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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.
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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-

QualifierPegWeight
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