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Yateley Charity Fish-in 2017
The 21st Stoney & Friends charity
fish-in recently took place on the
Yateley West Fishery, giving many of
the anglers the opportunity to fish
these iconic lakes, whilst helping to
raise monies on behalf of Macmillan
Cancer Support.
With all the admin and fish safety
equipment checks done, the anglers
made their way to their respective
lakes, with hopes of catching an early
fish. Within a couple of hours, news
had filtered through from the North
Lake that Dan Ibbott had landed a
cracking 30lb mirror.
As with many lakes around the
country, the sudden rush of anglers
onto the bank seemed to put the fish
on their guard, and so it proved with
no further action during the day. As
evening approached the barbeques
were lit and the rods were prepared in
earnest for what was to be a productive evening for some, but a quiet one
for many! Whilst the fish were not
climbing up the rods, it gave many of
the anglers the chance to relax in
some beautiful surroundings, whilst
socialising with their mates.
A screaming alarm raised Peter
Welford from his slumber during the
early hours, and after a hard fought
battle, he landed a 27lb mirror, his first
fish during the event since 2009! He
followed this at breakfast with a very
unexpected capture of a 12lb pike,
caught on piece of luncheon meat!
As temperatures rose, the fish
vacated their feeding areas for the
sanctuary of the various weedbeds,
with some anglers trying to tempt
them both with surface fishing and
stalking, but to no avail. During this
quiet period, members of the Stoney
& Friends committee took the opporDan Ibbott
North Lake 30
4 FREE LINE
tunity to walk the lakes, selling tickets
for what has proven over the years to
be a very well supported raffle, by
both the trade and our supporters.
This year was no exception with over
£1,500 raised from this event alone.
Another important activity for the
committee was the AGM, which
whilst it proved very productive in
terms of agreeing events for the forthcoming year, we were presented with
a certificate from Macmillan Cancer
Support, celebrating us winning the
‘The 2017 Fundraising Group/Committee Award’ for the London area.
Into the second night and with
Peter
Welford
Pads 27
anglers redoing their rods, many were
hopeful of hooking what had proved
to be very elusive fish so far. Unfortunately despite their best efforts, no
fish were landed, though some were
hooked and lost. By midday the fishing had drawn to a close for another
year, with the anglers making their
way back to the car park for the final
event, that being the raffle!!
One aspect of this whole event that
cannot be underestimated is the support we get every year, not just from
those anglers attending, but also from
both the trade and our sponsors. It
really does make a difference in terms
of the amount of money we raise, with
every penny going to Macmillan Cancer Support.
As part of the fundraising efforts,
the attending anglers work their
magic to encourage their work colleagues and friends to donate to
Macmillan, with monies being passed
over at this event. This year those 50
anglers attending collected donations
to the value of £3,500, which bought
the overall total raised for this event
alone to £8000 – a fantastic effort I’m
sure you’ll agree…
Whilst all the committee work
behind the scenes to run the events,
without our sponsors and supporters,
we would not be able to raise the
monies we have (£542,200) over the
past 21 years. We endeavor to thank
our sponsors through the various
media outlets and thank them for
their continued support.
Our sponsors for this event were:
Martin Gardener of Yateley West Fishery, CC Moore, Yateley Angling Centre, Gardner Tackle, Korda, Fox International, Munchbaits, Gold Label
Tackle, Korda, Mainline Baits, Murphys Lake, Dovetail Games, Drennan/ESP, Vince Scully, Mpress / Calm
Productions, Urban Bait, The Tackle
Box, Johnson Ross, Copdock Mill,
Uxbridge Rovers AC, Grant & Stone
Plumbers, Tackle Fanatics, Keith
Williams, Mark Jacobs, John Paine. n
Peter Welford
Pads Pike

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