RiverFest bream bo­nanza

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RIVERFEST records top­pled af­ter bream went on a feed­ing spree in the 60-en­try qual­i­fier on the River Thames, at Child Beale, in Berk­shire.

Four ‘ton-up’ weights graced the scales, led by Barry Chap­man (Maver SE) with a mighty 156 lb 14 oz.

Ash­ford, Kent-based Barry caught 29 ‘slabs’ on crumb feeder, cast 30 m out from peg 34, to qual­ify for Novem­ber’s big money two-day An­gling Trust RiverFest Fi­nal, held on the River Sev­ern at Shrews­bury.

Pa­trick New­man (Sevenoaks) and Trevor Baker (Read­ing), pegged ei­ther side of the win­ner, caught 145 lb 12 oz and 108 lb 11 oz, for sec­ond and fourth, while RiverFest com­pe­ti­tion cre­ator Dave Har­rell (DH An­gling) added an­other river match ‘ton’ to his ca­reer tally, with

135 lb 13 oz from fur­ther down­stream in the same zone.

Else­where, Hadrian Whit­tle (Daiwa Dork­ing) clinched his RiverFest ‘golden ticket’ by win­ning Zone A with 25 lb 3 oz of pole-caught roach. Adam Durn­ford (New­bury) topped Zone C with 17 lb 8 oz.

Mean­while, in the week­end’s other RiverFest qual­i­fier on the War­wick­shire Avon, at Strat­ford, three vastly ex­pe­ri­enced venue reg­u­lars booked their slots in the Fi­nal.

Leigh Gard­ner (Shake­speare/Bait-Tech) led the way with a chub-based

29 lb 11 oz, caught on wag­glere, mag­gots and cast­ers at peg 6, a pacey swim below The River Thames qual­i­fiers with their tick­ets for the RiverFest Fi­nal. Fist pumps from the War­wick­shire Avon qual­i­fiers. Seven Mead­ows weir.

De­spite fin­ish­ing sec­ond over­all, with 17 lb 10 oz, Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Steve Hem­ingray (Dren­nan) was in the same zone as the win­ner, so must con­tinue his quest to reach the Fi­nal.

Zone win­ners were Trevor Chalk (Eve­sham) and Howard Kaye (Ca­dence) – 16 lb 12 oz and 15 lb 13 oz re­spec­tively.

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