Pole Fishing Masters 2017

Connor Barlow has won the 2017 Daiwa Pole Fishing Masters, with a clear two point lead over the competition.

The 24 year old Manchester ace, scooped a Daiwa Air XLS pole for his efforts, as well as over £3,800 in cash. The event - which is hosted at the prolific Tunnel Barn Farm near Warwick, attracted 132 of the worlds finest commercial anglers, with competitors from five different nations taking part. The venue delivered in spectacular fashion, with 93 weights in excess of 100lb being recorded over the course of the event, topped by Andy Power’s 222-3-0 net, which won the third day outright, and scooped him a £1,750 payout.

A delighted Connor, who himself had a distinguished international career representing England at Youth level, reflected: “This is by far the biggest event I have ever won, and I am absolutely over the moon. You need a bit of luck to win an event like this, and I must be honest and say I was very lucky to draw a lovely peg (High Pool 15) on day one, and was able to make the most of it and win the match with 185-10. “On the second day, I drew a peg (Top 5) I was very familiar with, having won the lake from it in the open match on Sunday. I had a lovely match, catching F1s steadily through the day for a 108-9-0 total and a section win. Going into the third day, I was the only angler on two section wins - but with Graham Ramsdale and Paul Holland just a point behind I knew I couldn't afford any mistakes. When I pulled peg 24 on Club Pool out of the bag, I must say that I was despondent as just 8lb had come off the peg on the previous day, with the pegs higher up the lake proving better. I felt it would be a damage limitation exercise for me, and so it proved. I managed to scratch out 69-7-0 which was just enough for third in section. When I found out that I had done enough to win, I was over the moon.

The money will go a long way for me as I have just bought a new house, so funds are a little tight at the moment. The pole is also a dream prize, as I currently use a Daiwa Air for all my fishing, so this will make a nice upgrade -while leaving me with a great second pole which is fully interchangeble. I can’t wait to get back next year and try and defend my title!”

Event organiser, Tom Scholey of Catch More Media added: “Tunnel Barn Farm once again provided a great arena for this event, and the standard of angler that the competition attracted was phenomenal. It was a fantastic event, thanks in no small part to the generosity of the sponsors, Daiwa - and some nice weather for once!

Together with the fishery staff, and the sponsors, we are constantly looking to improve the event -and have already agreed on some great new plans for 2018.  The dates for next years event are confirmed as 11th, 12th and 13th June, with a grand open match taking place on the 10th June to give competitors the chance to practice. The bookings will now be managed exclusively by Tunnel Barn Farm, with a £50 deposit required to secure a place, and payment in full by the end of the year.”

Anglers wishing to book a place should call the fishery on 01926 842188.