Oxfordshire Pike Anglers Club & Linear Fisheries Annual Charity Pike Match 2018 Sponsored by Fox RageOn Sunday 4th February 2018 a total of 27 anglers convened at St John’s pit, Linear Fisheries to take part in the annual charity pike. The gravel pit had not been fished for three weeks due to the Linear Fisheries winter resting policy. Everyone was hopeful it would fish well as everyone registered, brought raffle tickets and paid optional pools.
A briefing was conducted before the drawing of pegs before the anglers, including 2 juniors with their dads, set off to their swims to set up. Anglers could use up to 2 rods with deadbaits and lures being used. The whistle signalled the start of the match at 9am.
Stuart Green caught the first fish of the day on a dead trout, a jack weighing 4lb 7oz. This was followed by a fish weighing 4lb 13oz to Kevin Sparks on a float fished deadbait.
Paul Croft fishing in the swim next door then had a fish late morning on a lure which ended up being the biggest of the day at just 6lb 5oz.
Down in swim one father and son Mark and Young Connor Williams landed a pike just around lunch time weighing in at 6lb 4oz. This was followed by a dropped run soon after.
Unfortunately, it was becoming apparent that the fishing was extremely hard going and it continued to be slow all day with no other fish being landed, which was a massive surprise and a little disappointing but that’s fishing! At least Clive Bristow and Dan Williams who were walking the banks to weigh all fish caught had an easy day.
The whistle concluded the match at 3pm and once the anglers were packed up and returned to the meeting point the prizes of a Fox Rage Prism lure rod plus £60 pools, Prism reel plus £30 pools and a selection of Fox replicant lures plus £15 pools were presented to the 3 anglers who had caught the largest 3 pike, all being well earnt in the cold difficult conditions.
The day was completed with a raffle with 9 prizes being won. Once again everyone enjoyed the day and a worthwhile £406 was raised for the Ducklington Primary School new playground fund.
The Oxfordshire Pike Anglers Club would like to thank Fox Rage, Linear Fisheries, Dave Carter, Clive Bristow and Dan Williams for their assistance with this event.
This charity pike match is confirmed to take place again in 2019 on Sunday 2nd February, be sure to book your place.
The Oxfordshire Pike Anglers Club and Linear Fisheries Charity Pike Match has been held each year since 2015 and to date £1,590.50 has been raised for charities.