Tables turned at Turner 400

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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.

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