Yates and Jones take the big prize

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.

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