Exclusive feeder champs reports from Match Fishing's on-the-bank correspondents.
Dutch angler wins individual best on day one of Feeder Champs with Ringer and Pickering doing well.
The first day of the World Feeder Champs has finished in what has a been a hard day’s fishing for the majority of the 80 competing anglers in searing heat and a river with virtually no flow.
We are still waiting on the overall team results but the individual honors for the day were taken by Dutch angler Theo Leijrik after putting together a net of carassio and carp for a total of 14.564kg from peg 2 in A section.
Giving a master class in feeder fishing, the Netherlands angler fished tight to the far bank with a bullet cage feeder and groundbait and worm to take fish to 3kg.
A solid England performance saw Steve Ringer top the team results with a second in section from peg 1 in A section totaling 6.557kg. Steve caught his fish from halfway across and tight to the far bank, starting on maggot feeder before changing tactics to groundbait feeder later on.
Team Captain Tommy Pickering also led by example, taking a third in section with 3.095kg from peg 4 in D section.
Other anglers of note were Ukranian Oleksii Strashnyi who took an overall individual second and section win on peg 5 of D section with an impressive 9.842kg. While individual third looks to have been won by Russian Dimitri Anokhin with a weight of 9.295kg from peg 15 in E section. However controversy surrounds the Russian’s tactics and might lead to that being reviewed.
Many anglers have spoken to officials about the size of the Anokhin's hooklength which rules dictate should be a minimum of 50cm long. The Russian has been fishing with a ‘legal’ hooklength but wrapping it around his cage feeder leaving around 12cm hanging free – leading others claiming he was in fact fishing illegal 'method' tactics.
England individual results
Steve Ringer - 6.55kg second in section A
Tommy Pickering – 3.095kg third in section D
Darren Cox – 1.991kg
Steve Hemingray – .0774kg
Micky Vials – 0.593kg
Last modified on Thursday, 01 September 2011 15:16