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Hook, Line and Sinker! Biggest Catch Photo Competition Winner

We asked the public to send in a photo of their biggest catch for a chance to win a Shimano Fishing Kit!

It was former Wall Street reporter and fishing enthusiast Alfred W. Miller who said “If fishing is interfering with your business, give up your business.” Whilst we would never encourage you to quit your job, at E&L we want to make fishing that little bit easier for you! That’s why we launched our Biggest Catch competition, to give you a chance to win a fantastic Shimano Fishing Kit worth over £150!

We received a wide selection of great entries, including eels, carp, barbels and even a porbeagle shark! Our competition wasn’t just about sheer size however; we wanted to see good quality of fish, interesting settings and excited anglers. The judging panel was made up of our resident claims expert, an avid angler, and specialist guest judge Steve Fitzpatrick, Editor-in-Chief of Angling Times. The competition was fierce but eventually we reeled in a winner who landed the prize. Cast your eyes upon this!


WINNER – Robert Ferguson

Judge’s comment: “What a cracking common carp – one I’d be proud to catch myself! It’s always great to see anglers smiling with their catches and I like that you can see some of the venue in the background too – you can imagine spending a day fishing the lake yourself!”

We got in touch with Robert and asked him about his win and he had this to say: “This is great news! It’s a wonderful surprise to win a quality prize such as this Shimano kit. It’s not often that I win any competitions, so you have made me extremely happy with this news!”

Robert’s prize consisted of a Shimano Velocity Carp Rod and Baitrunner DL Reel and a Super Ultegra Carryall, allowing storage for all the tackle, clothing and food he might need for a bankside session.

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RUNNERS-UP – Nicola Hollyoake and Tina Unwin

Honourable mentions must also go out to Nicola Hollyoake and Tina Unwin for their submissions, they too fitted the brief for catch, angler and location. They ran the eventual winner close and it was a tough decision but, in the end, there could be only one victor. Well done Robert!

Our winner and two runners-up reallly raised the bar in our Biggest Catch photo competition but we had a great time looking through all of the fantastic submissions. The one thing we can say is that angling as a sport is thriving more than ever!


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