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Wayne takes top title - by just one ounce; ANGLING: City star edges to victory in dramatic Matchman of the Year battle.

COVENTRY'S Wayne Sharman enjoyed one of the biggest wins of his career when he walked away with the Midland Matchman of the Year title.

But it was the tightest of finishes, with the Lane's Tackle employee getting the verdict by just an ounce over Garbolino's Darren Cox - the third time he's been runner up!

This was the sixth running of the event which I set up myself when editor of Midland Angler magazine, and each and every year has seen it take place at the superb Barston Lakes complex run by Nigel Harrhy.

The match is split into two threehour events on the Big Lake, which has been in great form lately with up to 60lb of skimmers needed to win club events. Darren put himself in the pound seats by winning his section in the morning and then finished second in section in the afternoon.

Wayne did it the other way around and it all went to a weight countback, Wayne getting the nod by the thinnest of margins with 43lb 10oz to Darren's 43lb 9oz.

Matt Hall finished third overall with four points and Andy Neal, who finished second in this year's Fish O Mania final to Mick Bull, also had four points to finish fourth.

PIKE anglers in the area won't want to miss the Pike Anglers Club of Great Britain's annual convention taking place at the National Agricultural Centre at Stoneleigh Park on Saturday September 27th.

Some star names are lined up as speakers including Derek MacDonald, who has perfected the jerkbaiting technique for big pike. Angling Times columnist Neville Fickling will be on hand to answer your questions while there are two top speakers from overseas to discuss the predator fishing opportunities in Sweden and Holland. The event is open to all with the doors opening at 9am. Entry is pounds 12 for adult PAC members and pounds 14 for non-members, and two under-16s can get in free if accompanied by an adult. Parking is free and there will be plenty of stalls where you can pick up the latest gear as well.

TALKING of predator fishing, it's time to start gearing up for the pike season on the big Anglian Water reservoirs.

Boat fishing is allowed with lures and dead sea fish only on Pitsford Water from October 1 to November 23, Rutland Water from October 6 to November 16, Grafham from October 13 to November 30 and Ravensthorpe from October 27 to November 23.

Ravensthorpe On FireTrout fishing continues to be brilliant at Ravensthorpe with sport drawing anglers from long distances. Last week the rod average was a brilliant 7. 7. Best methods include fishing dries and nymphs fished on floating lines, with some fish taken on small black and white lures. Boats are catching on the drift from all over the reservoir, while bank anglers have been doing well at Mongers Point.

At Draycote one of the hightlights has been a rainbow weighing 8lb 2oz taken by Coventry angler Don Roper while bank fishing. Meanwhile another Coventry angler Ray Cramp took five fish from Lin Croft Point for 13lb 8oz. Daddy Longlegs, Claret Hoppers, Orange Bits, Hare's Ears, Diawl Bachs, Muddler Minnows, Boobys and Cat's Whiskers have all proved successful in a week when the rod average has been 2.3.

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 18, 2008
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