World Feeder Qual­i­fier Full re­port

Teams book their place in World Club Feeder Champs

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SUNNY Spain awaits the an­glers of Pre­ston In­no­va­tions Telford and Dren­nan Barns­ley Blacks after the two star-stud­ded sides won through from the qual­i­fier for the new World Club Feeder Cham­pi­onships event.

Their prize is now the chance to be crowned in­au­gu­ral cham­pi­ons next sum­mer.

Although the event at Barston Lakes was fished by only seven teams, or­gan­is­ers are hop­ing that num­ber will grow in the com­ing years, with the prize be­ing a weekend of feeder-only ac­tion against the best teams in Europe.

And England have a great chance of bag­ging gold given the strength of an­gler who will be head­ing out in 2017.

The Pre­ston In­no­va­tions side of England Feeder boss Tommy Pick­er­ing, Adam Wake­lin, Mick Vials and Will Free­man plus former Ladies World Champ Emma Pick­er­ing and ex-Fish O’ champ Neil McKin­non, won but only on to­tal weight. They tied with Barns­ley and Daiwa Dorking on 17 points apiece, their 124-8-0 tally get­ting them over 40lb in front. Barns­ley pipped Dorking by just over 3lb.

“The venue is the River Ju­car at For­tal­eny in Va­len­cia when there will be 30 teams,” said Tommy.

“There weren’t a lot of sides fish­ing but we just needed to get the qual­i­fiers off the ground, so it was all a bit last minute but it’ll grow. It’s all feeder, feeder and more feeder in the UK at the mo­ment, ev­ery­where you look.”

The win­ners only just got away with it as, from a com­mand­ing lead at the mid­way stage, they saw their ad­van­tage ebb away.

“We were lucky as we thought the fish would move on to a short line at around 18m but they went the op­po­site way and pushed out,” Tommy ex­plained. “We weren’t ready for that, but oth­ers were and I thought at the end that we might not even have qual­i­fied. The plan was to fish a small open end feeder with sin­gle mag­got at around 35m and then come short where we’d filled it in with leam and joker. It worked to an ex­tent!

“I had an easy match, win­ning with 66-8-0 from peg 55. There’s no Method feeder or pel­let al­lowed, so I fished a lit­tle ground­bait feeder hold­ing joker and pinkies with sin­gle mag­got on a size 18 and caught 15 F1s, 13 skim­mers and two carp. I think Steve Ringer summed it up best. He said that no­body had the per­fect plan. We all got some things cor­rect but missed a few tricks here and there.”

Re­sult: 1 Pre­ston In­no­va­tions Telford, 17pts (124-8-0); 2 Dren­nan Barns­ley Blacks, 17 (83-10-0); 3 Daiwa Dorking, 17 (80-4-0); 4 Ringer Baits, 19; 5 Daiwa Gor­don League, 22; 6 Derby Rail­way, 22.5; 7 Stoke MG, 25.5.

Pre­ston’s win­ning side with or­gan­iser Joe Roberts.

Tommy Pick­er­ing had a 66-8-0 catch.

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