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Phung and Crawley 2019

Muggy, overcast conditions met the sixteen anglers on the latest round of the Angling Trust and Canal and River Trust Canal pairs. With Broughton and the Tesco stretches of the Grand Union in the hat, it was expected a few bream would dominate the overalls. However, a good net of silvers was needed to prop up team points.

It was local experts Steve Crawley and Sau Phung who took the honours on the day. Steve drew on peg 3 in A section (Broughton) and made no mistake, landing five quality bream in his 6.75kg catch, on pole fished worm for 1 point. Sau backed this up brilliantly with a hard earnt 1.91kg of roach, skimmers and perch from B section (Tesco), which was enough for third.

Second pair on the day were Peter Laughton and Andrew Webster. In A section Peter also landed multiple bream, but of a slightly smaller stamp for his 6.16kg and two points. Once more this was on the pole to the lily pads. His partner Andrew Webster also had a good day, taking second spot in B section with 2.31kg of silvers and 2 points to boot.

The final pair to qualify were father and son pairing James and Dave Lewis. James drew peg 6 on B section and fished a patient match, catching two bream on worm well down his peg for 2.98kg and third in section. Dave on the other hand, plundered the small silvers in B section on squatt, amassing 1.37kg and scoring 5 points.

Our thanks once more must go to the Pilkingtons’ for a well-run match, The next AT & CRT Canal Pairs qualifier heads to the Shropshire Union from Coalyard to Betton Wood on: Saturday 10th August.


1) Steve Crawley 6.75kg, Sau Phung 1.91kg 4pts Qualified

2) Peter Laughton 6.16kg, Andrew Webster 2.31kg 4pts Qualified

3) Barry Smith 1.72kg, Ian Orbell 7.99kg 6pts Already Qualified

4) James Lewis 2.98kg, David Lewis 1.37kg 8pts Qualified

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