2016 Masters press release:
DEVON ANGLER BEN BRADSTOCK WINS 2016 SAMF UK MASTERS AT CHESIL
Devon angler Ben Bradstock won the 2016 SAMF UK MASTERS at Cogden, Chesil in Dorset on the 28th and 29th October. Ben picked up the top prize of £950 in cash and two top of the range Anyfish Anywhere rods.
49 anglers from England, Wales and the Isle of Man competed for the title on Cogden, Chesil, where anglers were greeted with calm conditions on both days. This meant that there were plenty of fish to be caught, but decisions had to be made what species to target, with plaice, dogfish and a sprinkling of other species such as gurnard on the bottom, and plenty of garfish on the surface. Most competitors started bottom fishing early in the matches to take advantage of the tide flow but as this eased most change to surface fishing for Garfish. Small mackerel were a nuisance for those surface fishing with some competitors quite happy to fill their freezers for the coming winter!!!
On the first day competitors needed between 10 and 13 fish to come in the top three in their sections. Ben Bradstock from Honiton, Devon had the best overall catch with 13 fish for 12lb 13oz with a mixed bag of dogfish, plaice, garfish and a gurnard. Runner up on day 1 was Andrew Dugdale from the Isle of Man with 8 fish for 12lb 9oz with a bag of dogfish and plaice. Heaviest fish on day one was a dogfish of 2lb 3oz caught by Joe Arch from Cardiff, runner up heaviest fish was a tie with three fish of 2lb 1oz, two plaice caught by Andrew Dugdale and Ben Bradstock and a dogfish caught by Mark Pinder, from Ipswich.
The competition was divided in to 2 sections of 25 pegs, zone prizes were 1st £100, 2nd £60 and 3rd £35.
The zone positions on day 1 were:-
A zone 1st Ben Bradstock 12lb 13oz.
A zone 2nd Andrew Dugdale 12lb 9oz.
A zone 3rd Kerry Saint 9lb 7oz
B zone 1st Ralph Crosby 8lb 7oz.
B zone 2nd Joe Arch 7lb 12oz
B zone 3rd Lee Collins 7lb 11oz
ALL SAMF MATCHES ARE FISHED ON A CATCH AND RETURN FORMULA, THE FISH ARE MEASURED AND THEN IMMEDIATELY RETURNED. A CONVERSION CHART THEN CONVERTS THE LENGTH TO WEIGHT.
Day 2 saw even calmer condition with anglers still needing between 10 and 16 fish to score well. Top catch was made by Kenny McKoy from Sunderland with 10 fish for 14lb 10oz. Kenny concentrated on bottom fishing throughout the match catching some quality plaice, dogfish and a gurnard. Runner up on day 2 was Ben Bradstock with 16 fish for 8lb 15oz, mainly garfish and 2 dogfish.
Biggest fish on day two was a plaice of 2lb 13oz caught by Kenny McKoy second heaviest fish was also a plaice of 2lb 9oz caught by Mark Rogers from Maidstone.
Day 2 zone winners
A zone 1st Kenny McKoy 14lb 10oz
A zone 2nd Joe Arch 9lb 2oz
A Zone 3rd Henry Randell 7lb 13oz
B zone 1st Ben Bradstock 8lb 15oz
B zone 2nd Martyn Reid 8lb 13oz
B Zone 3rd Julian Shambrook 5lb 2oz
1 Ben Bradstock 2 pts £750
2 Joe Arch 4 pts £500
3 Kenny McKoy 7 pts £400
4 Henry Randell 8 pts £300
5 Lee Collins 11 pts £200
6 Dave Lane 13 pts (621 fish pts) £150
7 Bob Gascoigne 13 pts (516 fishpts) £100
8 Julian Shambrook 13 pts (472 fish pts) £75
9 Andrew Dugdale 14pts (747 fish pts) £50
10 Martyn Reid 14pts (634 fish pts) £50
11 Nathan Elliott 14pts (532 fish pts) £25
12 Karl Wiepcke 14pts (482 fish pts) Rod
13 Mike Delaney 15pts Rod
A mystery pairs competition was run within the match and winners were:-
1 Kenny McKoy & Eddie Painter – £120
2 Joe Arch & Leno Fenech – £80
3 Dave Lane & Dave Macken – £40
Ben was overall champion with a perfect score of 2 zone wins giving him 2 points. He adapted well to changing conditions altering methods when things went quiet to keep catching. He worked hard, especially on the second day to catch 14 garfish.
Joe Arch ran him close also with a two zone 2nd places giving him 4 points.
Cash prizes down to 11th position overall and 2 extra prizes of donated rods took the list down to 13th place. Section pools for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, plus the two heaviest fish each day, giving a total cash prize fund in excess of £3500, plus tackle prizes and trophies. SAMF is grateful in particular to our member Julian Shambrook of ANYFISH ANYWHERE who donated rods for the prize table. We are also grateful to Paul Fenech, another member, from SEA ANGLER MAGAZINE for also donating a large number items for the prize table
Everyone who attended agreed that once again the event had been a success.