Golden Rod Grand Final
Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th March 2020
The completion of the 22 qualifiers brought 66 grand finalists to the Severn Sports, Larford Lakes complex to compete over two days for the coveted trophy and title of Golden Rod Feeder Champion 2020.
On the practice days leading up to the final, some superb weights were recorded off both the match & specimen lakes.
Big weights of carp and F1’s from the match lake and bumper bags of quality bream and specimen carp from the specimen lake.
The conditions for day 1 were favourable with highs of 10C and a gentle breeze.
The draw placed 33 anglers on the Specimen Lake and 33 on the Match Lake.
The sections were divided into 6 zones with 11 anglers in each section all facing each other in the relevant sections.
Anglers fishing the Match Lake on day 1 would then draw a peg on the Specimen Lake for the second day and vice versa.
Sections were decided on a points basis and in the event of a tie, weight overall would define the winner.
Winner on day 1 was Dean Barlow from peg 21 on the Specimen Chalet bank with 94-2-0.
Dean caught bream and some specimen carp caught short and down his edge with method feeder loaded with micro pellets and various waffter hook baits.
Dean weighed in carp to over 20lbs weighing in 4 beasts that went close to 80 lbs on their own and securing the overall win and the important day 1 section win.
2nd overall was Dave Walton from peg 26 on the Match Lake.
Dave caught short on the method and waffters, later switching to his edges landing some good carp to finish the day with an impressive 79-4-0 and the all-important section win.
3rd to the frame was Ian Wood from peg 25 on the Match Lake. Ian fished the method feeder short and later down his edge loading his feeder with a mix of ground bait and micro pellet with various waffter hook baits.
Although Ian had a slow start, as the match progressed, his peg got stronger and stronger with quality carp and F1’s making up second in the section with a weight of 73-9-0.
4th overall was Darren Cox from peg 1 on the Match Lake.
Darren fished short with the hybrid feeder loaded with a mix of groundbait and micro pellet and waffter hook baits. Darren progressed with quality carp and F1’s securing a section win with a weight of 73-9-0.
Top 10 results – Day 1
|1st||Dean Barlow||94-2-0||Peg 21||Speci Lake|
|2nd||Dave Walton||79-4-0||Peg 26||Match Lake|
|3rd||Ian Wood||73-11-0||Peg 25||Match Lake|
|4th||Darren Cox||73-9-0||Peg 1||Match Lake|
|5th||Andy Kinder||63-12-0||Peg 23||Speci Lake|
|6th||Phil Canning||62-8-0||Peg 22||Speci Lake|
|7th||Rob Upex||58-15-0||Peg 24||Match Lake|
|8th||John Jones||56-7-0||Peg 20||Speci Lake|
|9th||Alex Walker||55-6-0||Peg 27||Speci Lake|
|10th||George Parker||51-7-0||Peg 13||Match Lake|
Day 1 Section Winners
|Darren Cox||Peg1||Match Lake||73-9-0|
|Dave Walton||Peg 26||Match Lake||79-4-0|
|George Parker||Peg 13||Match Lake||51-7-0|
|Dean Barlow||Peg 21||Speci Lake||94-2-0|
|Andy Kinder||Peg 23||Speci Lake||63-12-0|
|Prezmek Solski||Peg 15||Speci Lake||41-13-0|
Overall winner on day 2 was Nick Speed who drew peg 19 on the Match Lake.
Nick fished the hybrid feeder with a mix of groundbait and micro pellets fishing his own waffter hookbaits.
Nick landed quality carp and F1’s to register 74-11-0 and section win.
Second on the day was Prezmek Solski from peg 8 on the Match Lake with 73-11-0.
Prezmek secured his second section win fishing the hybrid feeder short and down his edge with a ground bait and pellet mix and various own produced waffter hook baits. Prezmek landed some quality carp and F1’s
Third overall was Alex Walker from peg 25 on the Match Lake with 66-8-0.
Alex caught short and down his edge with the hybrid feeder loaded with pellet and various waffter hook bait and landed carp to 15lbs.
Fourth in the frame was Tony Johnson from peg 27 on the Match Lake with 64-11-0.
Tony fished short and down his edge with the hybrid feeder loaded with a mix of groundbait and micro pellet, landing big carp and F1’s.
Top 10 results Day 2
|1st||Nick Speed||74-11-0||Peg 19||Match Lake|
|2nd||Prezmek Solski||73-11-0||Peg 8||Match Lake|
|3rd||Alex Walker||66-8-0||Peg 25||Match Lake|
|4th||Tony Johnson||64-11-0||Peg 27||Match Lake|
|5th||Phil Canning||62-8-0||Peg 26||Match Lake|
|6th||Paul Cook||59-1-0||Peg 13||Match Lake|
|7th||Carl Barnfield||57-12-0||Peg 33||Match Lake|
|8th||Andy Kinder||56-14-0||Peg 18||Match Lake|
|9th||Chris Annett||56-11-0||Peg 29||Match Lake|
|10th||Steve Ringer||50-11-0||Peg 10||Match Lake|
Section Winners Day 2
|Carl Barnfield||57-12-0||Peg 33||Match Lake|
|Prezmek Solski||73-11-0||Peg 8||Match Lake|
|Nick Speed||74-11-0||Peg 19||Match Lake|
|Geoff Ringer||35-0-0||Peg 17||Specimen Lake|
|Chris Parr||20-12-0||Peg 23||Specimen Lake|
|Darren Cox||35-14-0||Peg 33||Specimen Lake|
Top 10 overall after 2 days
Top 10 overall after 2 days
Golden Rod Champion with a perfect score of 2 points was Polish rod Prezmek Solski.
Prezmek fished the perfect final and collected the massive £10,000 cheque and prestigious trophy.
Day 1, Prezmek drew a difficult section on the burr bank of the Specimen Lake and peg 15 on the section looked difficult to score good points but his approach paid off by fishing the method feeder short all day.
This approach produced just 4 bites all day. A small skimmer, one decent 2lb bream and two carp.
One carp weighed in at 25lbs, one at 14lbs, giving him a total weight of 41lbs 13oz, 5lbs 13oz clear of his nearest rival.
On his second day, Prezmek drew peg 8 on the Match Lake grass bank, near the island.
Again, not a favoured area but his approach clearly was the correct and winning method.
Fishing the hybrid feeder short all day and down his edges, Prezmek fed heavily with goundbait and pellet.
Both his short line and edge produced quality carp to 15lbs plus a few F1’s giving him a total weight of 73-11-0
Prezmek’s total cumulative weight was 115-8-0.
The championship was decided by his weight as runner up, Darren Cox scored the same perfect 2 point score but fell just 6lbs short on his overall weight.
Darren also fished the perfect 2 day final landing 73-9-0 on day 1 from peg 1 on the Match Lake.
Darren’s short and edge tactics worked well rewarding him with quality carp and F1’s for a convincing section win.
Day 2 placed Darren on peg 33 on the Chalet bank of the Specimen Lake.
Darren caught a few early bream to the method feeder but his last hour rewarded him with two big carp caught short boosting his overall weight to 35-14-0.
One of his carp weighed in at over 20lbs.
Overall Top 10 Results
|1st||Prezmek Solski||2 pts||115-8-0||£10,000, plus section & Super Pool|
|2nd||Darren Cox||2 pts||109-7-0||£6,000, plus section & Super Pool|
|3rd||George Parker||3 pts||72-3-0||£4,000, plus section & Super Pool|
|4th||Alex Walker||4 pts||121-14-0||£3000, plus section & Super Pool|
|5th||Andy Kinder||4 pts||120-10-0||£2000, plus section & Super Pool|
|6th||Phil Canning||6 pts||125-0-0||£1,500|
|7th||Chris Annett||6 pts||86-6-0||£1,000|
|8th||Geoff Ringer||6 pts||69-5-0||£600, plus section wins|
|9th||Ian Wood||7 pts||89-11-0||£400 plus Super Pool|
|10th||Carl Barnfield||7 pts||87-5-0||£300|