Match Fishing – 2014 Individual National Championship
Report and results from the 2014 event fished on the River Trent.
Source: Angling Trust
139 anglers entered the Individual National Championship held on the River Trent and conditions were not ideal with bright conditions and a blustery wind with only a slight tinge of colour in the river following heavy showers.
There were, however, some big fish to be had with barbel, bream and chub on the feeder and for those looking for practice for the Division One National, which as being fished on the same sections, or for a section win, there were smaller fish and odd eels to be caught on both running line float and pole.
The winner was Kevin Hall from St Helens, who capped a memorable weekend after winning the RiverFest qualifier the day before on his local River Weaver. Fishing Collingham peg 96 (permanent peg 81) on the Jolly Bargeman stretch, Kevin spotted an outflow on the far bank, and started by fishing across with a maggot feeder filled with micro pellets and casters with three red maggots on the hook.
He soon had a bream in his net, along with a few small fish but after two hours he switched to a hair-rigged halibut pellet and had an 8lb barbel first chuck followed by a small chub. With no further bites forthcoming he switched back to maggot and landed another bream. In the final hour, as the tide backed up, a liner indicated that the bream were back, so he put a bunch of red worms on the hook and was rewarded with two more bream and a chub, giving him 12.530kg for a convincing win.
Runner up was Rob Wootton with 9.560kg from Newark Dyke (permanent peg 50) and third was Phil Foster with 7.750kg from the same section as the winner (permanent peg 71).