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Joe Carass tests a bait additive that has become a must-have in his opinion.  Every now and again I receive a product that I just don’t really ‘feel’. Perhaps a product that just doesn’t get me excited or I can’t see a place for it in my fishing. I must admit when I saw the Dynamite Baits Swim Stim Pellet Soaks for the first time that was the feeling I got. I just didn’t get the point of the product or why anglers would need it.

When it comes to fishing big waters, Dynamite Baits’ Rob Perkins reckons fishing two lines at once will get you loads more bites.

When fishing at long range for big slabs, Dynamite Baits’ Ian Smith reckons the window feeder is a tactic that takes some beating…   

Organisers of the Evesham Angling Festival are celebrating a new sponsorship for one of match fishing’s showpiece events.

Dynamite Baits – one of the top manufacturers of fishing baits in the UK - has agreed to become title sponsor for The Dynamite Baits Individual Evesham Championship – the headline event of the Evesham Angling Festival. The match, which invites 35 of the nation’s top anglers and pits them against 35 qualifiers, carries a top prize of £3,000 and kicks off the biggest spectator angling event in the calendar.

Dynamite is a great fit for the event,” said festival director Roger Mortimer. “Many of the anglers that compete over the weekend already use Dynamite Baits’ products and we’re delighted to have them on board.”

The Nottinghamshire-based sponsors have agreed an initial one-match sponsorship package that will see winners walk away with samples of its products and commemorative Dynamite clothing as well as the cash and trophies.

“The Evesham festival is something we are really looking forward to,” said the head of Dynamite marketing, Daryl Hodges. “We have sponsored the World Carp Classic for a good few years and we see this as the ideal equivalent in terms of traditional UK match fishing. It’s a really great professional event and fits perfectly with our product profile. “

“The Warwickshire Avon at Evesham is a fantastic natural venue to test real angling ability and an event that is really important in the angling calendar.”

The Evesham Angling Festival takes place on bank holiday weekend – August 26th to 28th – on the Warwickshire Avon in Evesham Worcestershire. It features the finals of three top events – The Dynamite Baits Individual Evesham Championship, The Wychavon Championship and The Match Fishing Team Championship, and regularly attracts bumper crowds of spectators.

Angler's Name

Weight (lbs/oz)

Peg # / Lake

Rob Wootton (Dynamite Baits)


2 (Lake 1)

Jon Whincup (Frenzee / Bait-Tech)


17 (Lake 1)

Andrew Bailey (Daiwa Dons)


109 (Lake 7)

Keiron Rich (Middy)


1 (Lake 1)

Bryan Travis


105 (Lake 7)

Barry Mason (Guru / Bag 'Em Baits)


98 (Lake 7)

Stephen Rothery


38 (Lake 2)

Simon Fry (Garbolino)


100 (Lake 7)

The 2017 Mega Match This qualifier campaign began on a high with a sell-out event at The Glebe. Conditions on the day were very cold for the first couple of hours with quite a blustery Westerly wind, which eased off during the latter stages of the match. Temperatures, as a result, warmed up a couple of degrees, which saw respectable weights recorded given the time of year.

First to secure his place in the minimum £50,000 Match This Grand Final on Saturday September 2nd was Dynamite Baits rod, Rob Wootton. Rob drew peg 2 on Lake 1 and opted to fish a feeder for the full five hours to find quality carp on both pellet and maggot. Rob offered 146-09-00 to the scales to see off the challenge from reigning Match This Champion, Jon Whincup, to confirm his place in UK match angling's richest final.

Taking up runner up spot, and missing out on his third consecutive Match This final by an agonisingly small margin was Frenzee man, and current Champion, Jon Whincup. Jon drew peg 17 on Lake 1 and, like Rob, fished a feeder for the duration of the match. Offering dumbbells on the hook with wetted micros moulded around the feeder, Jon found carp up to 8lbs to weigh in 145-08-00. Despite narrowly missing out on his chance to defend his title, Jon has booked his place in the 2017 British Pole Championship final taking place on Sunday 20th August.

Finishing in third place on the day was Andy Bailey (Daiwa Dons). Andy secured an overall lake win from peg 109 on Lake 7 weighing in 141-07-00. Alternating between short and the long pole with pellet, Andy found good sized fish up to 7lbs to put some distance between himself and fourth placed man on the day, Keiron Rich. Andy also books his place in this year's British Pole Championship final.

Keiron Rich (Middy) occupied fourth place with a weight of 127-14-00 from peg 1 on Lake 1. Keiron caught the majority of his weight from down his edge on pellet with carp up to 6lbs.

Rounding off the top five was Bryan Travis from peg 105 on Lake 7.


Mega Match This Grand Finalist: Rob Wootton

Maver British Pole Championship Qualifiers: Rob Wootton, Jon Whincup and Andrew Bailey

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