The third Angling Trust RiverFest qualifier, held on the River Severn at Lower Lode on Saturday 5th July saw Shakespeare Superteam member Paul Bick become the first angler to qualify for the final in successive seasons.

Paul easily won B section at Peg 33 with 15-5-0, made up of three decent bream, four skimmers and a few perch to groundbait feeder with maggot and worm hookbaits. Paul will now be hoping to go one better than his runner up spot in last year’s final.

Joining Paul in the final will be Sensas Thyers sponsored match winner Roy Carter. Roy drew A section Peg 15 and amassed 27-7-0, a catch of four bream, eight perch and a surprise 8lb mirror carp, all were taken on worm baits and groundbait feeder. 

The final qualifier was another Shakespeare man, Steve Williams. Steve drew Peg 2 on the Haw Bridge section and with four hours of the match gone had not had a bite. He then made a decision to cast right across the river to the far bank and this brought him six skimmers weighing 8-13-0 in the final hour.

Top 6 individual results
1st Roy Carter (peg 15) 27-7-0
2nd Brian Rigby (peg 11) 24-6-0
3rd Lee Edwards (peg 2) 22-4-8
4th Rob Quinn (peg 3) 20-3-8
5th Brian Preece (peg 4) 20-3-0
6th Dave Roberts (peg 12) 18-2-0

The next RiverFest qualifier moves to the Bristol Avon, Newbridge to Saltford on Sunday 13th July.

Photo – left to right:  Paul Bick, Roy Carter and Steve Williams