HAT-TRICK OF A NEW KIND FOR BULLARD

Jimmy proves he’s as sharp at match fish­ing as he was on the foot­ball field

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

FOR­MER foot­baller Jimmy Bullard has scored his first ever angling hat-trick with three con­sec­u­tive match wins.

The gifted all-rounder won his third mid­week open in a row at Pud­dle­dock Farm in Es­sex with a 128lb 4oz net of carp and sil­vers.

“I’ve been lucky,” joked the ex-Wi­gan, Hull and Ful­ham mid­fielder. “It’s my first hat-trick and the lads gave me plenty of stick in the car park af­ter­wards.”

The keen match­man, who is in the Daiwa Dork­ing squad, has reg­u­larly fished matches at Gold Val­ley and Willinghurst, but is en­joy­ing a change of scenery at Pud­dle­dock.

“I just fan­cied a change,” he said. “It’s a snake lake and it of­fers ac­tive fish­ing with plenty of bites, which re­ally suits my style. They are a good bunch of lads down there too, so it’s been blind­ing. There’s even a caff so I can stop at half-time for a burger and chips!”

He added: “The first time I went down there I drew next to Ross Har­rold. That helped me no end, hav­ing a qual­ity an­gler like him next to me. He’s been re­ally help­ful and I’ve just looked to keep it sim­ple by fish­ing across, at 5m and down the edge.”

The 37-year-old, who ap­peared on ITV’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in 2014, has often found fish­ing time hard to slot in, but is now able to com­mit to two matches a week. He said: “Venue regulars are al­ways hard to beat, so you need to be fish­ing. I’m fully signed up now for Wed­nes­days and Sun­days at Pud­dle­dock.”

Fish­ery boss Steve Mould said: “Jimmy’s a re­ally nice guy and a bloody good an­gler. I drew next to him last week and all day I had to watch his elas­tic go­ing out.”

His third win in a row came fish­ing up in the wa­ter across peg 54, be­fore tar­get­ing the edges late on. He fin­ished more than 38lb ahead of Ock­endon Bait’s Steve Cop­pin in a field of 24.

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