Fly fishermen from Northumbrian Water won the Water Industry Game Fishing Championships (WIGFiC) for the second year running. (Sat 11 May).
Image of winning team - (front row left to right) Kevin Pick, Alistair Baker, Don Coe (back row left to right) Brian Lillie, Andrew Scott, Peter Pattinson.
The six-man team caught 23 rainbow trout which weighed 44lb 6oz, to earn 59 points and take the coveted team trophy.
And two of the team also took third and tenth individual places in the competition fished by more than 80 anglers at Llyn Brenig reservoir, Denbighshire, North Wales.
Peter Pattinson, from Newcastle, was third catching eight fish weighing 15lb 5oz and Don Coe, from Consett, was tenth with six fish weighing 9lb 15oz.
The other Northumbrian Water team mates were Andrew Scott, from St John’s Chapel, Weardale; Brian Lillie from Gosforth; Kevin Pick from Hexham and Alistair Baker from Stanley. Peter Scott from Durham fished the reserve competition.
Prizes were presented from the event supporter, world famous Northumberland tackle company Hardy Greys and the event raised funds for the charity WaterAid.
Team captain, Alistair Baker, said: “It was a brilliant team effort of which we are very proud. It is great to be representing Northumbrian Water which operates the biggest and most successful trout fishing business in Europe and now to have the leading fly fishing team in the industry as well.
“It’s the first time a team has achieved back to back wins since 1995 and only the fourth time in the history of the competition.”
The annual competition is open to teams from all of the ten major water companies in England and Wales, the Environment Agency regions and its head office and the Canal and Rivers Trusts and has been staged at fisheries throughout both countries for 34 years.
This year’s event, hosted by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, was fished in cold and extremely windy challenging conditions with heavy rain and hail storms.
For further information contact Alistair Baker 0191-3016851 or 07711-793493.