Hot pegs deliver the bream for winner Mick Denton
Hot pegs deliver slabs
CANALS AND RIVERS TRUST/ANGLING TRUST CANAL PAIRS QUALIFIER Birmingham-Fazeley Canal (82 pegs)
THE canal fished well in parts, and Mick Denton made the most of a good draw with 20-13-0.
Working with worm and caster from peg 31, the Oxford angler took bream to 3lb to edge out Ian Young, who used a similar approach from peg 83 for 19-8-4.
Top pair Les Walden and Michael Gerry put together a 77-point total to give them a shot at the prestigious title in the final later in the year.
Result: 1 M Denton, Oxford, 20-13-0; 2 I Young, 19-8-4; 3 S Roberts, Measham, 15-4-8; 4 L Waden, 14-10-0; 5 T Foster, Dams & Lock, 9-14-0; 6 P Tabon, 9-12-8.
Pairs: 1 L Walden and M Gerry, 77pts; 2 M Denton and T Hobbs, 73; 3 P Cowlan and D Green, 68.