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