The Fox Rage British Lure Angling Championship kicked off in style with the first qualifier taking place on the Gloucester Canal. 30 anglers fought it out, for the first four available places in the Grand Final. With pike and zander on the feed, around half the field caught which led to a close finish. On the day, Alan Brown's pike and zander catch of 105cm was enough for victory, whilst second place was taken Matt Barnsley who landed a single pike, but what a pike it was a personal best fish of 101cm (19lb 8oz). Mariusz Rokikinski and Gareth Finney securing the remaining two spots in the final.
|Q1 Winner Alan Brown, with a canal Zander
|One fish (101cm) and Matt Barnsley is on his way to the Grand Final!
|Our first four finalists, you would think they would crack a smile!
The following day saw competitors in the North head for Salford Quays in bitter conditions. Despite 26 anglers best efforts only BLAC 2014 Champion Steve Collett got on the score board with a 13cm perch. This secured his place in the final, and a solid lead of 26 points in the Street Fishing League.
The next two BLAC events are taking place on the 7th and 8th of March on the River Thames (Farmoor) and The Exeter Canal, tickets are available for both qualifiers.