Paul Holland has won the opening round of the Preston Innovations UK Angling Championship, with a 68kg 500g bag of carp and F1s from Peg 14 on Maver Larford's Match Lake.
The Preston Innovations and
Sonubaits ace took victory by the narrowest of margins, after beating
Shimano Dynamite rod, Nick Speed by just 820 grams.
"I had a lovely day, catching a few fish on pellets short, before
moving on to a long pole line, where I caught some fish on caster
shallow, and hard pellet on the bottom.
"Fishing light was key,
though, I had to be wary not to fish too light on the short pole line as I
had a big reed bed to contend with! For this reason, 0.11mm Reflo Power
was used short, and 0.10mm long.
"It feels great to have finally
won a round of this competition, I have finished second twice in the
past, and also third overall in the competition – but hopefully a win in Round One will get me off to a good start, and I will be able to go all
the way this year!"
Second place Nick Speed had an enjoyable
day's fishing from end Peg 2 on Match Lake, but a slow middle hour cost
him victory. He commented: "To be honest I was dissapointed with the
result in a lot of ways, as I expected more from the peg – but that's
fishing. I had a slow middle hour, and to lose out by such a narrow
margin was very disappointing. Still, it was nice to pick up second
place, and a good start to what is a fantastic competition."
1 Paul Holland (Preston Innovations/ Sonubaits) 68-500
2 Nick Speed (Shimano Dynamite) 67-680
3 Jamie Hawkins (Ringer Baits) 46-870
Lee Wright (Matrix/ Dynamite Trentmen)
Paul Holland (Preston Innovations/ Sonubaits)
Craig Elkin (Matrix)
Richie Hull (Garbolino/ Dynamite Baits)
Darren Cox (Garbolino)
Geoff Vallance (Preston Innovations/ Sonubaits)
Jamie Hawkins (Ringer Baits)
Click the images below for the results of each individual section!