Golden Reel Grand Final
Saturday 14th September 2019
Larford Match Lake.

Saturday, September 14th presented the third Grand Final at the incredible Larford Lakes complex in Stourport on Severn.
24 qualifiers held at many of the UK’s finest fisheries gave the opportunity to pocket £50,000 and the prestigious title of Golden Reel Champion 2019.
All 24 qualifying events fished extremely well with many of the finalists needing more than 200lbs to qualify for the September final.
The draw for the winning peg took place on Friday 13th September at the very polished Gala night held at the five star Stourport Manor Hotel, where the competitors enjoyed a 3 course meal, entertainment and luxury bedroom accommodation at no cost to the finalists and their partners.
9pm the draw for the pegs was completed, but no one really knew which peg was the likely winner as permeant pegs 28, 30, 36, 38, 44, 46, 48, 14, 16, 18 & 62 were all potential winning pegs.

The weather on the day was superb for the public viewing with highs of around 22C, a gentle breeze and bright warm sunshine.
Conditions like this however, did not favour the anglers on the day.
Furthermore, Friday evening there was a massive ‘Harvest’ moon, which is something we only see every 18-20 years.
Big moons – hard fishing!!

Defending his Golden Reel Championship 2018 title was Andy Power who drew Golden Reel peg No 8 (permanent peg 22) which was not a fancied peg on the day.
Mick Bull, returning for the second year running drew peg 4 (permanent peg 14), a strong bomb & pellet peg, Andy Bennett also a 2018 finalist drew peg 9 (permanent peg 24) which had been producing big weights in previous matches.

Other returning 2018 finalists were Dan Hull, drawing peg 15 (permanent peg 44) which was the end peg on the Match Lake Burr bank and potentially a match winning peg, Mikey Williams peg 21 (permanent peg 56) and Jamie Hughes, peg 24 (permanent peg 62).

The start of the final produced early fish for many of the competitors but as the match progressed, the fish were clearly backing off with many of the resident carp swimming shallow and spooking easily.

The front runners after the first hour were Peter Upperton from peg 24 (permanent peg 62), Jordan Holloway, Andy May, Andy Bennett and Andy Power.

Most of the competitors started short with pellet, some on bomb and pellet and some down their edges. 
It became evidently clear, that Peter Upperton was stealing a march, catching quality carp on meat down his edges and at the halfway point of the match, we were scoring Peter at around 65-70lbs.

Andy Bennett was catching carp long with pellet, as was Andy Power but no one other that Peter Upperton was bagging up.
As the match progressed, Andy May started to find some big carp short to pellet from peg 19 (permanent peg 52) and next peg to him was Jordan Holloway also finding big carp short and down his edges.

Peter Upperton at this point was well clear of the field and well in front of his neighbour, Jamie Hughes on peg 23 (permanent peg 60).
That being said, with around two hours to go, Jamie started to put together a string of quality carp from his edges.
Landing carp to 10lbs on corn, both Jamie and Peter Upperton were going fish for fish producing an epic last hours fishing.

With thirty minutes remaining, the scorecard was very tight with Peter Upperton in front, Jamie Hughes in second place and Andy May clear third.

Little more than 10lbs seprated first and second with both anglers losing some big fish and top kits being trashed.
The last 10 minutes, Peter had played a big fish but lost it right at the net, which proved to be very costly as Jamie Hughes had landed two big fish during the same 10 minute period.

So on the final whistle, no one knew the result as it was so tight between 1st and 2nd.

At the scales, peg 20 recorded Jordan Holloway with a weight of 86-4-0 securing 4th place.

Third place was taken by Andy May with a weight of 112-6-0 from peg 19.

Second placed Peter Upperton was gutted to say the least. The lost fish in the last ten minutes of the final had certainly lost him the Golden Reel Championship 2019 title, weighing in 146-11-0.

A new champion in Jamie Hughes with a weight of 151-8-0 from peg 23. 
Jamie’s late run of fish rewarded him the title of Golden Reel Champion 2019 and a massive first prize cheque of £50,000.

Afterwards, Jamie Hughes commented, “this is a brilliant match and Phil Briscoe has helped me to cement my position in the match angling all time greats.”
“What he does for angling and the high profile of angling events he organises is remarkable and we should all get behind him at every opportunity.”
“I’ll be back next year to hopefully defend this prestigious title.”

Final Result

Position Angler peg Weight  
1 Jamie Hughes 23 151-8 £50,000
2 Peter Upperton 24 146-11 £3,000
3 Andy May 19 112-06 £2,000
4 Jordan Holloway 20 86-4  
5 Connor Barlow 22 50-10  
6 Steve Barraclough 16 47-15  
7 Andy Morley 12 44-14  
8 Dan Bowen 2 43-11  
9 Andy Bennett 9 41-11  
10 Dan Hull 15 38-4  
11 Craig Edmunds 3 37-4  
12 Mark Wynne 7 37-13  
13 Aidan Mansfield 6 35-5  
14 Tom Edwards 1 34-4  
15 Andy Power 8 32-5  
16 Ryan Bennett 17 32-10  
17 Mikey Williams 21 29-15  
18 Phil Canning 5 25-1  
19 Paul Gibson 11 24-6  
20 Mick Bull 4 23-6  
21 Reece Hearn 14 19-6  
22 Dave Brown JNR 13 18-9  
23 Carl Barnfield 18 15-10  
24 Ryan Morgan 10 13-3  
Section Winners
Dan Bowen 43-11
Andy Morley 45-14
Steve Barraclough 47-15
Jordan Holloway 86-4

Commercial Gold Match

50 anglers turned out for the latest big money competition.
Conditions were far from ideal with highs of 31C, very little breeze and a high pressure.
Needless to say, fish were swimming shallow on both lakes and difficult to catch.
Further more, the heavy rain and serious drop in temperature the previous week had crashed the algae on the Match Lake leaving the water crystal clear.

All that being said 200lbs was still needed to win.

Andy Morley who is a Golden Reel Finalist on September 14th, drew peg 30 on the Match Lake.
Andy was knocked back on his overall weight due to going over in his nets weighing in 195-2-0 which should have been over 200lbs.
Andy caught on meat down his edges all match which produced a fine bag of carp to 8lbs. Andy will certainly be a big threat and worth a bet in the Golden Reel Final on September 14th.

Second overall was Chris Wells from peg 64 on the Match Lake.
Chris caught most of his fish shallow with meat and later down his edges again with meat landing 160-2-0.

3rd on the day was Rob Taylor (Guru) from peg 46 on the Match Lake with 140-14-0.
Rob fished shallow with pellet and later down his edges with meat over ground bait.

4th to the frame was Dan Bowen who is a finalist in September, with 122-10-0.
Dan drew peg 28 on the Match Lake, casting on both the bomb and pellet and method feeder.
Later in the match he switched to his edges fishing meat over pellet.

5th placed Phil Canning (Frenzee) is another September finalist.
Phil drew peg 24 on the Match Lake weighing in 103-12-0.
Phil caught on the method with waffter hook baits, casting  tight to the island.

6th in the frame was Mark Griffiths (Guru) from Match lake peg 4.
Mark caught down his edges with dead reds and feeding the same to weigh in 98-12-0.

Golden Reel 2018 Grand Final Results

The long hard road of nationwide qualifiers finally concluded with the September 15th final at the popular Larford Lakes complex.

The Draw

24 finalists attended the polished Gala Evening at a five star hotel in Stourport enjoying a 3 course meal, live entertainment and of course the all-important peg draw on the Friday before the final.

In terms of fancied pegs, Larford’s Match Lake was on fire in relation to the form guide.
Clearly, the lake had its fancied pegs but the form book was saying it could be won from literally any peg.

So the draw was concluded as below-

Qualifier Peg No Permanent peg   Qualifier Peg No Permanent peg
Mark Griffiths 1 6   Richard Bond 13 42
Matt Godfery 2 8   Les Marshall 14 44
Andy Stepney 3 10   Pemb Wrighting 15 46
Dale Shepherd 4 12   Jack Danby 16 48
Jake King 5 14   Danny Bache 17 50
Andy Power 6 16   Adam Major 18 52
Dan Hull 7 18   Chris Weeder 19 54
Mick Bull 8 20   Andy Bennett 20 56
Paul Morris 9 22   Jamie Hughes 21 58
Mikey Williams 10 24   Jason Brown 22 60
Ross Harold 11 26   Ian Wood 23 62
Dave Roberts 12 28   Dan White 24 64

Dale Shepherd drew with fancied peg 4 (permanent peg12) as did Jake King, peg 5 (permanent peg 14) and Andy Power peg 6 (permanent peg 16).
Mikey Williams, Ross Harold and Dave Roberts all drew well fishing the pegs in the channel facing the island and end peg 28 drawn by Dave Roberts.

On the opposite burr bank, Richard Bond, Les Marshall, Pemb Wrighting, Jack Danby, Danny Bache and Adam Major had drawn inform pegs.

So the stage was set for a showdown like never before.

On paper, it was seen as one of, if not the strongest field of commercial match anglers ever to fish a major European final.

With £50,000 up for grabs to the eventual winner, £5,000 to second and £3,000 to third, plus £4,000 in section prizes, a massive £62,000 was the overall prize fund.

Match Day

Fishing commenced at 12pm concluding at 5pm.

Conditions on the day were near perfect.
The match started with a stiffish S/W breeze, overcast with highs of around 22C

Early fish were caught in particular on the burr bank with Les Marshall taking an early lead from peg 14. As the match progressed, the shallow bank, pegs 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 all started to catch well on both pole and bomb & pellet.

The peg that was most fancied was 28 but Dave Roberts found it difficult to get the fish feeding even though his peg was black with carp.

Dale shepherd, Jake King, Andy Power & Dan Hull were all clearly pulling away from the field but on the opposite bank, Richard Bond, Les Marshall, Pemb Wrighting and Jack Danby were finding quality carp on the short pole with hard pellet and paste tactics.

At the half way point, it was close between Andy Power, Les Marshall and Pemb Wrighting.

As the match progressed, the class of Andy Power became evident.

A string of quality carp to bomb and pellet clearly put him in the lead but was being chased hard by Pemb Wrighing, Les Marshall and Jack Danby on the burr bank.

To Andy Power’s right was Dan Hull and Mickey Williams catching well and Ross Harold was also pulling back lost ground.

With an hour to go, it really was a gloves off competition with at least 10 of the finalists in  with a chance of lifting the trophy.

That all-important last hour produced some brilliant edge fishing.
Andy Power was taking advantage of the carp feeding in numbers down his edge and at one point, probably had too many in his peg making them difficult to catch.

Dan Hull was catching well short and Mikey Willams was sacking down his edge and looking very dangerous.

Ross Harold was fish for fish with Mikey with nothing between them.

On the burr bank, Richard Bond was catching well down his edge as was Les Marshall, Pemb Wrighting and Jack Danby.

On the whistle, it was a hard one to call. We all thought Andy Power had done enough and true to form, the Power returned a superb performance weighing in with a very impressive 77-000Kg

But had the other anglers done enough to overturn the master of modern day commercials?
Well Jake King on peg 5 had fished a very tidy match sticking with the simple bomb and pellet approach.
Jake weighed in a very impressive 52,500Kgs to secure second place overall.

Third to the frame for big money was Jack Danby from peg 16.
Jack’s run of big edge fish boosted his weight to a superb 51-925Kgs.

Fourth overall was Andy Bennett from peg 20. Not such a fancied area and we let Andy B slip under the radar to a degree.
Although we new he’d caught steadily, we didn’t realise the quality of the fish he was landing and at the scales, he weighed in a very impressive 51-375Kgs.

So a brilliant weight of 77-000Kgs was recorded by Andy Power, 25Kgs in front of his nearest rival. That being said, look how close the chasing pack were.

Position Qualifier Weight Kgs Peg No Permanent peg
5th Pemb Wrighting 50.900 15 16
6th Mikey Williams 49.500 10 18
7th Ross Harold 49.425 11 20
8th Dan Hull 49.400 7 22
9th Les Marshall 49.150 14 24
10th Richard Bond 45.900 13 26
11th Dale Shepherd 41.650 4 28
12th Adam Major 38.925 18 42
13th Jamie Hughes 32.725 21 44
14th Mick Bull 32.005 8 46
15th Chris Weeder 31.850 19 48
16th Dave Roberts 25.150 12 50
17th Danny Bache 24.725 17 52
18th Matt Godfery 24.220 2 54
19th Dan White 18.160 24 56
20th Andy Stepney 17.250 3 58
21st Jason Brown 16.525 22 60
22nd Mark Griffiths 11.675 1 62
23rd Paul Morris 10.300 9 64
24th Ian Wood DNW 23 6

So in all, 10 weights over 100lbs were registered from a field of 24 of the finest anglers in the country.

Well done Andy Power, richer by £50,000 and so well deserved.

Very well done to Jake King, 2nd overall & collecting £5,000, Jack Danby, 3rd overall & collecting £3,000.

Section winners were –

Dale Shepherd £1000
Mikey Williams £1000
Pemb Wrighting £1000
Andy Bennett £1000.

Next up is the Golden Rod Feeder Championships with £26,800 prize fund up for grabs with several qualifiers already sold out!!

Golden Reel Grand Final Saturday September 15th 2018, Larford Lakes

So, here we are, an intensive program of 24 qualifiers which kicked off at the Viaduct fishery back on the 24th March 2018, and concluded at Larford Lakes on Saturday 25th August.

Despite intense pressure competing against other high profile angling events, the winners purse, second & third place remains at the figure I always promised.

The Golden Reel Champion will walk away with a massive £50,000, 2nd £5000 and 3rd £3000 add the four section prizes of £1000 every 6 men and the total payable will be a massive £62,000.

Ticket sales for this year’s event were disappointing due to a number of date clashes, an over serviced angling diary and a world cup football programme that didn’t help.
Despite numbers for our event being down on last year, our focus is aimed at increasing support for our 2019 event.
Yes, Golden Reel will enter its third year and continue to raise the profile of our sport placing it firmly alongside other high profile sporting events. So we need your support and again I will promise a spectacular competition.

Take a look at the big names in our 2018 final. On paper, it is probably the most powerful and talented final ever.

The Draw

The draw will take place on Friday 14th September at 9:30pm, streamed live to Facebook on our page and Catch More Media’s page.

The Final

Join us at the popular Larford Lakes complex Nr Stourport on Severn on Saturday, September 15th 2018.
Doors open to the public at 10am.
Parking and entry is completely free.

What’s going on at the final-

There will be some high profile anglers providing tuition and showing their skills, demonstrating-

  • Pellet waggler
  • Pole long
  • Edge fishing
  • Method
  • Cage Feeder

Demonstrations on the river with double handed salmon rods, single-handed trout rods, spinning and lure fishing.
We have a team of highly skilled salmon anglers who join us from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

Food & Drink

We will have-

  • big hog pig roast
  • Burgers
  • Hot dogs
  • Fully Licenced Bar
  • Hot & Cold drinks and snacks

Served all day

The Final

Who will lift the coveted Golden Reel Trophy and walk away £50,000 richer

The final commences at 12pm to 5pm with the presentation taking place at approximately 6pm.

Come along and have a bet on your favourite angler and hopefully walk away with a pocket full of cash from onsite bookmaker Gary Wiltshire (Belly from the Telly)

Live coverage with commentary from Phil Briscoe and Catch More Media’s Tom Scholey.

Don’t miss the most powerful line up of anglers ever to compete head to head for the prestigious Golden Reel Trophy and a massive £50,000 winners cheque.

Phil Briscoe
Golden Reel
Event Organiser




 Archive – 2017 Winner & Final


The long hard road of 24 nationwide qualifiers concluded presenting the ultimate Grand Final hosted at Colmic / Bag’em Larford Lakes.


Six months of qualifiers, fished at the country’s top venues throughout the UK provided the opportunity for the 24 grand finalists to pocket the massive £50,000 first prize and crown of Golden Reel 2017 Champion.
The draw was concluded on the Friday 18th August gala evening so to set the stage for 24 of the country’s finest anglers to go head to head for a total prize fund of £62,000.
The draw was kind to some and difficult for others and heavy rain on the eve of the final reduced the water temperature and pocketed the fish together.
The fancied pegs didn’t produce the weights expected and area’s that were not potential winning pegs performed well.

final 2017

The event was well supported by the visiting public and kept pouring in all day


A new champion was crowned from Peg 4 (permanent peg 12) being Stuart Fotheringham (Marukyu) from Leeds.
Stu, who qualified at Larford Lakes back in July 17, had applied some productive practice sessions and knew the peg he’d drawn was likely to be a bomb & pellet or method feeder attack.

As soon as the whistle started the five hour final Stuart was straight into fish, landing carp throughout the entire match to finish the day with 147-02-00, 40lbs clear of his nearest rival.
Feeding 8mm pellet every cast and fishing bomb & 8mm hook pellets, the tip was constantly being pulled round and there was never a need to come off the feeding fish or change his approach in any way.


Fishing machine Andy Bennett (Guru) drew Golden Reel peg 9 (permanent peg 22).
Andy’s approach was method feeder fishing tight to the island which produced some early bites and a few good carp but keeping the bites coming became a problem.

Later switching to his edge, Andy found a run of good carp landing 8 or 9 fish that probably boosted his weight by 80lbs+
On the final whistle, Andy placed 107-15-00 on the scales to secure second place overall and a cheque for his efforts totalling £5000.


Third on the day was Staffordshire’s Craig Goldstraw (Middy) who drew peg 6 (permanent peg 16).
Craig’s approach of method feeder with small waffter baits produced the bites required landing quality carp for a total weight of 90-12-00 and a fat third placed cheque payment of £3000.

Section winners collecting £1000 per section of 6 were- 

Jame Taylor – pegs 1-6 – £1000

Andy Bailey – pegs 7-12 – £1000

Paul (Tommy) Hiller – pegs 13-18 – £1000

Shaun McCarthy – pegs 19-24 – £ 1000

Here is the top 6-

Stuart Fotheringham (Guru / Tricast / ABC)4 (12)147-02-00
Andy Bennett (Guru)9 (22)107-15-00
Craig Goldstraw  (Middy Bag’em)6 (16)95-04-00
Andy Bailey (Daiwa Dons, Maruku)12 (28)90-12-00
Andy Lumb 8 (20)82-09-00
James Taylor 5 (14)69-01-00


Full list of anglers-

NamePegPermant PegWeight
Jon Whincup1632-06-00
Mitch Rawlinson 2821-09-00
Stuart Lister 31047-10-00
Stuart Fotheringham 412147-02-00
James Taylor 51469-01-00
Craig Goldstraw 61695-04-00
Paul Cook 71867-12-00
Andy Lumb 82082-09-00
Andy Bennett 922107-15-00
Toby Pepper 102440-08-00
Fran Orielly 112666-05-00
Andy Bailey 122890-12-00
Ray King 134212-04-00
Paul Hiller 144439-08-00
Nick Speed 154621-13-00
Luke Bamford 164836-04-00
Jamie Wild 175022-13-00
Prezemek Solski 185232-01-00
Simon Richardson 195441-06-00
Shaun McCarthy 205658-14-00
Alex Murry 215815-00-00
Paul Taylor 22602-11-00
Nick Smith 236225-08-00
Andy Power 246432-02-00