Over 80 anglers from Daiwa stockists around the UK took up the invitation to join 16 Daiwa staff and consultants.
Anglers arrived from 7.00am for a hearty breakfast and a cracking atmosphere. Before the draw Daiwa Sales Director Robin Morley welcomed everyone and thanked them for their support. Managing Director, Tom Komatsu also offered his thanks and announced the launch of a new campaign called ‘Think Clean’. The campaign asks us all to consider how we use our natural surroundings and be sure to provide a healthy habitat for our future generations.
The draw which was a jovial affair saw every dealer head off intent on bagging one of the 27 fantastic prizes up for grabs. Both Moat and Bridge pools were used with each angler getting a minimum of three pegs. The previous hot spell had triggered the carp into a spawning frenzy and as a result their numbers were to prove elusive. The normal back up of silverfish at Hallcroft were targeted by some, and did produce good weights, however a persistent NE wind and bright spells of sunshine knocked the edge off sport.
Winner on the day with 59lbs 1oz was Tony Gee from Acorn Angling in Didcot, Oxfordshire. Tony fished peg 73 on Moat Island and landed 8 carp for his impressive weight. Tony went home with a nice purse of cash and a Tournament AIRITY pole. Top weight on Bridge pool was Chris Haines from Haines Angling in Frome, Somerset with 39lbs 12oz. That was enough for fifth place overall and Chris went home with pools plus a Tournament 12/13Q and Tournament AIRITY reel.
After five hours of testing match fishing, everyone returned to the Kingfisher Café ready for a well earned drink and a king size plate from the fantastic buffet.
A special thanks was offered to Terry, Luke, Nick and staff from Hallcroft for helping put together a quite fantastic day.