Christmas match was still a cracker

Rob McEndry, left, club champion, and runner-up John Mellor, at Todmorden Angling Society's annual presentation event after the  Christmas match, December 2010, held at Todmorden Social Club
Rob McEndry, left, club champion, and runner-up John Mellor, at Todmorden Angling Society's annual presentation event after the Christmas match, December 2010, held at Todmorden Social Club

A TOTAL of 22 members of Todmorden Angling Society took part in the Grand Christmas Match - thanks to John Mellor and the chainsaw gang.

The society was faced with ice up to five inches thick at the Croft fishery.

But John and the boys turned out specially to cut 25 fish lanes in the ice, 17ft long by three feet wide to ensure the special event could go ahead.

The sub-zero temperatures did little to deter the members at the annual event.

It saw Wayne Richmond take the top prize with a catch of nine pounds. It consisted of one big carp plus roach on pole/maggot.

Landing the carp, which weighed more than eight pounds, proved a “battle royal” for Wayne, which lasted a total of 25 minutes.

In all 16 members caught fish, although Wayne proved a clear winner.

Phil Lucas took second place with a catch of three pounds eight ounces, roach whip/maggot and Graham Mallinson was third with two pounds and nine ounces of tench and roach.

Ray Barber was fourth with one pound 13 ounces roach pole/maggot and Steve Mills was fifth with a similar catch weighing one pound and seven ounces.

Prizes and trophies were presented at the Todmorden Working Men’s Social Club, Halifax Road.

Trophies were also presented to the juniors, whose Christmas match will be fished at a later date.

Next year’s members’ tickets are now available in all the club’s tackle shop outlets, with the rate staying the same as last year: seniors £35, juniors £5 and OAP, women and intermediates £17.50.