Competition success for West Mids!
The month of April saw fly-fishers from the force achieve success in two notable boat-fishing competitions, ensuring that West Midlands Police was well represented on the podium in both events!
At Draycote Water, the Midlands Inter-Force friendly was won by Rodger Symonds, with yours truly Kevin Pearson in third place. Then, just a week later, our secretary Steve Owen took third in the English Police Fly-Fishing Association boat championships at Rutland Water, with a tremendous performance to qualify for the England team fishing in Northern Ireland later in the year.
The event at Draycote was attended by 20 anglers from East and West Midlands’ regions, fewer than usual this year due to some unavoidable absences, but it was still fiercely contested despite its ‘friendly’ tag. After a windswept practice day, all competitors enjoyed a far calmer day out on the water during the actual competition and were able to fish their preferred techniques in more comfort and in better style than the survival mode of the day before! The day was a great success and after a good day’s fishing the results and presentations were followed by a social at a local pub, where anglers from different force areas got together to swap tales and plan future outings.
Just seven days later, having got to grips with Draycote, three WMP members, Steve Owen, Chris Howkins and Kevin Pearson followed it up with a two-day trip to Rutland Water for the English Police Boat Championships. The venue is popular with competition anglers and is a massive expanse of water that can often daunt the uninitiated, but fortunately, the trio are a little more acquainted with it these days and have our local experts Roy Taylor and Graham Homer on hand to get the latest information on where and how to fish for the big shoals of brown and rainbow trout. This was hugely beneficial to the team, but on the day it's down to you to find the fish as they rarely come along and give themselves up!
It turned out to be a very productive competition with plenty of fish caught from all areas and whilst Chris and Kev caught quite well, it was Steve that took the honours, completing his full ‘bag’ of 12 fish (four taken and eight released) with three hours to spare. A fine achievement that earned him a highly respectable third place against some top opposition from all over the country.
So, Steve is off to Northern Ireland in September and once again, West Mids will have a representative in the England team; surely more evidence of how successful our thriving Fly-fishing section is becoming and how well supported it is by WMP Sports & Social club.
If you're interested in getting involved in fly-fishing just call Steve Owen on 07974 417855 for more information. We have the popular ‘Novices’ Day coming up on Saturday 13th May at Packington Fishery, Solihull, so why not give it a go? Everyone is welcome!
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