**2015 Fox sponsored Oxfordshire Pike Anglers Club Motor Neurone Disease Association Charity Match held at Linear Fisheries**

Thanks to everyone who helped out.

Andy Wornham with his 9lb 6oz Pike.

Dave Harvey 11lb 10oz.

Dave Harvey won 2015 MDNA Pike Match.

Ryan Styles with the biggest of his six pike.

03 February 2015

Third Time Lucky:
After two previous years of bad weather and an unfishable lake, the MNDA charity pike match was finally held on Sunday 1st February 2015 on the famous St. Johns Pool, Linear Fisheries. In total 26 Anglers took part with some travelling far and wide to take part in this fun and relaxed day, for a worthy cause. Cost for taking part was just a £10 donation for the charity so it really was a value for money day. The format was a normal peg out of a bag draw with fishing commencing at 9am till 3pm. Rather than the winner being the highest accumulative weight, it would be based on the biggest fish to ensure everyone had a chance right to the end, with one good fish being all that was needed. Prizes would be allocated to the top three places, along with optional pools for anglers. A refreshment van was also in attendance serving bacon rolls, burgers, tea and coffee etc.

It didn’t take too long for the pike to make an appearance and the first fish was on the bank within the first hour. Throughout the day it was clear that there were short feeding spells with a couple of pike being landed in quick succession each hour from various areas of the lake. Static dead baits on the bottom seemed the most effective method on the day. Most venue regulars predicted the Road Bank to be the best pegs on the day but it was young Ryan Styles fishing on The Point swim who was bagging up. Ryan landed six fish fishing the margins on the back of the wind with very small roach and trout hook baits, coupled with a single treble hook and a Fox deadbait pencil float ledger set-up. Ryan was fishing right next to his dad Jon.....who blanked!
Those fishing on the East bank only saw one fish caught along with a few missed runs and had to brave strong winds blowing into them all day but the banter was good.

The three weighing marshalls were kept busy throughout the day (all needed the exercise). At the final whistle it was clear it was a tight contest:

First Place: Dave Harvey - 11lb 10oz – Prize: Fox Ultron Casting Rod and £60 pools
Second Place: Ryan Styles – 10lb 14oz – Prize: Fox Ultron 3500 Reel
Third Place: Andrew Wornham – 9lb 6oz – Prize: Three Fox Rage Replicant Lures and £35 pools
Fourth Place: Tony Doolan – 9lb 5oz: £20 pools

Overall it was a very successful day with everyone enjoying themselves. A total of £400 was raised with all money going to the Motor Neurone Disease Association – The chosen charity of Linear Fisheries. We managed to raise over £100 from the raffle alone , where a total of 14 prizes were up for grabs including kind donations from Cotswold Angling, Lechlade Angling, States Tackle and Wychwood Brewery.
A big thankyou to Chris Blunt and the rest of the Linear Team for allowing us to hold this worthwhile event. Thanks to all of the anglers who took part and kindly donated other raffle prizes. Thank you to Fox International who kindly donated tackle for the main prizes on the day (rod, reel and lures). Lastly, thanks and well done to the anglers who supported the event and made it so worthwhile.

Oxfordshire RA34 and Linear Fisheries will continue to build on this event with next year already confirmed for Sunday 7th February 2016 when it is hoped to get a field of 40 anglers.

Vince Williams
Regional Organiser
Pike Anglers Club (PAC).