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Kevin Heath Memorial Junior Cup - 11 May 2019 at Halnaby Lake

The six juniors who braved the weather forecast of sunshine and showers, with cold NW or NE winds deserved a medal just for turning-out and trying their best under difficult conditions. The lake water was very cold and quite clear, so it was obviously goinf to be a tough match.

The winner was Jacob Jenkinson, who drew peg 38. After catching a perch on  his first cast on a feeder, he struggled for bites but eventually he hooked a small roach only for a crow to swooop down and grab it as Jacob was reeling the fish in. The bird put up a very spirited fight before it was landed, disentangled and released, and Jacob was disappointed that it could not eb weighed-in. He then switched to small pieces of worm on a short pole line and had 4 more small perch (largest 4ozs) and a 10ozs tench for a total of 1lb 2ozs.

Second was Harry Mchael on peg 36, with a few small roach and perch aand a 4ozs roach/bream hybrid for a total of 6ozs  which were mainly caught on small pieces of worm.

Jake Carter, fishing his first match, was third with 3 small perch from peg 28 for 3ozs.

Also fishing her first match was Ellie Courtney who managed a small roach and two small perch totalling 2 ozs from peg 26.

Edward Cunningham (peg 30) and Kelsie House (peg 32)  both tried their best but didn't manage to get anything.

Many thanks to Sammy Rambow at Darlington Angling Centre and to Strikemore Baits for their donations of bags of groundbait as prizes for this year's series of matches.