Paul Dennis

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WITH the final weekend of the coarse season now gone, we have a new Angler’s Mail Kamasan Matchman of the Year.

North westerner Mike Reed actually sewed up the title a week early, such was his points lead at the top of the table. His closest rival, reigning Matchman of the Year Andy Bennett, not only needed to score in four consecutive matches, he had to win three of them.

In the end he was denied the opportunity because there weren’t enough anglers in attendance on his first match, meaning that Mike could not be caught. To his credit Andy fished hard in the remaining three fixtures of the season, but he managed to claw just one point back, leaving Mike the winner by 12 points.

In a final twist, both anglers picked up wins on the final weekend, but with less than 50 anglers on both matches at Partridge Lakes, no points were scored.

Two seasons ago Mike suffered the agony of having his lead at the top of the table whittled away by eventual winner Andy Bennett, but this season he was not to be denied and fully deserves the title.

Bad weather cut points scoring opportunities across the whole country, as anglers found it too dangerous to travel, and some fisheries cancelled fixtures. But amongst the mayhem Mike was suffering along with the rest, at one point scoring back to back wins in matches where the weather affected attendances dropped below the required 50.

When results like that came in I really did begin to wonder if Mike was destined to win, or whether he would be denied again. But there is no doubting that the most consistent performer of the season DID get what he richly deserved this time around.

In next week’s issue Mike gives a masterclass in the deceptively simple tactics that won him the most coveted title in Open match angling. If you want to know how to win, and win consistently, it is required reading.


He’s numero uno! Angler’s Mail Kamasan Matchman of the Year – Mike Reed. Read about him in Angler’s Mail this week and the next two weeks, when reveals top tips and lots more!





Read the full stories Paul comments on here, plus loads of great stuff, in this week’s Angler’s Mail mag. A big value £1.80.

BARBEL are a passion of mine, and Alan Cornwell’s 17 lb 1 oz stunner from a river that I fish on a regular basis, was an inspiring sight.

I’ve bumped into Alan a few times on the bank, and only a couple of days before he landed the biggie, he told me that he had not had a barbel since October.

Well, I couldn’t catch a bigger fish than Alan, but I was easily able to ace him on blanks – I haven’t had a barbel all season!


BOATERS and anglers are uncomfortable bedfellows at the best of times, but the news that a boat owner was taken into police custody for trying to disrupt a fishing match, was bordering on farce.

Forget road rage, this was canal rage!




Monster river pike – top chef Marco Pierre White loves his pike fishing and he was rewarded with a 33 lb 7 oz lunker.




All Animal Rights – idiotic anti angling campaign – from who exactly?





OLYMPIAN turned fishing Guru Dean Macey talks exclusively to Angler’s Mail.





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