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[05/06/2017] Errwood Open

Ladybower Boat Fishing Competition

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The date, 4th June.The time and venue, 8.30am Ladybower Reservoir, and 22 of Errwood's finest were all tackled up and ready for the biggest day in the fishing calendar!

Having all consumed a first rate bacon sandwich, it was time for battle to commence, and one of the first boats out was that of Mick Prince and last year's victor, Dave Fowler. Feeding off all the "goodwill" from his fellow competitors, Growler was soon into fish in his favoured spot, but would it be enough this year?

The flotilla that followed contained a mix of enthusiastic anglers, who then scattered to all parts, hopefully all to return safely for the 4.00pm weigh in.

Staffordshire was well represented, and had some early success, as did Don Hough, Kev Pike and the Stonnard boys, but elsewhere it turned out to be hard fishing in most areas, and it wasn't long before most boats joined the Bilsland/Redfern, Lowton/Patterson dream teams near to the dam head.

After some much needed steering practice, Hon Sec and new treasurer Henry "two bacon butties" Phillips eventually entered the fray (with the former wondering how he'd been talked into subsidising the latter's day ticket to the tune of £5), but as with young guns Booth and Tomlinson, they found the going tough.

As the afternoon rain descended Bob Bilsland was cursing the fact that having bagged up, all subsequent catch and release fish were upwards of 5lbs, and Mick Prince had decided to start his own private coarse fishing comp, which he duly won with an 8lbs Pike.

And so to the weigh in, and.......... the results!!!

In one of the closest finishes that anyone could remember, and with a total weight of 9lbs 10 ozs, the winner was declared as Bakewell's very own Stephen Redfern, having just pipped fellow new EFFC member Ian Patterson, by a single ounce.

Other four fish competitors were Kev Pike/Growler/ Bob Bilsland (apologies if I've missed anyone).

Many congratulations to "Redders", a worthy winner, and commiserations to Ian, a creditable second. Thank you one and all for making the occasion such an enjoyable day out.

See you all at the next comp........

Errwood- Eddie Blamey Memorial Cup - Friday evening 11th August 6pm-9pm Dry Fly only!

In the meantime, tight lines.


[30/05/2017] Catch Returns

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[29/05/2017] New Website

EFFC new website

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If you are reading this then you have discovered EFFC's new website. The website has been designed to be viewed across all common devices and will hopefully be able to give access to all required information and items of interest.