Great Start For Reigning Champ

Jon Arthur made a promising start to his UK Angling Championship title defence after finishing 3rd overall on Round One. 

Round 1 top three: (from left) Dale Shepherd, Andy Power and Jon Arthur.

The three-time champ managed a hard-earned 52kg (115lb) from peg 52 on Laurels Pool at Lindholme Lakes. Most of that weight consisted of F1s and small carp caught up and down in the water with chopped worm and casters.

In-form Andy Power took overall victory with 61kg (134lb) from peg 10 on Strip Pond fishing sweetcorn down the margins for quality carp to 8lb. Local expert Dale Shepherd also caught quality fish down his edges for 57kg (125lb) and 2nd place.

This prestigious event is once again sponsored by Old Ghost and will be televised on BT Sport later in the year. Round 2 is next month at The Glebe Fishery in Leicestershire.