Coors Shakespeare Burton Festival

Some tough river conditions make for exciting sport over the three day festival at Burton.

2011 Coors Shakespeare Burton Three Day Angling Festival
River Trent at Burton
60 pegs

Day One

The first day of the festival was eagerly awaited but conditions didn’t look too promising – a low gin clear river greeted the 60 competitors.  But surprisingly the roach and dace shoals decided to feed.  

First blood went to Lincs County’s Phil Foster who fished for roach for 2hours on the waggler and maggot before targeting two late barbel on feeder and pellet, which together weighed 18lb giving him a total catch of 26lb 6oz.  
Phil just edged out teammate Andy Dixon who put together a great 24lb 12oz of roach and dace from the Ferry Bridge section. This was the start of Andy’s march to the title.  

The river fished particularly well on all sections and everyone was looking forward to day two.

Day Two

Weather conditions had changed dramatically for day two – gale-force winds and a slightly rising river cooled sport.

After winning his section the day before with 14lb of roach on waggler, Simon Mottram fished a great match on long pole and hemp seed to win day two with 15lb 14oz of prime roach to put in a strong challenge for the title.  Runner-up on day two, also on the Shardlow section, was Terry Trueman with 14lb 10oz of roach and dace on stick float and maggot.

Day Three

The last day of the festival arrived and the anglers were apprehensive about how the river would fish, considering this was now the third match on the same set of pegs. Fortunately though, the wind had dropped.  

Hemp wizard Tony Marshall drew the barbel peg at Shardlow but ignored them and went all out for roach and put in a devastating performance to weigh in 26lb 4oz and win day three.  

Richie Reynolds was runner-up with 16lb 4oz from just below the winner’s peg. Andy Dixon came third and claimed another section win with 15lb 2oz of roach on waggler and maggot which gave him a total of 4 points, two section wins and a second to take the overall title.  Simon Mottram could only finish third in his section on Ferry Bridge, which wasn’t quite enough to take the title but gave him the overall runner-up place.

A big thank you to all our sponsors – Coors Brewery, Shakespeare, Wovencrest and Bait-tech for supplying fabulous prizes for the event.  Also thank you to all the helpers – section stewards, weighers and catering staff for looking after us.

Results Top Five

Tuesday September 20

Phil Foster 26lb 6oz
Andy Dixon 24lb 12oz
Dave Webb 18lb
Dennis Armstrong /Simon Heaton /Clive Fletcher all on 16lb 4oz

Wednesday September 21

Simon Mottram 15lb 14oz
Terry Trueman 14lb 10oz
Tony Marshall 12lb 4oz
Matt Maginnes 11lb 9oz
Dave Limbert 11lb 2oz

Thursday September 22

Tony Marshall 26lb 4oz
Richie Reynolds 16lb 4oz
Andy Dixon 15lb 2oz
Mick Hughes 13lb 10oz
Don Slaymaker 13lb 4oz

Festival Top 6

1st Andy Dixon                  4 points                         £700
2nd Simon Mottram           5 points (weight)            £500
3rd Terry Moroz                 5 points                         £350
4th Don Slaymaker            6 points                         £250
5th Pete Salt                     7 points (weight)            £200
6th Dennis Armstrong        7 points                         £170