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Bates bream breeze the match on the Nene

30.08.17

RiverFest Nene 2017 resized

An eager fifty anglers lined up along the Orton stretch of the River Nene in Peterborough for the eleventh round of RiverFest qualification. Despite the bright conditions and clear water, decent weights were recorded throughout.

Mark One Sensas rod, Bob Bates made no mistake from his end peg draw and quickly set to work on the stretches Bonus fish. Bob landed eleven bream on pole and caster during the five hours, for a match winning 54lb 5oz. Catching three bream in the first half of the match, Bob added another eight bream in a hectic final 90 minutes to take the win.

Bob Bates 2017

Pictured: Bob Bates

In second place and also qualifying for the Grand Final River Wye, was Enfield angler, Barry Oliver. Barry was also fortunate enough to draw on an end peg and put together an excellent pole caught mixed bag for 12lb 6oz from bottom peg 60.

Our final qualifier from this round was Howard Kaye who managed a very hard earnt 6lb 10oz of mostly hemp caught roach from a difficult first meadow above Orton lock.

Third in the match and narrowly missing out on qualification was Leicester's Joe Oakes with 11lb 15oz of hemp roach from peg 43 below the bypass.

Browning Hotrods' Steve Welford drew peg 4 and managed a late bream to boost his weight to 9lb 3oz, finally completing the overall frame was Mick Hanks with 7lb 9oz from peg 58.

Our thanks must go to Mike Kirby and PDAA for all their help at the qualifier.

RESULTS;

1. Bob Bates 54-5-0

2. Barry Oliver 12-6-0

3. Joe Oaks 11-5-0

4. Steve Welford 9-3-0

5. Mick Hanks 7-9-0

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