With a little rainwater putting a tinge of colour in the water, this proved to be the best qualifier of the season so far, with a whopping 8-13-8 needed to make the frame!
Coming out on top with a weight of 13-0-0 was Oxford rod Robin Cave, who plundered the rivers roach population from unfancied peg 49. Robin fished hemp and tares on the pole at just eight metres, for a net consisting almost entirely of roach, the biggest of which weighed in excess of 1lb!
In second place was London Based Tim Kaye, who drew peg six on the Town length. After starting the match by catching small fish on groundbait and pinkie, Tim caught a 3lb tench down the edge on a pole line fed with chopped worms and casters. He went on to catch some quality roach on hempseed late on in the match to give him a 9-7-0 total.
In third place was Drennan Oxford’s Steve Townsend, who again took advantage of the rivers feeding roach population to help him grab a place on the podium. Steve fished the long pole and caught quality fish on hempseed, ending with a 9-3-8 net.
With more and more roach seeming to be moving in to the town as the season develops, expectations are running high for a very eventful final weekend come the August bank holiday.
1 Robin Cave (Drennan) 13-0-0 (peg 49)
2 Tim Kaye (Quorn Van Den Eydne) 9-7-0 (peg 6)
3 Steve Townsend (Drennan Oxford) 9-3-8 (peg 34)
4 Matt Godfrey (Sensas) 8-14-0 (peg 20)
5 Ian Shepherd (Daiwa Gordon League) 8-13-8 (peg 24)
6 Tony Marshall (Quorn Van Den Eydne) 8-7-0 (peg 77)
7 Jason Jones (Banbury Gunsmiths) 8-3-0 (peg 35)
8 Darren Davies (Drennan) 7-12-0 (peg 59)