THERE were so many twists and turns during the week long Daiwa-Bewdley Angling Festival that it was impossible to predict a winner even going into the last hour of the final day.
Ninety competitors had slogged it out over the three days on a river which came up two feet in the week and was coloured throughout the competition.
In the end the title went to
However, his day three draw put him on peg 77, just below the town, a peg which had produced a 35lb weight on the Wednesday match. Knowing he needed a good weight to put himself in with a chance of making the main list he attacked the swim with a groundbait feeder and small pellets with a single large pellet hook bait.
And, after a slow start, he began to catch barbel up to 5lb as a blistering second half of the match saw him win day three with 52-12-0.
In second position was Italian visitor Mario Molinari. Mario is a good mate of festival organiser Dave Harrell and attended last year as well.
He enjoyed a varied week and ended with a three day total of 63-1-0. On day one Mario won his section with
In third spot was
Dave Harrell confirmed the festival will be going ahead again next year and Phil Greaves, speaking on behalf of sponsors Daiwa confirmed the company is hoping to sponsor the event again next year.
All this year’s competitors will have first refusal on places although it is hoped that the event will be expanded to over 100 pegs next year.
The next big event on the stretch is the Teams of Four Champs on 16th/17th August. For information and an entry form contact the Matchline on 07919 122393.
Full result: Day One: 1 Craig Evans, Drennan
Day Two: 1 Mario Molinari, Daiwa
Day Three: 1 Nigel Ball, Colmic, 52.12.0 (peg 77); 2 Mal Storey, Storeys Tackle, 47-14-0 (peg 29); 3 Keith Russell, Bell Otters, 32-9-0 (peg 113); 4 Gary Farmer, Tipton,
Overall: 1 Nigel Ball, Colmic, 65-2-0; 2 Mario Molinari, Daiwa Italy, 63-1-0; 3 Mal Storey, Storeys, 59-3-0; 4 Mal Watson, Shakespeare, 57-6-0; 5 Lee Gardner, Dick Clegg Lifestyle, 53-10-0; 6 Mark Jones, Halesowen, 52-12-0.