Preston Innovations UK Champs

Marc Rodger is the 2012 UK Champion after a faultless display at Barston Lakes, tying with Simon Fry on eight points but getting the verdict overall on total weight.

Middy and Bag Em Baits backed Mark recorded his third section win of the competition, which he has lead throughout, after racking up 20.260kg of mainly skimmer bream from peg 121 on the road bank. The Grimsby angler pocketed £4,000 plus a further £1,650 in match winnings from the four rounds.

“All the failures, all the travelling and all the effort I’ve incurred in the past all fell into place at once. It was like a dream and I’ll be on cloud nine for weeks.

Sometimes you get a feeling it’s just your time and this time it was mine. I’d like to thank my sponsors for their support and also my family for putting up with the time away I’ve spent pursuing this title,” he said.