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Des Does The Hattrick!
Des Shipp has won the coveted Parkdean Masters trophy at White Acres this weekend, becoming the only person ever to bag the title – and £25,000 winners purse three times. The match – which is contested by the 24 highest finishers in the Preston Innovations Festival, was fished on Jennys Pool, in front of crowds of spectators from across the country.
Bristol based Des, who weighed in with 78-7-0, caught most of his fish on the Method feeder. He explained: “I kept things nice and simple, fishing a small ICS Method feeder to the left of the aereator in front of me. I used a 9ft Tyson rod, and a size 18 KKM hook to 0.17mm Reflo Power. At the start, I fed fishery micro pellets around the feeder, and a small Band ‘Um on the hook, but later in the day I switched to introducting groundbait and stepped down to 0.15mm hooklength, and a single red maggot on the hook to keep fish coming.”
Des – who also lifted the title in 2007 and 2011, saw off strong challenges from Welsh International Jon Harvey, and Guru backed Andy Bennett to grab the title. Bennett, who was the early favourite thanks to an early run of carp, finished in third place with 57-4-0, while Harvey took runner up spot with 59-4-0 thanks to some fish down his margin.
In addition to the £25,000 picked up by Des, Parkdean also payed out six £1,000 zone prizes. These were won by Scott Puddy, Andy Bennett, Ryan Laycock, John Harvey, James Dent and Phil Canning. There will be a 30 minute episode of ‘On The Bank’ covering the match on BT Sport, airing on the 4th of November at 9pm.
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