Cen­tre­pins are back in vogue

Angling Times (UK) - - NEWS -

DID you see the spec­tac­u­lar River­Fest re­sults from the River Soar? On one zone only two an­glers out of 20 failed to make dou­ble fig­ures, yet ‘only’ 21lb won it... that was Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Steve Hem­ingray.

Zone 2 saw an­other Eng­land star, Sean Ashby, weigh 41lb 8oz of bream, with 27lb 14oz and 27lb 11oz sec­ond and third.

Zone 3 was also won with 21lb. Most of the weights were made up of bream, but bar­bel and chub also fea­tured, and there were plenty of smaller fish caught too.

Most rivers are fish­ing their socks off right now. Per­haps this is ac­count­ing for what one man­u­fac­turer de­scribes as a huge per­cent­age in­crease in cen­tre­pin reel sales.

I en­joy fish­ing with them, and with big floats they have a def­i­nite edge over fixed-spools.

Some of the cus­tom-built mod­els avail­able, built the tra­di­tional way, are stun­ning, and are def­i­nitely fu­ture an­tiques and a worth­while in­vest­ment.

Sean Ashby – he topped a bril­liant re­sult on the Soar.

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