£95k champ! Tac­tics be­hind Jon Whin­cup’s Parkdean vic­tory.

Says Jon after Parkdean vic­tory sends to­tal win­nings to £95,000

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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!”

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