Qualifiers to Date

Golden Reel Qualifier No 21, Larford Lakes Sunday 31st July 2022

Condition for this match being sunny with highs of around 24C and a gentle breeze. Very muggy conditions forcing the fish to swim shallow across the whole of the complex. Winner today with an impressive 218-12-0 was Matt McGuire from peg 7 on the Specimen Lake. Matt fished from the new burr bank catching all his carp at just 5m to 8mm pellet and feeding heavily with 6mm pellet. Matt landed carp to 20lbs. Second placed Neil McKinnon (Preston) drew peg 16 on the Match Burr Bank weighing in 190-11-0 of carp and F1’s. Neil fished short and down his ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No20 Lindholme Lakes, Saturday 30th July 2022

A respectable turnout for this latest qualifier. Conditions on the day was bright sunshine and highs of around 22C. Winner today and progressing to the September 10th Grand final was John Alexander who drew peg 34 on the Laurels Lake. John weighed in 178-15-0 of carp and F1’s, all caught on casters fished shallow. John had already qualified for a Semi Final placing so this is now handed down the top 6 listings. Second on the day was Kristian Jones from peg 16 on the Laurels Lake. Kristian weighed in 176-6-0 all caught on the pellet fished to depth. One ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No19 Hallcroft Fishery Saturday 23rd July 2022

Conditions for this latest qualifier were highs of around 23C and a gentle breeze and mainly clear skies, but overcast later in the afternoon. Winner today and progressing to the September final was Danny Crewe (Tackle Shack), who drew peg 6 on the Moat Outer Lake. Danny fished the method feeder mainly down his edges feeding pellet and fishing on waffter hook bait landing some prime carp that tipped the scales at a massive 336-12-0. Second on the day was Vic Molynux from peg 9 on the Moat Outer with 233-15 of carp all caught shallow and later down the ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No 18, Moorlands Farm, Saturday 16th July 2022

Blistering hot conditions with highs of around 26C. Bright sunshine with a gentle breeze. Winner today with a massive 221-0-0 was Lee Thorton (Middy) from peg 3 on Meadow Lake. The burning heat resulted in most of the resident carp swimming shallow and that meant Lee had to resort to mugging tactics, fishing shallow on pellet. Later catching a few down his edges and booking his September Grand Final placing. Second to the frame was local rod Paul Cook who drew peg 18 on High Meadows. Paul fished pellet shallow all day, landing 143-12-0 and a place in the Semi ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No17 Barston Lakes Saturday 9th July 2022

Conditions for this latest qualifier was difficult with highs of around 25C, strong breeze with bright sunshine. It was also a pretty breathless day with fish swimming shallow and difficult to catch. Winner today and progressing to the Grand Final was John Jones (Middy / Burt Baits) from peg 18 on the river bank. John fished at 16m slapping all day. Fishing a banded 8mm pellet and feeding very little, John went on to land 219-4-0. Second on the day was Steve Openshaw (Mossella) who drew peg 17. Steve also fished long & shallow all day with pellet hook baits ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No16, The Glebe Fishery, Wednesday 6th July 2022

Conditions on the day were bright with highs of around 22C and a stiff breeze. Winner today and progressing to the Grand Final was Adam Major (Wensom Valley / Matrix) who drew peg 104 on lake 7. Adam fished a feeder tight across with a combination of pellet or maggot over ground bait, landing an all carp catch that tipped the scales at 168-14-0 Second overall and qualifying for the Semi Finals was Glebe regular Luke Bamford (Middy) who drew peg 5 on Lake 1 Luke fished the paste at 13m landing some big lumps to finish the day on ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No15 Meadowlands Fishery, Saturday 3rd July 2022

Todays qualifier presented strange conditions with highs of around 20C but breathless and humid. Clearly a high pressure had set in and fish could be seen everywhere cruising but very difficult to catch. Winner today and progressing to the Grand Final was former England International, Des Shipp (Preston) who drew peg 62 and the Lambsdown Lake. Des fished a brilliant match catching 50lbs+ of bream hard on the deck with luncheon meat. Then a change in tactics as Des resorted to a shallow rig on meat which produced some fine double figure carp and approx. 100lbs of carp. Later in ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No 14, Lindholme Lakes, Saturday 25th June 2022

With a big drop in temperature, cloudy skies and highs of just 16C, also a very strong breeze making float fishing near impossible. Winner on the day with a brilliant 178-4-0 was Arthur Hilmi from peg 14 on the willows Lake. Arthur caught all of his fish shallow with casters and now progresses to the September Grand Final. Second on the day with 174-0-0 was Steve Openshaw (Mossella UK) with 174-0-0. Steve drew peg 63 on Bonsai landing an all F1 catch to caster shallow. Steve is already in the Semi Finals so his placing is passed on to third ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No13 Decoy Lakes Saturday 18th June 2022

A wet and very cool day with quite strong winds greeted the field today for this latest qualifier. A drop in temperature from 32C to 18C was never going to make for big weights. That being said, some very good weights were recorded with 10 weights or more breaking the 100lbs mark. Winner today and progressing to the September Grand Final was Sam Brown (Maver) who recorded a superb 221-8-0 from peg 4 on Elm. Sam had the wind blowing down to his corner and chose to fish maggot down his edges over pellet, landing some big carp and F1’s ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No 12 Partridge Lakes, Saturday 11th June 2022

A near full house for this latest qualifier. Conditions were 18C but a stiff breeze. Otherwise, clear skies but cooled as the day progressed. Winner today and progressing to the September Grand Final was Ian Latham (Tricast) from peg 107 on covey 5. Ian fished maggot shallow all day landing 194-4-0 for a comfortable overall win. Second on the day and grabbing a Semi Final placing was Mike Rogerson (Preston Innovations) from peg 105 on Covey 5. Mike fished caster shallow and to depth catching F1’s and carp weighing in 137-3-0. Also making it through to the Semi Final was ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No 11, Larford Lakes, Sunday 5th June 2022

60 anglers turned out for this latest qualifier. Conditions today presented a big weather change with highs of just 12C all day, heavy overnight rain with dull skies all day and a heavy breeze. Fish on the Match Lake were quickly down the edges but very difficult to catch and the carp on the Specimen Lake, which were swimming shallow, were also difficult to catch. Winner today, and progressing the September Grand final was Herefords Neil Colcombe, who drew peg 1 on the Specimen Chalet road bank. Neil fished most of his match down the edges with maggots over ground ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No 10, Woodlands View, Saturday 28th May 22

High fuel costs and rising prices nationwide is certainly having an adverse effect on numbers. A poor turn out for this latest qualifier at Woodlands View. Conditions on the day were good with clear skies and highs of around 18C and a gentle breeze. Winner today an progressing to the September Final was Steve Roberts (Oakengates) who drew peg 17 on Front Deans. Steve caught mainly down his edges with maggots weighing in 134-0-0. Second in the frame was John Harvey (Preston) from peg 31 on Front Deans. John fished shallow with pellet and later down his edges with maggots ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No9 Barston Lakes, Saturday 21st May 2022

Conditions today were good with highs of around 21C, a gentle SW breeze with clear skies and sunshine all day. Clearly carp could be seen everywhere swimming shallow in numbers, so the plan of attack in general was fish shallow. Winner today and progressing to his first Golden Reel Final was Barry Byrd who drew fancied peg 124. 124 had not produced a winning weight for some time, but was bang on form for this important qualifier. Barry started the day fishing the bomb at distance with PVA bag loaded with pellet catching a few early carp and skimmers. Later ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No 8 Larford Lakes 14th May 2022

Lakes – Match & Specimen Conditions for this latest qualifier was near perfect with bright skies and highs of 22C. A good breeze on both lakes and fish swimming shallow with carp and F1’s down all the margins. Tactics today were clearly pole shallow and pellet waggler. Winner today and progressing to a second Golden Reel Final was Dave Roberts who drew peg 1 on the Specimen burr bank. Dave fished the pellet waggler and pole shallow with pellet and waffters landing some early carp and then later down his edges with dead reds over ground bait. Dave finished the ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No7 The Glebe Fishery Sunday 8th May 2022

82 anglers turned out for qualifier No7 at the Mighty Glebe Fishery. Conditions again were favourable with clear skies, a warm 18C and gentle breeze. Winner today was Zac Worby-Smith from peg 98 on Pool 7. Zac caught all his carp shallow with pellet and later down his edges again with pellet weighing in 189-8-0. Only last week Zac qualified for the Match This final and now has a shot at the Golden Reel title too. At just 20 years of age, this young gun is certainly looking to be one of the biggest names in match fishing and is ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No6 Moorlands Farm Fishery Saturday 7th May 2022

Conditions today were favourable with clear sky’s and highs of around 18C and a gentle breeze. Needless to say, there was lots of carp swimming shallow but not easy to catch. Winner today and progressing to the September Grand Final was Matt Dawes (Preston) who drew peg 30 on Meadows. Matt made the most of his end peg draw by fishing shallow with pellet and later down his edges again with pellet hook baits, weighing in a brilliant 293-10-0 of quality carp. Second overall was Jimmy Brooks (Sonu Baits) who drew peg 15 on the Bank Pool. Jimmy caught shallow ...
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Golden Reel Qualifiers No5 The Glebe Fishery Saturday 30th April 2022

A warm day for this latest qualifier with clear skies, little or no breeze and highs of around 17C. Fish could be seen everywhere swimming shallow so overall, that was clearly the main plan of attack. Winner today and progressing to yet another Golden Reel Final was Preston’s Andy Power who drew peg 112 on pool 8. Andy fished the long pole shallow with pellet catching carp shallow and also mugging tactics. Andy finished the day with a brilliant 298-0-0. Second overall was in form Mark Griffiths (Guru) who drew peg 20 on Lake 1. Mark caught all his fish ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No4 Larford Lakes April 23rd 2022

Once again Larford Lakes was battered with a strong easterly wind. Temperatures also fell to just 10C with bright skies all day. All that being said, some excellent weights were recorded off both the Match & Specimen Lakes. Winner overall and making it through to his second Golden Reel Grand Final was Pete (The Meat) Upperton. Pete (Guru/Mainline) drew peg 15 on the Match Lake and on setting up, it was evident that his edges were holding a good head of F1’s and carp. Pete fished a simple match by fishing short and down his edges with meat hook baits, ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No3 Lindholme Lakes, Saturday 16th April 2022

Decent conditions greeted the field today with bright sky’s, highs of around 15C and a pleasant breeze. Winner today and making his way through to the September Grand Final was Dale Shepherd. Dale drew peg 6 on Benny’s Lake and chose to fish Maggot shallow and later down his edges. His tactics were spot on, landing a massive 319-8-0 for a very comfortable win. Second on the day and qualifying for the Semi Finals was John Alexander from peg 10 on Benny’s. John fished caster shallow landing 257-7-0. John's catch was made up from quality F1’s and carp. Third to ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No2, Hallcroft Fishery Saturday 9th April 2022

Very cold conditions for this latest qualifier. A hard early morning frost registering just -3C, followed by clear sky's and temperatures rising to just 8C at best. Also a stiff easterly wind to cap it off. Winner today and progressing to the September Grand final was Tom Newton who drew peg 23 on the Moat Outer Lake. Tom fished the long pole shallow all day with pellet shallow landing 101-13-0 of prime carp. Second on the day was Lewis Mifsud from peg 28 on the Moat Outer Lake. Lewis fished down his edges with worm hook baits over ground bait, ...
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Golden Reel Qualifier No1 Meadowlands Fishery, Saturday 2nd April 2022

Conditions more like early January greeted the contestants for the first qualifier of 2022. Temperatures of minus 3C and only reaching a maximum of 8C by the end of the five hour qualifier. On top of that, the field had to face rain, snow and hail coupled with a very strong north wind. Winner today was Jordan Holloway (Preston) who drew peg 6 on the Warren Lake Jordan fished corn down his edges from the off only having one big carp bagged up to the last hour. Bites then came into play down his edge with eleven carp, between 11-12lbs ...
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