Wednesday August 22nd
Warwickshire Avon – Evesham Town Waters and Hampton Ferry
Seventy three year old Geoff Ife from Bewdley saw off strong competition to win the first ever Veterans Championship with 18-14-8 from Peg at the top end of the Town Waters.
On a river carrying a few inches of extra coloured water Geoff started off by catching small perch and roach on stick float and maggot. Bites dried up after two hours so he switched to a blockend feeder with pellets to take two barbel, the best a whopping 11-13-0!
The top three in the Veterans Championship
The victory won him £500, a cut glass trophy, a Shakespeare rod and a place in the big final at the weekend, which carries a top prize of £5000.
In second place with 15-3-0 of barbel and chub, also taken on a pellet feeder, from Peg 29 was former Shakespeare team man Don Slaymaker. Third spot went to Roger Martin at Peg 28 with one pellet caught barbel which weighed 6-10-0.
Geoff with his prizes and (right) with his prize barbel.