Having fished fairly well all week, the inevitable happened for the first round of the Angling Trust & British Waterways Stillwater Championships in the first qualifier of the year at Boddington Reservoir on Saturday 21st May 2011 when the fish started to spawn, so this had an effect on the weights being down. However, it did make for some very close competition.
Top weight was Daniel Coss with 80lbs 14 ozs from peg 99, with Maurice Williams only 10 ozs behind with 80lbs 4 ozs. Third overall was Jof Rogers with 77lbs 8 ozs.
A variety of tactics on the day accounted for fish; method feeder, pellet waggler and straight lead. All the sections were very close and a number of anglers missed out on qualifying for the final by just a few ounces. It was a great day though with good weather and as normal the banter and atmosphere on the bank was great. This really is a great series of matches with top quality anglers who are friendly and helpful and a credit to the sport.
Angling Trust & British Waterways would like to offer their thanks and appreciation to the Bailiffs; Ken and John, Nigel Franklin for weighing in D and E sections, and Ian Maltby who was the organiser on the day.
The next qualifier will be held at Earlswood on 11th June 2011 with the draw taking place at the Sailing Club, Lady Lane, Wharf. B94 6AH
Section A 1st A Brooker (Jolly Anglers) peg 51. 62lbs 8 ozs (Qualifies)
2nd Chris Hill peg 60. 59lbs 10 ozs
Section B 1st G Mason Lee (Lee Carver Ceramics) peg 64. 43lbs 8 ozs (Qualifies)
2nd Fred Coxon (Ringer Baits) peg 63. 38lbs
Section C 1st Trev Wyse (Dynamite Baits Kobra Feeders) peg 77. 53lbs 14 ozs (Qualifies)
2nd Terry Winstone peg 77. 53lbs 8 ozs
Section D 1st Warren Cave (Acorn Angling Didcot) peg 89 70lbs 4 ozs (Qualifies)
2nd Nigel Franklin peg 81. 66 lbs 12 ozs
Section E 1st Daniel Coss (Oakwood Angling) peg 99 80lbs 14 ozs (Qualifies)
2nd Maurice Williams (Chiltern Baits Sensas) peg 97. 80 lbs 4 ozs
Overall for County points
1st Daniel Coss
2nd Maurice Williams
3rd Jof Rogers
4th Aidan Mansfield
5th Warren Cave
6th Nigel Franklin
7th John Price
8th Simon Harris
9th Antony Brooker
10th Nick Wooding