Bennett Is Pole Master!

This week saw the first-ever Diawa Pole Fishing Masters take place at Tunnel Barn Farm, which I must say was run brilliantly by Matt and Tom from Pole Fishing Magazine.

I was lucky enough to win the event over the three days with three section wins and a combined weight of 457lb. The first day saw me draw peg 16 on House Pool. This peg offers no island, so I decided that it was going to be a simple match, fishing 7m with maggots up and down and ground bait and meat down the sides.

I caught steady all day, to finish with 150lb to win the section and come 4th overall. Andy Powers won the match with 194lb. Day two saw me off to High Pool. I’d never fished this lake so when I drew peg six this meant nothing to me. I had heard there were lots of bites to be had and so it proved.

I managed 120 to 130 fish on caster and worms for 130lb to win the section, just pipping Andy Power for the lake. Going into the last day there were six of us tied on weight and two wins. I was lying in third overall, behind Lee Kerry and Andy Power, and around 40lb behind in weight so it was a big task to pull it back.

As it happened, Lee and Andy both drew Club Pool and it didn’t fish as well as my lake, Jennies, and I even managed to win the match also from peg 17 on the last day with 176lb, fishing 16m all day to the far bank on worms. I was able to sneak the festival from Andy, who won his section again with 104lb from peg six on Club.

I was made up with the result, as I knew I was up against it on the last day. Fellow Guru and good friend, Paul Holland, fished a great match to push me all the way with 158lb from 13 Jennies. So that was it; I had become the Tunnel Barn Pole Fishing Master for 2015, which I was delighted with. My best rig all week was probably my across rig, which consisted of a 0.4g Muddies float, tied up on 0.17mm N-Gauge to 0.13mm hook link, finished off with a simple bulk of number nines and a size-16 LWG hook, attached to the yellow 7-10 J-Range elastic.