Angling: Rita catches the ladies crown at the British Championships

Rita Clark with the fish that won her a British title.
Rita Clark with the fish that won her a British title.
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Anglers from all over the country flocked to the area at the weekend for the British Pike Championship final.

The match was fished on a huge section of the Twenty Foot drain and also along Glassmoor Bank and it was Glassmoor that proved to be the hot-spot this year.

While first place went to final regular Leon Sibillski from Waddington for the third time, there was a win for Peterborough.

That came from top local lady angler Rita Clark, who was third overall and leading lady.

Sibillski drew one of the prime pegs close to the Chapel Bridge section on Glassmoor Bank and caught four fish throughout the five-hour event to run out a comfortable winner with a total weight of 47lb and won over £1,500.

Close by was runner-up Mark Green. He had two fish, including the biggest of the day at 18lb 14oz, for a total of 24lb 14oz and then came Clark with 16lb 12oz. She actually caught the specimen on her very first cast of the day on Lamprey fished close to the far bank from the Twenty Foot.

Young Jack Taylor was junior champion. He caught two pike weighing in at 10lb 1oz taken from Glassmoor Bank on wobbled roach.


You can tell the East Midland Winter League is reaching a climax as despite the bad weather there was a large turnout for the practice match fished at Raveley Drain, Whittlesey Dyke and Factory Bank.

Despite the heavy rain that fell for most of the day, all three venues performed remarkably well.

As expected Factory Bank performed really well and unconfirmed reports suggest matchwinner Alistair Ogilvie broke the match record for the venue with an outstanding 29lb 6oz catch of roach.

He caught the fish with pinkie over groundbait from the bottom end of the section.

He was kept on his toes though as close by was the in-form Josh Pace. He fished similar tactics to the winner finishing with 21lb 9oz to claim the runner-up spot.

Steve Slater came third with 20lb 10oz, followed by Paul Hendy on 19lb 12oz.

With 10lb plus winning all three sections in use it all looks set for a cracking round five with the top two, Maver Image and Sensas Mark One, battling it out for the number one spot at the end of the six-match series.


Ramsey AS were also booked onto Factory Bank. They used the town end section and also found lots of fish feeding.

Top rod was Paul Kilby, who caught well all day to put roach and a few perch to the scales for 21lb 4oz.

Runner-up with 15lb 4oz was Ivan Steels, who fished pinkie over groundbait. Then came Mick Arling on 14lb 3oz and Keith Rayment with 14lb 8oz.