OUR PICK OF THE WEEK

Angling Times (UK) - - MIDLANDS -

AN­GLING TRUST RIVER­FEST QUAL­I­FIER (SAT) River Trent, Ne­wark Dyke (58 pegs)

Pete Brad­shaw sealed the win and his place in the big fi­nal thanks to a 24-10-0 to­tal. A sim­ple ground­bait feeder attack did the trick from peg 24 at East Stoke, with bream and skim­mers com­ing at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals. Adi Reynolds was sec­ond and also qual­i­fied, thanks to a 17-4-0 net­ful from peg 1 at Roll­stone.

Re­sult: 1 P Brad­shaw, Tib­shelf, 24-10-0; 2 A Reynolds, Leics, 17-4-0; 3 S Ea­ton, 15-15-0; 4 P Moutrey, 15-12-0; jt 5 M Buch­walder and M Hall, both 10-7-0.

Qual­i­fiers: P Brad­shaw, A Reynolds, S Ea­ton.

AN­GLING TRUST RIVER­FEST QUAL­I­FIER (SUN) River Yare, Beauchamp Arms (56 pegs)

The roach fish­ing was at its best for this event and Rob Kep­ner tipped an im­pres­sive 26-4-0 of them on to the scales. Feed­ing and fish­ing caster on the hook helped the De­vizes an­gler con­tact redfins to 12oz. Preston Innovations an­gler Mick Vials was sec­ond from peg 121, where he used the feeder with mag­got and caster for 20-2-0.

Re­sult: 1 R Kep­ner, De­vizes, 26-4-0; 2 M Vialls, Preston, 20-2-; 3 W Free­man, Preston Innovations, 19-7-0; 4 S Merry, Leic, 17-13-8; 5 K Rowles, De­vizes, 16-6-0; 6 S Wilsmore, Drennan, 12-10-0.

Qual­i­fiers: S Clark, S Wilsmore and R Kep­ner.

DI­VI­SION 2 NA­TIONAL PRAC­TICE Birmingham Fazeley Canal (42 pegs)

Peter Cox showed he has got the venue sussed out for the big event as he won with a mea­gre 9-14-0. The Strike team man drew in B sec­tion and put five bream in the net. In less-than-deal con­di­tions, Dave Bolton’s 8-0-3 was enough for sec­ond place.

Re­sult: 1 P Cox, Strike, 9-14-0; 2 D Bolton, Sen­sas Black Coun­try, 8-0-3; 3 N Burgess, 7-6-4; 4 L Hill, 3-11-0; 5 M Hoggett, 3-8-0; 6 D Self, 3-0-11

NISA FEEDERMASTER River Yare, Beauchamp Arms (75 pegs)

The ac­tion was patchy but Andy Wild­ing found a few fish and ac­cu­mu­lated a win­ning 32-2-0. Us­ing the ground­bait feeder with worm and caster from peg 147, the Whittlesey an­gler made the trip worth­while with slabs to 4lb. Chris Hunt used sim­i­lar tac­tics and

fell just shy of the top spot with 30-12-0 from the next peg.

Re­sult: 1 A Wild­ing, Whittlesey, 32-2-0; 2 C Hunt, Boland Ground­bait, 30-12-0; 3 T Gib­bons, Nor­folk, 22-14-0; 4 A Mead, Preston Innovations, 22-9-0; 5 L Carter, Sud­bury, 16-8-0; 6 T An­der­son, DAD, 15-14-0.

PRESTON INNOVATIONS BOLDINGS POOLS Beech & Hawthorn Pools (38 pegs)

Dave Em­lyn’s float went un­der al­most ev­ery put-in, and he ended the day on 131-4-0. Fish­ing mag­got to­wards the is­land and in the mar­gins of peg 5 on Hawthorn soon got the fish feed­ing, with carp to 7lb and the odd sil­ver­fish be­ing fooled. Bob Baker was best of the rest on 123-15-0 from peg 3 on Beech.

Re­sult: 1 D Em­lyn, OAC, 131-4-0; 2 B Baker, Fosters, 123-15-0; 3 K Melville, Shrews­bury, 100-13-0; 4 S Dicken, Wood­end, 81-4-0.

STAR­LETS NORTH­FIELD VETS (TUES) Green­hill Fish­ery (35 pegs)

Turn­ing to the mar­gins late in the day saw Brian Larner peel away from his op­po­nents to win with 83-8-0. Pel­let at 8m worked from the off but mag­got down the edge of peg 28 on New Pool found a few lumps to 7lb in the dy­ing stages. Mel Sal­ter was sec­ond off peg 5 on the same lake with 70-8-0. Re­sult: 1 B Larner, Kidderminster, 83-8-0; 2 M Sal­ter, Broms­grove, 70-8-0; 3 D Kemp, West Bromwich, 64-12-0.

STAR­LETS VETS (TUES) Pack­ing­ton Somers, Gearys & Molands Pools (57 pegs)

Just one fish sep­a­rated the top three, Pat Clark com­ing out on top with 65-12-0. Sim­ple pole and pel­let tac­tics helped the lo­cal lad find carp to 8lb from peg 20 on Gearys Pool. Top weight on Molands fell to Dave Gibbs, sec­ond over­all with 63-15-0 of caster-caught F1s from peg 8.

Re­sult: 1 P Clark, Pack­ing­ton, 65-12-0; 2 D Gibbs, Pack­ing­ton, 63-15-0; 3 M Martin, Pack­ing­ton, 62-0-0; 4 P Bar­ran, Pack­ing­ton, 58-9-0.

TUN­NEL BARN FARM VETS (TUES) Canal & New Pools (42 pegs)

It was tight at the top but Steve John­son nicked it with 85-3-0. Peg 19 on New Pool stuck to his hand at the draw and from there he worked with the short pole in front and down the mar­gins for mainly F1s to 3lb.

Re­sult: 1 S John­son, Acorn An­gling, 85-3-0; 2 T Thomas, Baileys, 79-7-0; 3 D Kinger­ley, TBF Vets, 77-13-0; 4 D Purvis, TBF Vets, 74-2-0; 5 C Con­sta­ble, TBF Vets, 73-3-0; 6 J Mer­chant, TBF Vets, 72-3-0.

TUN­NEL BARN FARM VETS (THURS) Club, High & Top Pools (65 pegs)

Steve John­son made it a dou­ble

for the week as he topped the field in this well at­tended mid­week shoot-out. On peg 43 on High Pool he ex­tracted 101-3-0 of F1s on the short pole. Run­ner-up Dave Draper fell just shy with 101-0-0 from peg 30 on the same pool.

Re­sult: 1 S John­son, TBF Vets, 101-3-0; 2 D Draper, TBF Vets, 101-0-0; 3 C Con­sta­ble, TBF Vets, 90-8-0; 4 N Bryan, TBF Vets, 86-7-0; 5 A Higgs, TBF Vets, 77-10-0; 6 J Mer­chant, TBF Vets, 73-8-0.

WESTWOOD LAKES (THURS) Sky­lark Lake (36 pegs)

Up-and-down tem­per­a­tures could well have af­fected the weights, but Sk­yark Lake sprang a pleas­ant sur­prise and Ken Clark needed 126-12-0 to win this one. Most an­glers at­tacked the far bank but the lo­cal an­gler went against the grain from peg 32 and used ex­pander pel­let on the short pole for a mix­ture of carp and skim­mers. Brian Chatts was on peg 31 and his tac­tics mir­rored the­at­tack of the win­ner, help­ing him land 124-10-0 of a sim­i­lar stamp of fish for a very close sec­ond.

Re­sult: 1 K Clark, Westwood, 126-12-0; 2 B Chatts, Westwood, 124-10-0; 3 R Wells, Westwood, 102-4-0; 4 R Daw­ber, Westwood, 99-4-0.

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