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Freebourne and Hawkes win on Aire and Calder


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The Aire and Calder hosted the ninth round of the Angling Trust and Canal and River Trust pairs competition, with twenty anglers making their way to the deep natural venue which will host half of the Division Two Nationals.

The Aire and Calder came up trumps with every angler weighing in over 2.5lbs in both sections. However, bonus fish were the real big point scorers with both skimmers and hybrids showing in good numbers, this meant that over 16lb was required to make the top three in both A and B sections!

On A section there was a tie for First spot between Ian Freeborn peg 66 and Trevor Banks peg 76 who both amazingly amassed an identical 9kg 150g in the five hours. Both men catching good numbers of skimmers on the usual big fish baits (worm/Caster and Maggot). This gave them both 20 points on the day. Third in section was Bryan Hawkes who picked out peg 78 from the drawbag, Bryan only narrowly missed out on the top two carding 8kg 500g.

Moving on to B section Nigel Beamson took individual honours on the stretch with an impressive 13kg 750g from peg 435. Nigel caught an astounding net of all hybrids on Maggot to take 20 points in the section. Second in section was a very close affair between John Freebourne and Barry Howgate, with Barry eventually coming out on top by a mere 530g with 7kg 30g to Johns 6kg 500g. Both men again finding a few bonus fish to bolster their silverfish weights.

Looking at the successful pairs it was unbelievably another tie at the top showing just how close the competition was on the canal. The pairings of John Freebourne/Bryan Hawkes and Ian Freebourne/Brian Werritt both only dropped the four points amassing an unassailable 36 points. It was John and Bryan who edged the day on weight count-back with the weights below. The final pair qualifying for the grand final were Barry Howgate and Steve Williamson who carded a very respectable 32 points.


1. John Freebourne and Bryan Hawkes 36 points (15kg 150g)

2. Ian Freebourne and Brian Werritt 36 points (14kg 610g)

3. Barry Howgate and Steve Williamson 32 points

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