BIG BREAM WEIGHTS AT ‘NATURAL’ MATCHES
Huge turnouts rewarded with bumper autumn bags
THE boom in natural water match fishing shows no sign of stopping with big catches continuing to be landed up and down the country.
Even though we’re now nearing the end of October, weights recorded in recent events on lakes and rivers have been highly impressive.
Up at Carr Mill Dam in Merseyside, anglers enjoyed a good day out at the St Helens Tackle & Bait Cancer Research Charity bash, with the kindhearted rods raising over £1,000 for the cause.
Wigan matchman Gary Ainscough won the enormous 126-peg event with 37-7-0 of bream and skimmers using Method feeder and pellet tactics from peg 101.
And in Scotland, Loch Ken hosted a two-day event where distance feeder tactics were the order of the day.
Mac Stevens emerged triumphant with a combined 47-2-0 total, after winning the opening day of action with 27-2-0 of roach and skimmers. Phil Murphy topped day two with 34-4-0.
In the East Midlands, Ferry Meadows, near Peterborough, staged the Steel City Classic, where the strong field was topped by seasoned campiagner and patriarch of the Ringer dynasty Geoff Ringer with a superb 211-8-0 total, the bulk of which (148-6-0 of bream) was taken on day one on feeder and worm tactics from peg 114 on Overton Lake. On day two Dave Lawrence bagged 140-6-0 of bream on the feeder off Gunwade Lake to take second overall.
Meanwhile, the latest RiverFest qualifier visited a legendary, but now little-used match haunt, the Warwickshire Avon around Stratford, where Martin Ward booked his place in the final with 49-14-0 of chub on waggler and maggot tactics.
Nearby Alcester tackle dealer Alan Stephens also qualifed, with 25-2-0 of chub on the float for second spot.
Gary Ainscough with his winning Carr Mill Dam net of bream and skimmers.