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Officers angle for success in fishing competition

30 August, 2019

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Police Federation
August 30, 2019

Officers angle for success in fishing competition

Colleagues (including our own Chairman) recently took part in both the 30th annual RailSport angling competition and BTP Force Match at Makins Fishery in Leicestershire.

RailSport pitched 31 teams comprising 150 anglers against one another. A bad draw on Lake One saw reigning Railsport Champion Simon Woods have "the worst day of his fishing life". As dreadful weather rolled in, Simon watched his chances of defending his crown roll out.

It was tough day's fishing for all and while some anglers placed well in the Sections of their respective lakes - Alan Gill and Pete Kingham secured top five finishes - it was Lee Geldart's day. He achieved a Section win and landed almost 70lbs of fish, which placed him just outside the top 20 overall on the day.

The Force match took place on Lake Three the following day. Honours went to Steve North (pictured far right, back row) on the 'Flier Peg 1' with 116lb 10oz in his net. Simon Woods' good form meant he took the runner-up spot with 107lb 9oz.

Third place went to Kev Thompson with 98lbs 14oz closely followed by Alan Gill in fourth with 96lb 2oz. Gary Shepherd completed the top five with 94lb 4oz.

The top three were rewarded for their efforts with bait buckets, bait and some tackle gear.

The remaining anglers weighed in as follows:

6th Nobby Goodband, 87lb

7th Dennis Wood, 81lb

8th Ron Selby, 76lb

9th Derek Worsfold, 51lb

10th Lee Geldart, 46lb

11th Andy Selby, 40lb

12th Pete Kingham, 38lb

Four members of the club will return to Makins Fishery for the National Police Sport UK (PSUK) team event in September. Best of luck to Andy Selby, Gary Shepherd, Kev Thompson and Nobby Goodband).

The Federation is pleased to support the club with a lottery donation which helps with the cost of entering these competitions. New anglers are welcome to join; contact Andy Selby (9256) for more information on Andrew.selby@btp.pnn.police.uk.

Our thanks to Andy, whose report was used to create this post.