100 competitors, who had pre-qualified through the Loch-style Qualifiers and the Repechage, fished the two-day 2018 Loch-style National at Grafham Water on Saturday – Sunday 15th-16th September.
The top 28 anglers were selected to represent England in the 2019 Loch-style Home Internationals, with the Spring event being held at Grafham Water, and the Autumn event taking place at the Lake of Menteith, Scotland.
233 fish were caught on the Saturday in challenging conditions, with new England World Team Manager John Horsey finishing top rod for the day with 7 fish for 14lb 8oz. Team England member Mark Harrison and Tony Curtis finished 2nd and 3rd respectively, also with 7 fish each for 14lb 5oz. All to play for tomorrow, the forecast was predicting blustery winds but plenty of cloud cover. The very best of luck to each and every one of the anglers out there on Sunday!
(photos courtesy of Grafham Water Fishing Lodge)
Congratulations to Frank Sumnall on becoming 2018 AT TEFF Loch Style National Champion! 13 points over 2 days was enough to secure the title by a margin of 6 points from the perennial challenger Mark Miles. Congratulations to the top 28 anglers who will now represent England in the 2019 Internationals, which will be held at Grafham in the spring and Lake of Menteith in the Autumn, subject to ratification by TEFFIC.
Official Top 30 (subject to ratification by ATTEFFIC in November): Official result
(Note: The finishing positions have been amended to take into account minor positional errors in the result originally announced. This has not affected those that are in the top 28.)
A huge thank you to Ian Colclough for all his work in coordinating the competition, to everyone who contriuted to the qualifiers, and to Peter Hartley and the team at Grafham Water Fishing Lodge for organising & delivering the final. Without the work these guys do the competition wouldn’t take place. Well done to everyone who took part, challenging conditions on both days to say the least.
Plans for 2019 are under way and we hope to announce the details soon.