The annual Masters, the flagship industry team event for the Angling Trust, saw 16 of the country’s top teams out in force at Mallory Park Fisheries, Leicestershire fishing under sunny and warm conditions.
Primarily a team event with six man teams spread over the whole complex the Individual Masters title was also up for grabs, and no less than 11 anglers smashed the 100lb barrier in the race for individual glory.
Top man on the day was Martin Churchill with 163lb of mainly carp from Glebe Pool 1, peg 2. Fishing for Team Match Fishing Scene, Martin caught most of his fish close in on the five-metre line, using mainly corn hookbaits and getting through seven tins of sweetcorn as feed during the five-hour match.
Runner-up was Mark Poppleton (South West Match Group) pegged on prolific Glebe Pool 4, where he fed heavily with casters and fished up in the water at 14/15 metres on the long pole to catch some decent carp in his total of 159lbs 10oz. In third spot was Nick Merry, also from the South West Match Group, who weighed in 149lbs 6oz. Fourth was Neil Machin (Bag’em Matchbaits) with 132lbs 4oz.
Team wise it turned out to be a real nail-biting finish with every team having some low section places. Team Drennan England and Marukyu Black tied on 31 points but it was the Drennan boys who once again grabbed the title on weight countback. Marukyu Red filled third place with a credible 41 points.
The Drennan team consisted of Gary Miller, Chris Vandervleit, Dave Harpin, Craig Elkin, Darren Davies and Paul Yates.
Fishery owner Royal Marlow represented the Angling Trust and thanked everyone for their continued support and for the many raffle prizes donated by individuals and their sponsors. To fish the event you have to be a member of the Angling Trust and five new members joined for the event.
A total of £705.00 was raised from the event which included a cheque of £400 donated by Linda Marks from the Ivan Marks Memorial Event held in late May at Mallory Park Fisheries. Ivan was a great supporter of the then ACA and Linda’s generous donation was warmly received.
Individual Result: • 1st Martin Churchill 163lbs Team Match Fishing Scene • 2nd Mark Poppleton 159lbs 10oz South West Match Group • 3rd Nick Merry 149lbs 6oz South West Match Group • 4th Neil Machin 132lbs 40z Bag’em Matchbaits
Teams: • 1st Team Drennan England 31 Points (weight) • 2nd Marukyu Black 31 • 3rd Marukyu Red 31