19th-20th September – Rutland Water
1st John Horsey – 5 place points
2nd Rob Barden – 18 place points
3rd Martin Burgess – 25 place points
4th Mark Withyman – 27 place points
Autumn Loch-style Manager, Paul Angell reports: Over two days of exceptional fishing at Rutland Water, John Horsey emerged as the clear National Champion with a brilliant display of consistent angling, taking first place on Friday and fourth on Saturday, giving him a total of 5 place points, 13 ahead of second placed Rob Barden from Kent who finished with 18 place points, finishing eighth on Friday and tenth on Saturday.
John fished dries across Manton bay to take his eight fish limit by 1.35pm on Friday, and 3.08pm on Saturday. Overall the anglers found the fishing tougher on the second day, with 37 anglers reaching their 8 fish limit on the Friday, but only 10 managing it on the following day.
As well as John and Rob, the other anglers qualifying to fish for Team England in next year’s Spring and Autumn Internationals were: Martin Burgess, Mark Withyman, Gary Haskins, Mike Heritage, Tony Baldwin, Frank Sumnall, Pete Kempton, Richard Wood, Craig Smith, James Atkinson, Chris Bobby, Joel Beeney, Gary Morris, Carl Malpass, Brad Gifford, Paul Davison, Lee Bartlett, Kim Green, Lloyd Pallett, Steve Cullen, Ian Colclough, Mark Glass, John Hardy, Richard Slater, Paul Golding and Mark Stevens