PDAS 24hr Charity Match – Lakeside 10th & 11th Aug 2019 – Results


A year ago, on the run-up to my first Charity match, I asked my predecessor as organiser, Roy Adams, what to do should it rain at the time of the barbecue. His reply? It never rains!

Indeed the rain did hold off. But the wind blew. And blew. And then some. So the barbecue was called off, we drew early, and 45 anglers moved round to the lake. Mercifully the trees offered welcome shelter to most. Unfortunately though, the point – pegs 53-56 – was exposed to the elements, and the anglers there had to brave pretty extreme conditions. For the rest the conditions were manageable. Certainly the showers, some heavy, were never going to deter anyone.

As to the fishing, it proved to be patchy. As you can see from Mike A’s post, some anglers did well, some struggled and a few blanks were recorded. But, as I discovered last year, PDAS members are nothing if not sanguine about such matters. It is after all what makes us indulge in the sport we so love.

Congratulations to Lewis Hedges for breaking the 100lb barrier and winning the shield for heaviest bag with 104lb. Congratulations also to Andy Valvona, runner up for the second year in succession, who pipped partner Paula for the heaviest fish cup with a 12lb 8oz specimen.

To those who fared less well, and maybe joined us for the first time, I hope that you will have another go next year. We can all take pride in taking part in an event that generates such a significant sum for a relatively small and still embryonic charity, one of whose beneficiaries joined us with his father as my guest. Owen Hughes starts his carpentry and boat-building apprenticeship on 4 September, thanks to the work of Oarsome Chance.

Mike A has posted a list of those whose input made this match possible. It was good also to be visited by Mike Long, Rod Legg, Alain Fauville, Karl Smith and Bob Foster. their transient presence served to emphasise the camaraderie that binds us.

Mike is far too modest to overplay his work behind the scenes: suffice it to say that I could not manage without his support. I hope that he and the rest of the crew can join with me next year for the 2020 PDAS 24 hour Carp/Social Charity match, when maybe we will get to use the barbecue that we so recently purchased!

Until then, my heartfelt thanks and very best wishes to you all.

Stephen Foster





Until next year!




Not long now until our annual Charity Match at Lakeside. If you would like to book in please call Stephen on 07837 173236  or email Charity@Portsmouthdas.club

More details available on the club forum