Lakemore Fisheries Catfish Challenge Cup

Sorry to all those involved, Mark actually deleted all of 2010's results. Oops! Mark is a fishing expert not a computer whizz-kid.

2011 RUNDOWN

2011 CATFISH CHALLENGE HAS TAKEN PLACE;

A TOTAL OF 470lb 8oz OF CATS WERE CAUGHT IN UNDER 24HRS, DIAWA ACE KIERON RICH AND STAPELEY ANGLINGS NICK EDWARDS WON THE OVERALL EVENT WITH 145lb 8oz OF CATS, THE BEST BEING A NEW PB FOR KIERON AT 4Olb 12oz, KIERON AND NICK PAIRED UP AND DREW PEG 12 ON LONGLAKE, FISHING MAINLY OPEN WATER THEY  SIMPLY TOOK THE SWIM APART, TAKING FISH FROM UPPER DOUBLES TO HIGH 20'S TO THE 40, THE BANTER WAS GREAT AS THEY HAD FISHING ICON JAN PORTER AND NICK SPEED OPPOSITE THEM, NICK AND JAN BEING THE MASTERS OF COOKING SOUP ON A BBQ CREATED MANY A GOOD LAUGH!!
VERY WELL DONE TO BOTH KIERON AND NICK, ITS ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO SEE SUCH GOOD ANGLING ON THE LAKES.

BIGGEST FISH OF THE EVENT FELL TO SENSAS BACKED AND TWICE FISH-O-MANIA WINNER MATT HALL, MATT WAS PAIRED WITH SPECIMEN SUPREMO GARY NEWMAN FROM THE ANGLERS MAIL, (FEATURE IN ISSUE DATED TUESDAY 21st JUNE) MATT AND GARY DREW PEG 1 ON HORSESHOE, AS DARKNESS FELL THE SWIM CAME ALIVE, MATT HAD SEEN A HUGE CAT ROLL IN THE SWIM AND WAS FULL OF HOPE FOR THE NIGHT AHEAD, AFTER BAITING AN AREA TO THIER RIGHT THEY WAITED FOR FISH TO COME ON THE FEED, AT ARROUND MIDNIGHT THE ALARM STARTED TO SOUND, RESULTING IN A HUGE 57LB CAT TAKING THE BAIT, THE FISH FOUGHT HARD BEFORE GETTING SNAGGED IN WEED, IN STEPPED GARY TO FREE THE FISH, WADING OUT TO RELEASE THE FISH GARY SHOWED WHY HE IS ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED ANGLERS IN THE UK, MATT PLAYED THE FISH SUPERBLY LIKE THE LEGEND HE IS, THE LOOK OF SHEAR DISBELIEF ON HIS HIS FACE WAS A SIGHT TO BEHOLD.

THIS YEARS MATCH WAS A RESOUNDING SUCCESS, 470lb OF CATFISH! PLUS A 40 AND A 57 JUST AMAZING REALLY, THE ORIGINAL AND UNIQUE LAKEMORE CATFISH CHALLENGE HAS DONE IT AGAIN.

2009 Results

Congratulations to Phil Aylett and Keiren Rich on winning this years challenge, Phil fished superb in the afternoon, with the expert guidance of Keiren of course, they went on to manage 16lb 13oz from golden lake, the golden lake fished hard, nevertheless everyone caught fish, this year we turned the tables for the final hour and let the match boys do their stuff, I tell you what, if you ever get the chance to watch them these lads in action, do it! They are awesome.

The night match then saw Phil and Diawa ace Keiren beat the rest with a total weight of 67lb 1oz, having drawn Longlake they sneaked out a few cats overnight to 22lb 8oz, a new pb for Keiren! Having lost the first fish Phil set about getting Keiren some cats on the bank, and what a job he did. So again well done to them. Opposite golden balls (Phil) was Pike supremo Mark Barrett, with the first Catfish of the event at 27lb 12oz. He was well chuffed, another pb!

Although the cats were on the feed that afternoon unfortunately the Horseshoe didn't produce a fish, but a small consolation was from Lakemore regular Tony Corbett, he said 'that is without doubt the best session I have ever had, I caught sod all but it was simply great, my partner for the day was top matchman Dean Barlow, and what a guy he is, we will be doing a night again soon as Dean is dead keen to get a cat now'.

All in all the event went great, however before I say a final thanks to those whom attended I must firstly offer my condolences to a few friends, the event was cut short for Fox matchman Mark Pollard, sadly marks father passed away during the match, may I send my best wishes to Mark and his family, a really nice man you are welcome back anytime mate.

Another sad note, one of my helpers and all round good fella Peter Brown came to help me ready the fishery prior to the day, he also with the event on the Thursday and was looking forward to seeing the trophy presentation on the Friday, sadly during the early hours of Friday Pete passed away. Again my condolences go to Peters family at this time.

Final thanks to all whom attended, in it's third year now, it is without doubt the most unique catfish competition there is, bringing Match anglers into the specimen world to help increase the profile of the catfish, we were the first to do such a competition and i hope it will continue for many a year.

Many thanks to:

Specimen Anglers:

PHIL AYLETT (WINNER) - JAN PORTER - NICK EDWARDS - MARK BARRETT - DAVE SMITH - SIMON CLARKE - KEV SHORE - TONY CORBETT - STEVE BROAD - GARY NEWMAN

Match Anglers:

KEIREN RICH (WINNER) - NEIL MACHIN - PETE GOODMAN - MARK POLLARD - MATT HALL - ANDY MAY - DEAN BARLOW - GEOFF RINGER - ROB WOOTAN - STUART BEARD

Sponsored by:

ANGLERS MAIL - CATFISH PRO - GP PELLETS

The annual Catfish Challenge will be held on June 4th 2009, the full format and all confirmed participants will be announced nearer the time, although I can confirm the following anglers have already pencilled the day in their diaries, up to now we have Mick Brown, Jan Porter, Mark Barrett, Simon Clarke, Steve Broad, Gary Newman, Dave Foster, Phil Aylett, Neil Machin, Geoff Moors and Pete Goodman, and as it's early days yet I'm sure more of the same anglers as last year, to win a place on the catfish challenge and join up with the stars all you need do is catch the single biggest catfish from Lakemore between January 1st until June 1st, for full details on the unique prize please see web site in January – February. Also the event this year will be closed to the public, with only a select few allowed on site, this will make it a more intimate event without all the hassle of extra security etc.

Last year's competition winner Terry Lowe gives us an insight into the event. He writes:

"I had heard of a competition at Lakemore that gave the winner the unique chance to join in with the elite array of anglers assembled for the Catfish Challenge Cup 2008. I managed to go in the lead with my new PB, a cracking cat of 48lb, I was now in the running for a place in the Lakemore Catfish Challenge Cup. I must have phoned Mark on a weekly basis, harassing him to find out if anyone had caught a bigger one, each time mark said ‘ don’t worry terry, your still in it’. But when you consider the enormity of the prize not worrying didn’t come into it. On competition closing date, the 19st May, Mark phoned me and said “Terry, you better sit down. You’re in the Challenge Cup! Get your tackle together!”

To say I was that excited would be a huge understatement, as I wasn’t going to sleep a wink, I decided to travel down the night before and wait on site. The morning of the 22nd had arrived, as cars were starting to arrive and fill the carpark this old camper van pulled in and Mark and I looked at each other thinking “Who’s that?” then out stepped Mick Brown ‘oh my God’ - undoubtedly one of the most admired specimen anglers of all time. It then started to really hit me as more and more famous names arrived, Simon Clarke, Mark Barrett, Jan Porter, Neil Machin, Kieran Rich and loads more, What on earth was I in for here?

After a very harassed and stressed Mark had gathered everybody for the run down of the event and the draw in the café, I was paired up with Steve Ringer of Shimano. Wow! What a famous name to be paired up with!

Without question the finest commercial match angler in the country, unfortunately Steve was in a very important meeting with the big bosses of Shimano and would arrive later on in the day, before Steve arrived, I fished the normal style match on Golden Lake with fish-o-mania angler Dave Swain, having never used a pole in my life. Dave guided me through how to use it and soon we were catching fish. We ended up at the end of the match in 3rd place…. Not bad for a complete novice! I must admit, pole fishing has never appealed to me but, after being taught by a proper match angler, I thoroughly enjoyed it and even bought myself one a week later! But to put it into perspective as to why I will be going for the place next year, imagine me on a seat box, with Jan Porter to my left, Mick Brown straight ahead
of me and Simon Clarke to my right! Never will you win a prize like that.

It was then time for something to eat from the free BBQ, I was served my food by top BBQ chef and catfish legend Ron Griffith. Picture the scene - I was sat at a table with Mick Brown and Jan Porter, chomping on cheeseburger and chips, telling them how I had won my place there, surreal!

After the meal was over, it was time to set up for the “cat match”. I set up and, shortly after, Steve Ringer arrived and we discussed how we were going to fish the match. With baits in the water, alarms turned on, we settled down for an evening of very interesting chat about how Steve fishes his matches and all the pressures of being one of the best names in the business. Unfortunately, we didn’t catch a cat that night but, hey, as we all know that’s catting for you!.

I hope anybody who reads this will understand that this really is one hell of a prize that money just can’t buy and my advice to you is, if you fancy having a go at it ... DO IT! You won’t regret it. I did it and look what happened. To be mixing with all the top names of the match and specimen world is the most unforgettable time of my life and I will never, ever forget it.

All you have to do is catch the biggest cat you can from 1st January until 1st June 2009 and wait until Mark rings you! Good luck to everybody who has a go at this prize. One thing is for sure, I will be trying to win my place again!"

Terry Lowe

- THIS EVENT HAS NOW TAKEN PLACE -

Stars from the match and specimen worlds united in the cause of angling unity, charity and sheer good fun during the second Lakemore Catfish Challenge Cup. Sponsored by Dynamite Baits.

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Mark writes...

I had assembled a glittering array of talent including Mick Brown, Simon Clarke, Jeff Moors, Steve Ringer, Geoff Ringer, Neil Machin, Jan Porter, Mark Barrett, Jamie Masson and Kev Shore plus many more of some of the best anglers in the country for the unique pairs event. I had a few problems this year with anglers dropping out through work commitments etc, what with trying to get 26 anglers from across the country here and getting the lakes ready the last thing I needed was any more problems, nevertheless with hours to go it came to light that Wendy Lythgoe couldn’t make it, not a great scenario but unfortunately completely out of my control, so at 10pm on Wednesday night with 13hrs to go, up stepped 16 year old Crewe lad Matt Yeats to take up the challenge, as Matt is one of my bailiffs he was only too pleased to be in the event, and with the prospect of fishing alongside some of the finest anglers in the country I’m sure he didn't sleep too much the night before.

9.00am on Thursday morning and I'm ready for the stars to arrive, out of the blue a camper van pulls in the fishery, watching intently as it came all the way down the drive, ‘what now’ I thought, then out steps Mick Brown, whom is without doubt one of the most famous anglers in the world, from that moment on the event had succeeded, all I had needed was for the high profile anglers to actually turn up and it was job done. Mick had a good look round the fishery and as such he confirmed if and when he needs a venue to film on then he will be back, as Mick is a true gentleman then he will always be welcome.

By noon all had arrived and the draws had been done, now the organised chaos was to start, getting all 26 anglers to the correct swims, with the help of my forever helpful bailiffs it went to plan, the first match was on the golden lake, local superstar angler Neil Machin had fished it two days prior to the event and in a little over two hours Neil had in excess of 100lb of carp, so the stage was for a good day, with the guidance of Diawa ace Keiran Rich his partner Jan Porter won the afternoon match, the rules of the event stated that all afternoon weights would be carried over to the night match only if the pairs caught a catfish. Unfortunately for Jan and Keiran they didn’t catch a cat, however, Keiran did catch a new PB carp at 28lb 4oz, and was over the moon with the fish, its just a shame it was a catfish match so it didn’t actually count.

It was down to another local hero Jeff Moors to take the honours of winning the catfish challenge cup, the Garbolino/Pickering’s matchman had a nice 25lb 10oz catfish of the horseshoe, Jeff and partner Simon Clarke of the Catfish Conservation Group had also now managed to bring their afternoon weight over too, adding up to a total weight of 38lb 4oz.

“We drew together last year and finished second, so it’s great to go one better and catch my heaviest ever fish in the process. Simon’s the man when it comes to catfish - he even stripped down to his underpants and went in to net the fish when it snagged me under a tree,” said Jeff. The event was a major success, all the specimen anglers involved absolutely loved the afternoon match, using poles and feeders is something they just don’t do, likewise the match anglers got as real taste of what specimen fishing is all about, testament to this is that the likes of Steve Ringer, Neil Machin and Jamie Masson are all returning as my guests to try and catch a catfish. I for one can’t wait to help them achieve their goal. And get a big cat!

To sum up I would like to say a massive thanks to all whom attended, all the anglers are top blokes in my eyes and are all wellcome back whenever they wish, I have to say a huge thank to the helpers who gave up their time for me, and of course a big congratulations to Jeff and Simon on winning.

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‘Roll on 2009’

Contestants and spectators received goodie bags from Dynamite Baits, the main sponsors along with Catfish Pro, Katmandoo, Catmaster tackle, GP Pellets and Stapley Angling Center.

Kind regards to all and I will announce the date for next years event soon!

Back

- THIS EVENT HAS NOW TAKEN PLACE -

After the resounding success of the 2007 Catfish Challenge I am pleased to announce we are holding another event on the 22nd May. Plus, one lucky angler can win a place on it too. For the chance at to fish with the likes of Mick Brown, Ian Welch, Steve Ringer and Neil Machin plus many more top anglers then please call mark for more info.

The format of the event will be similar to that of 2007, with the emphasis being on catching catfish. However, as an addition, for two and a half hours on the day, the tables will be turned, and the match lads will help the specimen lads in a normal style match.

The twelve match anglers listed below are all invited back with the addition of England international Wendy Lythgoe.

The event will consist of 14 top flight match-anglers coming to catch a cat. The match anglers will be paired with a specimen angler as many of them have never caught a catfish before.

Come along and watch the stars in a match, between 2pm and 4.30pm, on The Golden Lake. Then, why not meet the stars at Lakemore in person? Strictly between 5.30pm and 7.00pm in the main fishery car park, and the entry fee is just £1! Under 16s get in for free, but must be accompanied by an adult.

Courtesy of Dynamite Baits, the first 100 kids to come along will recieve 1kg of FREE bait!

Furthermore, there will be a wonderful BBQ and various catfish products on show from Catfish Pro, Katmandoo and Catmaster Tackle.

Match Anglers:

  • Matt Hall - Fish o Mania & current Catfish Challenge Champion
  • Neil Machin - Fish o Mania Champion 2006
  • Steve Ringer - Fish o Mania
  • Darren Cox - England International
  • Jamie Masson - Kammasan
  • Andy May - Kammasan
  • Geoff Ringer - Fish o Mania
  • Jon Arthur - Maver UK
  • Steve Cooke - Fish o Mania
  • Les Thompson - Preston Innovations
  • Geoff Moors - Garbolino
  • Kieran Rich - Diawa
  • Wendy Lithgoe - England Ladies International (TBC)

Specialist Anglers:

  • Mark Barrett - PAC Secretary & current Catfish Challenege Champion
  • Mick Brown - TV Celebrity
  • Simon Clarke - Catfish Conservation Group & Catfish Pro
  • Jan Porter - Angling Supremo
  • Ian Welch - Angler's Mail Columnist
  • Gary Newman - Angler's Mail Columnist
  • Dave Foster - Catmaster
  • Rich Garner - TV Celebrity
  • Dave Smith - Get Hooked On Fishing Coordinator
  • Mathew Ashmore - Resident Expert & Sparsholt student
  • Lakemore Competition Winner - see blog

Many more expected to be confirmed in the near future...

Event supported by:

Angler's Mail - Catfish Pro - Stapeley Angling Centre
Catmaster Tackle - Dynamite Baits - Katmandoo

- THIS EVENT HAS NOW TAKEN PLACE -

This unique event is taking place on the 11th July 2007, and will consist of 12 top flight match-anglers coming to catch a cat. The match anglers will be paired with a specimen angler as many of them have never caught a catfish before.

The general public will be permitted to come on site between the hours of 5pm and 7pm on the Wednesday evening to not only watch the draw take place, but to also meet the various anglers on site.

All visits by the general public MUST be pre-booked, and will only be validated with the production of a special invitation that you can pick up from Stapeley Angling Centre and Dave's of Middlewich. Invitations are limited, in order to control the numbers of people on the site over the two hours. Access to the lakes will be limited so as not to disrupt the night's angling

Anglers confirmed are:

  • Neil Machin - Reigning Fish o Mania Champion 2006
  • Steve Ringer - Fish o Mania
  • Darren Cox - England International
  • Andy Moors - Kammasan
  • Andy May - Kammasan
  • Geoff Ringer - Fish o Mania
  • Jamie Masson - Maver UK
  • Matt Hall - Fish o Mania
  • Steve Cooke - Fish o Mania
  • Les Thompson - Preston Innovations
  • Geoff Moors - Garbolino
  • Kieran Rich

Specialist Anglers confirmed are:

  • Neville Fickling - Pike angling supremo
  • Simon Clarke - Catfish Conservation Group & Catfish Pro
  • Gary Newman - Angler's Mail Columnist
  • Phil Aylett - Pike & Predator Writer
  • Dave Foster - Catmaster
  • Mark Barrett - Secretary, Pike Anglers Club of Great Britain
  • Geoff Hayes - Three Counties Specimen Group & SOTAS
  • Dave Smith - Get Hooked On Fishing Coordinator
  • Clive Gibbons - Korda & Tracker
  • Ron Griffiths - Catfish Conservation Group
  • Matthew Ashmore - Resident Expert & Sparsholt student
  • Andy James - Carp Talk Columnist

Many more expected to be confirmed in the near future...

Event supported by:

Shimano - Angler's Mail - Angling Times - Catfish Pro - Stapeley Angling Centre - GP Pellets - Catmaster Tackle - Get Hooked On Fishing - Environment Agency