Rose blossoms in Trent Champs
Lee wins Severn grueller
THE River Severn at Bewdley was low, clear and rock hard for the 60-peg Angling Trust RiverFest 2017 qualifier, more than half of the field not weighing in.
Wolverhampton stonemason Lee Harries (Cadence/DH Angling) netted six barbel, a chublet and a perch totaling
20 lb 10 oz on pellet feeder at peg 75 below Lax Lane Ford. Joining him in the Final on the Wye will be zone-toppers Steve Clark and Brian Jones.
Oakwood dazzle but Image take title
MATRIX IMAGE wrapped up the 14-teams-of-five Sensas Oakwood Summer League title on the Grand Union Canal from Ivinghoe to Slapton, in Buckinghamshire.
The final round belonged to Sensas Oakwood Green, who clocked up the highest ever single day score in the league’s history – 59 points – led by individual winner Tony Cassidy, who slid 46 lb 4 oz of bream and perch onto the scales.
“I drew five pegs above the wires at Slapton and fed 16- and 13-metre lines. In the first 80 minutes I put 20 lb of bream to 4 lb in the net over a single ball of groundbait on the long line,” Winchmore Hill, North London-based Tony told Angler’s Mail. “Then the wind picked up and I lost ten hooks, six floats and a top two kit in the bush. I had to drop back to 13 m, I think I’d have had 60 lbplus otherwise,” he added.
NOTTINGHAM Piscatorial Society’s River Trent Championship Open drew 55 anglers to the Rolleston and Fiskerton stretches, which seldom see match action nowadays.
After two slow hours at Rolleston peg 24, Mansfield rod Dave Rose (Clipstone AC) struck into his first of 41 bream on groundbait feedered worms and maggots for a 99 lb 13 oz top weight. John Bottfield, started quickly using the same tactics on Fiskerton peg 14, and ran Dave close with 93 lb 12 oz. ■
■ Darren Massey with his runner-up catch on the Trent and Mersey. PORTSMOUTH’S annual Ron Snook Memorial Open raised £330 for local charities following a closely fought, 31-entry contest at Lakeside Fishery, in Cosham, Hampshire. Tony Butler (Woolmer Angling) alternated pole and Method feeder with maggots for a winning 34 lb 4 oz.
■ Oakwood Summer League winners Matrix Image.