Welsh National Champions! Shakespeare Superteam Bait-Tech

The brilliant Weston Pools once again played host to the popular Welsh National team event. 12 teams attending spread across 4 lakes it was undoubtedly going to be a fish fest for some. With the two day natural baits festival on two days prior to this it’s always a difficult job adjusting tactics when pellets are allowed again. Some of the team, myself included always go and fish as it’s a great weekend with plenty of bites and giggles. There were some huge weights caught on this festival which had quite a few people rethinking theirs plans come the day of the national. It was all change for us though as we felt a solid pellet approach would be the way to go. The draw gave us 3 decent pegs on Stretton, Belv and the split section and whilst the other two pegs were on the poor side we all felt we had a chance from where we were.

There were a few team names being banded about as winners after the whistle so it was a tense wait for results. Our team had certainly done all we could. The 3 decent pegs gave us 3 section wins and as expected the poorer 2 others we had cost us a few points. But, as always in team fishing its often the results that are fought for on the bad pegs that are the ones that really count and how that proved. We totalled up our results..

Lee Werrett on Belv –  1 point – 144lb and individual champion.

Ian Exall on Stretton – 1 point

Andy Neal on the Split section – 1 point

Bob Giles on the Clay pit – 3 points

Chris Jones on Canal – 4 points

This left us with 10 and joint on points with Matrix Bait-Tech Leigh Tackle and Bait. Weston Wizards coming in 3rd.

Section count back gave us the title and some huge smiles on our faces. We are over the moon to have won it again, 3 boys in the top 6 overall is a great achievement in that company.

Huge thanks go to Tom Scholey and Weston pools for organising and running the event alongside Tony Rees of the Welsh Federation of Coarse Anglers.

Andy Neal 

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