The old days of ‘chuck-and-chance’ are def­i­nitely over

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

WHEN I saw the re­sult of the Feeder Mas­ters Fi­nal, just as the World Pairs Champs, the top three have all fished the FIPS Feeder World Cham­pi­onship.

Feederfishing has gone a very long way since the old chuckand-chance rep­u­ta­tion it had for a long time. It’s not hap­pened with gim­micks ei­ther but with the rules as they are it is sim­ply skill and tech­nique, just as an­gling should be.

I’ll con­cede no match can be won with­out a de­cent draw – I’ve proved that down the decades – but very few matches are won by bad an­glers th­ese days, and cer­tainly not when they are fished to in­ter­na­tional rules.

I’ve spo­ken to Dar­ren Davies at length about feederfishing and Bough Beech re­cently and he came close to qual­i­fy­ing sev­eral times and was gut­ted when he missed out.

Top an­gling by Dar­ren Cox, Steve Ringer and Michael Buch­walder in my book.

Feeder Mas­ters win­ner Dar­ren Cox in ac­tion in the fi­nal.

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