Evesham Festival Qualifier

See who is through to the Evesham Festival in the latest round of qualifiers...

Shakespeare Qualifier Saturday 2nd July

74 fished

Drawn on unfancied peg 52, Tony Marshall put up what many anglers described as the best performance of the season so far to win with a 13-10-0 net of small fish.  Tony started by fishing maggots at 16 metres, where he found plenty of small perch and chub before switching to a hemp line that he fed two metres shorter and catching quality roach which made up the bulk of his winning net.

Brian Pollard added to a double figure barbel with a couple of pole caught eels and perch to finish second with a 12-1-0 net from peg 11. In third place was river legend Wayne Swinscoe on peg 6, who fished waggler and maggots three quarters of the way across the river for a 7-7-0 bag of perch and small chub. Elsewhere on the river, several of Evesham’s resident tench made an appearance, and played a big part in section winning nets. Word on the bank was very positive, with many anglers noting that more and more fish seem to be showing week on week as the season progresses.

• 1 Tony Marshall 13-10-0 (peg 52)
• 2 Brian Pollard 12-1-0 (peg 11)
• 3 Wayne Swinscoe 7-7-0 (peg 6)
• 4 Trevor Chalk 7-6-0 (peg 36)
• 5 Mark Bowerman 5-14-0
• 6 Tony Bench 5-5-8 (peg 40)
• 7 John Curtis 5-4-8 (peg 28)
• 8 Nick Young 5-2-8 (peg 14)

Qualifiers: Ian Shepherd
, Trevor Chalk
,  Mark Bowerman

Abu Garcia/Wychavon Qualifier Sunday July 3rd
61 Fished.

With bright, still conditions and a low clear river, the fishing was tougher than usual on the second qualifying match of the weekend. Fortunately, plenty of small fish were feeding which kept the anglers entertained even though the framing weights were lower than normal. Daiwa Gordon League’s Mark Brush finished ahead of the chasing pack with a 5-9-0 weight made up of quality roach on hemp seed topped off with a bonus eel. Drawn on peg 15, Mark fished chopped worms and casters at 14.5 metres, and fed his hemp swim down his peg at 11 metres.

Second placed Tim Kaye discounted big fish from his match plan, and targeted gudgeon on  the short pole with groundbait and pinkies. After catching around 100 fish here, he went long to find several slightly larger roach on hemp to make up his 5-4-0 bag. Four flat float caught eels made up Matt Godfrey’s third placed weight. Matt fished 17.5 metres with chopped worms and casters to tempt fish to 2lb from unfancied peg 48.

Alan Stephens finished fourth with a 4-12-0 net of waggler caught chublets, which left Tony Marshall to back up his previous days victory with yet another frame place. Tony caught 4-8-0 of roach on the long pole with hemp.

• 1 Mark Brush 5-9-0 (peg 15)
• 2 Tim Kaye 5-4-0 (peg 27)
• 3 Matt Godfrey 4-13-0 (peg 48)
• 4 Alan Stephens 4-12-0 (peg 2)
• 5 Tony Marshall 4-8-0 (peg 25)
• 6 Ian Sutherland 3-14-0 (peg 47)
• 7 Howard Kaye 3-9-8 (peg 22)
• 8 Tony Skinner 3-9-0 (peg 64)

Qualifiers: Mark Brush, Tim Kaye, Jim Smith