Grand weekend for Harold
● Ross books Golden Reel ticket ● Sunday Coleman’s jackpot ● £1,100 winnings
SOUTHERN ace Ross Harold enjoyed a superb weekend by winning two matches.
Matrix-sponsored Ross, a 28-year-old export shipping agent from Tilbury, in Essex, won Saturday’s Golden Reel qualifier, at Monk Lakes, in
Kent, to qualify for September’s Golden Reel Final, with a £50,000 winner’s jackpot, thanks to 171 lb 4 oz of carp from peg 67 on Monk’s Lake 2.
“It’s an end peg featuring a reed margin on the far bank. I fished along the reeds, at a distance of between 13 and 16 metres, with 6 mm expander pellets, picking off carp to 12 lb,” Ross told Angler’s Mail.
“I fed very little, just a few 4 mm pellets now and again, to tempt them out of the reeds. It was a very close match, with James Taylor, fishing opposite me, finishing just one fish short with 169 lb 14 oz. Mike McMillan wasn’t far behind either, finishing with 162 lb 10 oz from peg 58.”
The following day he lined up alongside 29 rivals on Wood Lake at Coleman’s Cottage, in his home county, for the venue’s Winter League bonus final.
The match carries a £580 top prize, a generous top five frame payout, and £50 for the six section winners.
“This final helps keep attendances high during the Coleman’s Winter League, as everyone wants to qualify for it. I knew I’d drawn well when I pulled out peg 22, but wasn’t expecting to win with such a big weight,” said Ross, who caught 158 lb of carp to 8 lb and a few F1s on shallow maggot tactics.
Meanwhile, Ross admitted he was surprised to see a ‘use them or lose them’ warning on the Golden Reel website. It was aimed at Southern match anglers, following an attendance of 57 for the Monk Lakes qualifier, although 100 pegs were originally allocated.
Event organisers noted a
‘lack of support from Southern match anglers’, and warned ‘they will have to show support for any future qualifiers or lose the opportunity of qualifiers in these given areas’.
“That surprised me a bit, especially after a Saturday when two other big qualifiers, Fish‘O’Mania and Maver, were also held. I thought 57 was a decent entry given the circumstances,” opined Ross, who finished third in last year’s Fish‘O’Mania Final.
“I’m not knocking the organisers. It’s really great to have another big Final on the match scene, but I’d like to see more qualifiers in the South, across all the major events,” he concluded.
Sunday’s Golden Reel qualifier at the Final’s host venue, Larford Lakes, in Worcestershire, was fished by 60 anglers.
Drawn at peg 38 on Match Lake, local rod Ian Wood (Colmic/Bag’em Larford) was a runaway winner, finishing with a superb 236 lb of carp and F1s to paste down the edge.
Runner-up, on peg 30, was Ray Lamb with 130 lb 13 oz, while Warren Jennings (Bag’em) slotted in third with 126 lb 12 oz of carp from Speci Lake peg 48. Ian Wood with part of his Golden Reel Sunday catch.
I’d like to see more qualifiers in the South, across all the major events.
■ Double winner Ross Harold included these Coleman’s fish in his cracking weekend.