Sheffield schoolboy Jack, 11, is all smiles after beating father

16/08/2012'Pictured is pint sized fisherman Jack Gregory, 11, who has netted a 10lb carp among his 96lb of fish in a mens fishing competition only using bread for bait''rossparry.co.uk/syndication
16/08/2012'Pictured is pint sized fisherman Jack Gregory, 11, who has netted a 10lb carp among his 96lb of fish in a mens fishing competition only using bread for bait''rossparry.co.uk/syndication
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Schoolboy Jack Gregory reeled in a whale of a catch to win a fishing competition - using sliced bread for bait.

The 11-year-old, who starts Forge Valley School in Sheffield next month, scooped the £50 first prize with a 98lb haul of carp beating his dad, Andy, and 28 other veteran anglers.

Jack joined members of a workingmen’s club angling section on the banks of Lindholme Lake, Doncaster, in a six-hour fishing match.

While the experts around him, including 43-year-old Andy, struggled for bites using conventional bait of meat and pellets, Jack decided to try the thick sliced bread on the end of his line.

And he was soon busy pulling out 20 carp weighing up to 10lb apiece, to the amazement of Andy, mum Helen, 39, and two-year-old sister Olivia, as well as rival fishermen.

Upholsterer Andy, from Stannington, said: “Jack was up against some top-class opposition but wasn’t phased.

“He just kept pulling carp out at a steady pace and was well in front of me at the end of the match. I thought I had a chance of winning but I could only manage 75lb and he beat me into second place.

“There were a few surprised faces at the end, but everyone took it well and was congratulating Jack at the end.

“He had the biggest smile of all because, apart from beating everyone, he picked up £50, which is not bad going for an afternoon’s fishing.”

Jack said: “I enjoy fishing and it was a good day out sitting on the bank next to my dad. The sliced bread did the trick and I couldn’t believe it when the fish kept coming. I thought I might have a chance of winning and I was amazed at the weight I landed.”