Pete Upperton has won the Middy Match Team Cup at Shearsby Valley, after a tough five hour battle. For his efforts, Pete picked up the £500 cheque and trophy that went with it. The annual match is only for Middy sponsored anglers, with 21 anglers taking part this year.
The draw saw Pete draw the end peg with Jimmy Brooks opposite him on the other end peg, and Chris Cameron and Davie Corcoran on the other two end pegs, but would the fish be at the ends? Lee Thornton and Kieron Rich seem inseparable these days and even after traveling down together they then decided to spend the next five hours next to each other in the widest area of the lake, but would the fish be there?
Conditions were far from ideal with bright conditions and the fish preparing to spawn it was always going to be a tough match but all fears seemed to be squashed as time was called and soon elastic was seen coming from several anglers poles, Davie Corcoran had a fish in the net before some anglers had got fishing and Steve Haywood was like a man possessed and had over 20lb in the first half an hour.
Unfortunately the fish suddenly shut up shop and the next few hours were really tough for most, and it turned into a game of cat and mouse as fish cruised about in pairs seemingly impossible to catch.
Two anglers were finding a few though as after a quiet first two hours a battle and begun to develop between Pete Upperton and Jimmy Brooks who despite being opposite each other were actually unable to see each other. To say there were a few lies being told was a bit of an understatement! No two anglers in the history of match angling have ever caught so many fish yet their estimated weights remained unchanged!
After 5 tough hours, (for most), time was called and everyone knew it was a two horse race, although a horse could possibly judge weight better than these two as they both admitted to a rather conservative 30lb!
Luckily the scales don’t lie and it wasn’t as close as we thought as for the second year running Pete Upperton took the title, the cup and the money with 107lb to Jimmy brooks 76lb 12oz.
Performance of the day had to go to young star Ross Macauley who grabbed 3rd and doubled the anglers around him with a fine display of long pole meat fishing.
1st Pete Upperton 107lb
2nd Jimmy Brooks 76lb 12oz
3rd Ross Macauley 66lb 8oz
4th Harry Bignell 48lb 2oz