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Paul and Neil Turn up the pressure to qualify on the Staffs and Worcester


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The latest round of the Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Canal Pairs Championship Qualifier was held on the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal at Awbridge and Wombourne. With the canal running as clear as tap water expectations at the draw were low and for once anglers were hoping for a few boats!

The top three on the day came from A Section and all pole-fished with worm and caster being the preferential baits for the sections resident chub. The individual winner was Cambridge rod Len Stephens who caught half a dozen chub to 2lb 8oz on peg A10, two pegs from the narrows, his weight would have been greater but unfortunately, he lost four chub in the reeds and even worse broke a section of pole. However, he still tipped the scales to an impressive 12lb 5oz. On adjacent peg A11, Scunthorpe’s Les Waldron followed with four chub for 10lb 2oz 8dr. Third place went to Karl Johansen (Team Eclipse) who weighed in 9lb 11oz of roach, perch, skimmers and chublets at peg A23.

Moving on to the all Important pairs results it was the ever consistent brothers Paul and Neil Turner, both Wolverhampton AA VDE with 6 points. Neil bagging two points with a 8lb 5oz 8drms from peg 13 on B sections with his brother just outside the top three in fourth and gaining four points.

Pairing Tony Barker and Mick Hatchard were narrowly second on seven points. Mick winning B section with 8lb 6oz 2drms of mainly squatt roach and Tony backing him up with a sixth place from A section.

Rounding out the top three of pairs were Dave Lloyd and Richard Guest and although neither man made the top three on either sections both men won their respective mini sections and amassed 12 points.

Final pair to qualify on the day were Dave Brown and Robbie Lloyd who also amassed 12 points but were edged out on weight count-back.

The Angling Trust would like to thank Paul Turner for all his efforts in running such a successful qualifier.


1. Paul and Neil Turner, 6 points

2. Tony Barker and Mick Hatchard, 7 points

3. Dave Lloyd and Richard Guest 12 points

4. Dave Brown and Robbie Lloyd 12 points

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