Graham receives his hard won trophy from legend Bob Church.
Angler finally wins event after four years of coming in second.
The 2012 Bob Church Open has finally been won by an angler who has previously posted four second place finishes in the annual event.
After being the angling bridesmaid in a number of years the 2012 open at last saw Graham Pearson awarded the trophy following an tightly contested days angling on Grafham Water.
Leicestershire angler, Graham, who is captain of the Rio Master fly fishing team, took eight fish for a total weight of 28lb 10 1/2oz to take the victory. This was just 4oz ahead of second placed Lloyd Pallett with 28lb 6 3/8oz.
The tactics that gave Graham the win over the 48 angler field saw him fish a Di7 and booby set up for the first half hour which accounted for one of his trout from the Hill Farm Bay area of the reservoir. After that a switch to floating line with a bung and a heavy black buzzer in Pig Bay produced the other seven fish in quick succession – a fact that also saw him gain an extra 12lb in weight after reaching his eight by 11.59am.
On the day the best fish fell to Laurie Taylor who netted a rainbow just shy of 5lb, while the ladies competition was topped by Joan Russell with eight fish for 21lb 8oz.
Overall, despite extremely bright and breezy conditions, 31 of the 48 anglers fishing reached their bag limit, with everyone catching.