Market Rasen Angling: Jim and Dave land annual team honours

Market Rasen Anglers returned to action with the annual team match on Sunday with members paired into teams.

With rain falling and an increasing south westerly wind, the five teams knew the six-hour match would be tough.

The all-in came at 9am when the anglers began the task of building a match-winning weight. Most of them began to catch from the off the weights and looked like they would be better than first anticipated.

But this proved to be false hope as the match wore on and several anglers went for long periods between catches.

The pairing of Jim Kelham and Dave Humphreys proved to be the exception, winning at the final weigh-in with a combined weight of 15lb 13oz.

Jim caught 11lb 12oz, while Dave netted 4lb 1oz to earn this year’s team trophy.

Second spot went to Dave Appleyard and Barry De’Ath with a weight of 11lb 6oz, Dave weighing in 6lb and Barry 5lb 6oz.

The anglers return to their Jackson Buildbase Aggregate Shield matches on Sunday which also doubles as the Riggall Cup.

With only three matches to fish the leaderboard is very tight. Leader Sam Appleyard is top with 61 points with four anglers lying within seven points of him.

The draw takes place at 8am and the anglers will fish from 9am to 3pm. All members welcome.