Caton triumphs at the Bedford Hospital Cup for a fourth win in five years
There was a touch of deja vu about this year’s Bedford Hospital Cup match as Paul Caton swept to his fourth win in five years.
The expert Woburn Sands angler brought 23lb 11oz of bits to the scales from peg 62 at Kempston to beat 67 other contestants to top spot in Sunday’s (September 8) charity match.
For many anglers, fishing the four sections at Biddenham and Oakley, proved to be very tough going while the top four all came from the four Kempston sections. Chris Roberts took the runner-up spot with 21lb 10oz from Alex Graham (19lb 11oz), while the biggest individual fish was caught at Oakley where section winner Mick Burrell had an 8lb 5oz bream in his 12lb 11oz bag.
The contest, which was organised by Graham Palmer and Alex Haywood on behalf of Blunham Angling Club, raised over £800 for Bedford Hospital’s Primrose Unit.
Retired ear, nose and throat surgeon Mr Gordon Beardon represented the charity and was on hand to present the prizes.
Bedford Hospital Cup (overall result): 1 Paul Caton 23lb 11oz; 2 Chris Roberts 21lb 10oz; 3 Alex Graham 19lb 11oz; 4 Steve Clarke 19lb 7oz; 5 James Drakulic 16lb 15oz.
Section winners: Oakley 1, Mick Burrell 12lb 11oz; Oakley 2, J Lingford 13lb 10oz 8dr; Biddenham 3, D Botley 13lb 8oz; Biddenham 4, Andy Stebbing 6lb 15oz; Kempston 5, Scott Denton 10lb 8oz; Kempston 6, Gary Spavins 10lb 8oz; Kempston 7, Bob Taylor 13lb 2oz; Kempston 8, Keith Westgate 7lb 9oz.