It is hard to believe a year has passed since the last John Moore Pike Trophy match at Grantchester Meadows. The winner of that match and defending champion, Robin Lipscomb had a hard task in defence with this year’s change of venue, the TA Lake.
The lake in the past has proven to be moody in cold water conditions and Sunday was no exception. All Anglers drew a peg number from the hat for their initial swim, but as a roving match the rules allowed Anglers to fish any vacant swim if desired. The match started slowly without a bite to anyone. Two hours in and things were looking dire with thoughts of how would we choose the winner, would it come down to a casting competition to decide the champ?! But as often in Pike fishing, a 30 minute feeding spree saved the day, firstly with Andy D having a four pounder from an interesting corner swim. I had a smallish Pike on briefly but it swam under a sunken tree and transferred the hooks to it, leaving me to commence battle with the log. The log won.
The feeding spree ended with Steve W bagging a three pounder but keeping Andy in first position. That changed rapidly when Robin struck into a heavy Pike which battled hard until safely netted by Mick. On the scales the wonderfully conditioned Pike went fifteen pounds Nine ounces and took the lead by a mile. As swiftly as it started, the feeding spell stopped with no more action for anyone for the last hour of the match despite a few Pike being spotted.
- 1st – Robin Lipscombe.
- 2nd – Andy Doughty.
- 3rd – Steve Ward.
So, Robin managed to do the double and defend his title and so is crowned 2014 Pike Trophy champion! Well done Robin!