Phil claims the catch of the day in shield match

Phil Johnson, of Whaley Bridge, after his 2013 Paul Wallis Memorial Shield victory.
Phil Johnson, of Whaley Bridge, after his 2013 Paul Wallis Memorial Shield victory.

Whaley Bridge’s Phil Johnson has become the latest name on the Paul Wallis Memorial Shield after a terrific performance in the annual fishing match.

A dry, mild day at Hope Construction fishery in mid-September was the scene for this year’s match, which was being held for the 12th consecutive year.

The match weight record held by Kelvin Yeomans which had stood for 10 years looked destined to fall, as within minutes of the start Johnson hooked a fine mirror carp which tipped the scales at 14lb.

The fishing was of such a high standard that the match weight record was beaten by more than five anglers on the day.

It was also the first memorial match where every competitor caught.

As the match unfolded Johnson looked to be in control with three good carp all over the 11lb mark.

However, Dove Hole’s Paul Rumbellow, winner in 2011, was also in the hunt along with his son Connor and Chris Horton, who was hitting a smaller stamp of fish albeit at a more consistent rate.

Last year’s winner Eddie Laister was struggling along a batch of several other anglers.

At the weigh-in it was confirmed Johnson had done enough and had beaten second-placed Rumbellow by just 4lb.

Third place went to young Connor Rumbellow with Chris Horton and Russ Hayes finishing fourth and fifth respectively.

Dove Holes’ Kevin Johnson picked up the wooden spoon on his maiden appearance in the event.

At the recent presentation night at Rems in Chapel, £845 was raised towards Paul’s memorial fund for the colon cancer research unit at Christies.

A spokesperson said: “Our thanks as always to all those that attended the match, Hope Construction and Gareth Jones from Rems.

“Also we would like to thank Giovanni from Vechia Italia and Trevor Jones who recently ran a 10K race donating their sponsorship in memory of Paul.”