‘Cosh’ is the boss at annual memorial competition

Kevin Johnston (Cosh) receives the Paul Wallis Memorial Shield and trophy from Pete Wallis, right.
Kevin Johnston (Cosh) receives the Paul Wallis Memorial Shield and trophy from Pete Wallis, right.

Dove Holes quarry man Kevin Johnston, known as ‘Cosh’, crushed the opposition to win the 15th annual Paul Wallis memorial fishing match on Carr Wood pool at Longford Fishery.

As no one had fished the pool before, the competition was wide open but featured five previous winners, including favourite and three-times winner Eddie Laister.

He caught the nicest fish of the day, a fin-perfect barbel that tipped the scales at just over 8lbs, but he was never in contention at the weigh-in.

Laister’s peg, like half of the competitors, was on the road side of the pond, but the fish were showing more on the wood side.

Cosh Johnston’s method-feeding tactics meant he became the 12th different name on the shield. 2010 champion Gethin Gregory was a close second, Simon Hackey third, 2003 winner Kelvin Yeomans fourth and Dave Gregory fifth.

The match raised £280 for the colon cancer research unit at The Christie. Paul’s family thanked the anglers, Longford Fishery and Gareth at Rems.