The blustery wind and fast pace made presentation difficult, but Jon managed 20 good sized roach, along with a few smaller samples for an 8-4-0 total. All of Jon's fish fell to bloodworm fished over an initial bombardment of nine large balls of groundbait. He also loosefed a few grains of hemp each run through, but the Shakespeare Superteam member didn't need to try the bait on the hook.
Jon’s closest challenge came from Leicester-based veteran, Pete Jayes. The hemp-fishing legend put together 8lb of roach and small hybrids from Peg 5, but was thwarted by pike trouble that cost him several fish.
Unlike the winner, Pete couldn't get a sustained run of fish on bloodworm and fell back on his favourite hemp method to keep fish coming through to the end of the match. Just one of the better fish that the pike took would have been enough to put his name on the trophy but he had to settle for the runner-up spot and a cheque for £2,000.
In third place, collecting a cheque for £1,000 was Sensas-backed Danny Ashington. Danny netted 7lb 3oz of roach from Peg 16. Like the winner, he took all his fish on bloodworm tactics.
For a full run-down of the event, results and happenings check out the October issue of Match Fishing magazine.
1 Jon Arthur (Pole Fishing) 8-4-0 (peg 29)
2 Pete Jayes (Quorn Van den Eynde) 8-0-0 (peg 5)
3 Danny Ashington (Sensas) 7-3-0 (peg 16)
4 Rich Reynolds (Shakespeare Superteam) 5-13-0 (peg 6)
Dave Harpin, (Drennan) 5-13-0 (peg 2)
6 Hadrian Whittle (Kamasan Starlets) 5-10-0 (peg48)
7 Tom Scholey (Pole Fishing) 5-5-8 (peg 19)
8 Mark Brush (Daiwa Gordon League) 4-14-0 (peg 20)