2018 Snowbee Innis Spring Cup was well attended again by anglers from all over England and Wales. Conditions seemed favourable but turned out quite challenging when the wind turned to the east and blew between 12 and 17mph making casting very difficult on some of the pegs. Although both lakes fished steadily throughout the morning, lunchtime it was quite obvious that some anglers who were a few fish ahead could still be overtaken with some consistent afternoon catches. Alex Johnstone, Peter Runnalls, Mike Green, Paul Jones, Ryan Vincent, Dave Grove and Dave Daniells were all in the running heading out for the afternoon session. Welsh angler, Kevin Hockley, had a terrific afternoon catching eight fish from three pegs and pushing himself into second place behind the eventual winner, Dave Grove from Devon, with the same total of fish. Both anglers caught eleven fish by the end of the day, which resulted in a tie for first place. So it came down to who caught the quickest fish of the day, Dave Grove came out on top by just two minutes catching his at 9.22am and Kevin at 9.24am….a very close match.
Presentation evening was held at Trethurgy Village Hall where Russell Weston from Snowbee UK and Dave Johns, owner of Innis Fly Fishery, presented the prizes and Trophies.
A total of 37 anglers took part catching 164 trout making the overall rod average 4.5 per angler.
Thanks to Snowbee UK for their continued support as our main sponsor of this competition. A big thanks to our controllers for giving up their time and withstanding the harsh cold conditions in order to make it all run smoothly. A massive thanks to Kernow Hog Roast for supplying such a great spread at such short notice and finally thanks to Dell and Gyl for helping with afternoon refreshments.
All this couldn't have taken place without the unseen hard work that took place beforehand. As always a massive thanks to Peter Runnalls for all his hard work throughout the year but especially prior to this Spring Cup in getting Sterrick Lake up and running. We would also like to say a special thank you to Dave Truran for all the time he put in helping to remove the vast amount of weed from Sterrick Lake. Big thanks also goes out to Stuart Parkin, Dave Daniels, Loren Bracher, Phil and Dave Bromley and Alex Johnstone for the effort they put in and the time they gave up.
Many Thanks from Dave and Theresa.
BELOW IS THE VIDEO OF THE DAY
2017 INNIS SPRING CUP WINNER
1st Place - Dave Grove with 11 fish winning the perpetual Snowbee Innis Spring Cup, the winners trophy, £200 and a Geo cassette fly reel and spare spools in a reel bag
2nd Place - Kevin Hockley with 11 fish winning the Second Place Trophy, £100 and a XS Boat/Bank Bag
3rd Place - Alex Johnstone with 10 fish winning the Third Place Trophy, £50 and a XS-Plus competition long cast fly line
4th Place - Peter Runnalls with 9 fish winning an Easy-Vue waterproof competition fly box
MEANWHILE DOWN ON THE FISHERY
The Innis Fishery is proud of its stocking policy with regular fresh fish stocked based on catch returns + some. This doesn't guarantee you will catch...you might be lucky to attract one or two just by chucking any old fly out into the lakes but if you take the time to look at conditions, weather, hatches, and what the fish are likley to be on the feed and where you might...YOU COULD be in for a bumper day. Always ask the lads at the fishery for their expert advice & knowledge and they will point you in the right direction and preferred method for the time of day. Below are some piks of fresh stocking and some happy catches featured below.
Simon Jordan from Falmouth pictured below with his 10lb 1oz rainbow caught in Innis Lake with a silver humungus on a floating line.
This one below weighed in at just under 6lb and tasted delicious filleted and smoked for four hours...glass of wine pucker.
ANGLIAN WATER AIRFLO INTERNATIONAL
Our international fly-fishing championship, sponsored by Airflo, will once again see anglers come together to test their fishing abilities in 2018.
The Anglian Water Airflo International (AWAI), is a prestigious event which sees teams of anglers from across the UK and Europe compete to be named AWAI champions.
Competing in teams of six, anglers will need to prove themselves by coming through the heats and qualifying rounds for the chance to compete in the international final.
Heats take place at nine top fisheries, including at Lake of Menteith in Scotland, Lough Melvin in Ireland and Llyn Brenig in Wales. The two-day competition will see finalists fish Rutland Water.
And don’t worry if you don’t qualify for the final; runners-up can try their luck in the Grafham Water Championship.
Another great days fishing with team Whakapakas. Third place in the Anglian Water 69 fish out of possible 72 looking forward to the final at Grafham in July
Anglian Water Airflo International individual results Chew Valley...notice Dave Johns finishing 2nd individuals...well done Dave and the rest of the Whakapakas Team all looking forward to the final!