Tidal Thames is a ris­ing star

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

THE match fish­ing cre­den­tials of the fully-tidal Thames were un­der­lined at TideFest.

De­spite bril­liant, un­bro­ken sun­shine and more than 2,000 vis­i­tors (walk­ers, boaters, pad­dle­board­ers, kayak­ers and ca­noeists) us­ing the river too, win­ner Martin Davies needed 46lb of bream to 8lb-plus to win the event from down­stream of Kew Bridge, with 32lb sec­ond at Barnes.

Many of those present were sur­prised to see a small bass caught by a dip-net on one of the ac­tiv­i­ties, but both small bass and floun­ders are pro­lific on the tide­way right up to Ted­ding­ton.

Since Mog­den sewage works was cleaned up, many more of these small fish will ma­ture and help im­prove sport fur­ther down in the es­tu­ary, and when the Tide­way Tun­nel be­comes an ac­tive re­al­ity I be­lieve the tidal Thames will be a world-class fishery rather than just bril­liant.

TideFest was an­other roar­ing suc­cess.

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