Vardis Cup 2021 - Take 2
Well the time had arrived and 25+ anglers descended on the linear fisheries complex between the 17th – 19th of December.
A lake exclusive booking of Brasenose 1 had been arranged in order to finally decide who would emerge as the Vardis Cup 2021 champion.
With relatively mild weather for the time of year it was bound to throw up a few fish and those drawn in the centre body of the lake were seemingly front runners from the outset.
The weekend passed in the blink of an eye with some fantastic consistent angling and as anticipated several fish banked and Pb’s broken.
A hugely respectable mention to those that unfortunately just missed out on the trophy positions.
Ricky Tedstone (Below) with a cracking mirror of 28lb 20z.
And Ben Keirle (Below) with a winter whacker of 30lb 6oz.
Well done lads, some really great angling!
So without further ado we have our Vardis Cup 2021 winners…
In 3rd place with the biggest fish of the weekend and a new UK PB of 34lb 1oz we have…
In 2nd place with 5 fish, totalling 106lb 12oz including a new UK PB of 33lb 7oz we have…
Last but not least, with 6 fish totalling a whopping 157lb 2oz. Our top rod for the weekend and the very first Vardis Cup Champion…
A huge congratulation for taking the title!
Rob's Route to Success
When a space came up for me to join the lads from Vardis tackle at linear fisheries for the annual Vardis Cup I jumped at the chance.
I was really looking forward to meeting the team and the opportunity to hopefully get my net wet.
For me fishing has never been about catching the biggest fish, instead
I relish the adventure it brings. Exploring a new lake, taking time to set up and absorb the feeling of sitting back, relaxing and taking in all that nature has to offer.
With COVID cases on the rise the decision was made to do an online draw whereby I drew peg 10.
Having not fished the lake before I was pleasantly surprised on arrival to see it had plenty of open water.
Consistency for me is key and knowing what Linear had to offer I set about working the swim slowly, my baiting approach consisted of maize, hemp and 12mm Nutrabaits trigga Ice boilie’s. My choice of hook bait was a home rolled trigga Ice & Techni spice 12mm wafter fished on a Ronnie rig, this was constructed with a Vardis size 6 gripper hook and Vardis downfall summer camou in 30lb.
I set out with 5 spombs every 1-2 hours with my aim to try & keep the dinner bell ringing.
I fished my baited rigs over a small area between the hard gravel and the clay, before I knew it my hard work paid off.
My previous PB was 27lb 05oz back when I was in my early 20’s so when I landed a 34lb 01oz mirror I was on cloud nine. It stayed deep, put up a good fight and certainly made an account for itself. It’s one I’ll remember for many years to come that’s for sure.