The long road to the final concluded as 60 of the country’s finest feeder anglers made their way to Larford Lakes in Worcestershire to fish for the coveted title of Golden Rod Feeder Champion 2019.
A staggering £26,800 prize fund and a champion who would pocket a massive £12,000 for first place overall and the superb trophy.
There was a number of finalists returning from last year’s final including Steve Ringer, Darren Cox and last year’s champion, Charlie Simpson.
No beast from the east this year but conditions for the two day final were far from being perfect. The competitors had to face up to extreme winds with gusts approaching 50mph. On top of this, temperatures took a tumble to just 10C, coupled with heavy rain at times.
Saturday around 4”of rain lashed into the lakes and a keen frost on Sunday seriously effected the formbook.
That being said, the Golden Rod Feeder final presented an epic final with just 1lb separating the first and second position.
Overall winner on day 1 was Danny Wilson who drew peg 23 on the Specimen Lake.
Danny quickly found quality carp short and down his edge bagging a massive 131lbs to method and waffters, easily winning his section for the perfect start to his challenge for the title.
Second overall on day 1 was Nick Speed who drew peg 58 on the Match Lake.
Not a fancied peg to challenge for a section win but Nick put in an excellent display of feeder fishing catching short and down his edges with both method and cage feeder landing 111-13-00 of carp, F1’s and skimmers, all to waffters and hard pellet.
Nick secured both a section and lake win.
Third overall on day 1 was Steve Ringer who drew peg 20 on the Match Lake.
Steve had a slow start and after a couple of hours appeared to be out of the running.
With a couple of hours remaining, Steve spodded in almost two tins of corn and pellet to totally transform his peg, catching quality carp right up to the final whistle and weighing 99-06-00 for a comfortable section win.
Steve caught on the method feeder with waffters and hard pellet.
Fourth placed Steve Tucker secured a lake and section win from the 10 peg Arena section.
Steve drew fancied peg 18 and made it pay by landing 87-01-00 of good carp fishing short and down his edge on method and cage feeder tactics.
Steve fished waffters and hard pellet.
Fifth placed Paul Cook drew peg 70 on the Specimen Lake and had a very slow start.
A few early bream to the method and waffters but consistant feeding down his edge and short produced some late quality carp giving him 82-15-00 and an important section win.
With one day to go, 24 anglers were in contention to frame or lift the champions trophy.
Section A on the Match Lake
The Section was won by Ben Fisk from peg 6 with 43lbs.
Ben caught on the Method and cage with waffters fished short and down his edge.
His performance was enough to secure a top 10 overall placing.
Section B Match Lake
The Section was won by Steve Seabourne with 61-01-00 from peg 24.
Steve caught on the method short and down his edges.
Section C Arena Lake
The Section was won by John Turnock from peg 20 with 53-10-00 of carp to the method and waffters.
John pushed Tommy Pickering out of a section win by just 1lb 6oz to secure the section.
Section D Specimen Lake
The section was won by Richard Pennington with 30-07-00 of carp and bream.
His performance not quite enough to make the top 4 and his 5 point overall score putting in him in 5th place overall.
Richard caught on method and cage feeder from peg 3 on the Specimen Burr.
Section E Specimen Lake
Winner of section E was Paul Twigg with 26-13-00 from peg 64.
Paul’s catch of bream was enough to secure an overall two day place of 9th place overall.
Section F Specimen Lake
Another fine performance from Lee Kerry who drew pag 52.
Lee was sitting on 3 points after day 1 so a section win was vital to stay in the hunt for an overall win or top 4 placing.
Lee found some quality bream throughout the day and later caught two good carp down his edge to weigh 45-14-00 and vital section win.
What a conclusion to 2 days of very competitive feeder fishing.
England’s best feeder angler Steve Ringer scored a superb 3 points winning his section on day one and securing second in his section on day 2.
Steve’s 3 point total was equal to Tommy Pickerings score but Steve lifted the trophy by way of a superior weight and pocketed a massive £12,000.
Second overall was Tommy Pickering who put in a truly amazing performance scoring 3 points over the two day final.
Tommy drew the Arena on day 2 and lost a massive carp at the net that would have certainly won him the title.
Beaten by just 1lb 6oz for a section win on day 2, Tommy’s overall weight was 132-14-00 just 1lb short of Steve Ringer and scoring 3 points over the 2 days.
As much as Tommy wanted to the title, he walked away with a massive £7,000 for a deserved second overall placing.
Third overall was Ian White with a two-day point score of 4. Again, the position was decided by weight and Ian secured his placing with 121-05-00.
Ian collected £4,000.
Fourth to the frame was Lee Kerry with a 2 day point score of 4.
Lee had to accept a lesser weight overall of 101-09-00, collecting £2,000
All in all, a truly wonderful 2 day final enjoyed by all.
On behalf of Golden Reel Angling Ltd, Larford Lakes and myself, I would like to thank all the finalists who took part.
The spirit of the competitors was magnificent and I look forwards to seeing many of you again in next year’s final.
Remember, if you’re in it you can win it.
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