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
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.
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.
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