Feeder Club World Championship 2022 – Loreo, Italy

Quite close to the date we, Browning Team Austria, were confirmed as being able to compete in this years Feeder Club World Championship in Loreo Italy at the Canale Bianco. With the short notice, the preparations were all the more intensive. Bait had to be ordered, quarters organized and of course the food and additional material had to be ordered. Thanks again to Zebco Europe, who were able to deliver immediately with their great support.

The team consisted of 6 anglers:

  • Litschl Mario
  • Steyrer Andreas
  • Eberl Rafael
  • Füsselberger Harald
  • Arthur Csepei
  • Jürgen Fröschl

Stefan and Kilian Füsselberger joined us as coaches and Ploberger Stefan, Putz Philipp and Günther Adolf as additional bank runners.

 

 

The information that we had about the venue fuelled our anticipation even more. The main fish were skimmers and bream up to 1.5kg. Bonus fish, such as carp and mullet, were to be expected, and spiny catfish were also plentiful.

The Canale Bianco is a tidal canal that runs near the River Po. The water depth varied from 3m to 5m and the average width is about 70m. Steep banks and rock packs don’t exactly make accessibility easy, but overall it’s a fair venue that I had not seen before.

 

Sunday morning we made our way to “sunny” Italy, the road trip turned out to be a six-hour non-stop drive for us. Arriving at our quarters, we set ourselves up as practically as possible. The fridges we had brought with us were set up, the bait cared for, cartons of food stowed away and the grill fired up.

The role of each individual team member was quickly assigned, one tended the bait, the other made the food and the rest took care of the physical well-being. It worked very well for the week. You can only do that as a TEAM. Thanks again to my friends for that.

 

The fishing would be with blockend swimfeeders of 20gr. up to 40 gr. for close range fishing up to 30m. For fishing further out speed feeders and window feeders of 50 gr. up to 70 grams were needed!

The rods used were the same for us all. Jens Koschnick Silverlite and World Champion rods for short range, Sphere and Xenos feeder rods for long range. Sphere and Black Viper reels with thin braided lines, plus standard pass-through rigs with thin Fluoro Carbon leaders completed the rig. Everything from the Browning range.

For me personally, the training days looked very different. I was able to catch weights from 2kg to 8kg. Coordinating with the team, we tested different distances, feeding rhythms and of course we also fished different baits, both in the feed and on the hook. From maggot and pinkie, to worms and bloodworm fishing, we tried a wide range of tactics. The results clearly showed that some tactics were much better than others. So after three days of training we has developed a concrete plan that we wanted to finalise on the Thursday. But it always turns out differently than you think. The strong wind that has been blowing in from the sea for the past few days had brought a lot of salt water into the canal, which the fish didn’t like at all. The training day was therefore useless.

Precise plumbing was the key to success. You had to find the ledge at about 11m to 17m and fish a clean area. More lines at about 25m to 40m were found where the ground was a little harder – you could tell this because  a 30gr. lead skipped across the bottom and didn’t stick in the soft mud when pulled. But everyone has their own tricks to find the best structure for them. A quick tip – take the time to plumb, it pays off.

Saturday, the first day of competition. Our coaches drove to the draw, each individual angler had his or her role, so it was very relaxed to start the first day. I didn’t fish on Saturday, so I took care of Mario with Stefan in sector A, who had drawn the bottom peg – A1. My job as a bank runner was to monitor what was happening in Mario’s sector and, if necessary, to send him this information. In short, the angler can concentrate on his angling, but still have all the necessary information about where he is in the sector and what is happening around him. It can only work that way, as the teams that are at the forefront show us again and again, there are often more supervisors than anglers on the water.

Unfortunately, things didn’t go so well for two of our five anglers, and so we ended Saturday in 29th place out of 43 teams. Not what we had hoped for. But our goal of ending up among the top 15 teams was still possible.

On Sunday I was to fish on peg B27,  in the upper sub-sector B. My tactic was clear, feed three lines at the beginning and gradually work my way out. Unfortunately, I didn’t do well. I lost too many fish, then the line died and my rhythm was gone. After three hours of hard fishing, and after consulting my bank runner, I put everything on one card. With my 3.90m Sphere rod I cast a 70g window feeder to the opposite side of the canal. Strong tackle for big fish was he plan. When, after ten minutes the first carp picked up my bait and my 0.22mm leader cut off on the mussels, my mood hit rock-bottom. Carry on, I heard a voice from behind. The next cast and the next bite. Then I hooked a carp. my pulse was at 180 bpm, but after landing the fish the stress began to fall away. I managed to catch a good bream and a good size catfish before the last ten minutes of the event. I lengthened the cast by a meter, baited with two large pieces of worm and hoped for a last fish.  I tempted a bite shortly afterwards and was able to land the fish three minutes before the end. That was cool.

In the end it was enough for 8th place in the 22nd person sector, but it was even better that everyone in the team had achieved a good place. It turned out that we ended up in 5th place in Sunday’s ranking, which ultimately brought us 13th place in the overall ranking. So we were happy to have reached our goal.

In the evening we all drove together to the award ceremony. The ambiance was amazing and we spent the last evening in Italy with a great vibe, a crowning finish I think. The social component with the international anglers alone made the  trip worthwhile.

 

Jürgen Fröschl

Team Browning Austria


Browning Digital Catalogue 2022

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Golden start for Tom Noton at Messingham Sands

Tom Noton tells us about his brilliant first match at Messingham Sands –

 

Brilliant day on the bank again today! 

My first time visiting the incredible Messingham Sands Fishery; and what a place it is! I have seen some awesome silverfish weights over the last few seasons and fancied a dabble myself. 

I booked on to the open match on Islands Lake. Twenty people fishing, with me drawing peg 37 on the end of the arm – a nice peg with plenty of open water to go at. James Hall and Kyle Hartley supplied me with some great information. Thanks men. 

I fed my usual Sonubaits F1 and Thatchers grounbait mix on two lines. 

Starting on a little groundbait feeder, I had a couple of nice skimmers early, and a rogue tench. 

I dropped in on the pole and it was immediately good. Loose feeding plenty of bait kept me catching quality fish for a really enjoyable day. 

It slowed up in the last hour, but I managed to nick a few nice stamp fish short. 

I finished up with a cracking net of breams, skimmers, roach, hybrids, crucians, and tench for 54lb 11oz and a match win.

What a great introduction to a new venue. Well done to Steve Wright who was second and Jamie Wilde who was 3rd.

I can’t wait to go back to this phenomenal venue. 

Slide on!

Tom Noton

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Ossett Win Regional Winter League

Browning-backed Ossett win regional winter league final round, and the overall Angling Trust regional league.

The sixth and final round was meant to be on the Selby canal, however with flood conditions on the Selby it was moved to the Thorne section of the Stainforth and Keadby canal. 

On the day the team put in another sterling performance to win the round with six section wins, a 3rd place, and a 4th to finish with 13 points. Daiwa Dons claimed second place, with Drennan Barnsley Blacks in third.  

Helen Dagnall showed her class winning her section and the match with 14lb. John Ibbotson came in with 10lb for third overall and another section win. 

Mr consistent Ben Taylor went on to win his section again, which puts him on three sections in three matches at Thorne. He was also fifth overall. 

Micheal Bower also won his section for the second match on the bounce, followed by Ray Marklew with another section win, and finally John Goodwin also putting in a section winning performance. 

The team win on the day put Ossett level with Barnsley Blacks after six rounds with the league win going to Ossett on section count backs.

A great result for the team as we draw to the end of a very successful year. 

Thanks again to John Waterhouse and team on running a great league yet again. Always a thankless task, but always run smoothly.

 

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Roach and skimmers dominated on the Stainforth & Keadby Canal.

Ossett put on a great performance in the sixth round.

Ossett put in a brilliant performance in the sixth round to draw level with Barnsley. The result went down to a count back of section wins over the six rounds.


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Browning Teams Match

Last week saw the annual Browning Teams Match and get-together at the lovely Rookery Waters in Cambridgeshire. After having to be cancelled in 2020, owing to Covid restrictions, it was great to have Browning-backed anglers together for this social day, with a sneak-peak at lots of new products for 2022, followed by a teams of seven match spread across the various lakes on the complex.

Ossett came out with the bragging-rights with a fantastic 13-point score to take the win. It was close at the top with Wickford coming a close second, Browning’s individually sponsored anglers in third and Browning West Midlands in fourth place.

Individual winner was Jim Hall with a brilliant 178lb 2oz caught on the long-pole and pellet from peg 28 on Jay Lake.

 

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Browning’s Jim Hall with one of the carp from his winning weight.

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Carp and F1’s made up the weights across the four lakes.

"Browning teams met up for this annual event."

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Browning Hot Rods’ Kye Jerrom fishing to the far margin on Jay lake.

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Rory Jones fishing for Browning’s Individuals team.


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Browning Power Partner Match

What a brilliant day at the awesome Rookery Waters and Old River Nene in March, Cambridgeshire for the second Browning Power Partner match. Fifty five pairs competed across the two venues in this unique event that sees the aggregate score for each pair across the two venues decide the winners.

As expected, it was a close run race, with several pairs in the running right up to the final whistle. In the end it was Pemb Wrighting and Graham Smith who took the title with a brilliant 6-point score. They went home with two Xitan Z9-3 16m pole packages and £2000 in cash. A big congratulations to Pemb and Graham.

 

Results for the Browning Power Partner Match on the day were:

 

1- Pemb Wrighting and Graham Smith 6 points

2- Tom Moretti and Darren Davis 10 points 

3- Jay Fensom and Ben Bray 12 points

4- Tony Waiting and Tony Waiting jr 20 points

5- James Howarth and Andy Geldart 22 points 

6- Adam Playford and Ray Malle 

6- Phil Speakman and Paul Law  both pairs had 24 points and exactly the same weight of 147lb 11oz 

We would like to thank every pair who attended and hope you all enjoyed the event. We look forward to seeing you next year.

 

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Roach and skimmers made up the weights for the anglers on the Old River Nene at March.

Browning Power Partner Winners

Browning Power Partner winning pair Pemb Wrighting and Graham Smith with Browning’s Paul Mcbrinn.


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Match Fishing with Browning Osset.

Team match fishing with Browning Osset.

 

Sunday we fished Paul Caygill’s national split across the New Junction and Aire and Calder canals. Excellent draw, as usual, so smooth and everyone straight off to our pegs. We were a little unsure of our draw, with a few iffy pegs that could catch us out. 

Anyhow, the team put in a blinding performance to cap off a great summer with an average of 11.5 points from the 10 anglers in a 14 peg section. This left us with 115 points and luckily enough to win the day with Drennan Barnsley a close second with 111 points! 

Well done to Paul Caygill on running another faultless 140 peg match. Always on point and does so well to make it run so smooth and keeping team fishing alive! 

Another point to mention which is very important to our team members and probably a lot of other anglers. Is Paul Caygill invited a Junior team of 10 to fish for free with the rest of the teams. Which is absolutely great to see so many young anglers having a go on a natural venue and all showed great talent for venues they don’t fish and will certainly be dangerous if they continue. Hopefully see them on the bank again and in the event next year. 

Last week we also managed to win the final round of the happy league, also ran by Paul Caygill, with the highest score of the year with a 98 point total. Which meant we kept our lead to win the league out right. 

Big well done to Michael Lodge for winning the individual league points again, always so consistent. 

Another big thank you to Paul Caygill on running the league. We are excited for next year, with a few matches on the river Trent. 

Big thanks to Browning for their support for another season. Now two weeks before we go again for the winter league, where we will be trying our best to get into the winter league final. 

 

Team match fishing with Browning Osset.

 

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Rory Jones wins River Yare Three Day Festival

Rory Jones recently had a brilliant result winning the three day Preston river Yare Festival. Here is how he got on. 

I fished the three day Preston river Yare festival this week with Tom Scholey and Rob Perkins, fine gentlemen and great company. 

Peg 61 was a dream start, a nice steady days tip fishing down the middle of the river saw 33lb of skimmers hit the pan. Enough to win the section and the match. 

Day two and I was heading to peg 129. A mixture of feeder fish in the first hour and plenty of pole roach resulted in 16lb. Enough to secure the section and 3rd in the match. As the river dropped the fish drifted further out making the fishing more difficult. The roach seem to like both flow and depth.

The final day was spent on peg 141, a very deep pacy peg in what had been a fair, but difficult section. The first two hours were spent on the feeder chucking down the middle for a handful of small skimmers. Onto the pole edging a big rig through with caster resulted in some quality roach and a total weight of 12lb, that was just enough to sneak the section. 

Three good pegs, 3 points and a total of 61lb was enough to win the festival!

The feeder gear compromised 12ft Sphere M Feeder rods, Black Viper reels loaded with 0.8mm braid and size 12 Sphere Match hooks tied to 0.17mm fluorocarbon and a mix of Sonu baits F1 Dark and Thatchers. 

Pole gear involved No 6 solid, 2g – 6g floats, 0.16mm Cenex Hybrid Power line, to 0.9mm hooklengths to either an 18 or 16 Sphere Match hook. 

Thank you to Andy Wilson-Sutter for running a cracking match, looking forward to next year.

The tidal Yare is such a fascinating river, and stuffed with fish.


Tom Noton RiverFest Qualifier Report

Tom Noton recently qualified for this years RiverFest final, winning his zone at Rolleston on the river Trent around Newark. Here is how Tom got on. 

I drew peg 29 at Rolleston, interestingly enough, the same peg I was on when I got a good hiding from Hadrian Whittle previously. So, a chance to hopefully put things right. 

With another scorcher of a day weather wise I decided that 10lb would a reasonable target. Two lines on the feeder, a worm line and pole with hemp were to be the days tactics. A slow start for all, but I managed a few dace and roach with the odd 4-5oz skimmer amongst them. I had to scale down and change things constantly to keep bites coming as the fish didn’t want to feed confidently.

I had a really good spell around 2pm when I couldn’t get in quick enough for little skimmers to 6oz. A few bites were to be had on the pole, but it wasn’t as quick as the feeder, and the stamp was small. At the whistle I finished with 13lb 4oz, which was enough to win the zone and a place in the final again. Hopefully I can go a few better this year and win it this time 🙌🏼🙌🏼 

Well done to the other qualifiers Lee Wright, Paul Goulding and match winner James Robbins

My tackle for the day was as follows – 

Browning Sphere 13ft 100 MH. I set up two of these rods paired with the Browning Black Viper Compact 855 compacts. Loaded with 0.10 Cenex Sink Braid. These rods are superb for small fish fishing. Super light and a lovely fish playing action. Hooklengths were 0.14mm Cenex Hybrid mono and a size 12 Sphere Ultra Lite Feeder hook was by far the best.

I also set up the Black Viper 3 14ft 120g to cast across into the main flow, but fortunately never needed this rod. I paired this rod with the super powerful Black Viper 870 reel and the same braid setup as the other rods. I opted for much stronger 0.18mm Cenex Hybrid mono hooklength and a size 12 Sphere Ultra Strong Hook on this outfit as there was a good chance of hooking a big fish.

I set up a pole which was the ever faithful Xitan Z16 for my 13m groundbait line, and also a short 6m chopped worm line. A nice strung rig for my long line for baits like maggot and hemp with 0.14mm Cenex Hybrid mono down to a 0.10mm hook length. The perch line was up with a bulk down rig with 0.18mm Hybrid mono down to 0.16mm for perch and eels. 

My groundbait mix was a 50-50 mixture of Black Magic and Quick Skimmer. A lovely mix for this sort of fishing. It smells great!!

There are lots of options on the Trent here and it can be a really tactical match.

I was really happy with my net of small fish for the zone win.


Nick Crooks wins the Northern River Masters

On the hottest weekend of the year so far Browning’s Nick Crooks fished a brilliant two days on the river Tees to win the Covid delayed 2020 Northern River Masters final. Here’s Nick’s story of how the even unfolded. 

Day 1 – Bowesfield peg 42

I had never seen this part of the river before, but my peg on the inside of a bend looked stunning. I made a couple of phone calls before the match and it became apparent that I had drawn a very good area. 

Plumbing around the peg I found two lines on the pole; one in 10.5ft of water at 7m, where I fed four balls with pinkies and a few casters in. The second line was at 13m in 12ft of water, where I fed six balls containing worms, casters and dead maggots in the hope of some skimmers. 

I also set up a Sphere 13ft 80g feeder rod to feed a line at 58m at the start, but never had to pick this up during the match. 

It was a pretty simple match in all honesty, just rotating lines and swapping hookbaits kept the bites coming for most of the match. It was never solid, but just good enough to be patient and know that when I caught a fish it was of a good stamp. I lost a big perch of over a pound and a big eel did me in a snag, which wasn’t ideal and could of been decisive.

I weighed 13lb 14oz. This was enough to win the match so the perfect start. 

Day 2 – Yarm peg 192

 

End peg in the match, although not a great area for skimmers recently, but I was hoping I could catch some small fish and keep busy. The target was just 5lb, as I knew it would be rock hard again in the 30 degree heat. 

I fished three pole lines this time, and a feeder line at 45m touching the far side grass. 

The peg was deep, and in all honesty, when I plumbed up I really didn’t fancy it. I managed to find somewhere to fish in 10ft, this had been the best depth recently, but my long line was in 16ft plus. 

The day was spent rotating lines just trying to catch anything that might come over one of my lines, as topping-up with more feed was the kiss of death on the river. 

I phoned Ian Rodger ‘roachy’ Rockgod Exley who I knew had caught. 

He said you need another 2lb 7oz to beat me. I told him it was close but I really did think I was short. Luckily my fish went 3lb. 

My total of 16-14 was enough to pip Ian and take the title and a nice £5k cheque too. James Dent took third too so well happy for him, Iv spend all weekend with him and without his help along with Alan Le Patourel and Michael Bower I wouldn’t have come close to winning. 

Big thanks to the Northern RIVER Masters team, it’s been hard to get this final on with all the stuff that’s gone off in the last 12 months.

Loved spending the weekend on the bank with my dad as I never get to do it, that for me has been the highlight of my weekend.