Winter league match turns up huge river catch in freezing conditions.
A massive haul in a recent river match has shown the prolific nature of one of the UK’s most loved waterways.
Despite sub zero temperature overnight, the sixth round of the Wye winter league displayed just how good the sport on the river can be after it was won by a whopping 71lb 14oz.
The man behind the impressive catch was Stu Harford who put in a stunning performance on the Hereford stretch of the river after drawing the prolific peg 96.
To keep the fish coming – mainly chub between 12oz and a 1.5lb – the Shakespeare Superteam angler used a mix of waggler and bolognese float tactics fishing maggot and hemp. The weight taken on the methods being enough to beat second placed angler Larry Salter by nearly double.
“Peg 96 has always been prolific especially at this time of year and it’s won plenty of matches in the past,” Wye match organiser Pete Golding of Hereford DAA told Match Fishing. “It sits between the two bridges by the town and is a natural fish holding area when the temperatures drop, it still takes skill to put together a weight like that though, so well done to Stu.”