Despite battling with cancer for more than a year, it still came as a shock to learn that one of our Club Match Angler Championship regulars passed away last week.
Ian Heywood was just fifty years old and leaves behind wife Tracey and daughter Tiegan (aged 11).
Born in Buxton, Ian lived in Tenerife for a while before moving to Catcliffe around 10 years ago.
He and Mark Wragg jointly pioneered the popular ‘jigga’ float method but Ian refined it to the point where he was actually giving lessons on the technique and importing the bits to make and sell these devastatingly effective floats.
His friends pulled out the stops to mark his passing by organising a match at one of his favourite fisheries, Barnburgh Lakes last Saturday and a second knock-up at Aston Ponds.Barnburgh’s owners donated the pegs and as a mark of respect Peg 21, from which Ian scored his biggest ever match win, the annual all-winners match, was left vacant.
The match, run as a benefit for Ian’s family, was staged on the Top Pond and won by Dave Graham from Peg 6 with 66lb 12oz, catching F1 carp from all over his peg. Four hundred pounds was raised including a generous £100 donation from Ray and Barbara Wragg.
Ian’s funeral will be held at noon on weds 11th April at Rotherham crematorium. Postcode S65 3NN.
Barnburgh Match Result: 1. D Graham 66-12; 2. C Dyson 46-14; 3. S Grayson 44-12; 4. A Foster 41-8; 5. L Cowlan 34-8; 6. L Roland 33-0.