Julie Abbots Wins Frank Butler Memorial

England Ladies International Julie Abbots recently fished the Frank Butler memorial and landed 105 fish in total to win the match.

“Although it doesn’t attract the numbers it used to, I managed to win with 9lb 8oz of roach, along with a few perch and tiny skimmers. I drew a good peg, so I knew I was in with a chance, but it was not one that has dominated every time so far this winter.

“I managed to catch at 6m on pinkie, using a 4 elastic, an 18 Fine Match hook under her favourite Drennan Roach float (still can’t believe you stopped making these!) I also had an alternative line at 13m to rest my main line and a perch line at 14.5m.

“The canal was still to start, but really started towing a couple of hours into the match and carried on doing so for at least 90 minutes. In the past, I’ve used a small flat float in these conditions but this time I used a 4×16 float and kept running and holding it back to induce a bite and I caught really well in this period.”