ANGLING: ROD Scott has won one of the biggest prize in angling.
The 30-year-old Northwich tackle dealer won £4,000 and broke two records at the Irish Waterways Classic at Enniskillen.
And he virtually doubled his money by backing himself at 125-1 with the bookmakers and by scooping the superpools.
But true to angling traditions he has shared the money with his four teammates.
The festival is the richest and biggest in the British Isles and Europe, too. It is fished on the Erne River and loch and attracted 310 anglers, including four former world champions and many internationals from across Europe.
Rod said: 'I first entered when I was 14 and saw about 400 people all cheering when the winner went up to collect his trophy and it has been one of my main ambitions to win the festival ever since.
'To win one day out of the three is good. I won two and no-one's ever done that before and the first day leader has never won it before, either, so I broke two records. I was made up,' he said.
Scott runs the Vale Royal Angling Centre, Station Road, Northwich, with his dad Mal. They were joined in a team under the shop banner by Dave Robinson, Graham Jolley and Ray Thompson, who finished third and boosted the team's total haul to about £11,000.
'Apart from winning the World Championship or the National title it's the biggest event an angler can win,' said Rod.
'What's more we have all won a free holiday in Ireland as well,' he continued after picking up the crystal glass trophy.
He won the first day with 33kg 37gm and was 11th in the second match after catching 11.97kg.
He said: 'I was second going into the last day and drew a peg no-one had caught on before.
'But the fish had begun to spawn. The water was shallow and warmer and they had moved there.
'When you start getting bites you know what is happening and all you can hope for is a bit of wind.'
His final day tally of 58.94kg - about 130lb - was enough on its own to win the competition outright. Scott's was the biggest overall catch since 1995.
He said: 'Over the last 10 years the team managed between £1,000 and £1,500 every time we go there.'
Scott counts his previous best performance as winning the Irish Gold Cup, but entry is limited to 180 whittled down to 60 for the final.