THIRTY anglers braved Sunday’s showers at the 10th Forest of Dean Stone Firms’ Challenge Cup competition at Cannop Ponds.
Hosted by Yorkley and District Angling Club, Brian Adams from Broadwell proved unstoppable on peg 40 as he took the cup and £180 with a catch of 16lb of bream.
Tutshill’s Geoff Mason next to him on peg 39 picked up second and £110 with a catch of 7lb, just pipping Broadwell’s Brian Harding on peg 23 who weighed in with 6lb 12oz to land £80.
Fourth was Timmy Martin from Bream on peg 37 with 6lb 2oz (£60) and fifth Paul Grindle from Lydney on peg nine with 4lb 15oz (£40)
Section winners were pegs one to 11 Seb Merritt 1lb 12oz; 12 to 23 Nick Oakley 4lb 14oz; 24 to 38 Roger Andrews 3lb 12oz; and 39 to 50 Colin Stephens 4lb 2oz.
Club chairman Terry McKenzie said: “There were a few downpours on the day and the brollies were going up and down, but the fishing was great and there was plenty of good natured banter.
“We had a good turn out of 30 anglers and nearly everyone caught something.
“Welsh cakes and sausage rolls were provided by our bailiff Jan Morris to make it a great event. And we’d like to thank sponsors Forest of Dean Stone Firms, their support is very much appreciated.”