Boddington Reservoir made its Old Ghost UK Angling Championships debut for the third round.
Some areas proved hard, but others provided plenty of bites from the Northants venue’s big carp, and South Yorkshire youngster Alex Dockerty won the match with a level 140-0-0.
Twenty-year-old Alex, from Hatfield Woodhouse, won on his very first visit to the venue, using Method feeder, bomb and pellet waggler tactics to net 19 carp and take the £1,000 cheque for winning the round.
Second spot went to the ever-consistent Andy Power with 134-6-0, with Surrey’s Robbie Taylor ending up in third on 119-2-0.
Pegs in the 90s and early 100s were the ones to draw, as Alex topped the shop at peg 107 with Andy not far away on peg 97.
“This was my first visit to Boddington. Everyone said that my peg was in a good area, so I went to it at least happy that I would catch a few,” said university student and Lindholme Lakes tackle shop worker Alex. “The plan was to begin on the Method feeder and give it an hour to see how it went. If I caught then I’d stick to the feeder but if not, my back-up was a bomb line at 30m where I could also fish the pellet waggler and swap between the two.”
Beginning with a 60m chuck on the pellet Method using a small orange boilie on the hook, Alex netted his first carp after 10 minutes to settle his nerves, adding another in the remainder of that opening hour. That prompted him to throw the bomb over where he’d been pinging in three 8mm pellets regularly.
“First chuck with an 8mm pellet I got a carp and from then on it was steady – not a bite a chuck but enough indications and bites to keep the interest up,” he continued.
“The change to the pellet waggler came when I got liners regularly on the bomb. The float was set 3ft deep and cast every 15 seconds, with most bites coming as soon as it settled. I caught 11 fish on this, including two 15lb carp, six on the bomb and those two on the feeder.”
Result: 1 Alex Dockerty, Garbolino Lindholme/Bag ‘Em Baits, 142-0-0; 2 Andy Power, Preston Innovations, 134-6-0; 3 Robbie Taylor, Daiwa Dorking, 119-2-0.
Section winners: A - Damien Brierley, 75-8-0; B - Jason Brown, 65-0-0; C - Ady Hull, 34-10-0; D - Mark Fox, 66-0-0; E - Joe Wheeldon, 63-12-0; F - Steve Cooke, 81-9-0; G - Jason LeBosquet, 98-2-0; H - Rob Wootton, 80-0-0