Bob Bates wins the Individual National
On-form river sees champ shrug off threat from boats
Angling Trust Individual National Championships Tidal River Trent, Collingham, Besthorpe and Dunham (152 pegs)
WITH the Trent in good form, hopes were high leading up to the event and, despite hot weather and low water, the venue fished well for most of the 152 competitors.
Sensas MK1’s Bob Bates was crowned Individual National Champion for 2016 with a superb weight of 28-600. Pegged at 72 at Collingham, the Wisbech angler used hemp, caster and pellet in a feeder with maggot and caster on the hook to tempt 10 barbel to 9lb by casting across towards the far side.
Bob began catching from the off, before boats disturbed his fish and he had to endure an hour without any bites.
Luckily, the fish returned to feed before the end and he saw off the challenge from runner-up Will Freeman. He was pegged on the fancied Dubs section at Dunham.
Fishing the feeder at 45yds with worm, Will banked 120 hybrids for 23-040.
Third place went to Barry Thomas, who was just two spots away from Bob at Collingham permanent peg 70. He fished similar tactics to the winner to weigh in 22-850.
Result: 1 R Bates, Sensas MK1, 28-600; 2 W Freeman, Preston Innovations, 23-040; 3 B Thomas, Ted Carter Southport, 22-850; 4 P Foster, Garbolino Harrison’s, 20-500; 5 K Mumby, Grimsby, 16-100; 5 R Hewison, Mark One, 14-940.