Big money was at stake at South West Lakes Trust’s Upper Tamar Lake in the Pallatrax Carp open competition.
Karl Yates and Allan Jones were convincing winners with a total of 12 fish for an aggregate of 140-lb 7-oz. The catch was made at Peg 19 at the shallow end of the Cornwall bank, and among the fish was a newly stocked mirror of 20-lb 8-oz for which they received a prize of £2,000.
The runners-up, winning £1,000, were former two-time winners, Phil and Sam Gilhespy, who had six carp, worth 72-lb 14-oz, while third-place, with a prize of £500, went to Harry Miles and Joshua Bellew. They left it late, however, as their last fish, a small common making their aggregate 25-lb, was caught just ten minutes from the end of the contest.
In all, seven pairs of anglers caught 26 fish, the best a common of 23-lb 3-oz that had been introduced into the reservoir just a few days earlier. Fourth were Barry and Ben O’Connor, with one fish of 23-lb 3-oz; fifth, Jason and Peter Budd, two fish, 21-lb 13-oz; sixth, Richard Harman and Dean Willoughby, two fish, 16-lb 8-oz, and seventh, Aaron Rundle and Mike Toms, one fish of 13-lb 12-oz.
Harman won a £50 Pallatrax voucher for catching the smallest fish and O’Connor had the same for the biggest.