Richard Caplice reports that last gasp qualifier Paul Leese showed his class, in a blistering display of fish catching that nobody could match to win the The Irish Feedermasters Two Day Final…

Tony Hopkins led into day two and when he drew end peg 52 Concra Wood all hope for others looked lost, especially when a second day absentee angler caused him to have a number of empty pegs both sides.

Despite this, it was Paul Leese that the money shifted onto when he drew small fish paradise peg 197 on Yellow Island.

This short range feeder specialist made no mistake, catching just over 300 fish in the match 5 hours, for a superb 10.00 kgs and a daily win, to catapult him into a thoroughly deserved Feedermasters Final win.

Wear and tear
Wear and tear. It was literally a blistering display of angling prowess!

Piotr Horbinski it was who offered the biggest challenge coming up only 300 Grammies short today and he had to settle for a brilliant 2nd place overall.

In 3rd was the ever threatening Johnny Keith who as ever put in a splendid performance to hold onto a very deserved podium position.

The empty pegs around Tony Hopkins, due to the disturbing no show, may have worked against him, as he was isolated from the field and the congregated fish area, but whatever the conditions Tony yet again performed brilliantly to work his way into 4th spot and a significant pickup.

The grinding machine Rory O ‘Neill in 5th pipped the ever present tenacious Shamie Winters who had to be content with a very credible 6th spot.

The final podium place went to superb feeder angler Philip Jackson, who despite moderate draws fought every inch of the way to the final All out.

This was a brilliant event once again and we thank all 125 different Feeder Anglers who took part in all 5 qualifiers.

Whittled down to 26 we hosted an event with pure Feeder Angling class and the final certainly didn’t disappoint, with the cream of the crop of Irish Feeder Anglers coming to the top.

Barring totally unforeseen circumstances,no angler should fail to show in a final two day such as this, or worse, fail to show second day, as to do so is to distort the event and take a place of one of the many, who would just love to be, or deserve to be there.

Congrats to Irish Feedermasters champion 2020 Paul Leese and to all the podium finishers.

Well done to all our finalists and a big thanks to all of our qualifier aspirants.

Our final event will come in the form of the Halloween weekend all method festival, more of which will be advised in the coming week.

Report Courtesy of Dick Caplice at