Reflecting on the luck that he had in the qualifying festival where
he finished in seventh place with 33 points, Steve revealed he had
a 10 lb carp jump out of his keep net on Pollawyn Pool but quick
as a flash he managed to scoop it back up with his landing net and
went on to win the section by 10 lb 2 oz!
He also acknowledged the luck when as he saw the official raise
his arm to sound the final hooter at Bolingey - his tip flew round
and a section winning 6 lb carp was the result.
'You have to have some luck to win, 'said Steve who also admitted
that he hasn't yet got to grips with Gwinear where he had a nightmare.
At Porth he bagged 18-6-0 of skimmers on the feeder and then pole
for a section second, Bolingey brought another section second with
36-14-0 before that recaptured carp helped him to a lake and section
win on Pollawyn with 113-2-0. The final day saw a blistering last
hour at Manaccan peg 6 saw him catch 19 carp to end with a section
second and lake third 41-9-0.
THE WINNING TACKLE
Steve Ringer waiting
for his 25K result!
Rod: Shimano Beastmaster 911
Reel: Shimano Stradic FA4000
Reel line: 4 lb Shimano Exage
Hook trace: 0.18 mm diameter Shimano Silkshock
Hook: Preston Innovations PR 27 size 14
Pole: 16m Shimano Aspire
Elastic: Maver latex grade 14
Rig Line: 0.16 mm diameter Shimano Silkshock
Hook: Preston Innovations PR 28 size 14.
Float: handmade Mick Wilkinson special.
WHAT THE OTHER FINALISTS SAID
Waters (8th with 22-6-0, peg 16) said: 'I've never fished a big
final like this but it has been an excellent experience. Looking
back I should have fished the feeder all day long but it didn't
pan out. I actually felt more pressure yesterday needing a result
to get me into the final than I did today actually fishing for the
£25,000! At the end of the day it's a 12-peg match and you
are fishing against some good anglers - anything can happen'.
Leach (7th with 22-10-0, peg 15) said: 'I enjoyed it and when it
started the way it did for me with that decent carp I got a bit
excited but I was'nt nervous at all really. I didn't think about
the money really just treated it like a normal match. It was good
to be here. When you catch a big fish like I had in the early stages
you like to think there will be other opportunities to hook other
bigger ones later in the match, however it died on the feeder line
for me but then it also died on the feeder line for Steve and he's
won it. He's caught on the pole but I couldn't see the float properly
in the sun'.
Mulholland (12th with 6-15-0, peg 13) said: 'It has been absolutely
brilliant, I was very pleased to get here and I knew it would be
hard today, and it proved that but I am not in the slightest bit
disappointed I've had a brilliant day. Based on pervious results
I knew this draw was not one of the best but Des has done brilliant
out of the next peg so it just shows you. I've fished it totally
different to him, I came to fish a certain method and its not worked.
I qualified out of what I think was the hardest group with people
like Tommy Pickering and Kieron Rich, so I've been against some
of the best anglers to get here and that has pleased me'.
Shipp (2nd with 43-2-0, peg 12) said: ' I am gutted. I thought I
had about 35 lb, and when I heard Harry had 41 lb I thought that
was the end of that, then when I weighed 43 lb I thought here we
go then. But I knew deep down that Steve had won I could just tell.
The last two times I made the final i fed too many lines today I
did not mess about feeding just a couple of lines and fishing with
thicker lines and elastics. I fed meat and hemp with some corn and
casters at 16 metres and had that big one and a good spell where
I caught 4-5 fish that made me think things were going to start
happening but it died after that. I know I've fished a good match
as I haven't lost a fish and I feel I couldn't have done anything
more off this peg. I've got the consolation of the festival win
but I'd rather this match had been for two grand and the festival
for 25 grand!
Colclough (10th 12-1-0, peg 9) said:' It's been great fishing against
all of the top anglers, At the start of the week I didn't really
expect to get in the final but its been a great experience really,
hopefully I'll get more chances in the future? Before the match
I was quite nervous and realised what was at stake but once it started,
it just felt like any other match making the same decisions and
thinking the same way. There's a good variety of fishing styles
on the Cornish circuit and it gives me good opportunities to practice
these different methods'.
Rich (6th 24-10-0, peg 8) said: 'I can't quite believe what happened
really, I had a lot of fish in my peg as I was getting plenty of
liners but couldn't convert the activity to bites. I also thought
I had a lot less weight than I did, I was 20 lb off the pace but
really that wouldn't have taken many fish to catch up if only they
had been feeding properly'.
Billing (3rd 41-12-0, peg 6) said:' I am absolutely gutted what
else can I say. I felt I fished quite well, could have been better
but I know I've had my chance at the end but I've blown it when
I hooked a 7-pounder in the tail and with five minutes to go I've
lost it at the net. That tree has cost me 25 grand? I knew I would
catch on the pole with chopped worm, corn, a few casters and a bit
of hemp by regularly changing baits. The pole swim started with
four roach then a tench about a pound before I started picking up
2-3 lb tench and a foul hooked a 4 lb carp that I landed. So to
be honest I've foul hooked four fish today and got two out so on
the averages I've not done too bad. I just tried to pull too hard
at the end instead I should have let it tire itself out but you're
not to know. There were lots of anglers on the bank today that could
have won it - Pete Randle and Dave Jowatt both lost enough fish
to win, then there's me and Des Shipp that could have won it, but
it was Steve Ringer's day and to be honest I am pleased for him
because he's been second about three times now in big money finals.
I've got a pick up from the festival to look forward too and I've
had brilliant two weeks - you can't beat it and there's always next
Filmore (11th 8-0-0, peg 5) said: 'If I was on them I'd catch them.
I've just not had enough activity on the feeder and the pole line
was pretty dead for me but i've had a great couple of weeks down
here in the last two festivals and caught plenty of fish'.
Jowatt (4th 36-13-0, peg 22) said: 'I've lost a couple of very big
fish that could have won me the match, although i didn't think I
had as much as I did. It's been a great experience'.
Randle (9th 16-3-0, peg 19) said: 'It's been great to make the final
and do well in the festival but I have had a nightmare today. I
just could not get around losing big fish. They were in my peg all
right but I could not get them to take the bait properly and ended
up foul hooking them and losing most of them. It has been frustrating.
Cooke (5th 25-8-0, peg 21) said: 'well done to Steve it's a great
win. It never really happened for me today but I knew that dave
Jowatt was doing quite well on the end peg.'
dad Geoff Ringer said:
'I am immensely proud of Steve's achievement which I think is all
the sweeter because of what happened last year when he was leading
the final until the dying seconds when Darren had that monster fish
landed after the whistle that beat him. 'I didn't think Steve had
enough today after Harry weighed 41 lb then Des put 43 lb on the
scales and I thought he'd get third place. However when Steve pulled
his net out I thought it would be close.
'What an achievement to win both the Fish O Mania and White Acres