OVERNIGHT rain meant an attractive tinge of colour stayed in the Warwickshire Avon for the second of the weekend’s Evesham Angling Festival qualifiers, as Richie Reynolds won the Evesham Championship Qualifier on Evesham Town & Ferry Waters in which 61 fished.
The Maver Bait-Tech man landed 10-14-0 on peg 43, ahead of runner-up Tom Scholey (Pole Fishing Magazine) who caught 7-15-0 on peg 6.
Third was Matt Woods (6-3-0, peg 85), fourth was Ian Sutherland (5-13-0, peg 68) and fifth was Anthony Taylor (5-6-0, peg 18).
The qualifiers were Scholey, Reynolds and Woods.
Reynolds drew peg 43 just above the White House Bend and took two good bream on groundbait feeder tactics in the early part of the day. Later on he switched to his favoured hempseed approach and added several quality roach to his tally to finish with 10-14-0.
Pole Fishing Magazine’s Scholey took second spot from peg six on the Crown Meadow. He caught a 4lb chub on worm fished on the short pole and several chunky hybrids on groundbait and maggot tactics to finish with 7-15-0.
Woods took third spot and the final qualifying place from peg 85 outside the cricket club. He also managed a big chub over a bed of chopped worm on the short pole and added several smaller perch to his net to finish with 6-3-0.
THE WYCHAVON Championship Qualifer on Evesham Town & Ferry Waters saw 78 fish and Leigh Gardner of Shakespeare Superteam caught 20-3-0 on peg 87 to take top spot.
A flush of rainwater brought extra colour and pace to the Warwickshire Avon for the latest of the Wychavon Championship Qualifiers and, making the most of his end peg draw, local expert Gardner banked a succession of good skimmers and hybrids on long pole tactics. He fished maggots over groundbait for an impressive total weight.
In second place was Preston consultant and Daiwa Dorking man Michael Buchwalder who caught alternating between long pole and waggler tactics on in-form peg 36, using maggots as feed and hookbait, to total 15-10-0.
In third place was Daiwa Gordon League rod and local expert Ian Shepherd. Drawn on peg 60, he caught two tench on the pole, fishing at close range against the marginal weed, offering a feed of chopped worms with a few casters.
Shepherd topped his weight up with some quality roach and some of Evesham’s famous hybrids on maggots fishing in the main flow to finish with 15-8-0.
Fourth was Richard Candy (11-14-0, peg 6) and fifth was Trevor Chalk (8-9-0, peg 2).
The qualifiers were Candy, Howard Kaye and Brian Pollard.