£95k champ! Tactics behind Jon Whincup’s Parkdean victory.
Says Jon after Parkdean victory sends total winnings to £95,000
ON Whincup will probably never say truer words than ‘fishing this winter is going to be a bit boring’ after he topped off an angling month by winning the Parkdean Masters Final.
JThe Frenzee/Bait-Tech man stromed to his win just weeks after taking the Maver Match This title. He’s now pocketed a mammoth £95,000 in less than a month!
The Peterborough angler took the £25,000 winner-takes-all Parkdean prize at Cornish complex White Acres, finishing over 45lb in front of the field on the Jenny’s Lake. And he’s earned his place in the history books as one of the few anglers to have won two of UK angling’s three big-money events. But the postal worker he still can’t put his finger on just why it’s happened.
“It’s all more than I could ever have hoped for, madness really,” he said. “I’ve been going to White Acres for the last five years and have been in the Parkdean Final twice before, but never got close. I honestly don’t know why this year has been my year. I’ve put the time and effort in, but so do hundreds of anglers who fish the big events. I can only guess that this was my time. It may never come around again.” Jon’s performance, taking 92-14-0 from unfancied peg 11 saw him a country mile clear of Garbolino Lindholme’s Ben Fisk. He took 47-5-0 off peg 3 to finish runner-up for the second time in this event. Jon, though, wasn’t bursting with enthusiasm after his draw. “I wanted pegs 6, 7, 8 or anywhere from 15 to 18 – not peg 11,” he said. “I had a little swear under my breath when I drew it as it’s the narrowest part of the lake and with little water in front of you, I wasn’t sure that many carp would stay put once the match began. I got to the peg, had a plumb up at 16m to the island and found 18ins of water. That, coupled with a long margin, cheered me up a bit as it looked fishy and I began to fancy it for a few fish at least.”
His attack was simple: Hard pellet at 16m close to the overhanging brambles and then down the side. When the whistle went, he shipped out to 16m with a banded 6mm pellet on a size 16 Frenzee 1420 hook to 0.20mm mainline and an 0.16mm hooklink underneath a small 0.2g FP700 float finished off with Frenzee’s blue hollow elastic.
A SLOW FIRST 15 MINUTES
“I began by kindering in 4mm pellets but nothing happened for the first 15 minutes, so I took the decision to change over to pinging in 6mm pellets, four or five at a time and that worked immediately as I began to get an odd indication,” he revealed. “I hooked my first fish after 20 minutes but lost it, then got a carp, before losing the next three in the brambles or from the hook pulling. I began to think this wasn’t going to be my day!
“The feeling beforehand was that 60lb would be a good weight, so emptying the lake early on wasn’t so important. If I could plug away and nick odd fish throughout the day, then I’d be happy,” Jon continued.
“I had around 20lb after two hours but then had a really good spell with five carp in as many drop-ins for around 40lb including three doubles. They were the carp I wanted!”
A MONTH OF MADNESS
Sport then tailed off and, with 90 minutes remaining, Jon reckoned on having 60lb in the net. He carried on pinging and taking an odd carp with some bites coming immediately, while others took up to 15 minutes. At the whistle, he’d counted 91lb in his head and when the scales turned up, back slapping began.
“I said that until I see it written down on paper I’m not celebrating anything!” he laughed. “I had six fish for 40lb in next to no time, so it was possible that someone else had caught in the last hour. Phil Canning and Ben were closest, so when they weighed 40lb odd I had a good sense that I’d won.
“Reflecting on the past month, it has been madness. It really has and I honestly don’t know what to do in the next few months. More of the same, I guess. I’ll take some time to chill out, fish locally and then get ready for next spring and starting it all over again!”