Nantwich Local Policing Team’s annual fishing match came to a close with a whopper of a fish being caught.
PC Matt Stonier said: “That’s it for another year… The rods are in, catches weighed and cake eaten following a fantastic 10th annual ‘Phillip Martin memorial, Nantwich Police Youth fishing match’ sponsored for the first time by the Nantwich Civic Hall.”
The event which is organized and run by the Nantwich Police Community Team took place on Wednesday 28th August at Border Fisheries on Waybutt Lane, Crewe.
It attracted more than 40 anglers of all abilities, aged between 10 and 16, and is designed to offer an informal setting where positive relationships can be built between young people and those who police their communities.
PC Stonier said: “Despite the cooler temperatures and odd shower no one was put off. The brollies went up and water proofs were worn to ensure not a minute of the five hour match was lost. A police siren signaled the start and end of fishing with lunch and refreshments provided by our local Sainsburys store handed out to every angler at the half way mark.
“As in previous years it was great to see so many of the entrants joined on their pegs by parents and grandparents allowing that real quality time that is so hard to find in the digital age we now live in.
“The match finished at 3pm and after an anxious wait the results were announced and presentations made.”
This year’s winners were:
Overall match winner – Joshua Gould (total weight caught – 22lbs 8oz)
Heaviest fish – Thomas Riley (8lb 11oz)
Highest finishing female – Millie Smith
Angler of the day – Jacob Evans
Each received a trophy provided by the Crown Hotel, Nantwich and a selection of prizes donated by HF Angling, Gresty Lane, Crewe. The addition of the highest finishing female award was introduced to try and increase female participation in the event.
The trophy and prizes for that category were donated by Olwyn Payton who is personally keen to see more females involved in outdoor sports.
Following the winners presentation, every angler was handed a bag containing a lucky dip of prizes donated by the editor of ‘Angling times’ – Steve Fitzpatrick, ‘Korda’, ‘Dynamite Baits’ and HF Angling along with a slice of the fantastic cake which was baked and donated yet again by Rita Stones.
PC Stonier concluded “We’d like to say thanks to all the sponsors who have supported this year’s event and allowed it to grow year on year. A special thank you must go to the staff at Border Fisheries, who for the 4th year in a row have allowed us full use of the facilities without any charge.
"Hopefully our winners will be back to defend their titles in 2020 and we can get even closer to our target of 50 anglers taking part!”