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Angling Times (UK) - - MIDLANDS -

BARFORD LAKES FOUR DAY FES­TI­VAL Colton, Match, Rail­way & Wil­low Lakes (52 pegs) A host of venue ex­perts queued up to take part in this tour­na­ment, and it was Matt Wiles who even­tu­ally took the spoils. Af­ter four days of bag­ging ac­tion, Matt fin­ished with six points and a 356-6-0 to­tal. His big­gest in­di­vid­ual catch of the week came on the fi­nal day when he landed 124-1-0 from peg 11 on the Match Lake for sec­ond on the wa­ter, with a lake win on Rail­way on day two also prov­ing cru­cial to his over­all win. Sec­ond at the end of the com­pe­ti­tion was Will McCra­nor on seven points and 288-15-0. Re­sult: 1 M Wiles, 6pts; 2 W McCra­nor, 7 (weight); 3 S Porter, 7; 4 D Hull, 8 (weight); 5 S El­mar, 8.

DI­VI­SION TWO NA­TIONAL PRAC­TICE Birm­ing­ham/Faze­ley Canal (41 pegs) Roach dom­i­nated the frame, with Tom Hobbs’s 8-15-15 the best net on show. The Dren­nan Ox­ford an­gler drew peg 23 and worked with squatt to get plenty of bites from small redfins.

Re­sult: 1 T Hobbs, Dren­nan Ox­ford, 8-15-15; 2 P Turner, Wolves AA, 4-15-6; 3 I Young, Dren­nan Ox­ford, 4-6-6; 4 R Stan­ton, Sen­sas Black Coun­try, 4-5-8; 5 S Dud­ley, Sen­sas Black Coun­try, 4-0-4; 6 T Hobbs, Dren­nan Ox­ford, 4-0-0. DAIWA HALLCROFT FISH­ERY Moat Pool (39 pegs) Moat Pool has been throw­ing up lots of big weights, and this match was no dif­fer­ent as Steve Clark won with 193-4-0. The Mans­field an­gler picked peg 71 on the outer bank out of the bag and used pel­let at 8m and down the mar­gins for 27 carp to dou­ble fig­ures. Gor­don Gib­son can con­sider him­self un­lucky not to have come first, weigh­ing in 176-3-0 on cat­meat or corn over pel­let from peg 39 on the is­land. Re­sult: 1 S Clark, Mans­field, 193-4-0; 2 G Gib­son, Leegem, 176-3-0; 3 N Stones, Barns­ley, 143-12-0; 4 I Worsnop, Hallcroft, 138-5-0; 5 A White­house, Scun­thorpe, 108-8-0. EVESHAM BLOOD­WORM QUAL­I­FIER Warks Avon, Evesham (74 pegs) It was the bat­tle of the Pre­ston In­no­va­tions boys, and Scott Geens just about won the arm wrestling match. Sil­ver­fish came to the net through­out the day from peg 31 to give him a 9-3-0 win­ning to­tal. Lee Kerry was his team-mate who just missed out, plac­ing 8-14-0 on the scales. Re­sult: 1 S Geens, Pre­ston In­no­va­tions, 9-3-0; 2 L Kerry, Pre­ston In­no­va­tions, 8-14-0; 3 J Raf­ferty, Bai­leys of War­wick, 7-0-0; 4 S Pick­er­ing, Evesham Dis­count Tackle, 6-15-0; jt 5 M Downes, Star­lets and M Lind­sey, both 6-4-0. J Raf­ferty, M Derry and D Harpin LO­CAL DERBY Qual­i­fiers: MA­TRIX COM­MER­CIAL CHAMPS (FI­NAL RND) Barston Lakes (50 pegs) Thou­sands of pounds were paid out on the day and it was Adam Wake­lin who walked away with the best pay­out af­ter he bagged £1,500 for win­ning the ti­tle with a five-point score. Wayne Shar­man won this par­tic­u­lar heat af­ter he put to­gether a 73-14-0 bag. The Ma­trix-backed an­gler found him­self on peg 123 and fished the Method at range for a mix of carp and F1s that earned him £1,000. Dren­nan’s Jon Arthur wasn’t too far be­hind, weigh­ing in 62-14-0 of skim­mers from peg 117. Re­sult: 1 W Shar­man, Ma­trix, 73-14-0; 2 J Arthur, Dren­nan, 62-14-0; 3 J Jenk­ins, Lane’s Bait, 62-8-0; 4 M Fox, Barston, 59-4-0. Fi­nal league: 1 A Wake­lin, Pre­ston In­no­va­tions, 5pts; 2 J Arthur, Dren­nan, 7 (weight); 3 W Shar­man, Ma­trix, 7 (weight); 4 N Car­less, Barston, 7. RIVER YARE Beauchamp Arms (62 pegs) The Yare is re­garded by many as the best river in the land, and you can hardly ar­gue with that state­ment af­ter the re­sults showed you needed over 30lb to be in the top six. Win­ner Rod­ney Finch man­aged to ex­tract 44-11-0 from peg 114, us­ing the ground­bait feeder for bream to 4lb. Re­sult: 1 R Finch, Deben, 44-11-0; 2 J Coote, Col­man’s Bait & Tackle, 40-11-0; 3 D Pike, Daiwa Angling Di­rect, 40-0-0; 4 N Larkin, Nisa Feed­ers, 36-2-0; 5 R Hub­bard, Daiwa Angling Di­rect, 36-0-0; 6 P Git­sham, DAD, 32-4-0. STAR­LETS VETS (TUES) Pack­ing­ton Somers, An­nie’s, Gearys and Lit­tle Gearys (62 pegs) This was a rel­a­tively low-weight af­fair, but Derek Hartshorn still need a re­spectable 69-14-0 to win. The Swann Baits an­gler drew peg 7 on Lit­tle Gearys and used pole and paste on the pole for F1s and the odd carp. Ron Sav­age was once again in the

frame with 64-9-0 of pole and corn-caught carp from peg 23 on Gearys.

Re­sult: 1 D Hartshorn, Swann Baits, 69-14-0; 2 R Sav­age, Pack­ing­ton, 64-9-0; 3 B Cal­cott, Pack­ing­ton, 57-14-0; 4 P Clark, Pack­ing­ton, 56-5-0. STEEL CITY OPEN Ferry Meadow, Gun­wade & Over­ton Lakes (30 pegs) This com­plex near Peter­bor­ough, a favourite of Angling Times writer Steve Ringer, is a per­fect ex­am­ple of a pair of nat­u­ral lakes that eas­ily com­pete with the weights on commercials, as Shane Des­mond showed with a 107-7-0 win­ner. The Dy­na­mite Baits an­gler’s haul was made up en­tirely of bream to 7lb, with ground­bait feeder tac­tics scor­ing best off peg 109 on Over­ton Lake. Rob Scot­ting was on the next peg and also had a day to re­mem­ber, bank­ing 88-8-0 of slabs.

Re­sult: 1 S Des­mond, Dy­na­mite Baits, 107-7-0; 2 R Scot­ting, Match Catch, 88-8-0; 3 R Pack­wood, Match Catch, 71-4-0; 4 M Smith, SPRO, 68-9-0; 5 P Wood, Match Catch, 64-13-0; 6 R Woot­ton, Shi­mano, 51-4-0. WEST­WOOD LAKES Sky­lark Lake (36 pegs) At­tack­ing the shal­low wa­ter in his peg worked well for Mark Cree, who to­talled 187-10-0. Drawn on peg 28, the Dy­na­mite Baits an­gler caught on mag­got over ground­bait to the far bank and down the edge, putting carp, F1s and sil­vers into the net. Steve Lane on the next peg al­most nicked it with 171-8-0.

Re­sult: 1 M Cree, Dy­na­mite Baits, 187-10-0; 2 S Lane, West­wood, 171-8-0; 3 S Reid, Gar­bolino RAF, 147-0-0; 4 J Kedzier­ski, West­wood, 141-6-0. WYCHAVON BLOOD­WORM QUAL­I­FIER Warks Avon, Evesham (72 pegs) Two men broke into dou­ble fig­ures and Dar­ran Bick­er­ton’s catch of 11-4-0 led the field home. The Ka­masan Star­lets man set out his stall at peg 47 and worked with blood­worm to take plenty of roach to 8oz.

Re­sult: 1 D Bick­er­ton, Ka­masan Star­lets, 11-4-0; 2 B Wilkes, 10-5-0; 3 J Ib­bot­son, 7-0-0; 4 M Derry, 6-8-0; 5 I Shep­herd, 6-4-0.

Qual­i­fiers: B Wilkes, D Bick­er­ton, D Hughes & B Hawkes.

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