Final - 23/08/2019

Barston is one of those incredibly prolific carp / match venues that, in the right conditions and on the right day, can produce massive weights. Indeed it is one of only 4 venues in the country to be in the 1000lb club during an official competition. The others being the famous Drayton Reservoir, Thorpe Lea, and Elphicks North Lake. For this qualifier we split the lake into 3 sections of 10 anglers with the top three weights in each section proceeding to the final.
2014 Midlands Qualifier saw Steve Blow and Rob Burgess nearly break the carp match record on here. They were 60lb odd short. Wonder if anyone can do it this year.
Anglers are allowed to use the golf clubhouse which means we have some of the best catering facilities located at a fishery in the country. There is a bar open from 7am, food available at all times to eat in or takeaway, and toilets and showers available. Please bear in mind other users of the clubhouse and we respectfully ask you to remove any outerwear which may have been in contact with fish before going into the clubhouse and not to gatecrash any parties that are going off in the function room.

As you will all know now this final will be scored by the Best 5 fish caught for each pair in the 48 hours. This cuts out any peginess on the lake and gives everyone a fair chance.

Barston Lakes, Marsh House Farm Lane, Barston, Solihull, West Midlands B92 0LB

  • Size of Lake 25 Acres
  • Type of Lake Day ticket
  • Ticket Cost £8.95 day/£18 24 hours
  • Fish Stock Huge stock of growing fish
  • Biggest Fish 35lb+
  • Features Margins, islands, silt
  • Telephone 01675 444890
  • Visit Venue Website
Barston Lake 2019

Competitor List

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Pre Match Report


Post Match Report

This year’s final took place earlier than last year, as it was moved to the August bank holiday  weekend. The proceedings got under way on the Thursday evening with a sit down meal for all the competitors and match officials, which took place in the restaurant at Barston. This was followed by the out of the bag draw on stage. The order of the draw was decided by the position you finished in and the qualifier you fished. ie the winners of Q1 drew first followed by the winners of Q2, Q3 and so on. Then came all the second place pairs and finally the third places until every pair had their pegs.

Fishing was from 8am Friday until 8am Sunday, when everyone went all in on the hooter. There was no pre-baiting and marking allowed for this event. The format of this tear’s final was the weight of each pair’s 5 best fish. So the marshals weighed and recorded every teams first five fish, then only returned to the pegs when bigger fish were landed. This process carried on through the 48 hour period until on Sunday morning the scoreboard was filled with everybody’s five biggest carp.

Just like last year, there were no updated scores after Saturday night so it was left until after the presentation for the top four podium places. Again just like the previous year’s encounter it was close but this time we were weighing in kilograms instead of pounds and ounces. As you would expect with a contest of this format the positions were changing constantly throughout the match. Yet again Sunday morning produced the drama with several of Barston’s bigger residents putting in an appearance. At 9:30pm Saturday Mick Ledger and Dan Moorcroft had a healthy lead of 2+kg over second place Ste Alford and Dean Crust. Jaye Carpmail and Colin Scott occupied third place with Karl Palmer and Liam Morgan in fourth. By the time the hooter sounded at 8am Sunday, Ste Alford and Dean Crust had moved into top spot on 41kg 13g with the help of a 10.225kg fish which was the biggest of the match. Mick and Dan couldn’t add to their tally but took runners up. In third place came Terry Overend and Kevin Greenwod, who moved up from 20th overnight by adding around 9kg to their score. Fourth place was taken by Ian Beedell and Paul Poynter who unbelievably shot up from 29th over night by adding over 17kg to their score, what a finale!

Our new 2019 BCC pairs champions, Ste Alford and Dean Crust took home prize money of £15,000 plus personalised Reuben Heaton scales and trophies. Mick and Dan, our runners up took home £5,000 prize money plus trophies, 3rd place Terry and Kevin, £2,00 plus trophies and 4th place Ian and Paul £1,000 plus trophies. Again, after another exciting contest the format proved to be as popular as ever. Keep a look out to watch the action unfold yourselves when it appears on BT Sport and then later on our YouTube channel.

Chris Holmes – Neil Rivers

Jaye Carpmail – Colin Scott 9.550kg

Dan Moorcroft – Mick Ledger

Dan Price – Cliff Kemp

Jack Lamb – Brian Byford

Jamie Standbridge – Neil Richards

Jerome Brown – Scott Head

John Bowman

Jon Fern – Dean Winsbury

Lee May – Paul Michael Smith

Lee Simms – Sean Dulson

Liam Morgan – Karl Palmer

Luke Church – Jason Adams

Mark Sawyer – Simon Wheeler

Nathan Crowder – Lee Bruce

Rich Beardmore – Tim Hickinbottom

Richard Shenton – Chris Purssey

Steve Blow – Jack Funnell

Steve Carrie – Nick Davies

Steve Lovell – Dave Bellew

Terry Overend – Kevin Greenwood

Thomas Bottyan – Istvan Steierlein

Toby Berry

Will O’Flynn – Mark Johnson

Ste Alford – Dean Crust

Ste Alford – Dean Crust 2019 champions