Daiwa Spring Classic Festival 2015

12th, 13th and 14th May 2015 (108 Anglers) Fished on Skylark, Hawk, Falcon and Osprey Lake

The first Daiwa Festival to be held at Westwood Lakes has been a huge success. Fished over Skylark, Hawk, Osprey and Falcon Lake, 108 anglers turned out with eager anticipation for this spectacular event. On the first day Rob Morris led the way from Osprey Lake, fishing a top kit down the edge to catch mainly F1 Carp for a winning total of 122lbs 0oz. With the wind causing all kinds of problems for the anglers, Steve Ringer showed his class on Skylark Lake being the only angler to fish tight across to the island all day, to win the lake with 107lbs 14oz of Carp and Barbel. Over on Hawk Lake Chris Kelly won his section from Peg 2, putting a credible 86lbs on the scales to win his section. Martin Greene drew the flyer Peg 20 on Hawk Lake to win comfortably with 116lbs 10oz.

Day two see the weather conditions change from the previous days high winds, to bright warm sunshine and a calm breeze. With plenty twenty four anglers on one or two points the seen was set for another good match. Osprey Lake was to prove to be the jewel in the crown, with the lake record broken no fewer than six times. A spectacular performance from Will Raison giving a masterclass in fishing shallow on pellet. Raison had 405 fish, mainly F1 Carp to claim the record with 177lbs 8oz. Close behind was Matt Pillay with an awesome 174lbs 7oz to the scales only to find this would only put him in second place in his section. Going one better was Chris Routledge in the same section with 175lbs 5oz. Over on Skylark Chris Kelly added to his one point total with another section win to put him on two points with a catch of 82lbs 12oz. On Falcon Lake Steve Ringer was to win his section again, putting him on two points for the final day.

Going into the final day three anglers were on two points, Chris Kelly, Steve Ringer and slipping under the radar was Richard Newton. Steve Ringer was on Hawk Lake Peg 13, not the best of draws with Peg 20 and Peg 1 in known flyers. Again the wind was playing the anglers a merry dance, not that this was to effect Steve Ringer fishing shallow to the reeds. Ringer made no mistake with a superb 137lbs 7oz put on the scales, to score the perfect three points and win the Festival and prize money well in excess of £3000. Matt Pillay was second with five points on weight, just edging Alistair Oglivie into third also on five points. The final result was firstly done on section points accumulated, and then in the event of a tie on points it was decided on accumalated weight.

1st Steve Ringer 3pts
2nd Matt Pillay 5pts (Weight)
3rd Alistair Oglivie 5pts
4th Richard Newton 5pts
5th James Haworth 5pts
6th Martin Greene 6pts
7th Greg Cooper 6pts
8th Jim Barrowman 6pts
9th Chris Routledge 7pts
10th Steve Gregory 7pts