Grand week­end for Harold

● Ross books Golden Reel ticket ● Sun­day Cole­man’s jack­pot ● £1,100 win­nings

Anglers Mail - - Mk18 D25 -

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.

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