UK CHAMPS VIC­TORY ON FIRST BODDINGTON TRIP

Young­ster throws ev­ery­thing at reser­voir’s big carp

Angling Times (UK) - - MATCH NEWS -

BODDINGTON Reser­voir made its Old Ghost UK An­gling Cham­pi­onships de­but for the third round.

Some ar­eas proved hard, but oth­ers pro­vided plenty of bites from the Northants venue’s big carp, and South York­shire young­ster Alex Dock­erty won the match with a level 140-0-0.

Twenty-year-old Alex, from Hat­field Wood­house, won on his very first visit to the venue, us­ing Method feeder, bomb and pel­let wag­gler tac­tics to net 19 carp and take the £1,000 cheque for win­ning the round.

Sec­ond spot went to the ev­er­con­sis­tent Andy Power with 1346-0, with Sur­rey’s Rob­bie Tay­lor end­ing up in third on 119-2-0.

Pegs in the 90s and early 100s were the ones to draw, as Alex topped the shop at peg 107 with Andy not far away on peg 97.

“This was my first visit to Boddington. Ev­ery­one said that my peg was in a good area, so I went to it at least happy that I would catch a few,” said univer­sity stu­dent and Lind­holme Lakes tackle shop worker Alex. “The plan was to be­gin on the Method feeder and give it an hour to see how it went. If I caught then I’d stick to the feeder but if not, my back-up was a bomb line at 30m where I could also fish the pel­let wag­gler

and swap be­tween the two.”

Be­gin­ning with a 60m chuck on the pel­let Method us­ing a small or­ange boilie on the hook, Alex net­ted his first carp af­ter 10 min­utes to set­tle his nerves, adding another in the re­main­der of that open­ing hour. That prompted him to throw the bomb over where he’d been ping­ing in three 8mm pel­lets reg­u­larly.

“First chuck with an 8mm pel­let I got a carp and from then on it was steady – not a bite a chuck but enough in­di­ca­tions and bites to keep the in­ter­est up,” he con­tin­ued.

“The change to the pel­let wag­gler came when I got lin­ers reg­u­larly on the bomb. The float was set 3ft deep and cast ev­ery 15 sec­onds, with most bites com­ing as soon as it set­tled. I caught 11 fish on this, in­clud­ing two 15lb carp, six on the bomb and those two on the feeder.”

Re­sult: 1 Alex Dock­erty, Gar­bolino Lind­holme/Bag ‘Em Baits, 142-0-0; 2 Andy Power, Pre­ston In­no­va­tions, 134-6-0; 3 Rob­bie Tay­lor, Daiwa Dorking, 119-2-0.

Sec­tion win­ners: A - Damien Bri­er­ley, 75-8-0; B - Ja­son Brown, 65-0-0; C - Ady Hull, 34-10-0; D - Mark Fox, 66-0-0; E - Joe Wheel­don, 63-12-0; F - Steve Cooke, 81-9-0; G - Ja­son LeBos­quet, 98-2-0; H - Rob Woot­ton, 80-0-0.

Win­ner Alex Dock­erty in ac­tion

Rob­bie Tay­lor, Alex Dock­erty and Andy Power.

One of two 15lb carp that helped Alex win.

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