Competitors ready to go head-to-head to take prestigious title at Docklows.
It’s nearly here. The highly anticipated final of the 2011 Drennan Knockout Cup kicks off tomorrow – and this year’s event promises to be a real battle royale.
From 100 anglers who started the competition just two remain to go head-to-head for the £5000 prize and the prestigious title of Drennan Knockout Cup champion.
Running across two days, Wednesday October 26 and Thursday October 27, the final will see anglers Lee Kerry and Gary Miller fight it out on two different waters at Docklow Pools, Herefordshire.
Fishing the first day on the Stock Pool and the second on Mickey Mouse pool, the two match aces have already impressed Docklow’s Fishery Manager, Jonathan Bozward who thinks the competition is just too close to call.
“Both Gary and Lee have looked superb in practice and to be honest I can’t see anything between them,” Jonathan told Match Fishing. “The two lakes are fishing well at the moment with carp, tench, chub, barbel and roach all coming out so they’ll be in for a mixed bag. As long as it doesn’t get too cold overnight tonight and tomorrow night I think we could see the ton broken by both anglers.”
Preston Innovations-backed finalist Lee is looking forward to fishing the final, and echoes Jonathan’s thoughts about how close it will be.
“Docklow is a great place to be having the final as anything can happen. In practice I was getting 300 fish for 200lb on the Stock Pond so some big weights might be had, but it will come down to how efficiently you can fish and what mistakes the other competitor makes, especially on the first day,” said Lee. “I’m just excited about competing in the final of what I see as one of the most respected competitions in match fishing, and after all the effort I’ve put in to get here, I’m also desperate to win.”
Also contesting the final is Bait Tech’s Gary Miller who’s equally as eager to get fishing.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” he told Match Fishing. “It should be a great couple of days with the potential to be very close at the weigh-ins.
“The Stock Pond is full of fish and that will just be about how fast you can get the fish out. The second day on Micky Mouse should be more interesting as it will be a mixed bag. The roach fishing on there is great and I reckon you could put together a 70lb bag in the right conditions. In practice the carp weren’t showing much but there were lots of chub and barbel. It should be a very exciting final.”
Match Fishing magazine will be bringing you live, from the bank updates of the final across both days' fishing, so don’t forget to keep checking the website throughout the competition.
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