The Maver Royal Navy squad have recently competed in the 2017 Inter Services Championships, which is the biggest event in the Armed Forces match fishing calendar with all three services competing. The competition was held at Shatterford Lakes near Kidderminster and was fished over five days (Monday to Friday) with the team event being held on the Thursday and the individual event the following day.
With three days to practice, the team consisted of thirteen anglers made up of four Royal Marines, Adam Palmer (team Captain), John Slater, Mathew Dewsnapp, Andy Batstone and nine Royal Navy, John Harvey (team Manager) Stephen Mardlin, John Slater, Keith Masheeder, Wayne Cullingham, Graham Parker, Barry Ferguson, Scott Black and Jason Barlow.
Wayne Cullingham reviews the week.
“The practice sessions went well over the first three days with all three teams fishing the six lakes at the venue. Team day arrived with ten anglers from each team selected to fish. Conditions weren’t great with the temperature dropping over night. The Maver Royal Navy Team were feeling confident going into the match with the tactics we had practised. However, this wasn’t enough to beat the Army and RAF. Our best results came when Adam Palmer and Mathew Dewsnapp managed second in their sections. Team Army came out on top with team RAF second“.
“Friday saw the individual match, which was fished over five lakes. Team Maver Royal Navy showed their strength and depth with the top three places on the day all being filled by Maver Royal Navy team members. I won the day fishing peg 8 on Masters Lake with 51.950kg made up of carp and bream. I started the match on the method feeder with a long chuck tight to the island and caught bream steady from the start. Three hours into the match the method line started to slow so I started to feed 8mm pellet on a pellet waggler line and went on it in the last hour to catch 34kg of large carp“.
“Second place went to Adam Palmer who finished with 36.200kg from Erics Lake. His catch was made up of bream and carp caught on the long pole with large carp on the pellet waggler“.
“Third place went to John Harvey with 34.600kg, also from Erics Lake, catching bream on the long pole over ground bait and bagging waggler“.
“Despite a disappointing result in the team event it was a good week enjoyed by all with a great performance in the individual event from team Maver Royal Navy. The team would like to thank Maver for their continued support and sponsorship along with Fosters of Birmingham. A big thank you also goes out to Grant Albutt for allowing the Armed Forces the use of a fantastic fishery throughout the week“.