Loch-Style National Final 2013
Pre-match practice had identified two main areas – Sanctuary Bay and Gaynes Cove. On match day the wind swung round to more NW and with Sanctuary Bay not living up to expectations, many of the boats here moved to join those already in the Gaynes Cove-Dam area. Overcast conditions meant that fish were generally high in the water, and as the wind dropped in the afternoon nymphing tactics appeared to win out over the pulling that had taken earlier fish. There was a great range in the size of fish taken, with the top specimen a magnificent 7-13-12 brown to Phil Dixon, the second time he has taken the Loch-style Championship. The 28 qualifiers will be representing Team England in the 2014 Home Internationals at Lough Owel in Ireland, and Llyn Brenig in Wales.
TEFF Team Qualifiers
1. Philip Dixon (Severn Trent) - 8 fish – 22-13 7/8
2. Philip Longstaff (Severn Trent) - 7 fish – 22-8
3. Tony Baldwin (Peninsula) 8 fish – 22-4 1/2
4. Tony Curtis (Anglia) 8 fish – 22-1 5/8
5. Clive Perkins (Southern) 7 fish – 21-15 5/8
6. Dave Currie (Severn Trent) 8 fish – 20-5 5/8
7. Ryan Feber (Northern) 7 fish – 20-3 7/8
8. Andre Gysler (Southern) 8 fish – 19-14 1/2
9. Lee Bartlett (East Anglia) 8 fish – 19-14
11. Mark Rose (Army) 7 fish – 19-7 1/2
12. Paul Bebb (Northern) 8 fish – 18-14 5/8
13. Gary Morris (East Anglia) 8 fish – 18-13 5/8
15. Bill Rankin (Southern) 6 fish – 18-1
16. Simon Robinson (Northern) 8 fish – 17-15 1/8
17. John Pearn (Southern) 8 fish – 17-10 3/4
18. John Hood (Northern) 7 fish – 17-10 5/8
19. Vince Brooks (South East) 7 fish – 16-15 1/8
20. Mark Withyman (Southern) 7 fish – 16-7 1/8
21. Mike Laycock (Severn Trent) 7 fish – 15-7 1/2
22. Gary Owen (Severn Trent) 8 fish – 15-4 5/8
23. Tim Joyce (East Anglia) 7 fish – 15-3 3/4
24. John Humphry (Southern) 4 fish – 14-11 5/8
25. John Bowen (Southern) 6 fish – 14-1 7/8
26. James Atkinson (Northern) 6 fish – 14-1 1/2
27. Dave Johns (Southern) 5 fish – 13-8
28. Peter Elliott (Severn Trent) 6 fish – 13-1 3/4
Full Results: 2013 Loch-style National
National Qualifier Information
Invitations have been sent out to all qualifiers to the Team England FF 2013 Loch-style National. Cheques for £60 (covering costs of boats, fishing, food and administration for the day) must be sent to organiser John Mees no later than Monday 5th August.
Commemorative Greys shirts are also available at £30 for qualifiers and officials from John Ball. All boats have been reserved for the official practice days on the 12th and 13th of September. There will be enough places for everyone who books before Friday 30th August (after this date spare boats may be allocated to other anglers). Also, on each practice day, if any booked boats are not manned by 10.00am, they may be re-allocated by Grafham lodge staff to other anglers.
To book a practice boat or to ask for information on local accommodation, telephone 01480 810531. Note: Both you and your boat partner must have qualified for the 2013 National. If you do not already have a boat partner who has qualified, then you will be allocated a place in a boat with another qualifier by fishery staff on the morning of that particular day’s practice.
Loch-Style National Final 2012
Venue : Bewl Water
Date : 21st September 2012
The top 28 qualifiers are:
1. Steve Cullen 8 fish 17lbs 61/2ozs
2. Tony Fox 8 fish 16lbs 9ozs
3. Harry Fox 7 fish 14lbs 31/2ozs
4. John Tyzack 6 fish 12lbs 81/2ozs
5. John Hardy 6 fish 12lbs 2ozs
6. Paul Canning 5 fish 11lbs 12ozs
7. Tom Bird 6 fish 11lbs 81/2ozs
8. Martin Griffiths 6 fish 11lbs 8ozs
9. John Ball 6 fish 11lbs 71/2ozs
10. Gary Hedges 5 fish 10lbs 1ozs
11. Martin Burgess 4 fish 9lbs 15ozs
12. Andrew Croucher 5 fish 9lbs 9ozs
13. Howard Croston 5 fish 9lbs 7ozs
14. Mark MacLeod 5 fish 9lbs 41/2ozs
15. Paul Davison 4 fish 8lbs 9ozs
16. Paul Lee 4 fish 8lbs 8ozs
17. John Hood 5 fish 8bs 51/2ozs
18. Richard Slater 3 fish 8lbs 51/2ozs
19. Paul Kitchen 5 fish 8lbs 3ozs
20. Thomas Davis 4 fish 8lbs 21/2ozs
21. Steve Smalley 5 fish 8lbs 1ozs
22. Roger Truscott 4 fish 7lbs 14ozs
23. Simon Kidd 4 fish 7lbs 7ozs
24. Denis Symonds 3 fish 7lbs 5ozs
25. Paul Angel 3 fish 7lbs 4ozs
26. Glen Appleby 4 fish 7lbs 2ozs
27. John Horsey 3 fish 7lbs 01/2ozs
28. Rob Barden 3 fish 6lbs 15ozs
(Results & images courtesy of Cliff Waters, Fishypics)
Full results: England National 2012(3)
These will represent Team England FF at the Home Loch-style Internationals for 2013, which will be the Spring International at Bewl Water, and the Autumn International at the Lake of Menteith in Scotland.
Martin Introna, Team England FF Boat Manager, adds, “Many congratulations to everyone who qualified for next year’s teams. It was a very difficult and frustrating day for many anglers who just couldn’t get that single take/fish that may have seen them in the top 28 places. Bewl is a wonderful water but can be rather ‘moody’…If I can for the moment single out one particular angler, Steve Cullen, this man is on fire claiming the top English bag at the recent Autumn International held at Llyn Brenig and now National Champion. To all the other qualifiers, I look forward to working with you next year, we have a very strong squad.”
Loch-Style National Final 2011
Venue : Grafham Water
Date : 3rd September 2011
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Even though Grafham’s fishing had been ‘challenging’ in recent weeks, pre-match practice had thrown up good bags for some, and also suggested that fish were well spread out. Sure enough, at the gun 14 boats headed for the North shore, 25 to G Buoy and the rest to an area stretching from The Seat, to Gaynes Cove and the South end of the Dam.
Ideal conditions prevailed for much of the morning, with a good overcast sky and moderate winds. With fish high in the water, lines varied from floaters to DI3s, with some pulling on DI5s and DI7s.
First to finish was Kim Green, RAF federation, who took his 8 fish by 12.14pm drifting onto Deep Water Point. Having seen the numbers heading for G Buoy, he chose to pick a drift where they would be the only boat. Landing 7 in the first hour on floating line and nymphs, he found sport slowed noticeably as other boats joined in the drift and it took him an hour and a quarter to get that last fish. Even so, he still finished almost 90 minutes ahead of anyone else, and took the National Champion title with 23lbs 11 5/8ozs.
Second place went to Ron Gent who landed a 20lbs+ bag of fish just after 3.00pm, with third place going to David Drake with another spectacular 21-7-6 bag at 4.40pm. In a match that saw many four pound specimens, the best fish was caught by Denis Symonds, Peninsula federation, at 5-2-14.
The top 28, who will form the two England Teams to fish the Home Internationals at Lough Sheelin and Llyn Brenig in 2012, are: Kim Green, Ron Gent, David Drake, Paul Shaw, Fred Bainbridge, Alistair Beaumont, Andy Croucher, Richard Slater, Brad Gifford, Steve Cullen, Rob Sosbe, Ian Donaldson, Dave Morris, Nick Dunn, Lloyd Pallett, Mark Howard, Colin Martin, Bill Rankin, Martin Greatbatch, Paul Angell, Mark MacLeod, John Stevenson, Steve Collins, Chris Micallef, Peter Appleby, Steve Ellerbeck, Mark Withyman and Sean Brooks.
Full results Loch-style National 2011
(Images courtesy of Cliff Waters Fishypics)