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Ye Olde Bait Challenge raises nearly £2,000 for
Fishing for Schools
Chris Ware and Kev Crouch and the full team – including Ray in the white T-shirt (right).
Fishing for Schools is extremely fortunate to have Level 2 coach, Ray
Jones, as part of the South West team.
The Bridgwater-based coach got his
AT licence two years ago, but his
energy and desire to give something
back to the sport has always been
infectious. Instrumental in further
developing the Summerhayes Junior
Club, he has just managed to raise a
staggering £1,971 for Fishing for
Schools by running what proved to be
an incredibly well received fishing
match at Wessex Water’s Durleigh
Reservoir, near Bridgwater, Somerset.
The inaugural Ye Olde Bait
Challenge match took place on
1. Chris Ware and Kev Crouch – 67lb
Sunday (17th June) and attracted
2. Chris Parr and Gary Cross – 57lb.
some big names in the competi3. Simon Pointer and James Cooper – 44lb.
tion angling scene, including
Section winners:
England carp fishing team capGary Ireland and Dave Brown – 27lbs
tain Mark Bartlett and former
Steve Jackson and Aide Bishop – 27lbs
Fish-O-Mania winner Steve
Jackson, among others.
school – the main target species
The rules were Americana style, so
being the huge shoals of bream that
they fished in pairs from the same
Durleigh Reservoir has become so
drawn peg and entered a combined
famous for.
total weight. Silvers only, so no pellet
Huge congratulations to Chris Ware
and no boilies allowed – just tradiand Kev Crouch for gaining first place
tional groundbait and hookbaits – old
with 67lb of fish, but also to everyone
Over 300 angling events this summer
– find one near you!
Get Fishing, our national campaign to get more people to give fishing a go, now
has over 300 fun, safe and friendly angling events across England.
We’ve been busy working with clubs, coaches and fisheries to offer hundreds
of Family Fishing sessions to people of all ages and abilities, and along with
events delivered in partnership with Get Hooked on Fishing, National Fishing
Month and Canal & River Trust there will be almost daily opportunities to discover fishing this year. n
who took part and managed to raise
this vitally important funding for Fishing for Schools. Without these
fundraising events taking place, we
really wouldn’t be able to be involved
with so many schools in this region,
so thank you!
The event was a resounding success, as the competitors requested a
repeat event for 2019, and Ray is
already looking at making it bigger
and better next time. The pairing of
anglers made it a great social event
and an opportunity for old friends to
catch up while raising money for a
good cause. Special thanks also go
out to Steve Kedge of Somerset
Angling and Ian Parsons of M5
Angling for sponsoring the event; and
the fisheries ranger Paul Martin of the
Wessex Water fisheries team for
allowing the match to take place. Also
to the other two Fishing for Schools
coaching staff Lee Hooper and Steve
Jackson for helping with the event
For more information about Ye Olde
Bait Challenge, contact Ray Jones on
07756 035804. n


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