Jon Arthur has successfully held onto his title to be crowned the Preston Innovations UK Individual Champion for a second year! Not only that, Jon did it in convincing style by scoring a maximum four sections wins and 40 points. He wins the £4,000 winner¹s cheque plus the coveted clarat jug for his victory.
In doing so, Jon became only the fourth angler to win the event twice, after Alan Scotthorne, Tom Pickering and Jamie Masson. Jamie and Jon are also the only two anglers to ever win the title with a maximum points score.
Going into the final round he needed to come no lower than third in his
section to take the title and fancied his chances after drawing Peg 1 on a very difficult Front Deans. Using a mixture of pellet, meat and worm tactics, Jon managed to win both his section and the lake with 64lb 3oz.
That catch consisted of 14 carp to 7lb plus 15lb of silvers. The pressure was increased even further with the presence of the Sky TV camera crew filming the day for a future Tight Lines television programme.
The worthy match winner on the day was Garbolino-backed
Second on the day, was Steve Cooke(Garbolino/Ringers) with 93-0-0. Steve drew Arles Peg 12 and fished a pellet feeder to the island, alternating between meat and pellet on the hook. A fitting third place went to the hard-working competition organiser Tom Pickering (Preston Innovations) on Back Deans Peg 34. Tom¹s 90-0-0 catch consisted of 15 carp caught at five metres and up the edge with worm over corn.
This is the seventh year that Preston Innovations has generously sponsored this prestigious event and the top 12 anglers in the league all picked up winner’s cheques. Andy Moors and Neil Machin both tied with Darren Cox on 35 points but Andy just got the nod over his traveling partner to clinch third overall and £2,000.
Check out Tight Lines on Sky Sports for exclusive footage of the event.
Jon’s full story will be exclusively revealed in Match Fishing magazine.
Round 4 Individuals
1st Darren Cox, Garbolino 94-8 (£1000)
2nd Steve Cooke, Garbolino/Ringer Baits 93-0 (£500)
3rd Tom Pickering,
1st Jon Arthur, Match Fishing/Shakespeare Superteam, 40 Points (£4,000)
2nd Darren Cox, Garbolino, 35 (£3,000)
3rd Andy Moors, Mosella Garbolino, 35 (£2,000)
4th Neil Machin, Garbolino/Dynamite Baits, 35 (£1,000)
5th Steve Rothery, Daylite Baits, 34 (£840)
6th Stu Ballard, Fosters of
7th Steve Ringer, Shimano/VDE, 33 (£600)
8th Tom Pickering,
9th Adam Rooney, Garbolino/Kamasan Starlets, 32 (£450)
10th Chris Hill, Mosella Garbolino, 31 (£400)
11th Rob Wootton, Middy/Dynamite Baits, 30 (£350)
12th Andy May, Ultima
Jon’s Road To Victory:
Venue: Heronbrook Fishery, Slindon, Staffordshire
Peg: 32, Bridge Pool
Weight: 80lb 8oz
Species: Barbel, chub, F1s, carp
Method: Chopped Worm and caster to far bank
Venue: Willinghurst Fishery, Guildford,
Peg: 8, New Pool
Weight: 253lb 15oz
Species: 40 carp to 12lb
Method: Corn and hemp in margins
Species: 18 carp to 5lb
Method: Paste in open water
Peg: 1, Front Deans Pool
Weight: 64lb 3oz
Species: 49lb of carp and 15lb of silvers
Method: Meat and pellets in open water