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Byline: By Ron Cousins South Wales Echo

Jim Palmer, a retired Post Office executive from Rhiwbina, has won the Welsh Civil Service Angling Championships again and this time with a record weight.

Fishing at Turley Court, near Gloucester, Jim offered floating dog biscuits at the end of a 13-metre pole to attract carp to 8lb and finish with a catch that weighed 188lb 14oz.

Andy Duckers, from Chester, was second with 145lb 2oz and then Newport's Richard Hagg and John Taylor, from Rhoose, followed with 135lb 7oz and 115lb.

It was a case of instant success for Blackwood angler Andrew Neal when on his first visit to Moorlands Farm, near Kidderminster, he won the midweek open with 79lb 3oz of carp.

Llanmartin steelworker Andy Baines looks on target to retain the Spencer Works AC club champion's title after adding the match at Hillview Fishery to his list of wins this year.

He was pegged on the Moorhen Pool and caught 33lb 9oz of carp on pole and sweetcorn.

The club's leading junior Mark Guerra shared second place with Graham Wilmott when both put 33lb 1oz of carp on the scales.

There were good weights in the third round of the Gwent Clubs League at Hartleton Lake and topping them all was the 30lb 11oz catch taken by Rob Skellett, of the Cwmbran Angling Nobblers B team.

He was drawn two pegs from the end on the field side and caught two good tench, a big bream and plenty of small fish on pole and pellets.

Martyn Challenger, fishing for the Nobblers A side, came in second with 24lb 4oz.

He was half a dozen pegs away from the winner and caught two tench with small bream on pole and maggots.

Newport AA team man Glyn Reynolds was third with 20lb 11oz and section prizes went to Jeff Parfitt, Nobblers A, with 18lb 12oz; Nobblers B team member Martyn Truman with 12lb 15oz and Hanbury team member Mark Stewart with 11lb.

The Cwmbran Angling Nobblers A team was top on the day with just 11 penalty points, Pontymister A had 13 and third was Nobblers B with 16.

There is one match to go on Sunday, September 11 at Woodstock Pond and Pontymister A are League leaders with 37 points followed by Nobblers B with 29 and the A side with 46 points.

One big tench and a string of small bream put Risca rod Jeff Parfitt comfortably ahead in the Newport Open at Woodstock Pond.

His 22lb 8oz was too good for Newport tackle wholesaler Glyn Reynolds who had 14lb 3oz and Steve Shaw, from Cardiff, who finished in third place with 11lb 12oz.

Pontymister AC junior champion Jonathon Cooper, 12, was in top form for the club's junior match on the canal at Risca and won with an all-perch 3lb 8oz taken on pole and squatts.

John Hannam, a 16-year-old from Cwm, handed out a fishing lesson to the older members of Heads of the Valleys AC when he fished the match at Biddlestone Pool, near Ross.

Baiting with paste he caught carp to 15lb for a winning 85lb 8oz total.

Runner-up John Eggy had 74lb of carp and Gwyn Jones was third with 58lb 8oz.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 28, 2005
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