• Posted: 20th January 2022
  • Author: Team DNA

DNA team member Grant Westlake not only defied the fact his normal angling partner couldn’t make it but also a late draw to come out on top in the latest qualifier of the £10,000 Todber Manor Pairs competition.

Grant, who was joined by his wife, Esha, for the match, started by fishing mega tight to an island, receiving a bite within the first half an hour! From then on, the bites came fairly regularly; in fact, Grant found the more 12mm Bug he put out, the faster the bites came.

Grant and his wife finished the match with 10 fish in total for a winning weight of 207lb 14oz, capped by a 26lb mirror. They will now progress through to the final in March, where there will be £10,000 on the line for the winning pair.

The bites fell to 12mm Bug bottom baits topped with halved 12mm Bug pop-ups, fished amongst a regularly topped-up bed of 12mm Bug freebies.

It turned out to be a great weekend for DNA anglers, as consultant Cal Gutteridge also booked his place in the final alongside Aaron Fox.

A late fish saw Cal and Aaron jump into second place behind Grant and Esha, meaning they will also contest the £10,000 final March.

Good luck to all!