The biggest multi-venue match fishing final in the country took place this weekend which saw 300 anglers competing in the prestigious Angling Trust Winter League Final. Conditions for the Saturday saw temperatures saw to unseasonable mid-teens, which certainly saw the fishing at Decoy kick off.
The Format for the final is five anglers at Decoy Lakes and five anglers on the infamous Drains system and it was on the natural venue where the stand out winners made their hay!
Drennan Bordon Match Team carded an incredible 12 points, with two firsts, two seconds and a sixth in section, to put them 11 points clear of their closest local rivals in Stanjay Gold. Stand out catches from the Drains were Brett Cooper’s 9kg from March B17 which included 7 huge rudd and Matt Barnett’s Drain winning 12kg 220g of roach, from the infamous 20ft, bagging on a top five.
It was then only a matter of a solid performance from their peg set at Decoy Lakes and although the team only managed to come 12th out of the 30 teams, their 34 points gave them a total of 46, winning by a clear 6 points from Stanjay. Third place on the day was the ever-consistent Starlets AS, who carded good results on both venues and totalled 60 points.
Steve Barnett Drennan Bordons manager added “To say the lads are on top of the world is an understatement. All the years of hard work have finally paid off & the squad as a whole deserve to be champions. We built this team from scratch over many years, which makes it even sweeter”. To be crowned Champions is great for this Drennan Bordon team and gives us the platform to push on, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsor Drennan for their continued support, which has helped us out no end. On a personal note I would like to dedicate this win to my late father Tony who passed away just over two years ago and did so much for this team, I know he is up there looking down cheering us on.”
All results can be found at Match Angling Results Service.
The Angling Trust would like to thank all the league organisers from around the country in making this contest the pinnacle of winter angling and to all the anglers that take part throughout. Looking ahead to 2020 we are looking at making a few minor changes, the most notable of which will see entry revert back to a slightly higher £80. This is to cover increased costs in pegs and time required to administer.
1. Drennan Bordon 46 points
2. Stanjay Gold 52 points
3. Starlets AS. 60 points