8am on Wednesday 16th September saw the draw for the start of the Reels on Wheels 2015 Fundraiser, at Broadlands Lakes, Southampton. There were 10 pairs taking part this year, and we needed to get the draw done quickly, so that everyone could get to their swims and put their bivvies up, before the bad weather hit us.

At 11am the horn sounded and the 48-hour event was under way. Then, as forecast, just after midday, the heavens opened and the rain came down. It was relentless all day long, until around 8pm! Everyone was soggy and a bit deflated but relieved by the break in the weather.

The first fish landed went to Andy Swain on Peg 6 – a 21lb 8oz Common.

Thursday morning saw a complete change in the weather, with the sun shining, which gave all of us a chance to dry out!

At 11am on Friday morning, the horn sounded for the end of the event and a total of 10 fish had been landed by 5 teams, including “Tyson” – a Linear – to Tim Swain, and a PB of a 26lb 6oz Common to 14 year old Connor Lee, who was fishing with his Dad, Colin Lee (a very proud moment for him)!

The final results were:

1st – Tim & Andy Swain – 66lbs 11oz

2nd – Colin & Connor Lee – 50lbs.

3rd – Nick Rowe & Sam Savage – 31lbs

4th – Alan King & Mark Bloxham – 24lb 2oz

5th – Tim McCarthy & Antony Reed – 13lbs

The first three pairs received commemorative medals, with the new Reels on Wheels Annual Fundraiser Shield going to the Swain brothers.

The “Steve Bluey Robinson” Shield is awarded every year to someone who helps Reels on Wheels during that period and there are always many people who are deserving of it. However, every year, there is always somebody who does that little bit extra, and this year the Shield was presented to Peter Beale, the owner of Broadlands Lakes.

After the presentation, a small auction was held, which raised a total of £400. Thanks to the following for their generosity in giving us items to auction:

The Boilie Shack

Velocity Baits

Julie Watson

Nature’s Baits

A2 Baits

Xcel Baits

Peter & Debbie Beale

Andrew Swain

I’d like to say a massive thank you to all the anglers who took part, to Peter Beale for hosting the event, to Barry and Martin at Broadlands Lakes (for their help and great food!) and David Pooley, Head Marshal, who ensured the event ran smoothly and to Gavin Gilbert for helping us as a Marshal. And finally, a big thank you to my fishing partner Sam Savage and to my wife Rosie, and Sam’s partner Ali, for taking care of us!

Look forward to seeing you all again next year, if not sooner!!

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Reels on Wheels @Broadlands 2015

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