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Chris Humphry Memorial Match Round Two

Peter Foster reports on the second round of the Chris Humphry Memorial Trophy which was fished at Coultershaw on 2nd October 2011.

In contrast to the first event, when we met in unseasonable torrential rain, on this occasion we experienced an unseasonable heatwave. That didn’t put off three particular barbel though, who decided to feed at the height of the afternoon. What’s more they were all in the same swim and succumbed to the rod of one man.

The successful angler was 49 year old Dave Chambers who had barbel of 6lbs, 7lbs plus and one of the Rother giants of 15lbs 2ozs, a remarkable catch that we’re certain Chris himself would have dreamt about. Surely, this was a fitting tribute to a truly passionate angler, greatly missed by all those who knew him.
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Dave Chambers got the competition off to a great start with this six pounder.

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After adding this seven pound plus fish Dave must have been feeling he was in with a great chance.

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What a fitting tribute to the memory of Chris, Dave’s lovely specimen Rother Barbel of 15lb 2oz.

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Chris and Lynnette’s daughter Jessica presents Dave with the Chris Humphry Memorial Trophy

Almost forty anglers fished the two matches, and around four hundred pounds has been raised for charity and good causes. The club would like to thank Chris’s widow, Lynnette, and their children Harry and Jessica for the help and enthusiasm they have given us in the organisation and support of this event, which will now become a regular match within the club’s calendar.

NB – Lynnette has requested that the following message be posted with this report. Our pleasure Lynnette.

Dear All,

The Humphry family would like to thank all those who helped organise and attended both Chris Humphry Memorial matches. Chris would have been proud of his fellow fishermen, and as you know always enjoyed sharing his stories on the river bank. We would also like to thank you all for your appreciation and involving us with the day. We shall look forward to seeing you all next year but in the meantime congratulations to Dave Chambers for winning the Chris Humphry Memorial cup.

Kind Regards,

Lynnette Humphry