Jon Arthur Wins Big Warks Avon Match with an Acolyte Pole!

Match and Pole Fishing Magazine’s Group Editor Jon Arthur won the Wychavon Championship on the River Avon last month using a Drennan Acolyte 16m Pole!

Jon Arthur weighed in 11lb 15oz from peg 11 on Evesham’s Crown Meadow. Jon had also won the contest in 2011, and pocketed a £3,000 winners cheque, after a late barbel saw him clinch victory by a margin of just five ounces.

Jon caught the barbel on a piece of worm, fished over a bed of chopped worm and caster. He explained: “At first I wasn’t sure what I had hooked, I thought it was an eel or a tench – when I saw it was a barbel I had my heart in my mouth! Fortunately, I managed to scoop it, and with my bloodworm fish it proved enough to win on the day.

In second place was WB Clarke rod Sean Riedy, who weighed 11lb 10oz from peg 44. Sean banked two good tench, and a handful of perch and eels on maggot feeder cast to far bank cover.

Local rod, Jeff Spiers took third from peg 10. Jeff also managed a barbel, fishing a piece of worm over a bed of chopped worm and caster fished down the Lily pads to his right.


1 Jon Arthur (Pole Fishing Magazine) 11-15-0 (peg 11)

2 Sean Riedy (WB Clarke) 11-10-0 (peg 44)

3 Jeff Spiers (Evesham Bait Box) 11-3-0 (peg 10)

4 Sean Ashby (Sensas) 10-12-0 (peg 40)

5 Tony Bench (Shakespeare Superteam) 8-14-0 (peg 17)

All three days at Evesham, before, during and after I’ve been fishing all I’ve had is people talking about my pole! I’m very happy with it so far!” explained Jon.

For further details on the Acolyte Pole, click here.