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Coombe loses a legend; ANGLING: Respects paid to stalwart Jack.

Byline: By Gareth Purnell

COVENTRY anglers are mourning the loss of Jack Peacegood, 'the Coombe Legend', who died last week aged 61.

Jack spent 80 per cent of his angling time targeting the bream at Coombe Abbey and had numerous 100lb plus weights there. His crowning moment was winning the Bill Lane Memorial at the venue in 1992.

He lived on his own in Wykin only minutes from his favourite venue and died at home. He was found by friend of 40 years Mick Bryant, who worked with him at Mother's Pride in Coventry.

"Jack never married - in fact he was married to Coombe," said Mick. "When he got made redundant from the bakery he spent the next six years fishing the venue without getting another job. He first fished the venue around 50 years ago and he knew it better than anyone. Jack was mainly a feeder angler and his style never altered."

Howard Humphrey of Lane's Tackle in Coventry said records of thematches he ran at Coombe for many years show Jack almost never to be out of the top ten.

"Jack had his own peculiar style of fishing for bream that no-one else could copy," he said.

"He fed aggressively and fished crudely by today's standards, but it worked for him. His premise was that bream want to feed and the more you fed them, the more you'd catch. He had a lot of faith in worm on the hook, but never used chopped worm feed."

Although he used to fish with the Painted Lady and with Alvis AC, Jack never got heavily involved with team fishing and never fished a National. He was first and foremost a pleasure angler and although he sometimes fished Daventry Reservoir, his first love was bream fishing at Coombe Abbey.

"Jack always used a keepnet and kept detailed notes of catches," Howard said.

"He was a traditionalist and always used crumb rather than continental groundbaits, and I recall that he made a lot of his own tackle including his quivertips and feeders, some if which he gave to former world champion Ian Heaps. He was a regular in the shop for many years and will be sadly missed."

Jack is to be buried next to his mother at London Road Cemetery.

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Date:Mar 9, 2006
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