Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Leazes Park Event Was One to Remember

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Leazes Park Event Was One to Remember

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LAST week's prestigious Transplant Games was held in Newcastle, with Leazes Park playing host to the angling match.

The event was a brilliant success, thanks to the go-ahead LPAA committee, with competitors who had all had transplants attracted to the city-centre venue from all over the world.

Alan Davis of Bristol was the match winner with 4lb 12oz, ahead of Gary Purnell, who had 4lb 7oz, while there was a threeway tie for third spot with Steven Baker, Denis Eldridge and Brian Unwin all returning 4lb 1oz to the scales.

An international social event was won by the longest traveller in the form of Terry Holyoak from Melbourne, Australia, with 5lb 8oz ahead of Ryan Walker and Abigail Longfellow, but every competitor was a winner on such a well-organised day. Last year the Transplant angling match was held at Bolton and next year it will be the turn of Liverpool to host the event, supported by Westfield Health of Sheffield.

Competitors told me that Newcastle's Leazes Park, where every competitor caught, will go down as one of the best venues ever to hold the event.

On The Angel complex, some stunning silvers have been caught this week. The best bream was 11lb 9oz, and huge crucians to 3lb 13oz have been present in good numbers. Ray Laing took more than 10 in Sunday's match.

The best carp out this week has been a superb 23lb 2oz common, while Ide well over 3lb complete the list of specimen fish.

Recent rain has given the Whittle Dene complex an influx of fresh water, and fish are responding well. W Grabham with a mixed catch of silver fish for 15lb 9oz was just one of several double-figure catches. The Lower Reservoir continues to fish well, but the more adventurous angler should head to the Great Southern where bigger and more undisturbed fish lurk.

Sunday's Open on Lookout was won by Ray Laing on 69lb ahead of Chris Pine with 62lb 8oz and Norman Laing, who returned 61lb 4oz The Friday evening event saw Craig Kent top the field with 48lb 6oz from Jon Foster, who had 37lb 4oz, and David Herbert on 33lb 8oz. …

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