Preston Feeder Masters cov­er­age

Day One catch sets O’Driscoll on road to £12k Bough Beach vic­tory

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JOHN O’Driscoll has been crowned the first-ever Feeder Masters cham­pion and walked away with the £12,000 prize af­ter vic­tory in the fi­nal at Bough Beech Reser­voir.

The Manch­ester an­gler weighed in a two-day to­tal of 45lb 5oz of skim­mers and bream to get the ver­dict over Gareth Lam­bert and Ed­die Bri­don in the Preston In­no­va­tions-backed event.

John was on the front foot from the off, win­ning the first day out­right with a 35lb 9oz catch from peg 19 on the dam wall.

He then held his nerve to add 9lb 12oz to his tally on day two from peg 51 on One Tree Point.

“Win­ning hasn’t re­ally sunk in! Although the money is nice, it means more to me to win in this com­pany. Most of the Eng­land Feeder team were fish­ing, as were a lot of very good spon­sored an­glers,” he said.

“It’s the big­gest thing I’ve ever achieved and I might never do it again! Feeder fish­ing has taken a back seat for a while but now it’s re-emerg­ing with great com­pe­ti­tions such as this.

“It was a 500-mile round trip for me, and with work com­mit­ments I didn’t get a chance to prac­tise un­til the day be­fore. I had a bit of a disas­ter, but thank­fully the first match day went like a dream!” he added.

Cast­ing a 40g Zip­pla feeder 54m out into 30ft of water, John stuck to his guns all day on this sin­gle line, feed­ing 1kg of worm and two pints of cast­ers. Af­ter a few skim­mer bream, a pur­ple patch mid-match saw sev­eral fish be­tween 2lb and 4lb added, and a real bonus slab of 6lb-7lb.

With only two other weights over 20lb, that left John in a strong po­si­tion for day two.

“I didn’t panic, but the point of the lake where I’d drawn had been tough the day be­fore. I set my­self a tar­get of 10lb,” he said. “Big­ger fish were at a pre­mium and I had four skim­mers to 1lb. The rest of my catch was made up of fish from 2oz-3oz. My weight was 9lb 12oz, just short of my tar­get.”

John’s main threat came from Gareth Lam­bert on the other side of the venue, who blitzed the sec­ond day with 34lb 13oz.

How­ever, his 8lb 5oz from day one meant that he fell just short with 43lb 2oz and had to set­tle for sec­ond place and £4,000, with Ed­die Bri­don just be­hind him tak­ing third and £2,500.

Event or­gan­iser Lee Kerry, of Preston In­no­va­tions, said: “The re­sults were very close and most of the field still had a chance of mak­ing the over­all frame go­ing into day two.

“We had fi­nal­ists from ages 17 to 70, from Eng­land, Ire­land, Wales and Ger­many! I can’t thank Richard Taylor of Med­way Tackle and the team at Bough Beech enough and we in­tend to have the fi­nal here again next year.

“We’ll also be start­ing a Feeder Masters Su­per League, a team­sof-four event which is the first feeder-based team com­pe­ti­tion in the UK.” re­vealed Lee.

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“Although the money is nice, it means more to me to win in this com­pany”

Win­ner John O’Driscoll goes full stretch for a Bough Beech bream. The top three line up af­ter the match with their cheques and tro­phies. (All pho­tos cour­tesy of Preston In­no­va­tions)

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