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RailSport National Angling Championships 2018

RailSport’s 2018 National Angling Championships was once more held at the Makins Fishery, Wolvey, Warwickshire, on 14 August.

The site is split into three zones with 18 lakes and is one of the UK’s most popular commercial fisheries.

British Transport Police’s Simon Woods, a scenes of crime officer based in Leeds, was crowned the overall winner at the 29th annual tournament.

Fishing on Lake 4, Woods caught an impressive 144lb 5oz of fish during five hours of competition, comfortably winning the individual championship ahead of Virgin Rail Cresta Baggers’ Jamie Taylor, who landed a 123lb 10 oz catch. Danny Tomkinson, also of Cresta Baggers, finished in third place with 109lb 10oz of fish.

Last year’s RailSport Angling Championship was won by Network Rail’s David Dawber with a catch of 147lbs.


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The team award was also won by the Cresta Baggers with 13pts, while 2nd place went to Vital Rail from Doncaster, who won 14pts but landed a greater weight than Bombardier EWS Monsters in 3rd, who also finished on 14pts.

Winners from the 12 sections were as follows:

  • Section A: Paul Baxter, Network Rail (Northampton Tail Tech) – 91lb 4oz
  • Section B: Rob Dawber, Network Rail (Wigan Four) – 82lb 1oz
  • Section C: Phil Cliffe, ex-Crewe Works (Bombardier EWS Monsters) – 60lb 7oz 
  • Section D: Danny Tomkinson, Virgin Rail (Cresta Baggers) – 109lb 10oz
  • Section E: Simon Woods, British Transport Police (BTP B) – 144lb 5oz
  • Section F: Darren Oliver, ex-Crewe Works (Bombardier EWS Monsters) – 79lb 8oz
  • Section G: Jamie Taylor, Virgin Rail (Cresta Baggers) – 123lb 10oz
  • Section H: {Nobby Goodband, British Transport Police (BTP D) – 46lb 4oz
  • {Neil Cook, East Midland Trains (No Bites No Fish) – 46lb 4oz
  • Section J: Darry Galbraith, Network Rail (King Fishers) – 58lb 8oz
  • Section K: Geoff Carlin, Collis Engineering (Gollis Nomads) – 76lb 7oz
  • Section L: Ian Winter, West Midland Trains (Central Trains B) – 56lb 10oz
  • Section M: Joshua Dawber, Network Rail (Individual) – 51lb 0z

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