The Angling Trust RiverFest qualifier on the Great Ouse took place at Littleport on Sunday 7th September with three more qualifier winners booking their places through to the grand final on 15th/16th November on the River Wye, Hereford.
With only securing his ticket just two days before the qualifier Graham Dack’s luck was in by winning the match and booking his qualifying spot through to the grand final in November. Graham fished pole at 14 metres from peg 56 catching roach on maggots/ double pinkies, and fed initial 10 balls of groundbait, topped up throughout the match to record a weight of 8-9-0.
Martin Roper fished pole at 11-12 metres catching roach on hemp and pinkies. Martin also had a decent perch on worm to book the second qualifying place with 6-2-8. The third qualifier booking his ticket to the final was David Smith who fished pole starting off on bread punch catching smaller roach then switched to red maggot which brought some more roach of a similar stamp with 2-13-0.
Top 5 results
1st (Peg 56) Graham Dack – (Maver/Marukyu); 8-9-0.
2nd (Peg 43) Colin Oakman – (Hotrods); 7-7-0.
3rd (Peg 52) Martin Caldecote – (Stanjays); 6-15-0.
4th (Peg 50) Adrian Crane – (Littleport AC); 6-10-0.
5th (Peg 29) Martin Roper (Sensas Mark One); 6-2-8.
Riverfest finalists (qualifiers);
A Section, David Smith (Stoke on Trent) Peg 2; 2-13-0.
B Section, Martin Roper (Sensas Mark One) Peg 29; 6-2-8
C Section, Graham Dack (Maver/ Maruyku) Peg 56; 8-9-0. 54 Fished.
The next RiverFest qualifier heads to the River Wye on Sunday 14th September.
Photo left to right; Dave Smith, Graham Dack and Martyn Roper