Scot­thorne wins Wy­chavon Champs

Angling Times (UK) - - MATCH NEWS -

AU­GUST Bank Hol­i­day week­end saw a starstud­ded line-up for the Eve­sham An­gling Fes­ti­val.

And af­ter three days of ac­tion the sil­ver­ware went the way of in­ter­na­tional class acts and the best team in the UK.

Eng­land aces Cal­lum Dicks and five-times World Champ Alan Scot­thorne won the Hob­gob­lin and Wy­chavon Cham­pi­onships re­spec­tively on the town stretch of the Warks Avon, while the all­con­quer­ing Daiwa Dork­ing side signed off the fes­ti­val with team hon­ours in the Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day match.

Maver man Cal­lum was first to tri­umph, weigh­ing in 10-12-0 on the Satur­day from end peg 73. Rob Woot­ton fol­lowed with 8-6-0 for sec­ond spot as the clear river saw the match turn into a roach-dom­i­nated event.

Sun­day saw colour in the river af­ter overnight rain and Alan Scot­thorne drew peg 46. The Drennan/Sen­sas man tar­geted the slabs and a great early part of the match saw him home with 17-3-0, ahead of Shake­speare’s Leigh Gar­dener on 15-8-0.

“With rain the day be­fore I thought there might be some skim­mers and pom­mies to catch, and if there were any bream in the area they’d nor­mally be found around my peg,” Alan said.

“I balled in 12 balls of Sen­sas 3000 Gros Gar­dons Fine, 3000 Magic and brown crumb mixed 50/50 with Terre de Riviere and grey leam hold­ing casters, dead pinkies and a lot of hemp.

“I was tar­get­ing big­ger fish, so ev­ery half-hour I topped up ag­gres­sively with two big balls over the top.”

Fish­ing a 2g float at 11m run through with a longish hook­link to lay some line on the deck and pre­sent­ing a steady bunch of blood­worm or pinkie hook­bait, the open­ing 90 min­utes brought three bream and four skim­mers be­fore the river be­gan to clear.

“Af­ter that it was a case of pick­ing off lit­tle fish on blood­worm, catch­ing what I could,” Alan con­tin­ued. “At the end of the day, if you catch 17lb at Eve­sham you won’t be far off win­ning some­thing!

“It’s been a su­per week­end for me, as I was third on the Satur­day match and then joint fifth in the team match on Mon­day – and my Barnsley team fin­ished sec­ond over­all.”

That left Mon­day’s team match to be de­cided and Dork­ing, rid­ing on the crest of a wave af­ter their record-mak­ing World

Club Champs vic­tory, crushed all be­fore them with a 61-point tally.

They ended up 18 points clear of Drennan Barnsley Blacks, with Ma­trix Image third.

In­di­vid­u­ally, Sen­sas WB Clarke man Steve Pal­lett won with 9-2-0, fol­lowed by Dork­ing and Eng­land duo Si­mon Willsmore and Wil­liam Rai­son on 7-8-0 and 7-0-0 re­spec­tively.

Bream played ball for win­ner Alan Scot­thorne.

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