Angling Trust Winter League 2022-2023 Final Results
Drennan Barnsley Blacks have added another accolade to their huge roll of domestic honours after winning a record-breaking Angling Trust Winter League Final.
Following a tie on 54 section points with Daiwa Gordon League it came to a section win countback to decide the champions in one of the tightest finals ever fished across Decoy Lakes and the Fenland Drains.
Incredibly, it’s Barnsley’s third Winter League victory in as many seasons and captain Lee Kerry revealed the win came somewhat as a surprise.
“We came back to the headquarters feeling our points were too high to gain reasonable placing overall, so it was a huge shock when James read our name out as winners,” he told us.
“The high point scoring this year not only shows the difficulties of winter fishing but the class of anglers throughout the field. To win this three times on the bounce is unbelievable.”
With 17 points separating first from tenth in the team standings it shows the 2022-23 Winter League Final to be one the hottest contended competitions of the year.
On the individual front it saw huge weights from both the Drains and Decoy to take the accolades on the day.
A venue record was set on the drains with Cadence Superteam’s Jason Cunningham netting a huge 39kg 700g of rudd from peg H3 on the Old Nene at March.
The top weight on the day was always likely to come from Decoy and so it proved as Sensas Oakwood rod Antony Flint took out Decoy with a huge weight of 84kg 900g from peg Q7 on Yew Lake to win the match overall.
A LOOK BACK AT 2019-20
Barnsley Storm to Winter League Title
The Largest multi-venue match in the country took place last weekend which saw three hundred anglers competing in the prestigious Angling Trust Winter League Final. Conditions for the Saturday saw a continuation of the awful winter conditions which kept weights down across both venues
The Format for the final is five anglers at Decoy Lakes and five anglers on the infamous Drains system, meaning the well rounded teams always seem to rise to the top.
It was Drennan Barnsley Blacks that returned to winning ways, storming the contest with an exceptional performance on Decoy where they carded just 13 points to add to their 18 points from the Fens. Stand out anglers were; Will Freeman who won the whole of the drains individually, weighing over 25lb or roach, Nick Crooks who put an excellent net of roach and skimmers together in March to win his section and Andy Geldart and James Dent who both won their respective lakes on decoy with over 100lb carp, F1s, and barbel.
Second on the day on section win countback were Daiwa Dorking, who scored 50 points and one section win and rounding out the top three were Drennan Oxford who also scored 50 points but didn’t win any sections.
All results can be found at Match Angling Results Service – Maggets and a break down the section performances of all the teams.
The Angling Trust would like to thank all the league organisers from around the country in making this contest the pinnacle of winter angling and to all the anglers that take part throughout.
1st Drennan Barnsley Blacks 31 points
2nd Daiwa Dorking 50 points (1 section win)
3rd Drennan Oxford 50 points (no section wins)