The 13th of September 2020 marked the fifth Annual Commemoration of Rick Paton. A capacity crowd of anglers, family and staff were in good spirits, even those clearly carrying Hangover Pain! Gavin, Andy and Simon were fishing the match with their children George, Harry and Alesha.
Bacon and Sausage butties greeted the attendees and further heightened the anticipation for the 9.00am peg draw!
Alesha Blaydes, our youngest ever Match attendee at 7 years old was kindly invited to pull the first peg out of Gary’s ever fragrant ground bait bucket; quickly followed by a much less angelic, jostling, rampant, shoulder barging, badly shaved Motley Crew of other entrants!
The ever steadfast and super fresh Jim Smith drew Ricks Golden Peg number 12 to an eruption of banter and mild expletives. It was hard to say what was more shiny; Jim’s ecstatic expression or the Prestigious Cup itself. Such is the understandable desire to draw this very special peg!
Everybody then quickly descended excitedly upon the Lake that was windswept with a brisk south westerly under bright skies.
The match started fairly slow with only the odd flash of silver fish being swung to hand here and there. Adi on Peg 4 was making good use of the right hand Reeds and Bulrush; skilfully presenting his pole rig with accuracy. Phil Middleton was well settled in to favoured Peg 3 and wouldn’t have looked out of place on the front cover of Angling Times fishing against a beautiful back drop of lush green reeds, Iris Bulrush and newly planted White Lillies. The Lake looked stunning from all angles and continues to mature beautifully.
A nice place to just sit you could say, which was a good job as it appeared that all the fish were hiding. Alas, 11.30 am struck and Andy and son Harry Wrights margin pole could be heard creaking under huge load as Oscar the Giant Carp decided to make his annual reign of Terror on yet another pair of poor hapless souls. Troopy shouted did he need the Garage Engine winch, Gavin recommended chasing behind in the boat. Adi Potter shouted in panic “you’re gunna need a bigger one!” Yet again Oscar escaped with a free meal, leaving the Wright Team exhausted and in mild shock. The true size of the scaly brute still remains unknown. Who knows how big and grumpy he will be next year!
Dave Wass was quietly chipping away in rock hard Peg 8 and was managing to keep a steady flurry of fish coming; mainly small fish but they all count! Gavin and George following suit enthusiastically and making a great start in what was their first fishing match.
Alesha and Simon (Blaydsey) worked as a tight team and were building a slow but sure rhythm of small fish on the long pole. Plenty of fish escaped, bounced and were juggled to accidental freedom to the sound of “Whoop’s we’ve lost another Dad.”
Between completing two crosswords and updating his LV Job Files, Gary managed to put together some nice Perch and also caught some of the newly stocked Mirror Carp which was great to see.
Dave Troop finally broke the silence and brought the match to a close just after 1.00pm.
It’s fair to say the Lake fished hard with the fish seeming to completely disappear. Whilst it makes for a level playing field on Match Day. In reality the Lake has never fished so well with several record bags of fish caught over the recent summer period. Furthermore the Lake is literally teaming with this years offspring of all tiny fish species which is very promising.
By the weigh in, the iced bottles of lager and Fanta were crispy cold and well received.
Dave Wass was King for the Day and won the match with 6lb 6oz. Although the catch included a small Carp, the rest of the bag was based upon a very respectable amount of small silver fish. Dave’s tactical change mid match to fish close in for the small fish proved invaluable and a sensible reaction to the slow conditions.
The ever consistent Phil Middleton swooped in with second place , with another respectable bag of hard earnt small fish for 3lb and another placing for the History books.
Amidst all the Lego and Barbie Dolls ,Alesha and Simon had managed to catch something, mainly medium sized skimmer bream and a few Perch for a Third placing 1lb.10oz.
Match Winner veterans Dave Troop and Gary “Big Pimping Cox” shared fourth place.
Alesha Blaydes went on to win the Cake Raffle and was over the moon at the thought of three meals of Cake a day for the next week !
The Rick Paton memorial Match made in excess of £100.00p Charity Money (exact amount details to follow as we continue to receive kind donations)
Especial thanks to the Xeric Team for helping prepare the Grounds ready for Match Day, Jon and Louise Cook for providing Breakfast for everyone and more – each Sandwich complete with labelled inspirational words for the day ahead! Jane and John Blaydes for providing the Cake Raffle again. All the Gelder Staff and Jim Smith who helped clear reeds and weed, and the Gelder Staff who provided great support on the day. Without this support our annual Commemoration for Rick Paton would not have been possible.
We hope to see you all next year !
The Fourth Rick Paton Memorial Charity Match took place on 8th September 2019. It was a cool start to the Day with Gary Cox even having to scrape ice from the windscreen! Eight ‘’coiled springs’’ were in high spirits full of banter as per usual! The draw was tense (LOL) with the low numbered pegs and Rick’s peg being the hot favourites. The efforts the travelling Barbarian’s made, battling fire, ice and wind paid off with all three gents drawing very favourably and saw Big Alan sat comfortably in Rick’s Peg.
Start time was called early, such was the excitement to get fishing with the War Cry coming from defending champion, Gary Cox.
Yet again the sky line looked like a scene from Braveheart with a torrent of feeders, leads, floats, bait and carbon fibre poles being unleashed. Dave Troop’s feeder was so big , the splash resembled a Snap On Tool Cabinet going in. The suave as ever Jim Smith, clearly not being happy with how deep his swim was and was raising the bottom gradually throughout the match with Boilies, Tiger Nuts and Kilos of particles. Dave Wass was off to a good start with a flurry of small fish, at least securing some valuable weight early doors. The match continued at a steady pace with fish steadily coming throughout. The fish seeming to push out to the deeper water as the match went on. Ex Gelder employee – Andy Wright putting in another solid shift and produced a real gem of mirror carp, just showing the quality of fish we have in the Lake. A hairy battle with an unseen power house was a highlight, with Big Al having to use pure skill to free a large Carp from the weeds in the dying seconds of the 3.5 hour match!
Bright conditions made the fishing difficult but the weigh in saw plenty of fish of all sizes and colours returned safely.
The highly skilled Barbarians secured third and second place, Big Al taking third and winning biggest fish of the Match, Phil the power Middleton putting a quality bag of hard earned silvers and carp together with the consistency he is well renowned for. Bald Blaydes took first place with a mixed bag of Carp and Orfe caught from various other pegs around the Lake (LOL). Jane Blaydes made a Chocolate cake to mark the occasion that was won in the raffle by Top Rod – Jim Smith.
As always the real winner was the event itself with 65.00 pounds raised for the Brain Tumour Charity.
Thank you to all that attended the match, including the staff and visitors, in particular the Paton family who very kindly gifted a bottle of Champagne for the largest fish of the Day.
Even though the south wind howled and the rain lashed down; eight excitable men still turned out in high spirits, some had even come home from the pub early Saturday night ready for the big day!
The usual banter ensued as I (Simon Blaydes) commented on the horizontal rain, Phil Middleton kindly reassured me that I didn’t need to worry about the rain as drips don’t get wet! Thanks Phil. The pegs were drawn at random, Dave Troop unbelievably pulling the magical peg 12 ‘’Ricks Peg’’ for the second year running.
By 9.50am time was called and the sky was a blur of hi visibility floats, feeders, pole rigs and catapulted sweetcorn. The match was fairly steady with the weather making presentation challenging! The lads in the sheltered corners got their heads down and were keeping a steady stream of fish coming.
Dave Troop called ‘’time’’ at 1.00pm at that was the end of our third Rick Paton Memorial Match held on 29.07.18.
The match results are as follows :
1st Gary Cox – 12lb 6oz PEG 2
2nd Dave Wass – 8lb 2oz PEG 4
3rd Simon Blaydes – 6lb 10oz PEG 8
Interestingly, the match was won last year by Phil Middleton from the same peg 2! £40.00 was raised on the day for our chosen charity, The Brain Tumour Charity.
Especial thanks to Dawn Peel for providing the snack goody bag of treats that kept us all going nicely throughout the match. Also Dave Stainton, John Dennis and Keith Brazier for helping prepare the grounds and lake for the charity event.
This year’s competitors
- Philip Middleton – Peg 15
- Gary Cox – Peg 2
- Dave Wass – Peg 4
- Ian Elsey – Peg 5 (THE JUNGLE!)
- Dave Troop – Peg 12 (Rick’s Peg)
- Jim Smith – Peg 6
- Andy Wright (ex Gelder Employee) – Peg 14
- Simon Blaydes – Peg 8
Eight enthusiastic fishermen turned out to commemorate the annual Rick Paton Memorial Charity Match and help raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity. All of the anglers prepared weeks in advance of the competition, with many using new tackle that was purchased for the special day. Dave Troop (Garage Workshop Foreman and defending champion) had been heard sharpening his hooks on the Garage angle grinder. Gary Cox (Insurance Surveyor) had nearly worn out the grass doing circuits of the lake, locating where the carp were, and his fishing rigs had been critically balanced and custom built to perfection. Oscar (the resident monster carp) was in an especially bad mood as he doesn’t like match day and confirmed his threat to break tackle at all opportunities during a pre-match interview. Dawn Peel (PA to Steve Gelder) blessed us with luxury as per usual serving hot tea and bacon butties as the sun tried to burn through a cloudy Sturton by Stow. The 8.30am draw was exciting with plenty of banter; Dave Troop drawing the best peg (Rick’s peg) to a resounding roar and a barrage of insults and claims of match fixing from Group members!
The Match started well with bent rods and splashes being heard all around the lake. The 2016 match champion Dave Troop had the landing net out 5 times in the first 20minutes – the “Gelder Group Bagging Machine” showing his deadly consistency yet again. Gary remaining patient setting his stall out for Oscar (a brave man for sure), whilst keeping a steady stream of silver fish coming to the net. Splashes could be heard coming from Jason and son Jack Tindall’s peg all day showing that their preparations and match plan was working well.
Andy “The Carp” Carpenter (Site Manager) turned up fashionably late with a few heads dropping as last year’s third place champion walked to his peg like a boss. Andy soon made up for lost time, locating the Ide from the off, quickly surpassing some anglers catches (the one on peg 8) after only a few casts!
Meanwhile Mr Middleton (Senior Surveyor), aka Phil ‘’THE POWER’’, or just ‘’THE POWER’’, was quietly beavering away with a nice rhythm, putting the net out regularly and building a nice weight, a few one way tickets were hooked but not landed… Perhaps it was that pesky Oscar up to his old tricks again?
The effervescent Jim Smith, ever solid with his support for the Group, drawing the magic number peg 3. Jim kept the fish coming with various tactics and bait selection.
Simon Blaydes (Design Coordinator) was off to a flyer on peg 8, but failed to finish how he started, peaking too soon.
Mr and Mrs Paton gave us all a welcome visit , gifting a bottle of Champagne for the smallest weight of fish on the day. The message on the bottle being ‘’Better Luck next time’’. This was very much appreciated.
After a 5 hour match it was all over, the results are as follows:
THIRD PLACE – DAVE TROOP
The Gelder Rod and all round dab hand galvanising his reputation with yet another placing on the podium. A 4lb.06.5 oz mixed bag of tench, carp and silver fish.
SECOND PLACE – GARY COX
The Surveyor from the North West being no stranger to the podium also; pulling off a result from one of the lakes most difficult pegs. He made a patient match plan to catch Oscar and was rewarded with a younger brother of the Lake Big Guy at just over 4lb in weight. Coupled with a respectful back up weight of Silver fish 6lb 13.5oz was enough to secure a very well deserved second place.
FIRST PLACE – PHIL MIDDLETON
One of the original Barbarians from Barlborough, Phil literally gave us his master class in the art of angling, amassing a very respectful 7lb 4.5oz bag of all silver fish, which is probably one of the hardest earned match weights ever recorded from our lake. Phil fished skilfully keeping the fish coming from start to finish. Phil ‘’The Power’’ for sure!
Well done to all those who took part and supported the memorial match with £47.00 raised on the day which was match generously by Gelder Group.