Tables turned at Turner 400
THE annual Turner 400 Open’s enduring popularity attracted 30 teams of four to the banks of Oxfordshire’s River Thames between Clanfield and Radcot.
Victory for Wyvern Anglers MG with 99 points – earning the quartet a £600 payday, ahead of Drennan Oxford Yellow on 93, Daiwa Gordon League Black on 91 and Turners Tackle on 90 – was a fitting outcome, as organiser Paul Passmore explained.
“Last year, known as Browning Andover, Wyvern were announced as winners, before a mistake in one section with a 6 lb 13 oz weight recorded as 6 lb 8 oz came to light, dropping them back to third,” said Paul.
“Nobody wants things like that to happen, least of all an organiser. But their victory this year is undisputed. Maybe last year’s mix-up spurred them on? Whatever the case, congratulations to them,” he added.
Wyvern Anglers MG skipper Dave George spearheaded his team’s triumph with 15 lb 15 oz from a peg at Tadpole Bridge, securing fourth overall.
Drawn on peg 10 at Clanfield, reigning Angling Trust
RiverFest champ Mike Bedding (Shakespeare Superteam) took individual honours with 25 lb WITH a prize fund approaching £40,000 and a guaranteed £13,000 top prize to the individual winner, excitement is mounting as the Angling Trust RiverFest Final on the River Severn at Shrewsbury draws ever closer.
The latest clutch of qualifiers began on the Severn, many miles downstream at Kidderminster, where Andy Naptine (Mark’s Tackle), Tim Noke (Worcester) and Kev Jones (Rowley) booked their berths for a shot at the riches in November’s two-day Final.
Andy led the 58-pegger with 31 lb 11 oz, comprising 14 barbel on pellet feeder from Winterdyne peg 75, while barbel bags helped Tim and Kev win their zones with 27 lb 13 oz and 18 lb respectively.
On the Trent at Burton
Joyce, in Nottingham, roach 12 oz – seven chub to 3 lb and 5 lb of roach, bleak and perch.
“My peg was narrow and weedy, with the main flow very close in,” said Mike. “I dabbled with roach and perch lines on long pole, and whip fishing for bleak, but bait-droppering hemp, casters and chopped lobworms on a 4 m pole line with double caster or lobworm segment hook baits was the were the dominant species in the following day’s RiverFest qualifier, won by Mark Godfrey (Notts AA) with his catch of 19 lb 1 oz of long pole and hemp-tempted redfins. winning tactic for chub.”
Organiser Paul Passmore (Turner’s) took second with 18 lb 2 oz of ‘pup’ chub and roach, on pole and casters over groundbait, then waggler in the second half, at Radcot peg 28.
Steve Harward (Drennan Oxford Aqua) had 17 lb 1 oz of roach on hemp and tares from the 2.5 ft deep ‘shallows’ peg upstream of Paul for third.
Six more rods book RiverFest berths
Adam Richards (Browning) and Alan Henry (Dynamite Lincs County) clinched their places in the Final by winning the day’s other zones, with 13 lb 14 oz and 9 lb 13 oz on waggler. The fist pumping Trent RiverFest qualifiers (from left): Alan Henry, Mark Godfrey and Adam Richards.
Mike Bedding with his Turner400 individual winning catch.