Har­rhy bows out af­ter eight years

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EWLY crowned UK Cham­pion Pemb Wright­ing was still pinch­ing him­self last week af­ter win­ning the cov­eted ti­tle fol­low­ing a per­fect four sec­tion wins in the four round series.

As re­ported last week, Pemb be­came the 22nd an­gler to have his name en­graved on the tro­phy since the event was founded back in 1984.

He also pock­eted a hand­some £4,000 cheque from spon­sors Cresta/ Ga­makatsu fol­low­ing weights of 46 kg 350 g in the open­ing round at Lind­holme, 46.776 in round two at De­coy, 33.475 at We­ston Pools then 47.375 in the con­cluder at Barston.

Re­mark­ably, his to­tal weight of 173 kg 926 g was the low­est ag­gre­gate of the top 17 an­glers.

But it’s points rather than weights that make prizes in this 80-en­try event. Usu­ally a

Nvery nar­row out­come en­sues, but this year Pemb’s clos­est ri­vals – Dave Brown (Dy­na­mite Maver Mid­lands) and Pete Bai­ley (Gar­bolino) were dis­tant chal­lengers on eight points apiece!

“I’ve not re­ally had time to an­a­lyse the re­sults yet, but I be­lieve I’m the first an­gler to win four straight sections since Jon Arthur ten years ago,” said 32-year-old Pemb, who works in prod­uct de­vel­op­ment for Guru.

“Sum­ming up the series, round one was all about keep­ing my bot­tle, with my plan to fish caster shal­low for F1s at Lind­holme. I was nowhere half­way through the match, but the fish turned up late and I bagged up in the last two hours. “At De­coy in Round Two I drew on Dam­son, a lake that is hardly ever pegged in matches. Even Jon Whin­cup, who knows the venue in­side out, couldn’t pre­dict if it would fish well or shrink. But thank­fully I caught stockie carp and F1s steadily for an­other sec­tion win.

“I had a bit of luck in Round Three at We­ston with a spare peg next door, and went into the last round lead­ing the ta­ble.”

Drawn peg 25 on Barston’s river­side bank, Pemb fed damp­ened mi­cros and 4 mm pel­lets on a pole line for skim­mers, and kit­ted up two ’tip rods – a 10-footer for short chucks and a 13 ft Daiwa Tour­na­ment Dis­tance feeder with 10 lb Guru Pulse main line for 60-70 m range.

Hav­ing planned to switch be­tween bomb and Hy­brid feed­ers ac­cord­ing to re­sponse, Pemb’s open­ing gam­bit of bomb with hair-rigged, banded 8 mm Main­line pink Tuna wafters on a size 12 Guru QM1 hook to 0.22 mm Guru Pure fluoro­car­bon cou­pled with small PVA bags of mixed pel­lets went well. So he stuck with it through­out.

“I caught around 8-10 lb of skim­mers on a pole be­fore go­ing long on a bomb for 11 carp, in­clud­ing a new PB of 22 lb. I started on a 1.5 oz Square Pear bomb, but ended NIGEL HAR­RHY, who took on UK Champs or­gan­i­sa­tion du­ties at short no­tice back in 2009 and has nur­tured and grown the event ever since, an­nounced this was his fi­nal year.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to Pemb.

He’s been fig­ur­ing in the top ten over the past five years and you couldn’t meet a nicer win­ner. Thanks also to every­one who sup­ported me over the past eight years, and best wishes to Andy Kinder and Pete Bai­ley, who have taken over the or­gan­i­sa­tion for 2018 and be­yond,” said Barston boss Nigel. up on a 3 oz Korda Dis­tance lead to search the peg fur­ther out,” he re­vealed.

“Since I moved from Hamp­shire to Es­sex a cou­ple of years ago I hardly ever get the chance to fish with rod and reel.

“The first three rounds were all pole-dom­i­nated, so I’d have to say the last round at Barston was my most en­joy­able match of the series,” con­cluded Pemb.

Out­go­ing UK Champs or­gan­iser Nigel Har­rhy with 2017 champ Pemb Wright­ing.

■ Pemb shows three carp from his fi­nal round Barston catch. In­set: Pemb’s ‘tea-bag’ PVA rig.

■ It’s mine! Pemb kisses the UK Champs tro­phy.

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