Bury St Edmunds’ Paul Collier is celebrating his best-ever finish after landing third-place at the Bossard Sonic Masters earlier this month.
Collier was among a field of 16 in France for the annual week-long event that includes fish carp anglers from countries such as Germany and the Netherlands.
With the Bury St Edmunds-based angler avenging last year’s disappointment in the competition to finish in third.
“Last year was a bit of a nightmare for me,” said Collier, who won 500 euros for his efforts. “I was bitten all over by mosquitos and all my bait had gone off.
“But this year was absolutely brilliant. I should have finished first though but was overtaken in the final hour of the competition.
“I was looking at my watch and counting down the minutes when I heard a commotion where a Dutch and German pairing had a fish each at the same time.”
The competition took place in a stunning 23-acre lake which is located in the Champaign region of France, roughly four hours from Calais.
Collier - who has been fishing for over 25 years - dropped down to third in the last hour with his biggest fish caught weighing in at just under 39 pounds.
But for the Bury man it was his best-placed finish since taking the sport seriously.
“I only started fishing in competitions seriously about three years ago,” explained Collier. “And enter events at random when I feel like it.
“I finished second in an event when I was a teenager but this was the best result I’ve had since entering senior events.
“I try and get down to the Suffolk Water Park in Ipswich once a month if I can.”
Collier is now aiming to continue his progression in the Bossard Sonic Masters, with first place his aim for 2015.
“I’ll be entering again next year and will be after first place.”
To find out more about sponsoring Collier for next year’s competition, please call 07970 593026