Ringer Wins Walterland - Steve Ringer

A few weeks ago, I made the trip out to Hungary to represent Daiwa UK in the WalterLand Masters, along with Will Raison, Martin Greene, Darren Peel and Dave McAuley.

Now, for those who haven’t heard of the WalterLand Masters, it’s fished by 28 teams from all over Europe; in fact, this year twelve different countries were represented. Venue wise the match was to be held on the Szeged rowing course and what a venue it was. Over a 100m wide with carassio, skimmers and carp being the main target species.

When it came to tactics, it was all about long pole work, 13m to be precise, as the match was fished under CIP’s rules, which don’t allow poles longer than this length. After a couple of days practice, we came up with a plan, which as it turned out was a good one. We would feed 5 to 6 litres of groundbait at 12.5m full of corn, dead maggots and casters during the prebaiting period, then from that point on top up with small balls of soil containing joker and dead maggots. What we had found was that the carassio sat off the back of bait, hence it was important not to feed at the maximum pole length, as you just pushed the fish out of reach. We would then fish 1.5g rigs with bunches of bloodworm or dead maggots on the hook over the top of the soil.

The plan worked a treat and day one saw us return a 16-point total made up of two section wins from Davie and myself, a second from Will, a third from Martin and a ninth from Darren, who drew a tough area in E. This saw us lying in second place after day one, behind a superb seven-point score from the WalterLand Daiwa team.

Day two followed a similar pattern; we again returned 16-points, only this time there were section wins for myself and Will, a second for Darren, a fourth from Davie and an eighth from Martin. This was enough to see us maintain a very credible second place as well as giving me the individual crown. All in all, it was a great week and the hospitality offered to us by Tamas Walter was second to none, so a big thanks to him. Roll on WalterLand 2015.