Saturday 22nd June 2013
Shakespeare Championship Qualifier
Evesham Town & Ferry Waters

79 fished.
Result:
1 Andrew Murphy (Tredegar A.C.) 20-2-0 (peg 87)
2 James Pitman (Stoke Hansford A.C.) 19-0-0 (peg 2)
3 Pete Morris (Sensas W.B. Clarke) 16-9-0 (peg 35)
4 Tony Davis (Shakespeare Superteam) 13-3-0 (peg 73)
5 Rob Perkins (Matrix Dynamite Trentmen) 12-5-0 (peg 65)

Qualifiers:
James Pitman
Pete Morris
Tony Davis

Welsh international Andrew Murphy took the honours in the second Shakespeare Championship qualifying match of the year, with a 20lb 2oz net of silver bream from the newly created peg 87. Andrew, or ‘spud’ as he is affectionately known to many, caught his fish on the waggler –  feeding sparsely with bronze maggots and fishing a single bronze maggot on the hook. He ended the match with around 25 silver bream, and a good perch to take victory with over 1lb to spare.
Stoke Hansford AC’s James Pitman took second spot, thanks to a three bream haul from peg two on the Town Water. James fished groundbait feeder with maggots, casting half way across the river, taking his fish on double bronze maggot.
The fancied peg 35, on the Avon’s confluence with the River Isbourne produced the third placed weight, with Sensas W.B. Clarke’s Pete Morris catching a fine net of chublets on waggler and long pole tactics. Pete loosefed bronze maggots around halfway across the river, catching well on running line in the early part of the match. Later, he switched to a chopped worm line that he had fed on the pole at 13 metres to end the day with a 16-9-0 net.

Sunday 23rd June 2013
Wychavon Championship Qualifier
Evesham Town & Ferry Waters
69 fished.
Result:
1 Tony Woodhouse 9-10-0 (peg 17)
2 Ian Shepherd (Daiwa Gordon League) 9-4-0 (peg 85)
3 Vince Callaghan (Dino Floats) 8-10-0 (peg 77)
4 Rob Perkins (Matrix Dynamite Trentmen) 6-3-0 (peg 79)
5 Dave Harris (Barford AA) 4-10-0 (peg 74)

Qualifers:
Tony Woodhouse
Roger Clutton
Ian Shepherd
Two small barbel caught on maggot feeder tactics were enough to give Tony Woodhouse victory in Sunday’s Wychavon Championship qualifier. Fishing from peg 17, Tony took the first of his fish around halfway through the match, with his second following in the dying stages of the competition. Tony cast around halfway across the river, fishing double bronze maggot on the hook.
Ever consistent Pershore rod Ian Shepherd was second, with a 9-4-0 net from peg 85. Remarkably, Ian’s net was made up of some quality roach, and a 5lb bream – taken on hempseed! Ian caught the brute just as his rig was settling, from the newly created peg 85. 
Dino Floats man Vince Callaghan took third place from peg 77. Vince caught a good barbel from peg 77 on groundbait feeder tactics.
Aside from the framing weights, the competition was by and large tough, with just 2lb enough to qualify in the middle 33 peg section of the match – proving just how moody a mistress the mighty River Avon can be!

Pic: Ian Shepherd

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