Marc Rodger - UK Champion
21 SEPTEMBER 2012
Marc Rodger has won the 2012 UK Championships!
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Marc Rodger, who was sponsored by Middy in October 2011, has won the 2012 UK Championships following a tense final round at Barston Lakes, where more than 20 of the country's top anglers had a chance of taking the title.

Results:
1. Marc Rodger (Middy/Bag Em Matchbait) 8pts- 199.082 Kg
2. Simon Fry (Garbolino) 8pts- 166.990 Kg
3. Grant Albutt (Garbolino/ Bait Tech) 10pts- 152.624 Kg
4. Luke Sears (Daiwa/Marukyu) 11pts- 147.257 Kg
5. Lee Kerry (Preston Innovations/Sonubaits) 11pts- 136.376Kg
6. Pemb Wrighting (Maver) 11pts- 117.193 Kg
7. Rob Wootton (Shimano/Dynamite) 12pts- 200.068 Kg
8. Joe Carass (Match Fishing) 12pts- 158.262 Kg
9. Mark Pollard (Shimano/Dynamite) 13pts- 195.364 Kg
10. Andy Kinder (Maver/Marukyu) 13pts-149.477Kg

Marc said: "I still can't believe that I have actually won this competition. It really is a dream come true. Before I went to bed last night, I put the trophy on my dresser, so I knew that when I woke up it would be the first thing I'd see. Even this morning, it still hadn't quite sunk in - I had to nip myself just to make sure that I wasn't dreaming!"

The result is the latest in a string of notable successes for the Middy backed ace, who has racked up some ultra impressive results since losing his job 18 months ago. "As somebody who has worked six days a week since leaving school, I have always wondered what effect having more time to practice and prepare would have on my fishing. In short, it has had a massive effect, and my results have improved dramatically. Though I have always been regarded as a good angler on my local circuit, the ability to put the time in to bigger events has proved a golden opportunity. Making the final in last years Match This Final was incredible, and I came close to repeating the performance this year after finishing third in one of the qualifiers. I have also managed to win my lake, and finish in the top ten overall in three of the 130 peg qualifiers for the Fish'O'Mania Final. I have kept count, and have managed to win money on ten different venues this year - a feat that would have been nigh on impossible when I was a working man. I must admit though, being consistently high up in events is one thing and winning them is another - and it feels so nice to finally go all the way."


How The Champs Was Won...

The first round of the competition was held at Garbolino Lindholme Lakes near Epworth, a venue where Marc has a fair bit of experience. After drawing peg four on Laurels Pool, he decided to base his attack around fishing pellets up in the water. His 170lb net of F1s and carp proved enough to not only gain him maximum section points, but also a match win and a cool grand.

After this, the competition shifted to Viaduct Fishery in Somerset, a four hour drive from his Grimsby home. A good draw of peg 119 on Cary Pool saw Marc very confident. He caught over 20 carp on straight lead tactics for a second consecutive section win and second on the match overall adding a further 500 pounds in prize money to his purse. More importantly, a second consecutive section win saw stay at the top of the leader board.

The third round at Stourport's Maver Larford Lakes proved to be his only hiccup. After drawing peg 29 on Specimen Lake, Marc caught 30lb of skimmers on method feeder, and three big carp short to finish with just short of 60lb, leaving him 5th in section.

Fortunately, most of the other top names had a similarly tough result, and he managed to cling on to top spot going in to the final round.

Mark explained; "There were actually three of us tied on seven points, with a further four people on eight points, and four people on nine points, so I knew it was going to be a tight finish. I managed to suss a method in practice that proved the key to victory on the day. It revolved around feeding tiny nuggets of Bag Em's XP groundbait on the pole line, and fishing a 4mm expander pellet over the top. After a few early fish on the feeder I switched to this and managed to bag quality skimmers that accounted for the bulk of my weight. I weighed in with 40lb, which was enough to win the section. When I realised I had won overall, I was overcome with emotion - it is by far my proudest angling moment, and a memory I will treasure for ever."

Middy would like to congratulate Marc on this fantastic win. To see Marc's angler profile, click here.

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Results:
1. Marc Rodger (Middy/Bag Em Matchbait) 8pts- 199.082 Kg
2. Simon Fry (Garbolino) 8pts- 166.990 Kg
3. Grant Albutt (Garbolino/ Bait Tech) 10pts- 152.624 Kg
4. Luke Sears (Daiwa/Marukyu) 11pts- 147.257 Kg
5. Lee Kerry (Preston Innovations/Sonubaits) 11pts- 136.376Kg
6. Pemb Wrighting (Maver) 11pts- 117.193 Kg
7. Rob Wootton (Shimano/Dynamite) 12pts- 200.068 Kg
8. Joe Carass (Match Fishing) 12pts- 158.262 Kg
9. Mark Pollard (Shimano/Dynamite) 13pts- 195.364 Kg
10. Andy Kinder (Maver/Marukyu) 13pts-149.477Kg

Marc said: "I still can't believe that I have actually won this competition. It really is a dream come true. Before I went to bed last night, I put the trophy on my dresser, so I knew that when I woke up it would be the first thing I'd see. Even this morning, it still hadn't quite sunk in - I had to nip myself just to make sure that I wasn't dreaming!"

The result is the latest in a string of notable successes for the Middy backed ace, who has racked up some ultra impressive results since losing his job 18 months ago. "As somebody who has worked six days a week since leaving school, I have always wondered what effect having more time to practice and prepare would have on my fishing. In short, it has had a massive effect, and my results have improved dramatically. Though I have always been regarded as a good angler on my local circuit, the ability to put the time in to bigger events has proved a golden opportunity. Making the final in last years Match This Final was incredible, and I came close to repeating the performance this year after finishing third in one of the qualifiers. I have also managed to win my lake, and finish in the top ten overall in three of the 130 peg qualifiers for the Fish'O'Mania Final. I have kept count, and have managed to win money on ten different venues this year - a feat that would have been nigh on impossible when I was a working man. I must admit though, being consistently high up in events is one thing and winning them is another - and it feels so nice to finally go all the way."


How The Champs Was Won...

The first round of the competition was held at Garbolino Lindholme Lakes near Epworth, a venue where Marc has a fair bit of experience. After drawing peg four on Laurels Pool, he decided to base his attack around fishing pellets up in the water. His 170lb net of F1s and carp proved enough to not only gain him maximum section points, but also a match win and a cool grand.

After this, the competition shifted to Viaduct Fishery in Somerset, a four hour drive from his Grimsby home. A good draw of peg 119 on Cary Pool saw Marc very confident. He caught over 20 carp on straight lead tactics for a second consecutive section win and second on the match overall adding a further 500 pounds in prize money to his purse. More importantly, a second consecutive section win saw stay at the top of the leader board.

The third round at Stourport's Maver Larford Lakes proved to be his only hiccup. After drawing peg 29 on Specimen Lake, Marc caught 30lb of skimmers on method feeder, and three big carp short to finish with just short of 60lb, leaving him 5th in section.

Fortunately, most of the other top names had a similarly tough result, and he managed to cling on to top spot going in to the final round.

Mark explained; "There were actually three of us tied on seven points, with a further four people on eight points, and four people on nine points, so I knew it was going to be a tight finish. I managed to suss a method in practice that proved the key to victory on the day. It revolved around feeding tiny nuggets of Bag Em's XP groundbait on the pole line, and fishing a 4mm expander pellet over the top. After a few early fish on the feeder I switched to this and managed to bag quality skimmers that accounted for the bulk of my weight. I weighed in with 40lb, which was enough to win the section. When I realised I had won overall, I was overcome with emotion - it is by far my proudest angling moment, and a memory I will treasure for ever."

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