Jon, who also won the contest back in 2011, pocketed a £3,000 winners cheque, after a late barbel saw him clinch victory by a margin of just five ounces.
Jon caught the barbel on a piece of worm, fished over a bed of chopped worm and caster. He explained: “At first I wasn’t sure what I had hooked, I thought it was an eel or a tench – when I saw it was a barbel I had my heart in my mouth! Fortunately, I managed to scoop it, and with my bloodworm fish it proved enough to win on the day.”
In second place was WB Clarke rod Sean Riedy, who weighed 11-10-0 from peg 44. Sean banked two good tench, and a handful of perch and eels on maggot feeder cast to far bank cover.
Local rod, Jeff Spiers took third from peg 10. Jeff also managed a barbel, fishing a piece of worm over a bed of chopped worm and caster fished down the lilly pads to his right.
1 Jon Arthur (Pole Fishing Magazine) 11-15-0 (peg 11)
2 Sean Riedy (WB Clarke) 11-10-0 (peg 44)
3 Jeff Spiers (Evesham Bait Box) 11-3-0 (peg 10)
4 Sean Ashby (Sensas) 10-12-0 (peg 40)
5 Tony Bench (Shakespeare Superteam) 8-14-0 (peg 17)