Perkins – the new champ
A BRILLIANT 40-620 of bream sealed the individual National title for Matrix Dynamite Trentmen’s Rob Perkins.
Drawn on B17 (permanent peg 8, Holme Marsh Weir), Rob landed 22 slabs to 6lb using a 60g large cage feeder at 55 turns.
“I was casting regularly to put down lots of bait and it took an hour to get a bite. After that I caught fish in spurts of twos and threes. There were loads of bream in the area, and they came in, mopped up the bait and wandered off again!
“I was behind the angler on peg 5 for most of the match, but caught and overtook him in the last hour. It’s everybody’s dream to win a National and this was definitely my day!” he said.
Rob fished a size 18 hook with half a dendrobena tipped with a maggot as bait, packing worm and caster into the feeder.
Result 1 R Perkins, Matrix Dynamite-Trentmen, 40.620; 2 S Bryan, Daiwa Gordon League, 30.350; 3 A Dixon, Lincs County, 23.120; 4 W Parker, Swindon Isis AC, 19.840; 5 A Henry, Scunthorpe Tackle, 17.450; 6 M Perkins, Derby Fed, 16.800.