Feeder king

‘Pur­ple patch’ of skim­mers sees Eng­land Feeder team man home

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

Kerry lands £10k prize

ABRILLIANT Septem­ber of match fish­ing ended in fine style for Eng­land Feeder team man Lee Kerry.

He swept to vic­tory in the in­au­gu­ral NuFish Feeder King Fi­nal on South­field Reser­voir, win­ning a very handy £10,000.

Fresh from win­ning the Ir­ish Pairs with Rob Woot­ton, Pre­ston In­no­va­tions man Lee turned his at­ten­tions to this 31-peg event, fished by qual­i­fiers through­out the sum­mer at the sprawl­ing South York­shire venue.

He sailed home by over 5lb from Colmic rod Shaun Stock­ley with a 20-3-0 bream and skim­mer net off peg 58.

No-one was sure of the re­sult un­til the fi­nal weigh-in was called. Shaun took 15-1-8 from peg 48 to earn him­self £3,000, while third, and win­ning £2,000, was Mark Ren­shaw. Fourth place, worth £1,000, went to the le­gend that is Tommy Pick­er­ing.

Lee, clutch­ing the tro­phy and win­ner’s cheque, said: “This has been a bril­liant event to be in­volved in, let alone win. Mas­sive thanks and re­spect to Mick Axon and Andy Ren­ton – and NuFish, of course – for cre­at­ing and run­ning the com­pe­ti­tion.”

Lee’s draw was typ­i­cally non­de­script and his first hour saw not a touch on the quiv­er­tip, but when the skim­mers ar­rived he made hay, land­ing 19 of them in a steady two-hour spell. He then went bite­less un­til the fi­nal 30 min­utes, when one more skim­mer put in an ap­pear­ance.

“I wasn’t pan­ick­ing after that bite­less first hour. Mick Vials has coached me well about fish­ing South­field and his ad­vice was not to panic – the fish can take a while to turn up and as long as you don’t do some­thing silly, you can put to­gether 20lb in a cou­ple of hours,” he ex­plained.

“That’s how it turned out. I had a great two hours al­ter­nat­ing two feeder lines at 33m and 51m with two pieces of red­worm on the hook and cast­ing ev­ery five to 10 min­utes, depend­ing on bites.”

On the long line, Lee fished a 45g win­dow feeder, while a rocket cage of the same weight went on the short line. Both were fished with a 70cm hook­link of 0.13mm Pow­er­line and a size 14 N20 hook. His ground­bait was SonuBaits F1 Dark and Mag­got Fish­meal hold­ing chopped worm and cast­ers.

“When the fish ar­rived it was a case of swap­ping lines when bites tailed off. I think I had 12 skim­mers in 15 casts, end­ing up with 20 fish, two of which were de­cent bream and the rest skim­mers be­tween 10oz and 1lb,” Lee re­vealed. “I never felt I was run­ning away with it, es­pe­cially when the fish went com­pletely with two hours to go! I’d heard that Shaun was catch­ing well and reck­oned that it was go­ing to be very, very close.”

“The scales came and 15lb was the weight to beat – ini­tially I thought I’d got enough, but then a few doubts kicked in. I didn’t think I had 20lb, but I guess the skim­mers weighed a bit heav­ier than I’d given them credit for!” he said.

Win­ner Lee Kerry in ac­tion at South­field.

Pay­day and a tro­phy for a happy Lee Kerry.

Lee’s catch of mainly skim­mers.

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