The Angling Trust Anglers with Disabilities National Championship saw 19 anglers battle it out on the lucrative Molands pool on a muggy overcast day at Packington Somers.

International Silver Medalist Elliott Fay stormed out of the blocks catching F1s on long pole from peg 46, but his early lead was eventually whittled away as Elliott’s fish deserted him and David Nichols fish on peg 58 grew more confident, slipping up with ever increasing frequency.

David Fished a tremendous match and was crowned Anglers with Disabilities National Champion with 24.175kg, Fay pushing him right to the wire and ending up an agoinising 500g behind him with 23.475kg.

Third place on the day went to Steven Parker who found himself with peg 48 from the draw bag. Steven amassed a very respectable 17.200kg in the Five hours, just edging out Fred Bispham and Ian Black.

The Angling Trust would like to thank John Burchall and his team at Packington Somers for their hospitality and a great days fishing.


1st David Nichols, Forest Town, 24.175kg
2nd Elliot Fay, Kingsteignton, 23.475kg
3rd Steven Parker, Newcastle Under Lyme, 17.200kg
4th Fred Bispham, Kirkby in Ashfield, 15.925kg
5th Ian Black, Totnes, 15.625kg
6th Alan Chadbone, Sandhurst, 15.350kg

Pic: Top Three in the 2017 Disabled Match Fishing National: Left Elliot Fay (second); centre winner David Nichols and right Steven Parker, who came third.