England pair win one of angling's most prestigious titles
England carp pair Wayne Mansford and Ryan Need created history.
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The long-running British Carp Angling Championships saw its 2019 final won with a record weight.
And in making their haul Wayne and Ryan became the first duo to win consecutive British Carp Angling Championships jackpots on different venues.
Wayne and Ryan plundered 35 specimen carp in the 48-hour final at Buckinghamshire’s day ticket Farlows Lake. Their impressive 755 lb 5 oz weight, which also set a venue record in a carp match.
Their £20,000 success follows a win last year at Berkshire’s Wraysbury and a runner-up spot in the 2017 final.
They easily pushed Mark Bartlett and Kev Hewitt into second spot with 18 fish for 380 lb 5 oz to scoop £3,000. Sean Dulson and Lee Simms were third with seven fish for 139 lb 5 oz and took home £2,000.
Roofer Wayne, 37, from Maidenhead, Berkshire, shared all the details about their latest British Carp Angling Championships success.
He said: “I know Farlows extremely well, working in the tackle shop and cafe as a kid, then progressing to a bailiff when I was old enough, and have fished it for about 30 years.
“Me and Ryan decided to stay away from the venue all summer so as not to attract attention to ourselves.
“But we went for one practice session a week before, and had 31 fish over the two days, which isn’t bad given I had to go to work during the day, so we then wound in.”
The long-running British Carp Angling Championships saw its 2019 final won with a record weight.”
Unrated draw in British Carp Angling Championships
Wayne revealed: “When we drew our peg in the final I didn’t really rate our chances much at all. It was about my 12 th favourite, but we were determined to give it a good go.
“We decided to fish tight to an island with PVA bags and luckily the fish came to us, and we managed to secure a record weight as well as the £20,000 first prize.
“We only had about an hour’s sleep each night, staying up and preparing extra rigs.
“Mark and Kev who came second had a swim I fancied even less than ours and they fished brilliantly to achieve what they did.
“The British Carp Angling Championships final is back at Farlows next year and we will definitely be going for the hat-trick.
“We now have the record weights for the final on top of a semi-final, and we are the first pair to win twice running at different venues, so three in a row would be the icing on the cake.
“Next year it is also the World Championship in Ukraine, and the squad went for a practice a couple of weeks ago but unfortunately both Ryan and I had to pull out for personal reasons, although we will practice there beforehand.
“Prior to that is the Home International but Ryan and I will miss that as it clashes with an overseas match we have entered,” Wayne concluded.
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