Andy Leathers has been crowned the 2013 Parkdean Masters Champion, after winning the final on Jenny's Lake at Cornwall's White Acres complex.
match, which is widely regarded as one of angling's most prestigious
finals, is contested by the top 24 finishers in White Acres flagship
Preston Innovations festival, and carries a £25,000 winners cheque.
who held the lead from the start, ended up pipping late challenger, Ben
Fisk, by just five ounces, after weighing in with 94-13-0. Andy fished
long pole and worms, including fish to double figures in his 20-carp
He was pushed to the post at the weigh-in, however, as Middy
ace Ben Fisk recorded a brilliant 97-15-0 of F1s, caught shallow on
pellets. It wasn't until Andy weighed in that he realised that he had pipped Ben by the narrowest of margins – beating him by just five
ounces, and weighing in 98-4-0.
Remarkably, Andy only secured his
place in the final by the narrowest of margins, clinching the last
qualifying place by a single point.
The delighted champion
explained: "I am absolutely over the moon – to win something like this
is a feat I thought I would only ever dream of achieving. It still
hasn't quite sunk in to be honest. I was the last to draw, and Peg 16 was left in the bag for me – I guess it was just my day!
have caught fishing chopped worms and caster on the bottom, and have
managed to keep fish coming for the duration of the day. Halfway through
the match, I was told that I was leading the match, so I tried to keep
fish coming. I didn't realise that Ben had caught as well as he had, so I
was relieved when I found out I had done enough.
"I would also like to say a big thank you to the sponsors, Parkdean who make the event possible."
Regional Director, Stephen Griffiths congratulated the winner: "A big
congratulations to Andy, it has been one of the most exciting matches in
the event's 14-year history, and the closest finish to date. It really
was a riveting match to watch."
For a full report on how Andy won, check out the December issue of Match Fishing Magazine!
0 James Dent 21-13-0
1 Andy Power 16-2-0
2 Neil McKinnon 9-2-0
3 Simon Fry 14-11-0
4 Nick Speed 23-8-0
5 Des Shipp 28-6-0
6 Cameron Hughes 20-7-0
7 Martin Holmes 24-14-0
8 Ben Fisk 97-15-0
9 Steve Conway 13-8-0
10 Harry Billing 15-0-0
11 Tim Rowe 56-3-0
12 Richie Hull 18-14-0
13 Steve Ringer 20-5-0
14 Andy Nelson 38-1-0
15 Scott Russell 62-4-0
16 Andy Leathers 98-4-0
17 Gareth Malham 48-3-0
18 Rob Wootton 26-6-0
19 Neil Machin 50-12-0
20 Matt Godfrey 77-5-0
21 Simon Colclough 57-3-0
22 Lee Kerry 32-14-0
23 Ed Warren 45-8-0