The National Rivers Final fished on the East Dart and West Dart on Dartmoor was a supercharged event with competitors competing not just between themselves and the fish, but also with the extreme heat and low water!
The length of the beats were considerable and involved long distance walking which in waders was no joke in 27 degrees.
Pre match banter was about it being a very tough match with possibly few fish caught, the actual day proved that wrong and highlighted the quality of the anglers involved, the rod average was 12 which was stunning.
The organisation of the event was superb and my congratulations go to Penisula Federation and all the people involved in organising the event and big thanks to all of the controllers.
The following are the match qualifiers.
Terry Phillips 1st (National Champion)
Andy Cliffe 2nd
Robert Brown 3rd
Simon Robinson 4th
John Tyzack 5th
Lee Bartlett 6th (Reserve)
My congratulations to the qualifiers, well deserved in such tough conditions.
On a personal note I competed in this event, and found it a real eye opener to fish this style of fishing the pots, more than challenging!
My excuse was that I fished like a real Plonker!
Report: 2013 Press Release
Full Results: 2013 Rivers National results
More Pictures: Rivers National 2013 Gallery