KEIGHLEY angler Nigel Reilly took first prize in the opening match of the season on the River Aire at Kildwick, with an impressive haul of 6lb 7oz.

Mick Metcalf had been in contention throughout the day but Reilly clinched the win by adding a fin-perfect 3lb brown trout to his tally.

Despite being pushed hard, Metcalf held on to second place with a 4lb 6oz total. Pete Hodgson was third with 2lb 10oz.

Reilly’s large brown trout was the biggest single catch of the day, which earned him a £10 gift voucher, generously donated by Matt Wilson from Keighley Market’s tackle shop.

Although weather conditions were challenging, match official Jack Woodham hailed the competition as a great success.

He said: “Because the river water is in peak condition, anglers were able to bring a variety of species to their nets, including chub and gudgeon.

“The slight worry earlier in the week was that fish had been docile due to high temperatures. But on match-day, sudden downpours and blustery conditions stirred the water, bringing much more activity to the river.”

The next match in the series will take place on Saturday, July 11. Meet at Kildwick Bridge for a 9am draw. For match enquiries, ring Jack Woodham on 07710 227982.