This is what Carp Wars is all about. The youngest angler in the competition, this year's rookie Steven Coe, enters the battlefield and it is straight in at the deep end for the 17 year-old, as he's against not only a Carp Wars veteran, but the machine Ian Russell.
Steven won the qualifier to be here, and he's known among his fishing buddies as The Preparator, so one thing is for sure, neither angler is in for an easy ride?
The match takes place at Fryerning Fishery, which produced a Carp Wars record total last season, and with some pretty epic weather rolling through, sparks are guaranteed to fly.
The competition’s two military men go up against each other this week, with Jerry “the Sarge” Hammond locking horns with Ian “Chilly” Chillcott. It’s a bottom-of-the-table clash, with Jerry hunting down his first win of the season, and Chilly desperately trying to stay in the running.
Things are starting to get serious. This week's episode sees veteran carper Jerry Hammond go up against the rising star of the carp world Harry Pratt. Jerry desperately needs a win to avoid losing all of his five matches, while Harry, currently sitting in fourth place, could leapfrog Chilly and Dave Lane to take second place, *if* he can take all three points.
After 14 hard hitting rounds it all comes down to this - Harry Pratt vs Ian Russell for the second spot in the final. Both anglers can claim that place, and no doubt Ian will be desperate to protect his reputation, but having already caused one or two of the pro’s a bit of a headache so far in the series, Harry must fancy his chances too. Can he defeat the odds and keep his Carp Wars dream alive?
Ian Chillcott and Adam Penning are short day session fishing for carp at Blasford Hill Fishery in Chelmsford. Julian Chidgey is in Falmouth Bay fishing over ‘The Manacles’ onboard Austen Goldsmiths Zen2 after bass on light lure tactics over 35 to 65ft of water. Rob Wooton features in Quick Tips. Duncan Charman is targeting big roach and shows you how to maximise feeding times and how to make the most from a swim.
It's the final showdown. Six anglers started the on this journey, this epic quest for greatness, this bid for Carp Wars glory.
Jerry Hammond was the first to fall, with Mark Bryant and Ian Chillcott falling soon after. Ian Russell nearly made it all the way but was just beaten at the bell in the final group match.
In the end it was Dave Lane and the young challenger Harry Pratt who came out on top after the group stages, and it is they who made the journey to Etang Le Fays in France for the 48-hour final. And this really is it, what it's all been about. Winner takes all.