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AGREAT fi­nal day per­for­mance saw Sen­sas-backed Ju­lian Ken­drick win this year’s Guin­ness Feed­er­fest event on In­nis­carra Reser­voir in Ire­land.

The County Of­faly man went from fifth to first, thanks to a 14-130 Fri­day haul, to pocket the big €5,000 prize plus the cus­tom-made feeder tro­phy hall­marked in Cork sil­ver.

Draw­ing the Grave­yard sec­tion, which proved to be far from fright­en­ing on the last day of ac­tion, Ju­lian knocked out 154 fish on groundait feeder and sin­gle red mag­got to take roach and three big perch. That saw him end the five days of ac­tion on the Cork venue with a com­bined 50-830, just over 2kg clear of Eng­land Feeder man Dean Bar­low. Ir­ish Feeder in­ter­na­tional and this year’s World Pairs cham­pion Michael Buch­walder took third.

Spon­sor­ship from Guin­ness con­trib­uted to a mas­sive prize fund of more than €21,000 along with €5,000 of tackle from Sen­sas Ire­land. The com­pe­ti­tion drew 94 an­glers from across Europe in­clud­ing in­au­gu­ral cham­pion Steve Ringer who fin­ished sixth over­all.

Day one gave Ju­lian, orig­i­nally from Le­ices­ter­shire but who moved to Ire­land al­most a decade ago, a good start with 8-060 from peg E89 be­fore he clicked into top gear with a big 15-440 from end peg A1. That earned him sec­ond place over­all on the day.

Wed­nes­day was a tough one with 3-700 from peg B36 be­fore Thurs­day pro­duced an im­prove­ment, with 9-320 from peg C48. Ju­lian needed a big day on Fri­day, though, and he got it to cat­a­pult him­self into top spot.

“I’ve been fish­ing In­nis­carra a lot in re­cent years, putting in the prac­tice, and was for­tu­nate enough to fish along­side Steve and Phil Ringer in 2016 when I learned a lot from them,” Ju­lian said. “Af­ter fin­ish­ing ninth in last year’s event, my aim was to im­prove on that so to win Feed­er­fest is bril­liant!

“Roach were the tar­get so I fished sin­gle mag­got on quite a big hook, a size 10 with an 0.18mm hook­link and braid. An open-end feeder held chopped worm and caster, which seemed im­por­tant to catch the bet­ter fish on each day.”

Re­sult: 1 J Ken­drick, Sen­sas Ire­land, 50-830; 2 D Bar­low, Dren­nan, 48-600; 3 M Buch­walder, Pre­ston In­no­va­tions, 48-580; 4 J Fletcher, Bury, 45-100; 5 R Woot­ton, Dy­na­mite Baits, 44-500; 6 S Ringer, Daiwa/Guru, 43-920.

Feed­er­fest win­ner Ju­lian Ken­drick.

The top three with win­nings and tro­phies.

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