Bob Bates wins the In­di­vid­ual Na­tional

On-form river sees champ shrug off threat from boats

Angling Times (UK) - - MATCH NEWS -

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.

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