Dale Shepherd’s incredible run of form this year continues following his latest festival performance on the 2018 Dynamite Baits-backed two-day winter festival. The event, which was hosted at Doncaster’s Lindholme Lakes, saw thirty six (36) anglers go head to head for the final six (6) remaining places up for grabs in the Dynamite Baits Champion on Champions Grand Final. The event takes the top six (6) anglers from each of the three (3) Dynamite festivals held at the venue over the course of the year through to an eighteen (18) peg finale, which awards the eventual winner with a cool £1,000.
For Dale Shepherd, it was business as usual with another superb performance over the course of the two days on the Dynamite Baits winter festival, which ultimately saw Dale finish with three (3) points and a place in the Champion on Champions final.
Below, Dale reflects on a manic three days at Lindholme Lakes, which concluded with yet another happy ended for the in-form Maver man:
Dynamite Baits Winter Festival – Day 1, Peg 37, Bonsai
“The opening day of the Dynamite winter festival saw me placed on peg 37 on Bonsai lake. I decided to start the match on pellets fishing multiple lines all over the peg. It was hard going to begin with, but then I switched to maggots down my edge, and managed to catch steady for the remainder of the match to weigh in 123lb. This saw me win my section and secure a valuable point“.
Dynamite Baits Winter Festival – Day 2, Peg 11, Benny’s
“The second and final day of the winter festival saw me placed on peg 11 on Benney’s. I decided on the same approach as the day before and started the match on pellets. However, like day one, it was another slow start so I quickly changed to maggot down the edge again, which proved to be the way and ended with 176lb“.
“This saw me just miss out on the section, but still gave me a healthy two (2) points, which saw me finish the two days on three (3) points. This was enough to see me qualify for the Champion of Champions final on the Sunday“.
Dynamite Baits Champion of Champions Grand Final
“Come the day of the main event, there were eighteen (18) anglers made up of the top six (6) from each of the three (3) festivals held throughout the year fishing for £,1000“.
“I drew peg 84 on Bonsai, which I was happy with, and again, decided to start the match on pellet down the track. Unlike the two previous days, I enjoyed a reasonable start on the pellet finding twelve (12) carp in the opening hour, but then the peg turned on me with just two (2) more carp following during the second hour of the match“.
“A change was needed, so I swapped to maggots down the edge and persevered for the remainder of the match in the hope I’d be able to make it work. I stuck to my guns and ended the match with 158-09-00, which was enough to win the match and the Champion on Champions title“!