Eleven teams of six anglers competed for the coveted title in the 2012 Angling Trust Masters held at Leicestershire’s prolific Mallory Park Fisheries.The event was well spread out over the seven Glebe pools, the Foundation Lake and Mallory Big Lake.With so many lakes, all demanding different approaches and varied tactics, this was a real challenge to all the teams.It turned out to be a brilliant fishing match with no less than 22 weights over 100lb taken by the 66 competing anglers, and only one pound separated the top three individuals.
Drennan’s Adam Wakelin, found himself on Foundation peg 22, and put up an epic performance of feeder fishing out to the point of the island, catching carp after carp in the 6lb to 7lb bracket on a variety of baits, finishing with a net-bulging weight of 178lb 8oz.
There was a tie for the runner-up spot with Aaron Morton, Glebe Pool 5, peg 79, and representing Total Fishing, getting in on the carp spree by pole fishing caster up in the water and later in the match venturing into the margins for individual carp into double-figures in his 177lb 8oz haul.
Equalling this weight was Team Marukyu Green man Dom Lanni, from Glebe Pool 7 peg 79, who also included carp into double-figures and caught well up in the water, feeding four pints of Marukyu Sanagi flavoured pellets.
To prove the point that silver fish can also be great weight builders when breaking the magic ton at the scales, match angling legend Danny Sixsmith, drew peg 22 on Glebe Pool 1and included a fantastic 51lb of silvers in his 118lb catch for the Drennan team.
1st Adam Wakelin (Drennan) 178lb 8oz
2nd equal Aaron Morton (Total-Fishing.com) 177lb 8oz
2nd equal Dom Lanni (Team Maruku Green) 177lb 8oz
4th Jarrad Smith (Total-Fishing.com) 171lb
5th Kev Russell (Team Marukyu Green) 164lb 8oz
6th Peter Bailey (South West Matchgroup) 156lb
7th Chris Downs (Team Marukyu Red) 152lb 8oz
8th Jay de Clouet (Team Marukyu Green) 161lb 14oz
9th Phil Ringer (Drennan) 146lb 4oz
The Team event was always going to be a difficult one to call with so many big weights and most of the teams had good and not so good points.
At the end local knowledge paid off with Team Marukyu Red winning with 24 points.The team consisting of
Chris Downs 152lb 8oz
John Hall 60lb 2oz
Jamie Adcock 133lb 6oz
Chris Allen 122lb
Gordon Parker 136lb
Steve Porter 99lb 8oz
1st Team Marukyu Red 24 points
2nd Total-Fishing.com 25 points
3rd Team Marukyu Green 31 points
4th Maver Midlands 32 points
5th Drennan 34 points
6th South West Matchgroup 37 points
Fishery owner Roy Marlow presented the prizes and thanked everyone who had fished for being great Ambassadors for the Angling Trust.Quote of the day from Roy Marlow: “If it hadn’t been for a slight easterly wind it might have fished well!”