AN ALFORD angler is celebrating after he claimed a share of a £10,000 cash pot when he and four other fishermen were crowned the best county side in Britain.
Mick Stamp and his four team-mates recently represented Lincolnshire in the county championships final at Barston Lakes and Packington Summers near Birmingham.
Competing against 46 other counties, including some with England internationals, they crusied to victory with a final points score of 30 - almost twice as good as the runners-up.
Joining Mick in the Lincolnshire team were Tony Evans from Spalding, Luke Morley from Boston, Rob Morris from Lincoln and Paul Christie from Grimsby.
Mick was guaranteed a tough contest after he drew a spot on the Molands Pool at Packington.
But by careful feeding of small balls of groundbait containing chopped worm and caster he managed to catch 25lb of skimmers and F1s to easily win his section and finish seventh in his 46 peg zone.
Tony Evans had a really poor start to his match on the pole, but a late run of fish on the feeder pulled him up his section to finish 13th in his zone. Luke Morley caught 45lb of carp, to end up fifth in his zone, while Rob Morris won his section at Barston Lakes and came second in his zone, with 39lb of skimmers and F1s.
Paul Christie, meanwhile, came second in his zone.
The team finished with a 30-point total, beating the teams in second place by 29 points (Lancashire and Berkshire), who both got 59 points.
The impressive victory earned the Lincs lads the title of national county champions, and a £10,000 prize for their hard work on a day to remember.
Other high-flying counties were Cheshire in fourth (64 pts) and Sussex in fifth with 65.