With the Airflo World Bank Masters Individual Competition off to a flyer, the number of qualifiers for the final is rising by the day. Following the previous 23 people, a further 24 have qualified in the past month, to secure place within the Final which is to be held at Elinor, 20th May. Well done to all and good luck in the final!
Aldin Grange – 18/03/12
This heat was fished with clear skies and crystal clear water. Lures took the early fish with small buzzers and even dries fished on fine tippet material taking fish in the later sessions. Former England International Andrew Scott took 1st place to qualify for the final with 9 fish
Woodford – 18/03/12
Darren Haggan romped away with the Woodford heat with 17 fish. Lures working well early on then a more imitative approach later saw Darren win by 11 clear fish. Harry McAteer (snr) came 2nd with 6 fish.
Selmuir Fishery – 18/03/12
Alec Bowler and Andy Dunn both caught 10 fish at Selmuir to qualify for the final with Alec pipping Andy on the points system. Slow deep lures was the approach here as fished stayed deep in the cold conditions. Several double figure fish were caught and safely returned.
Elinor – 25/03/12
46 people fished this heat making it the biggest in the competition. Bright sun and calm winds made it a difficult day as the fish moved to the deeper water. Elinor is prolific for buzzers and damsels and this proved the case on the day.
Harvey Mobbs in his first ever competition won it with 7 fish, taking most on buzzers fished static. His fishing partner, Adam West coming 2nd with 6 fish, also his first ever competition. My dad made an appearance and came in 5th ensuring a ‘Barr’ will be fishing the final, again buzzers and damsels taking his 6 fish haul. Top 9 qualifiers were
Harvey Mobbs, Adam West, Brad Gifford, Roy Swinfield, Bob Barr, Ian Pow, Tim Joyce, Matthew Tuck, Geoff Makin
Glen of Rothes – 01/04/12
Stuart Montgomery won this heat with 11 fish despite Paul Sharp also qualifying in 2nd with 12 fish. The fair scoring system ensured Stuart came out on top for a slightly better consistent catch rate across the pegs.
Markle Fishery –
This was fished in bright and very cold conditions. Neil Barrett coming out on top with 5 fish and reaching the final.
Treetops – 15/04/12
Rob Allen, Chester had 3 fish all caught on cats whisker one from Loch pool and two from Badgers Sett pool.
Godfrey Hulse, Frodsham killed 3 fish totalling 7lbs 11ozs and returned 3 fish, his best 3lbs 9ozs caught on a damsel from twin islands pool.
Eric Croft, Bromborough, killed 3 fish weighing 7lbs 3ozs caught on cats whisker from the loch pool
David Hoppe, Walsall killed 3 fish weighing 6lbs 14ozs and returned 2 fish
David Chamberlain, Holywell killed 3 fish the best weighing 2lbs 4 ozs from twin islands pool on a damsel and returned 2 fish
All others caught fish, the eighth Phil Jones, Caergwrle, caught one fish and returned it.
Fishing on Garnfrwdd seemed to pick up throughout the day, with anglers who were struggling taking fish late on as the weather broke. Garry Cullen took 13 fish to land first place closely followed by Chris Jones, also taking 13 fish to net second. Most fish were caught using fast intermediate fly lines and lures. Trevor Davies took the best fish of the day, which was said to be over 6lb.