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Paul and Damian with a 'Grand' result


CRT pairs GUC 2017

The fourth round of the Angling Trust and Canal and River Trust Canal Pair Championships was hosted sections on the infamous Grand Union Canal. Conditions for the day were a little tough with bright sunshine and little wind, this meant that anglers with cover found themselves able to hold onto the fish for longer.

Winning the match by a clear five points were pairing Paul Cowern & Damian Green, both finishing third in their respective sections. Both men fished busy matches catching both Skimmers and roach.

Joint second on points were Steve Crawley & Sam Phung and Alan Donnelly & Andrew Curless and with Alan and Andrew already qualified this saw Steve and Sam go through.

A section was fished on Oakfiled park where a draw on the marina was favourite before the draw. This proved to be the case with both of the marina pegs throwing up over 8lbs with some large bonus skimmers, with the average in the section posting nearer 3lbs.

B section was a slightly different affair at Broughton with a lot of the early pegs containing good patches of lilies and weeds for the fish to hold up in, this meant there were more weights in the 5-7lb region and some good skimmers and roach caught along the section.


1. Paul Cowern & Damian Green 96 points

2. Steve Crawley & Sam Phung 91 points

2. Alan Donnelly & Andrew Curless 91 points (already qualified)

4. Stephen Lathwell & Colin Macbeth 89 points

5. Barry Smith & Ian Orbell 88 points

6. Phil Speakman & Steve Davis 87 points

Our thanks to both Canal and River Trust for organisation of the event and to Tring Anglers volunteers for hosting the match. Upcoming qualifiers include the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal on 10th September and tickets are still available on 0115 822 4532.

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