Exclusive Supercup final report
Seven years on they avenge a narrow 2009 defeat
ANGLING TIMES/BAIT-TECH SUPERCUP FINAL 2016 Barston Lakes, Solihull, Main & Match Lakes (15 teams)
AGLORIOUS summer for Welsh match angling got a whole lot better as Cwmbran Angling Nobblers were crowned the king of club team fishing with a crushing Supercup final win at Barston.
That feat now sits proudly alongside the principality’s international team that brought home gold at the European Championships in July.
Victory by 17 clear points saw the Welsh lads realise a dream they’ve been putting every ounce of effort into since they first fished the event back in 2009. Gone was the pain of a second place finish in that debut year on the final at JBC Lakes, where a blank saw them miss out on lifting the famous cup.
Fast forward several years, though, and there were no near misses or dramatic moments. Cwmbran swept all before them with two section wins, two seconds, a third and an eleventh to finish well in front of runnersup JVAC from Peterborough, with Stevenage tackle shop team JL Tackle finishing third on the same number of points, 37, as JVAC, but being pegged back on a section wins countback.
With Barston boss Nigel Harrhy pegging the two lakes as fairly as he could, the Cwmbran draw ticket showed up two real flyers, one average, and three swims that winning skipper Rob Skellett thought could throw a real spanner in the works.
However, fish have fins and they move, and what weren’t great pegs in the run-up to the match turned out to be not too bad come the big day.
“We’re absolutely buzzing – we love this competition, we throw everything we can at it and have wanted to win it so badly,” Rob said. “After taking second in our first year and then not making any impression afterwards you do think it may never happen.
“Last year we had a poor draw and blew out, and when I looked at the pegs after the draw a few alarms went off, as we had a couple that could have ruined everything.
“But the anglers on those draws have fished superbly, obviously helped by a few fish being there, of course,” he continued.
“We had John Hannam, myself and Neil Morgan on good pegs and were expecting low points off there but Rob Wiltshire, Sean Wilson and Phil Weaver had tough ones, and those were the ones I feared the most.
“As it turned out, loads of carp were sitting out of the wind on the dam wall where Sean was, and Phil fished a blinder to catch almost 40lb of roach and skimmers from his area. Poor old Rob was on a real tough peg where it was an out-and-out long range feeder job. Looking at his section, he did as well as he could from where he drew.”
Rob Skellet returned three points from peg 120 with 33-12-0, which included 20lb of silverfish on maggot fished at 7m, showing how valuable roach and small skimmers are on a team match, Phil, on peg 82, won the section with another silverfish net of 37-8-0 on 13m pole and maggot while Sean, on dam wall peg 71, bagged second individual with 90-13-0 of carp on pellet waggler.
John, at peg 51 on the fancied point, fished a steady Method feeder match for second in section with 58-10-0 of F1s while Rob Wiltshire, on peg 8, found
some carp early on Method feeder cast a long way to the 18th golf green before going biteless waiting for one more pull – his 20-0-0 gave him eleventh. On the Match Lake, Cwmbran got a good draw with end peg 22, Neil Morgan making no mistakes with 58-14-0 of carp and F1s to win the lake.
“We fished the Midland Angler of the Year the week before for practice and that was brilliant as it was a half pole, half feeder match and that showed us how each peg would react to each method,” Rob said.
“We could then place the lads on an area to capitalise on their strengths – but it didn’t quite work out that way as Sean caught on the pellet waggler while on my peg I needed a lot of roach to get me out of jail.
“On the Main Lake we agreed to start on the feeder, except for Sean, and all except Phil caught a carp early. From then on we either stayed on the tip if we were catching or went on the pole. The aim was to all catch 35lb and we pretty much all did that, in fact catching a lot more in some sections!
“Quite a few people have said to us that we’re the best team to have been in the finals and not won it. That’s a nice compliment but it doesn’t compensate for lifting the cup – now we’ve done it!” Rob beamed. “This has been coming for a few years. The team is a close unit who love their fishing and all get along.
“The Supercup is perfect for us and has been all we’ve thought about winning from the very start of the event!”
Team result: 1 Cwmbran Angling Nobblers, 20pts; 2 JVAC, 37 (section wins); 3 JL Tackle, 37; 4 Kerr’s of Ossett, 40; 5 Trafford Tackle, 44; 6 St Helens Angling, 45; 7 Bottisham AC, 48; 8 Whitemoor Lakes, 51 (section wins); 9 Woodhouse Angling Centre, 51; 10 Black Country Misfits, 52 (section countback); 11 Mosborough Tackle Box, 52; 12 Harlow Angling, 55; 13 Brunswick Bros AS, 56; 14 Ridgemere AC, 58; 15 Patricroft AC, 74.
The jubilant Cwmbran Angling Nobblers squad.
Individual winner Jason Orwin in action.
Runners-up were Peterboroughbased JVAC.