Mega match on the River Wye – over 2,000lb of sil­ver taken in su­per event

Vet­eran wins with 125lb 6oz of chub

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - TONY GRIGORJEVS Se­nior re­porter

THE River Wye has pro­duced one of the great­est matches ever as com­peti­tors in the lat­est event shared in a mas­sive 2,159lb weigh-in.

The an­nual Wye Champs is the first event of a hec­tic win­ter sched­ule on the pro­lific stretches around Here­ford, and the sea­son got off to a breath­tak­ing start with a se­ries of huge weights that were topped off by Pete Gould­ing’s in­cred­i­ble 125lb 6oz win­ning catch of chub. Back­ing weights were equally im­pres­sive, with just shy of 60lb good enough to only sneak into 10th place.

The cham­pion put his name into the his­tory books thanks to an im­pec­ca­ble dis­play of wag­gler and mag­got fish­ing. Pete told Angling Times: “I have been try­ing to win this event for over 40 years and to do it in this fash­ion is just in­cred­i­ble.

“I drew a peg that can pro­duce a few fish, but never in my wildest dreams was I ex­pect­ing to land a three-fig­ure catch from it.

“The an­nual three-day fes­ti­val is com­ing up this week, and that was a sell­out within days. I could prob­a­bly have sold dou­ble the num­ber of tick­ets on of­fer – that’s how im­pressed peo­ple are by the Wye right now.”

Angling Times colum­nist Dave Har­rell could have been for­given for think­ing he’d taken the glory with a 60lb bag of dace, but it turned out to be only good enough for ninth place.

He said: “The river is re­ally low, and while that al­ways leads to big weights, none of us ex­pected it to fish to this high stan­dard.

“I’ve had a bite every chuck all day and that has only been good enough to win my sec­tion. The an­gler next to me had over 40lb of dace and didn’t win a penny!

“There are colos­sal num­bers of small fish in the venue now, with loads of bonus bar­bel, chub and perch. It re­ally was one of the great­est-ever river matches.”

Or­gan­iser John Pem­bridge be­lieves the re­sult is just the start of an­other golden pe­riod on the wa­ter­way, and he told Angling Times: “I have been run­ning this event for 10 years but this is def­i­nitely the best one yet. Last year the en­trants shared 1,400lb, so the fish­ing has clearly been much bet­ter this time round.

“The weights were just phe­nom­e­nal and it wasn’t just one species that dom­i­nated – there was a 90lb bar­bel bag, dace catches over 60lb and hun­dreds of chub landed... on a low river.”

The Wye around Here­ford fished its head off.

Dave Har­rell’s 60lb of dace only took ninth place!

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