Shakespeare Qualifier, Warwickshire Avon, Sunday July 17th
A blustery wind, coupled with a clear river running quite hard after the previous days torrential rain, meant that conditions were far from ideal for the anglers battling it out in this Sundays qualifier.
Clary Partridge from Pershore drew peg 13, and relied upon stick float and maggot feeder tactics to exploit his peg.
Clary’s match started well with a run of small fish on the stick float, and when things quietened off mid match, he made a very productive decision to pick up his maggot feeder rod. He took a large eel, followed by a 3lb barbel to take victory with a total weight of 6-12-8.
At the other end of the match length on peg 80, Bristol’s Chris Derrick started his match on a five metre whip, taking a couple of pounds of fish in the first two hours of the match. When this line slowed up, he went on a 13 metre pole line that he had fed with groundbait and pinkies, where he caught perch to 10 oz and small roach until the end of the match. At the whistle Chris was an agonizing 1 oz short weighing in with 6-11-8.
In third place was Pershore rod Dean Cosnett whose weight of 5-11-8 drams included a 4lb tench and 10 hemp caught roach.
1 Clary Partridge 6-12-8 (peg 13)
2 Chris Derrick (Veals Of Bristol) 6-11-8 (peg 80)
3 Dean Cosnett 5-11-8
4 Ernie Malyon 5-7 0
5 Laurence Glenn 3-13-8
6 Jim Smith 3-10-8
7 Rob South 3-6-8
8 Mark Sutton 3-4-0
Rich Reynolds (Quorn Van Den Eydne) 3-4-0