On Saturday, Adlington Angling Centre staged the inaugural Shaun Taylor Memorial Carp Cup charity match on Wigan and District Anglers’ water Heapey No.1.
Shaun was a keen carp angler who spent many a day on this great fishery.
But he sadly passed away in December, and both Shaun’s family and Adlington Angling Centre thought it would be a fitting tribute to organise annual charity match in his name.
The charity they chose was North West Blood Bikes, and tickets sold out for this event within two hours of it being announced.
Indeed, due to the high demand, next year’s event will be moved to Heapey No.2 which is a far bigger lake.
The winner was the one with the total heaviest weight of carp on the bank.
There was also a trophy for biggest carp and the wooden spoon bream basher award.
Contestants didn’t waste any time catching fish as Billy Christopher netted a 12lb 4oz carp within five minutes of casting in.
That was almost enough to win the biggest carp award until an hour before the end when Lee Simm netted a mirror carp at 12lb 7ozs to take the biggest carp prize.
The lake fished very well on the day with fish being banked all round the lake.
The battle to be the Shaun Taylor Carp Cup champion went right down to the wire and there was only 12ozs splitting the top two.
Result: 1, Scott Gifford 46lbs 0oz; 2, Lee Simm 45lbs 4oz; 3, Callum Catterall 28lbs 2oz; 4, Billy Christopher 12lbs 4oz; 5, Robin Llabres 11lbs 2oz
Champion Scott Gifford wasted no time and leaped into the lake to celebrate which was roundly applauded.
The much-coveted wooden spoon bream basher award went to Callum Catterall with a 3lbs 4oz specimen.
There was also a raffle with prizes donated by Shaun’s family, Adlington Angling Centre, Euxton Roofing, Rig Marole, Deception Angling, two Premier league tickets to a game of their choice by Lorraine Sutton, plus many more kind donations off friends.