The much anticipated 2008 Wales Carp Masters is off and running at last with Heat 1 taking place at Celtic Lakes Resort over the weekend of 30th May – 1st June.

Seven pairs of carp anglers took part in Heat 1 of the competition, now in its second year. The first three teams were:

Position Team Peg Weight

1 James Willatts & Lee Botchett 1 350lb

2 Nigel Davies & Robbie Davies 6 172lb

3 Bob Randerson & Blondie Jones 9 143lb 

 Amazingly enough, James Willatts & Lee Botchett also won the heat one qualifying event at Celtic Lakes last year with a weight of 324lb 8oz. Congratulations to James and Lee who will be joined in the grand final by runners up Nigel Davies and Robbie Davies.

James had this to say after clinching his team’s place in the final:

“Myself and Lee Botchett won the first Heat with 350lb. Looking through the log I think it was a total of 42 fish. We fished the first Heat last year at Celtic Lakes and are delighted to have qualified for the final again. It was an exhausting weekend but we are very pleased that the effort paid off. Sorry no photos of fish, didn’t seem to have time to take any ;-). Looking forward to the final and I hope by then Lee can make a decent cup of tea… ;-)”

John Carney, who heads the Wales Carp Masters team was delighted with the first heat of this years event:

“We are all feeling a little knackered right now but we are over the moon at the way the first heat of the Wales Carp Masters has gone. I would like to thank the whole WCM team for their hard work and effort, not only during the heat but also in the planning and organising of the event. I would also like to thank the competitors for the exemplary way they conducted themselves during the weekend and finally congratulations to the winning two pairs who we look forward to seeing back here at Celtic Lakes in the final in August”.

There are still places available in the remaining five heats. Heats three and four at Celtic Lakes were both won last year with weights topping 500lbs and 600lbs respectively. So if you fancy some amazing carp fishing and a chance to be crowned Wales Carp Masters 2008, please visit our registration page to find out more.

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