Eighteen contestants battled it out on the 30th October for the inaugural Esthwaite Water Kayaking Grand Slam competition. The competition consisted of a practice day on the 29th October and the general format for the event was to include catching three predatory species from the lake, Trout, Perch and Pike. The winner of the Grand Slam being the longest combined length of all the target species, with fishery rules of fly, spin and worm being applicable. The competition was open to all kayak anglers and was run jointly with the Angling Trust and Esthwaite Water Trout Fishery.
Unfortunately the Cumbrian fishing mecca was not on its usual form and the fishing was tough. Although Trout and Pike were caught, it was the Perch that were proving to be elusive on the day, so on the big day itself, no one actually completed the grand slam. However there were some excellent prizes won and in third place Danny Williams caught 3 fish for a total length of 19 inches. In second place Andy Hoyle caught 2 fish for a total length of 39.5 inches and the winner, Simon Everett caught 2 fish for a total length of 46.5 inches.
Ant Glascoe from Savage Gear presented the prizes, after all the contestants enjoyed a pie and a pint at the end of a tough day. As well as Savage Gear, our thanks go out to the co sponsors which included Glasgow Angling Centre, Okuma, Baitbox and Coarse Angling Today magazine. All in all this was a fantastic competition which gave the kayaking community the chance to meet like minded anglers and enjoy the superb camaraderie which was experienced over the whole weekend. The event is now firmly established in the fisheries event calendar and anyone wishing to fish next years event should contact the fishery on 015394 36541. Details will also be on our website in the new year, please log onto www.hawksheadtrout.com.
|Kayak anglers ready to start the Grand Slam!|
|Ant Glascoe of Savage Gear presents Simon with 1st prize|