Emma Pickering has booked her place in this year’s prestigious Feeder King Grand Final after winning the competitions latest qualifying round. The final, which takes place in September, will see thirty (30) of the UK’s top anglers go head to head for a winner’s purse of £10,000 and to be crowned the ‘Feeder King’. Emma is the only female angler to have fished the qualifier events to date and progress through to the big money final having won her ten (10) peg section finishing joint top in her respective zone.
Below, Emma reflects on a tough but rewarding visit to Southfield on qualifier number seven (7) of the campaign.
“On Wednesday I fished the seventh Feeder King 10k Qualifer. This latest outing was my third attempt, but would it be this time lucky? Sixty (60) anglers split into three (3) zones of twenty (20) with the winner of each progressing through to the final. I drew peg 73, which was a fair area and I felt I would be in with a good chance of qualifying from my zone“.
“I decided to stick with my usual lines of attack feeling confident of bites. My first line was at eighteen (18) metres, my second at thirty six (36) metres and my final line at fifty two (52) metres. I used Maver Diamond rods on all three lines with a size 16 prototype hook on the two shorter lines stepping up to a size 14 hook on the longer line. Line choice was similar across all three distances with 0.14mm on my shortest line instead of 0.12mm, which I used on my two longer lines“.
“I opted to feed positively on two lines with worms and maggots and negatively on the long chuck just in case fishing on the day was hard“.
“I opted to start long and managed to find some small skimmers in the first hour whilst keeping an eye on what other lines people were catching on to gauge when the fished have moved in over the shorter lines“.
“After an hour, I went over on my thirty six (36) metre line and, within minutes, the tip was round. I managed three (3) pound and a half skimmers in quick succession before things went quiet again“.
“My third hour was one to forget with the fish moving round to pegs 70 and 71 – I’d lost them! I knew I needed to do something so I decided to target a different area of my swim, which is something I wouldn’t normally do at Southfields, but in doing so, I managed to find the fish again. I tend to stick to my lines and, eventually, you’ll receive another visit, but I had a gut instinct I needed to change and do something different. It worked even though I’d lost the fish on my original line. I wasn’t happy“.
“At the end I felt it was close between myself and peg 70 with it having produced a great run of fish in the last few hours of the match“.
“Fortunately, I weighed in 15-10-00, which won my 10 peg section. I decided to walk the next section and follow the scales round whilst pushing my gear back to the car. Mark Bawden on peg 63 weighed the same as me so we finished joint top in our respective zone, which meant we were both through to the final finishing joint second overall on the day“.
“September is turning into a busy month with three (3) finals in the space of a week so plenty of prep and hard work leading up to them will be needed“.
Emma has now qualified for the Preston Feeder Masters final, the Adlington AC / Matrix Cock O’t North Tip Tournament as well as the Southfield Feeder King event. Awesome tip fishing!