Angling Times (UK)
Hayfield’s big qualifier
Todber Manor Fisheries (100 pegs)
WELSH international John Harvey lost his van with all his fishing kit inside to an arson attack, then suffered an accident that left him with severe burns – so fishing was the last thing on his list of priorities.
But with new kit from sponsor Preston Innovations, John re-entered the fray in the midweek Fish O’ qualifier at Todber Manor. He fancied peg
90 on Homeground Lake, and that’s just where he ended up. He went on to weigh 322-6-0 of carp for victory and a ticket to next month’s big final.
“I set lots of kit up so that I was ready to make changes if needed. Kicking off short on meat, I caught nothing while those around me were into fish quickly,” John explained.
“It was obvious I’d made a mistake, so I went out on to my shallow maggot line and caught just enough to settle me and get my head right.
“Then, after about 90 minutes, the peg went solid with carp shallow, one every chuck, fishing 12ins-16ins deep with a small dibber and three maggots on the hook. This carried on until the last hour, forcing a change to meat short – but this brought no bites.
“As a last resort I big potted groundbait and dead maggots in the margins and caught five bigger carp in the last hour.
“I had no idea of my weight, but with seven keepnets in the water, I knew it was going to be a good one!”
RESULT: 1 J Harvey, Preston Innovations, 322-6-0; 2 B Hagg, Guru/Mainline Match, 282-14-0; 3 P Upperton, Guru/Mainline Match, 277-12-0; 4 M Wynne, Sensas, 242-2-0; 5 D Shipp, Preston Innovations, 221-6-0; 6 S Docker, Drennan Bordon Angling, 214-0-0.