Angling Trust News 8 Aug
Mon 08 August 16
Angling Trust Individual National Championships 2016 on the Tidal River Trent, August 6th 2016
Bob Bates has been crowned Angling Trust Individual National Champion with a superb barbel catch on the Tidal River Trent at Collingham.
Bob fed hemp, caster and pellet and fished maggot and caster to land 10 barbel to 9lb for a fine 28.600 kilo winning weight.
Fishing from peg 72, Bob even had to endure a nervy blank hour after boats disturbed his swim while rival Barry Thomas – fishing at peg 70 – began netting barbel and started to catch up.
However, the fish returned in time for Bob to land the title with Barry eventually finishing third with nine barbel for 22.850 kilo using the same tactics.
Meanwhile, down river at Dunham, Will Freeman fishing on the fancied Dubs built up a weight of hybrids fishing feeder at 45 yards with worm. He weighed 120 hybrids for 23.040 kilo to take second place.
Earlier in the day, 152 competitors had assembled for the draw at Collingham Football Club with the forecast of a hot, sunny day with only a gentle breeze. The river had fished better over the last couple of weeks as levels fell to normal summer levels, and expectations were high for some good catches. The match was pegged at Collingham, Besthorpe and Dunham.
Top 10 places:
1. Bob Bates, 28.600 kilo (Collingham)
2. Will Freeman, 23.040 kilo (Dunham)
3. Barry Thomas, 22.850 kilo (Collingham)
4. Phil Foster, 20.500 kilo (Collingham)
5. Keith Mumby, 16.100 kilo (Collingham)
6. Rob Hewison, 14.940 kilo (Dunham)
7. Mick Dalziel, 10.750 kilo (Collingham)
8. John Moroz, 8.500 kilo (Collingham)
9. Ricky Bonas, 8.470 kilo (Besthorpe)
10. Andy Starkey, 8.150 kilo (Dunham)