Larford Summer Festival 2016 August 1st -5th

Great 5 day festival at Larford Lakes with 8,090Kg of fish caught.



46 anglers booked in for the popular summer festival at Larford Lakes and Sport for all competitors was nothing short of remarkable.

A total of 8,090Kg  was recorded for the week (17,960lbs) providing a daily average of 78lbs per man per day.



Winner overall was Preston’s Neil McKinnon

He recorded a total points score of 9 and cumulative weight of 271.42Kg (603lbs) or 120lbs per day average.


Neil collected £1350 prize money, which included 2 lake wins and a section win.

1Chris senter (Shakespeare)8long pole shallow on meat and pellet166-04-00
2Luke Webster (PR floats)20pellet waggler landing109-07-00
3Neil Colcombe (Larford)60pellet waggler106-06-00
4Dave White (Maver Midlands)12pellet waggler and pole with meat95-14-00
5Chris Goergen (France)2894-08-00
6Mke williams (Wakes)1484-13-00



Second placed Andy Power (Preston) was one point behind recording a 10 point total winning the Arena Lake on day 1 with 79.92Kg (177lbs) and first in the Specimen Lake on day 5.

Andy’s total weight for the week was 303.06Kg (672lbs), averaging just short of 135lbs per day.

Andy’s collected £750 prize money for second place, which also included a lake win and a section win.

NameQualify Date
John Newton (Smith’s Tackle)04/09/2016
Harry Harris (Larford)04/09/2016
Neil Colcombe (Larford)11/09/2016
Matty Dawes (Drennan North West)17/09/2016
Neil McKinnon (Preston)17/09/2016
Mick Bull (Frenzee)18/09/2016
Max G (PR Floats)18/09/2016
Sam Brown (Maver)24/09/2016
Adam Sharman (Larford)25/09/2016
Adam Jones (Larford)01/10/2016
Simon Harris ( Rod & Gun)08/10/2016
Ian Wood (Larford)02/10/2016
Danny Baker (Tredegar AC)11/09/2016
Paul Cook (Frenzee)10/09/2016
Warren Jennings (Larford)09/10/2016
Martin Harrell ( Larford)09/10/2016
Scott Poynton (Old Ghost)09/10/2016
Luke Webster (PR Floats)15/10/2016
Phil Briscoe (Larford)16/10/2016
Andy Crocker16/10/2016
Chris Cameron ( Middy Old Ghost)22/10/2016
Ray Lamb (Larford)29/10/2016
Matt Marshall30/10/2016
Mark Smith30/10/2016
Rob Wiltshire (Cwmbran Nobblers)06/11/2016
Przemek Solski23/10/2016
Fran O’reilly ( Bagem Baits, Rays Tackle)23/10/2016
Shaun McCarthy23/10/2016
Steve Ford (Daiwa Gordon League/Old Ghost)12/11/2016
Dave Powell (Larford)13/11/2016
Bernard Ball (Carp Cruncher)27/11/2016
Paul Law04/12/2016
Richard Clement11/12/2016
Grant Albutt28/12/2016
Pete Black28/12/2016
Richie Hull (Garbolino)08/01/2017
Martin Eddis01/01/2017
Ray smith01/01/2017
Richard Lawson15/01/2017
Allan Sutton15/01/2017
Matt Blackmore (Garbolino/Dynamite Baits)15/01/2017
Chris Bove15/01/2017
Garry Watling15/01/2017
Dave Crandon20/01/2017
Chris Shepherd29/01/2017
Chris Senter (Shakespeare)21/01/2017
Paul Williams (ABC)04/02/2017
Jamie Harrison (Matrix)05/02/2017
Ray Cossins11/02/2017
Paul Bucknall (Little Dawley)12/02/2017
Peter Jones (Colmie)18/02/2017
Brian Jones (ABC Baits)19/02/2017
Garry Donachie (Colmic)25/02/2017
Geraint Powell26/02/2017
J Turner26/02/2017
Jack O'Sullivan (Oakengates A/C)05/03/2017
Mark Skidmore05/03/2017
Paul Edwards08/03/2017
Brian Cochrane11/03/2017
Paul Robinson12/03/2017
Rich Weaver (Tubertini)19/03/2017
Rory Bleese15/03/2017
Mark Jones26/03/2017
Carl Brooks25/03/2017
Stuart Holmewood22/03/2017
Gavin Platt (St Antony's)01/04/2017
Richard Jones02/04/2017
Tony Miessner29/03/2017
Glen Buttler (Drennan)08/04/2017
Neil Morgan15/04/2017
Jason Davies16/04/2017
Stuart Almond16/04/2017
Steve Partington16/04/2017
Spud Murphy17/04/2017
Mark Jones17/04/2017
Mal Jefferies17/04/2017
Mark Hawthorne (HT Angling)22/04/2017
Phil Bishop (Maver Harescombe)23/04/2017
Jack Cook12/03/2017
Tracey Holland12/03/2017
Tex Anstice12/03/2017


Third place overall was Steve Forster (Kiverton Hall) who also recorded a 10 point total but recorded a lower overall weight of 288Kg (639lbs) averaging 128Lbs per day.

Steve collected £750 prize money, recording two lake wins and a section win.

NameQualify Date
John Newton (Smith’s Tackle)04/09/2016
Harry Harris (Larford)04/09/2016
Paul Cook (Frenzee)10/09/2016
Neil Colcombe (Larford)11/09/2016
Danny Baker (Tredegar AC)11/09/2016
Matty Dawes (Drennan North West)17/09/2016
Neil McKinnon (Preston)17/09/2016
Mick Bull (Frenzee)18/09/2016
Max G (PR Floats)18/09/2016


Fourth place overall was secured by Andy kinder (Maver) with 11 points.

Remarkably, Andy recorded the largest cumulative weight over the five days with a massive 316.86Kg (703lbs), averaging 140lbs per day.

Andy collected £400 prize money, including two section wins.

Phil Briscoe6205-02-00
Neil Cotton6295-03-00
Sean McCarthy4305-06-00
Neil Colcombe4306-13-00
Sam Brown4351-00-00
Paul Cook4382-14-00


Fifth overall was recorded by Paul Cook (Larford Lakes) who recorded a 12 point overall score and a weight of 248kg (550lbs)  averaging 110lbs per day.

Paul won the Arena Lake on Day 3 and secured 2 further section wins collecting £400 prize money in total.

1Paul Cook4382-14-00
2Sam Brown4351-00-00
3Neil Colcombe4306-13-00
4Sean McCarthy4305-06-00
5Neil Cotton6295-03-00
6Phil Briscoe6205-02-00

6th place – Paul Hiller (Daiwa Dorking) 13 Points and a total weight of 235.56Kg (525lbs)

7th place – Ollie Scotthorne (Barnsley Blacks) 14 ponits and a total weight of 252.68Kg (561lbs)

8th Place – Matt Blackmore (Garbolino) 15 points and a total weight of 207.474Kg (460lbs)

9th Place – Mick Todd (kinverton Hall) 16 points and a total weight of 242.31Kg (538lbs)

10th Place – Mick Dewhurst (Ted Carters) 16 Points and a total weight of 223.93Kg (497lbs)

PositionNamePointTotal Weight
1Neil Colcombe6771-06-00
2Paul Cook6698-10-00
3Sean McCarthy8592-03-00
4Ray Lamb13490-02-00
5Sam Brown14549-00-00

Conditions were mixed with heavy rain on Monday & Tuesday. The remainder of the week was good. A stiff breeze with bright sunshine and temperatures around 23-24C


Methods were Method feeders and short pole with meat scoring well on the Specimen Lake

Short pole banded pellet and meat working well on the Match Lake.

Short pole Method working well on the Arena Lake.

All lakes responded well to the edge later in the match.


Over all lots of quality carp up to 25lb recorded,  large bags of bream were also recorded.


With 17,960lbs of fish caught in just 5 days, confirms its business as usual at Larford Lakes

Is there any fishery in the country that can do better than this, if there is we would like to hear about it?


Our thanks to all the anglers & friends that fished the festival.


For the record the festival for 2017 is already a sellout with all ticket sold for 31st July – 4th August 2017

Enquires for 2018 are being taken.

For the full result, please see the matrix of daily results.