A STUNNING 25 lb 8 oz snapper won the Angling Trust British Pike Final in the last predator final at Whittlesey AA’s 20 Foot Drain in Cambridgeshire.
The impressive pike earned nearly £1,200 for Bob Goodwin and was a fitting tribute to the final which is moving to a new venue after nearly 30 years.
Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire-based Bob left it late and fish of 15 lb to David Cantrell and 14 lb 4 oz to Mick Garner had been leading to the 200-strong final.
Local evergreen piker Joan Cole was rewarded with the ladies title with a 6 lb jack as the drains fished hard after heavy rain.
15- year-old Thomas Moore, from Peterborough, won the junior title as he was drawn randomly out of the hat as none of the juniors caught
James Lewis, the Trust’s competitions development manager, said: “Our thanks must go to all of the local organisers for hosting the qualifiers, the Middle Level Commissioners together and Whittlesey AA who both made an excellent job of ensuring the pegs were fishable on the day.
“Furthermore our sincerest thanks to Ann and Ted Rowe who are stepping down as organisers for the final.
“They have been involved with the running of all aspects of the finals for almost 30 years and their joint involvement will be missed by many.
“The search for new organisers and venues for the Pike Final has already begun and interested parties should email Sandra.Johnson@anglingtrust.net or call 0115 8224519.”
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