Hotrods make the top six in big event on the River Trent

An­gling - Di­vi­sion One Na­tional

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - by KenWade AN­GLING COR­RE­SPON­DENT

A wet and very windy River Trent greeted an­glers from across the coun­try fish­ing Satur­day’s Di­vi­sion One Na­tional. This is still re­garded by many team an­glers as the blue rib­bon event but un­for­tu­nately the re­sult did lit­tle to en­cour­age any­one to take up team fish­ing on a reg­u­lar ba­sis as some of the coun­try’ s best an­glers were re­duced to un­be­liev­able tac­tics just to get a fish for pre­cious points.

Dren­nan Barns­ley com­fort­ably took the team ti­tle with 380 points, but we have to con­grat­u­late Hunt­ing­don-based Brown­ing Hotrods for their fine ef­fort, com­ing in sixth with 314 points.

It wasn’t such good news from the Sen­sas Mark One camp-though. Some poor pegs on the day saw them fin­ish in 20th place.


Peter­bor­ough & Dis­trict AA ran a prac­tice match for those fish­ing this week­end’s River­fest Qual­i­fier.

De­spite the con­di­tions and a fair amount of weed growth there were some very re­spectable weights taken.

Out in front from the Or­ton down­stream sec­tion was Grant Howie with 20lb 3oz of skim­mers and roach.

Run­ner-up was Martin Ca ldi cote from the same area with 16lb 15oz.

The club have put a lot of time and ef­fort into clear­ing the pegs of weed but as usual it’s go­ing to be a never end­ing and thank­less task.

How­ever, there are lots of fish to be caught and given the right con­di­tions we should see a good re­sult for the club and those tak­ing part.

£1,000 FI­NAL

High winds were also a prob­lem for those fish­ing the £1,000 two-day fi­nal at Rook­ery Wa­ters.

Two good draws and some fine fish­ing en­sured Tom Ed­wards took the hon­ours.

Day one saw Ed­wards drawn on Jay Lake peg 13 and he caught well on the feeder with lun­cheon meat for 100lb 6oz and a vi­tal sec­tion win.

Day two saw him switch onto the Mag­pie Pool peg 31 and yet an­other sec­tion win gave him a per­fect two point score. As oth­ers had the same num­ber of points his weight of 280lb 14oz sealed the vic­tory.

Josh Pace came close, again with a two point score, but had to set­tle for the run­ner-up spot with a weight of 267lb 2oz.

Third place with two points and a weight of 217lb 12oz was Barry Ma­son.


An­other big match at the week­end was the fi­nal of the Tydd Gote Mega match, for which an­glers qual­i­fied from a se­ries of club matches.

So there was a strong line-upon the North Level Drain on Sun­day pre­pared to do bat­tle.

Lead­ing the way with a mas­sive net of bream from peg 14 on the Main Road sec­tion was Ian Ben­ton. He caught steadily all day catch­ing all of his fish on a ground bait feeder to weigh in 65lb 8oz.

Run­ner- up was Chris Lynn. He fished the pole on peg two and caught a net of roach and skim­mers to­gether with a bonus bream for 13 lb 14 oz. Third place went to John Tay­lor on 9lb 13oz.

Se­ries and match or­gan iser John Bates was very pleased with the event and is con­fi­dent it will be big­ger and bet­ter in 2017.

Tom Ed­wards won the Rook­ery Wa­ters £1,000 grand fi­nal.

Ian Ben­ton won the Tydd Gote Mega Match fi­nal.

Ted Rowe won the Cock Inn AC match.

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