Last weekend saw the very first float-only event take place at Scotland’s Loch Ken, in the shape of the Daiwa and Van Den Eynde Silverfest. The action was thick and fast, with Pole Fishing magazine’s assistant editor and Drennan Barnsley Blacks man, Matt Godfrey, taking top spot over the two days with over 46lb of roach.
Joint Silverfest organiser, Mark Trueman, was keen to exploit the venues full potential, and after using this event as an experiment to explore the fishing potential of Loch Ken, he told Pole Fishing:
“While Scotland is stereotypically renowned for trout and salmon fishing, Loch Ken is a venue that has been home to course angling for decades. However, before this event, most anglers visiting the water have targeted the skimmer and bream stocks using feeder tactics. In the matches, you often need in excess of 40lb to win, so the majority of anglers target the bigger fish at long range on ledger tactics.
“However, a minority of anglers enjoyed catching some fantastic bags of roach on the pole and waggler, and with such fantastic fishing on offer, myself and Stephen McCaveny decided to run a float only event.
“The Silverfest went down an absolute treat, and the event is sure to grow next year. There were bites to be had on all the pegs, and while some areas were better than others, all the anglers fishing enjoyed the banter and fantastic scenery on offer at this venue. You needed to catch double figures of the wild Scottish roach that inhabit the Loch to get into the frame.”
“We were able to pay out plenty of prizes, and the overall winner went home with over £1000! With more numbers there would be an amazing prize on offer! I’d also like to thank Daiwa and Van Den Eynde, the sponsors of our event. Every competitor went home with a goody bag worth over £80!”
Delighted to win the event, Matt Godfrey added:
“The event was awesome, with the fishing being just a tiny part of the experience! Myself and teammate Lee Kerry traveled up a day early to have a practice for the festival. On arriving at the venue on the first morning we were mesmerized with the stunning scenery revealed as the mist lifted off the loch. In fact, as we were about to start fishing, a huge red kite came circling above us! All the anglers stayed together in the local pubs, and I even got to sample my first ‘tatty score’ at the breakfast table – all in all a super experience, with plenty of banter, some nice food, and great company.
“The fishing was fantastic, but I was definitely lucky to draw two very good pegs in the event. When you arrive at the venue you soon realise how many fish are in there, as you can see them topping anywhere from 30m to 120m out into the loch. At the start of the match, I caught well on a slider in ten feet of water that I found around 30m out. However, after two hours of feeding the pole line, it was solid with roach!
To keep catching the quality fish you needed to feed really aggressively over a big area, to constantly draw fish in – they were frenzied once they arrived! I caught over 450 roach over the two matches, and every single one was like a new penny in pristine condition! I’ll definitely be back next year.
Keep your eyes peeled for next years event, we’ll be sure to advertise it on the Pole Fishing website!
1st Steve Woods 15lb 12oz
2nd Colin McKennell 11lb 8oz
1st Jimmy Hines 16lb 12oz
2nd James Woodrow 11lb
1st Matt Godfrey 24lb
2nd John Callaghan 16lb 8oz
1st Matt Godfrey (Pole Fishing) 24lb
2nd Jimmy Hines (Dynamite Baits) 16lb 12oz
3rd John Callaghan (Scotland) 16lb 8oz
1st Matt Godfrey 22lb 10oz
2nd Chris Stevens 16lb
1st Scott Lister 7lb 9oz
2nd David Cocoran 5lb 9oz
1st Stephen McCaveny 9lb 8oz
2nd Jimmy Hines 9lb
1st Matt Godfrey (Pole Fishing) 22lb 10oz
2nd Chris Stevens (Ted Carter Preston) 16lb
3rd James Woodrow (Colmic Team Scotland) 13lb 12oz
1st Matt Godfrey (Pole Fishing) 46lb 10oz
2nd Chris Stevens (Ted Carter Preston) 26lb 12oz
3rd Jimmy Hines (Dynamite Baits) 25lb 12oz
4th Stephen McCaveny (Daiwa) 25lb 6oz