Winner on the day with 30lb 2oz was Joe Oakes, who fished bread punch short and hemp and tares at 11 metres. The latter method bringing him some real quality roach up to 1lb 8oz. These big fish tipped the match in his favour. Runner-up was Town Welland master Bob Nudd who after a slow start slipped 180 roach into his net for 28lb 4oz, again on bread punch. Third with 27lb 7oz was Steve Winters who had over 200 fish on punch, but couldn’t quite catch Bob Nudd.
Match organiser Wayne Swinscoe expects the river to fish even better for the second round this weekend if the colour fines off slightly and the mild weather continues. For more information, or to book on one of the forthcoming matches, Contact Wayne on 07737 056767.
1 Joe Oakes (Wigston AS) 30lb 2oz
2 Bob Nudd (Browning) 28lb 4oz
3 Steve Winters (Maver Bait Tech) 27lb 7oz
4 Sam Merry (Bait Tech) 26lb 11oz
5 Rob Wooton (Shimano/ Dynamite) 25lb 6oz
6 Alistair Ogilvie (Maver Bait Tech) 24lb 11oz
Winning pair on the day was Joe Oakes and Pete Jayes, with a combined weight of 44lb 12oz