Pearse sets new personal best in junior event

Competition winner Jordan Pearse, right, and Barry May who picked up second. Pic Mick Young
Competition winner Jordan Pearse, right, and Barry May who picked up second. Pic Mick Young
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Anglers - Kathleen Harrison, from Milton, with her 1lb nine-and-a-half-ounce catch. She was another one of the winners in the Southsea children's sea angling competition

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BUDDING fishing talents were hooked on the buzz of local competition in Denmead last weekend.

Ten juniors took part in the junior fishing event at Three Oaks Lakes.

Organiser Roy O’Mallie was delighted with the level of competition.

He said: ‘It was brilliant, I was really impressed.’

Jordan Pearse, aged 13, was the star of the show, reeling in a fine carp to seal first place.

And O’Mallie paid tribute to the youngster’s catch of the day, which was pictured in Monday’s edition of The News.

‘That fish won him the match,’ he laughed.

‘I said, he’ll have all the girls chasing him now!

‘It was brilliant for him, though. He does a lot of fishing and his personal best was 9lb but that fish beat it and also won him the competition.’

Pearse may have won, but the other nine budding fishers gave a good account of themselves too.

Barry May, aged 14, clinched second and Josh Pountney and Zak Molyneux made up the top four.

O’Mallie is hoping to organise another event before the youngsters return to school in September.

He added: ‘I’m definitely thinking about doing another before they go back to school.’

‘Plus, I’d like to do some adult matches down on my new pond, too.’