Qualifiers to Date

Golden Reel Semi Final, Wednesday 9th September 2020

40 anglers on Match & Specimen Lakes Wednesday the 9th put together the 40 semi finalists all hoping to qualify for Saturdays Grand Final. The semi was fished with 20 anglers drawn on the Match Lake and 20 on the Specimen Lake. To qualify, the anglers had to win their lake. Winner on the Match Lake and progressing to Saturdays final was Tony Coates who drew peg 28 on the Match Lake. Tony fished a very impressive match, catching shallow on pellet and tight down his edges to weigh in a massive 222-6-0. Very well done and a place in ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No 20, Larford Lakes, Saturday 5th September 2020

Match & Specimen Lakes. 90 anglers turned out for the final qualifier of the Golden Reel 2020 campaign. With just the Semi-final to stage on Wednesday 9th September, where two further anglers will qualify for Saturday’s Grand Final making a Grand final of 22 anglers fishing for the massive £50,000 first prize. Conditions for the final qualifier were difficult with near flat calm conditions, muggy with highs of 22C and a definite pressure change. Fish were swimming shallow and difficult to catch with little space for the anglers due to the size of the entry. Winner today and progressing to ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No19, Decoy Lakes, Wednesday 2nd September 2020

A pleasant day for all the competitors with a warm 22C, gentle breeze and clear skies throughout the day. Winner today was Ben Townsend (Matrix / Spotted Fin ) from peg 22 on the Oak Lake. Ben fished a simple match fishing hard pellet down his edges all day landing a brilliant 228-13-0 of carp and securing his place in the Grand Final on September 12th. Chasing Ben was Jimmy Brookes (Preston / Sonu baits) from peg 30 on the Beastie Lake. Jimmy caught most of his carp catch fishing shallow with pellet weighing in 218-2-0 falling short of qualification ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No 18, The Glebe Fishery, Saturday 29th August 2020

Highs of just 9C on our arrival with temperatures only reaching 15C. Heavy rain and stiff winds also made for difficult conditions. It was more like autumn than late August. Winner today was Jason Dunworth (Advanced Angling Solutions) who drew peg 105 on pool 7. Jason fished the feeder tight across with caster and dead reds, landing 235-8-0. Jason now qualifies for the September Grand Final and a shot at the £50k winners purse. Second overall was Callum Dicks (Maver) who drew peg 81 on pool 5. Callum caught on the feeder with pellet and later short on the pole ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No 17, Weston Pools, Saturday 22nd August 2020

The superb Weston Pools at Oswestry hosted 67 anglers for qualifier No 17. Conditions today were pretty good. Just a few early showers, but followed with a gentle breeze, sunshine with highs of around 21C. Winner today and progressing to the September 12th Grand Final was Chris Weeder Jnr (RW Floats / Preston NW) who qualifier for his second Golden Reel Qualifier with 199-2-0 of big F1’s and carp from peg 25 on the Belvedere Lake. Chris fished caster shallow to the lily pads and later pellet short to secure his victory. Second on the day was Rob Swan (Gruru ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No16 Glebe Fishery, 19th August 2020

A very different day for this latest qualifier with heavy rain and much lower temperatures. Highs of around 20C and stiff breeze all day soaking the 71 strong field of anglers. Winner today was paste king, Luke Bamford who drew peg 115 on Lake 8. From the off, Luke attacked the edges with paste feeding pellet. Luke was quickly into carp finishing the day with a bumper bag of carp that weighed in at a massive 284-10-0. Luke books his place in the September Grand final and a shot at the £50k purse and Golden Reel 2020 title. Second overall ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No 15, Partridge Lakes Saturday 15th August 2020

Another good turn out for this latest qualifier with 83 anglers booked on. Conditions were better with warm sunshine, a gentle breeze and highs of around 24C. Winner today and progressing to his first Golden Reel Grand final was Lee Riley (Bait Tec) from peg 50 on Covey 3. Lee was into carp and F1’s from the word go, fishing shallow with pellet and caster and later down his edges landing a superb 235-0-0. Second on the day was Jamie Hughes (Matrix) from peg 133 on Covey 6. Jamies approach was shallow with pellet rewarding him with a fine bag ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No14, Larford Lakes, Sunday 9th August 2020

Temperatures rose to an alarming 35C for this latest qualifier added to this, both the Specimen and the Match Lake had hosted a five day festival and big open matches on the weekends before and after the festival. Needless to say, intense heat, little or no breeze and substantial angling pressure made for a difficult match. 74 anglers were pegged around the Specimen and Match Lakes and it was Perry Stone (Cresta) who took the latest qualification place with 156-13-0 from peg 34 on the Match Lake. Perry dobbed for some early carp with pellet, switched to the method casting ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No 13, Decoy Lakes, Tuesday 28th July 2020

A breezy overcast day with highs of around 18-20C. A near sell out of 90 anglers all hoping to grad a grand final place in September. Winner overall, and progressing to the September 12th Grand Final was Matt Wiles who put in a faultless performance landing 290-2-0 from Willows peg 29. Matt mugged most of his carp on hard pellets and later switched to his edges with hard pellet over micro’s. Second on the day and qualifying for the September 9th semi final was Wayne Shepherd from peg 2 on the Beastie Lake. Wayne caught on the feeder and down ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No 12, Larford Lakes, Saturday 25th July 2020

Match & Specimen Lakes. An excellent turnout of 96 anglers, just 4 short of a sell out. Conditions on the day was a light breeze, showers and a high of around 20C. Winner on the day was Fran O’Rielly (Frenzee / Bag’em) who drew peg 31 on the Match Lake. Fran caught fishing shallow at 13m with hard pellet and later switched to his edges with worm hook baits over ground bait, landing quality carp and F1’s, weighing in at 177-12-0. Fran gets a second chance at the big money final having previously qualified for this prestigious event. Second overall ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No11, Heron Brook Fishery 15th July 2020

Pools – Match, Match pool, bridge, Canal, Island & Meadows A superb turnout for a Wednesday qualifier with 94 anglers supporting the qualifier, hoping to secure a finalist spot. Winner today with a impressive 198-8-0 was Ryan McKinlay (Colmic) with a all F1 catch from the Match Lake on peg 1. Ryan fished the caster shallow at 13m landing prime F1’s and a few bonus carp. Ryan progresses to his first Golden Reel Grand Final and a shot at the £50,000 winning purse. Second overall was Mitch Rawlinson (Fishing republic) who drew peg 4 on the Match Lake. Mitch fished ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No 10, Larford Lakes, Wednesday 8th July 2020

A well supported midweek qualifier that hosted 62 anglers at halfway point of the 2020 Golden Reel Qualifier campaign. Both the Specimen and Match Lakes provided generous pegging and produced 14 weights over 100lbs. Winner today was Garreth Lenox from peg 46 on the Match Lake. Garreth caught all his fish with the long pole tight down his edge with 6mm pellet and corn over micro’s which produced a fine bag of carp to 12lbs and a total weight of 184-12-0. Garreth now progresses to his first Golden Reel Grand Final, with a shot at the £50,000 winners purse. Second ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No 9, Glebe Fishery, Saturday 4th July 2020

Lakes 1-9 Hosting the latest qualifier was the mighty Glebe complex. Conditions on the day looked favourable with mainly overcast skies, a stiff breeze and highs of around 20C. Winner today and topping the 100 peg sell-out was Sam Brown (Maver / Evolved Baits) from peg 85 on lake 5. Sam chose to fish the long pole down his edge with pellets and later down his edge shorter with dead reds over groundbait. Weighing in 220-1-0 of carp to 10lbs and progressing to his first Golden Reel Grand Final. Second on the day and pressing the overall winner to the ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No8, Larford Lakes, Wednesday July 1st 2020

Lakes – Match & Specimen This latest mid-week qualifier was not so well supported with 61 anglers participating. Conditions on the day were humid with highs of around 20C, a gentle breeze with mainly overcast skies and light showers. Winner overall and progressing to the September Grand Final was James Evans (Solihull AC / Smithies Angling) from fancies peg 46 on the Match Lake burr bank. James fished bomb & pellet early in the match and then reverted to long pole shallow with pellet. Later switching to his edges, the carp and f1’s were lined up. His feed was pellet ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No 7 Lindholme Lakes, Saturday 27th June 2020.

Again a sell out 100 qualifier. Conditions on the day presented a change in temperature falling substantially to around 18C. Strong winds and heavy showers also made for difficult conditions. Winner on the day was Tom Edwards (Diawa/ Advantage Baits) who drew peg 6 on Bennys Lake. Tom fished caster and pellet shallow landing a bumper bag of prime F1’s and a few bonus carp to weigh in 181-7-0. Tom progresses to his second Golden Reel Final on the bounce. Carl O’Brien was second on the day. Fishing caster shallow and late corn over groundbait down his edges, Carl ended ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No 6, Larford Lakes, Wednesday 24th June 2020

Lakes Match, Specimen & Arena. Seriously hot conditions with temperatures of 32C, little or no breeze and a full field of 100 anglers was always going to make for a difficult qualifier. That being said, Mikey Williams (Guru) broke the match lake record with a massive 401-8-0 of carp and F1’s from peg 30 on the Match Lake. Mike fished the pole shallow with dead reds and casters for most of the match, bagging 130lbs in the first hour. Later switching to his edges, fishing corn over ground bait, qualifying in style and smashing the lake record! Mike progresses to ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No 5, Woodlands View, Saturday June 20th

Lakes :- Hay, Barley, Front Deans, Back Deans, High and Arles. 86 anglers turned out for this latest qualifier. Conditions on the day were humid with highs of around 22C. Winner today with a weight of 146-10-0 was Sam Slockett (Preston / Sonu Baits) who drew peg 62 on Back Deans. Sam fished banded pellet down his edges landing carp and F1’s. Sam progresses to the September Grand Final and a shot at the £50k title. 2nd overall was Mike McMillan (Garbolino / Spotted Fin) with 138-13-0 from peg 10 on Hay. Mike fished the long pole with pellet, bagging ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No 4, Partridge Lakes, Saturday June 13th 2020

Lakes :- Covey 1-6 & Spey Lakes. A full 100 peg sell out for the popular Partridge Lakes. Conditions for the match was very warm, almost breathless with highs of around 24C. Winner overall, and progressing to the September Grand final was Kieran Marsden who drew peg 149 on Covey 6. Fishing tight across with pellet and maggot shallow, the Crester-Dynamite sponsored angler produced a stunning performance, landing a massive 197-1-0. Second on the day was Lee Thornton (Middy) from peg 141 on Covey 6. Lee fished pellet shallow and to depth, landing carp and F1’s to weigh 187-3-0. Lee ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier Sunday 7th June 2020 Larford Lakes

Following red hot temperatures in excess of 27C, the qualifier faced a rapid temperature change with highs of only 14C on the day of the qualifier. This big change to the conditions put the resident Specimen Lake carp into a moody situation with very few carp prepared to feed. The Match Lake was a different story with plenty of carp and F1’s feeding well. The Arena was also moody with most of the resident carp swimming shallow. The 100 peg sell out was handled well with social distancing both at the draw and at the pegs. Every effort was applied ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No2 Woodlands View Sunday 22nd March 2020

Lakes – High, Arles, Front Deans & Back Deans. Seventy two anglers made their way to the popular Woodlands View complex to compete for a converted Grand Final placing for the 2020 Golden Reel Final. The winner today was Andy Power (Preston) from peg 22 on front Deans. On drawing his peg, Andy’s approach was the long pole fished at 14m with maggot fished shallow. Consistent and accurate feeding produced carp and F1s from the whistle with some good quality carp boosting his overall weight to 139-0-0 and a place once again in the 2020 Grand Final. Second to the ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No1 Viaduct Fishery Saturday 21st March 2020

Lakes – Cambell, Kary, Lodge, Match and middle. A total of 78 anglers travelled to the popular Viaduct fishery in Somerset to hopefully clinch a place in the 2020 Golden Reel Grand Final. Conditions on the day were near perfect with bright sunshine, a gentle wind and highs of around 14C. Winner today and progressing to the final was John Hannam (South Wales) who drew peg 135 on Campbell. John new the peg well having qualified from it only days before to reach the Fish O Mania final. So John now has the chance to compete for a staggering £100k ...
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