Harrhy bows out after eight years
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.