Angling: Rodger hoping to net a top-ten spot
GRIMSBY man Marc Rodger is gunning for a top-ten overall finish after winning round one of the UK Angling Championships.
The 33-year-old triumphed against 80 of the best British anglers to take the £1,000 prize at Lindholme Lakes in Doncaster.
Rodger, a former pupil at Humberston School, netted an impressive 76.96kg in round one and will now travel to Somerset for the second stage of the prestigious competition.
And after finishing in 33rd overall last season, the talented Grimsby angler is determined to better his final position this year and upset the usual front-runners.
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Rodger told the Telegraph: "I never go into a fishing competition looking for anything other than a win. As far as I'm concerned, you should be in it to win it at all times.
"In the first round, I knew Lindholme quite well having fished there before. That set me up for the win but you still need to get a good draw and have some luck along the way.
"It is hard to say what might happen now. In these championships the draw plays quite a big part. Winning the event at Lindholme was a bonus for me because you only need to win your section.
"You need a bit of luck to go all the way. The company you fish against are something else, but my main target is to now finish in the top-ten altogether."
Fresh from his outright victory in the first round, Rodger goes to Somerset knowing that another strong finish will almost certainly clinch his place in next year's tournament.
The top 40 anglers this season will automatically qualify for the 2013 event – meaning that Rodger and his UK rivals only need an average of four, top-four finishes.
Jason Le Bosquet was the outright winner in 2011 – round two of the UK Angling Championships will take place at Viaduct Fisheries on Wednesday, July 11.
Meanwhile, Rodger has qualified for the 'Fish For 10k' competition that will take place at Water Meadows, near Skegness, this September.
The Grimsby angler finished fourth in the same event last year, but is determined to challenge for the title this time around.