish landed was Sam Gilhesphy and he won an Anaconda Tackle bag

Lucky dip winners were:

Jamie Rusling winning an Anaconda Carp Gear Bag

Danny Clarke winning an Anaconda extension Pod

Martin Clifford winning an Anaconda slide in tray bag

Upper Tamar season tickets were won by: Barry Lee, Greg and Roy Jones, Matthew Pepperell, Ryan Wilshire and Matt Wyld

Thankyou to Pallatrax and Saenger for their sponsorship. A massive thank you to marshals Bob Oates, Steve Gliddon, Ian Ellis, Bob Davey, Terry and Martin Reid, Amy Maunder. We cant wait until the next competition July 7-9. Places are filling now with a lot of interest so get your name down as soon as you can by calling 01566771930.

Ben Smeeth

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