After the opening weekend’s big weight extravaganza, anglers were unsure whether the River Avon’s bream shoals would feed for a second consecutive week. With the river still carrying a touch of extra water and a healthy tinge of colour, a number of species fed well, but the bream were conspicuous by their absence.
Leading the field with a 10-6-8 net from peg 35 was Brian Rigby. Drawn on the famous confluence with the River Isbourne, Brian attacked his peg with stick float and maggot tactics, fishing down the middle of the river. A heavy, 8xNo4 lignum stick was used to give good presentation in what was quite an awkward wind, and by using a total of five pints of maggots to feed his peg aggressively, Brian tempted four good chub and some smaller samples for a 10-6-8 total.
In second place from peg 10 was Darran Bickerton. With the knowledge that his peg had produced tench the previous weekend, Darran put his faith in a chopped worm and caster approach, fishing down towards a marginal lilly bed. His decision proved profitable, and two good tench and a handful of smaller perch gave him a 9-13-0 total.
In third place was Tom Smith. Tom caught a mixed net of chub and dace on stick float and waggler tactics.
Result 1 Brian Rigby (D Angling) 10-6-8 (peg 35) 2 Darran Bickerton (Sensas) 9-13-0 (peg 10) 3 Tom Smith 9-11-0 (peg 36) 4 Wayne Swinscoe (Maver Bait Tech) 7-15-0 (peg 32) 5 Steve Clarke (Maver Image) 7-5-0 (peg 50) 6 Ant King (Middy) 6-9-0 (peg 69)