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Andy's bream comes true!

Andy Hoyle started to worry when BBC weatherman John Kettley forecast approaching frost and snow near his Bolton home.

What Andy really really wanted was another mild weather crack at the king-sized bream in Lancashire's River Wyre at St Michaels 35 miles away.

The previous weekend he'd bagged a biggie but left his scales and camera behind on the kitchen table.

Kettley's frosty threat got Andy dressed and on the road in record time to find the wire fast and coloured, two feet up and deserted.

But he spotted a quiet eddy on the inside bend of the far bank, 13ft deep over clean ground and set up a swimfeeder rig on a quivertip rod.

After a frustrating hour of removing twigs and leaves from the line a quivertip signal started a fight that looked like a mid-river draw as a big bream dropped anchor in the streaming current.

Then the bream kited the wrong way and Andy netted a personal best of 8lbs 4oz. Two more of 6lbs 3oz and 6lb 1oz followed - all for the bait price of a loaf and a pint of maggots!

HUNDREDS of miles away the same morning Danny Gilbert, 16, from Alderholt, Hampshire, improved his bream best of 7lbs 12oz at Broadlands Lake on the Mountbatten Estate near Rumsey.

THOSE are some of the fishy tales from readers who hope to win a big prize from Bennetts of Sheffield in THE PEOPLE'S monthly contest

December prizes for those with top scores include a John Wilson Avon Quivertip rod, reel and accessories outfit for the month's best coarse fish.

Sea angling readers can win a Daiwa Strike Force X 12ft beachcasting rod or a Ryobi Masterline John Wilson boat rod.

If you bag December's best rainbow or brown trout in a day-ticket fishing a Bob Church Comprehensive fly-tying kit is yours.

TELL your story in a letter to THE PEOPLE and Bennets of Sheffield Angling Contest, PO Box 822, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 5YJ. Include your full name, age and job plus date and place of your catch.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Ingham, John
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Dec 14, 1997
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