Post Match Report
This final surpassed our expectations and the feedback from the competing anglers and their runners, along with the media was all really positive. The out of the bag draw coupled with the five best fish worked extremely well. It was one of the most exciting finishes we have ever had in a British Carp Cup final.
On the last morning even I didn’t know which order the top two were in, let alone the rest of the field. After collating all the marshal sheets and double checking there was only 3 ounces between first and second places. In the end Jaye Carpmail and Simon Bury took the honours and became the 2018 champions. Winning the £15,000 top prize, personalised Reuben Heaton Scales and 30kg from Cheshire Particle. They were closely followed by Luke Church and Jason Adams who won £5,000 and 20kg from Cheshire Particle. Third were Steven Brown and Wesley Prestage with £2,000 and 10kg from Cheshire Particle and the fourth and final podium spot went to last year’s champions, Richie Collins and Kevin Locke which showed a nice bit of consistency as there was only 6 pound separating the top four pairs. They walked away with £1,000 and 5kg from Cheshire Particle.
The same format is going to be repeated next year with the draw taking place on the stage in Barston’s restaurant following a sit down meal for all competitors and BCC officials. There may be some alterations to the pegging and more importantly a significant date change. We have now secured Barston as the venue for the British Carp Cup final for the next two years where it will take place on August bank holiday.
We were all very happy with this years event as all 30 pegs registered fish on their sheets. It was a bit of a gamble to decide it the way we did but we are so pleased with the outcome as none of the so called flyer pegs made a podium appearance. This is in sharp contrast to what was being said on social media in the week leading up to the final.
Various anglers gave their opinions on which pegs would make the podium but as I recall no-one called it correctly. The final result proved the new format was one of the fairest ways to decide the 2018 champions. Watch it on BT Sport or our YouTube channel and see for yourselves. Barston is a great venue for this event as it has everything required to host a major carp angling final. Come along next year and watch the event unfold if you are not competing.
Lee Bateman and Alan Shooter
Ricky and Billy Dummer
Daniel Price and Cliff Kemp
Dan Moorcroft and Mick Ledger
Levi Letchford and Darren Pearse
Jerome Brown and Scott Head
Kevin Greenwood and Terry Overend
Lee May and Paul Michael Smith
Luke Church and Jason Adams
Mark Renwick and Harrison Ashby
Mark Sawyer and Simon Wheeler
Natalie Quint and Kevin Grout
Paula Marriott and Darren Pace
Rich Beardmore and Tim Hickinbottom
Richie Collins and Kevin Locke
Sean Dulson and Lee Simms
Shane and Lee Fletcher
Shaun Atkinson and Gaz Elliott
Simon Bury and Jaye Carpmail
Steve Carrie and NIck Davies
Tony Reynolds and Ashley Izzard
Wesley Prestage and Steven Brown
L-R 4th Richie Collins-Kevin Locke 3rd Steven Brown-Wesley Prestage Winner Jaye Carpmail 2nd Luke Church-Jason Adams Winner Simon Bury