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LOCAL LADS WIN INTERNATIONAL GRUELLER ON THE GLOUCESTER!
Team Gloucester have been crowned the 2023 Angling Trust Feeder National champions after a tough test on their local Gloucester Canal.
There were 29 teams of five anglers taking part in this international-style feeder-only competition where the winners earned an invite to the FIPS World Club Feeder Championships in Portugal early next year.
Braving the tail end of Storm Antoni, competitors faced torrential rain all day and found bites at a premium with single bream and skimmers earning mega points in a high-scoring affair.
Team Gloucester were made up of Andrew Richings, Simon Elliss, Mike Blackmore, Brian Steer, and Geoff Knight.
The local side’s 35 section point total was 15 too good for runner up team Browning Hotrods who ended the day on 50 points and will now wait to hear from FIPS as to whether they will receive an invite to the World event as England’s second representatives.
Third placed Daiwa Dorking finished on 55 ahead of a tight pack with Daiwa Gordon League MG on 57, Maver Milton Keynes on 58, and UK Armed Forces in sixth on 59.
As predicted in the run up it was the Hempsted and Netheridge area which proved the place to be and the top two anglers individuals both came from the hotspot near the bend.
Pegged on 48 and 47, Drennan Barnsley’s Mick Vials and Browning Hotrods’ Andy Moss went fish-for-fish during the day with the England Feeder team captain running out the winner with 11kg 700g of bream and skimmers. Andy’s haul went 10k 600g for a close second with in-form Michael Buchwalder collecting the bronze medal for his 9k 725g from permanent peg 456.
Mick’s winning catch came from rotating two lines – one at 35m range and one at 6m in 10ft of water where small redworms tempted fish to over 4lb.
The canal plays host to the Division 1 National on Saturday August 12 and the Float National on Sunday August 13 with all competitors hoping for better conditions.
* The Angling Trust would like to say a huge thanks to all the anglers, section stewards, lead organiser Mark Treasure, and the Gordon League Rugby Club for helping stage the big event.