Carre’s Grammar schoolboy Joshua Newman competed in his first Angling Trust National competition last Saturday.
Year 7 pupil Joshua had been selected to fish for a team called Junior Match Aid – made up of talented boys from all over the country.
He fished in the Cadet team (for ages 10 to 13) at Solhampton Fisheries, near Stourport, and after a couple of practice days was feeling confident but nervous before the match. Joshua drew a reasonable peg but knew it was going to tough as the weather was very hot.
In the first hour, he had only caught two small carp so started to fish shallow and slowed the feed down, whilst feeding down the edge. After picking up a few fish, he changed to the edge and lured 10 fish in 30 minutues, putting him back in the running.
For the rest of the four hour match, Joshua caught fish at regular intervals until the whistle.
With only five boys and girls left to weigh in, the winning weight was 21kg 250g. Joshua’s catch tipped the scales at 21.250, with only two boys managing to weigh in more, he collected bronze for third placed Cadet.
In the team event, Joshua helped Match Aid to a clear team gold, with the boys achieving four section seconds and two section wins.
Joshua has started competing in senior matches and is regularly in the top placings. He is looking forward to a future in competitive match fishing.
He is also currently looking for a sponsor to help with the expenditure required to be at a competitive level. If you are interested in sponsoring a potential future world champion, call 07514 944964.