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Angling: Charlie Burton finishes top at Junior Open
Updated 10:50am Friday 27th June 2014 in Sport
EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Charlie Burton topped the scales at the York & District Amalgamation of Anglers Junior Open on the River Ouse.
A field of 13 anglers contested the match at New Walk Terrace, with Burton netting a haul of 9lb 14oz.
A variety of baits and methods were used and all succeeded in enticing fish to the net in conditions ideal for fishing.
Pegged in the middle of the stretch on peg seven, Burton’s catch included two bream and some eels on the feeder, winning him the Jeff Francis Shield and the Junior Champions Trophy.
Second place went to nine-year-old Archie Bond with a mixed bag of fish. His 3lb 15oz from peg two was caught mostly on the pole close in to the bank.
Phoebe Harrison took third place and the Intermediate Trophy from peg 11 with another mixed bag for 2lb 8oz, while Liam Bradley and Ben Rutherford were joint fourth, each catching 1lb 12oz.
Luke Bond took sixth and the Senior Trophy with 1lb 8oz.
Joseph Hillman, who won the previous week's junior contest at Laybourne Lakes, was seventh 13.5oz.
All but one of the 13 competitors caught fish, with eels and perch the main species caught.
The organisers thanked "all those who helped to make the two junior matches a success especially the competitors and their families".
* Shepherd Angling Club kicked off their season with 11 members fishing the Ouse at Redhouse below the paddock.
The river was in good condition, but pegging was difficult on the steep banks.
Several barbel were caught in the early pegs, with plenty of small roach and perch being caught on maggot and caster.
The winner was Neil Wilkinson, who had a superb specimen barbel of 9lb 4oz and a specimen perch of 2lb 6oz in his catch of 12lb 13oz caught on maggot feeder.
Second was Matt Crowl with a mixed bag of 9lb 9oz that also including a barbel, caught on ground bait feeder and meat.