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Angler Wilby's silver lining

PUBLISHED: 15:57 05 August 2010 | UPDATED: 09:20 16 September 2010

Heavy rain did not affect last Tuesday's match on Diss Mere for the members of Diss Angling Club.

The heavens opened during the closing stages of the match but that had no impact of on the final weight.

Heavy rain did not affect last Tuesday's match on Diss Mere for the members of Diss Angling Club.

The heavens opened during the closing stages of the match but that had no impact of on the final weight.

Ben Wilby fished for silver all match and also caught a few bonus carp on his way to 30lb 3½oz.

The bulk of Ben's weight was 22lb of roach and rudd caught close in on the pole.

Second on the day was George Wilby, who has just returned from a lengthy lay off had 20lb 5oz. Third went to Colin Lea with 14lb 12oz.

Thursday, July 29 saw the last round of the summer series which was full of incident.

Two big fish were lost as well as small fish giving the anglers there a tense finish.

Going into the last 20 minutes of the match Billy Davies had just 10oz in his net. Fed up it was not his day he changed to his short line and the tip flew round and a carp had taken his bait. Then despair it snagged him and Davies had to pull for a break. Quickly setting up again a bait went straight back out and within minutes the tip went round and a 5lb carp give Bill a quick battle before going into the net. Two more smaller carp followed in the next five minutes.

The whistle went but had Davies done enough? Jake Mcdowell had fished a good match. The first hour he had baited up the area he was going to fish. After several bait changes, he found what was working and this brought fish to the net and his pellet hookers had done the trick.

Mcdowell was out-catching everyone around him. Within seconds of a new hook bait going in, it reaped a fish. The last 30 minutes of the match were slow for Mcdowell but surely victory was safe. When the scales made their way round Mcdowell pulled his net out and slipped his fish in the weigh sling and he had ended on 9lb 6oz. Next to be weighed was Davies,

The scales settled at 9lb 13½oz giving Davies the win and Mcdowell in second.

Davies also had won three out of the four summer series matches. Third went to Jimmy Ellis, with a total of 8lb 3oz.

Saturday, July 31 saw Barry Day the victor of the third round of the Tony Raven Memorial when he had 9lb 3½oz. Second on the day went to Billy Crisp, with 5lb 10½oz. Mark Ling took third spot with a total of 5lb 7oz.

On Sunday, August 1 the match was held on the River Waveney at Hoxne.

Mark Ling improved on his third place the day before to claim a win in the Twist Cup, when he weighed in 5lb 4oz of roach, rudd and perch.

Second was Andrew Mears with his 4lb 11oz and Keith Rodwell in third with 4lb 8oz.


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