AFTER one of the tightest finishes in memory, Andy Bennett was confirmed as the Angler’s Mail Kamasan Matchman of the Year.

The 25-year-old from Denton, Manchester, was ten points clear of his closest rival (Mike Reed) after the final qualifying match of the season, with a 47 point total.

Andy had predicted that 40 points would be enough to secure the title after the big freeze up reduced scoring opportunities, in the free to enter competition, where results count from weekend or Bank Holiday Open matches with 50 or more anglers competing during the traditional coarse fishing season of June 16 to March 14 inclusive.

As well as the magnificent trophy, which will be his for a year, Andy picked up £2,000 of prize money from sponsors Kamasan.

And while that cheque will be welcome, it was the honour of winning that counted for Andy.

‘It is a very special competition to win when you look at some of the past winners. I was still finding it hard to believe that I’d actually won it a couple of days later,’ said Andy.

For the full story, check out this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine.