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Lee Edwards' good form continues on the Wye


River Wye 2017

Prospects looked good for the latest qualifier on the Wye around Hereford. Recent rain had raised the levels and put some much needed colour into the venue, but the heavy sediment that came with it slowed sport in some areas, leading to a low scorecard, but an exciting finish.

There were two zones spread over the Belmont sections, but the winner was expected to come from C Zone which was pegged across tennis courts, Bartonsham and Eign. And so it proved.

Winner on the day and qualifying for his third successive final was Welsh international Lee Edwards. Drawn in the middle of the tennis courts section, the Maver man had to ignore the possibilities of big of chub and barbel weights elsewhere in the section, and get his head down catching roach and dace on stick float tactics. One bonus chub bumped his final weight to an impressive 38-12-0 which turned out to be a comfortable zone and match win.

This zone also produced the runner up with Chris Taylor catching 27-8-0 of mainly chub on float tactics at the bottom of Eign, as well as 3rd placed Jason Owen, catching 24-9-0 of chub and barbel from the top peg at Bartonsham.

A & B Zones were a lot tighter, with the expected bleak only showing in small pockets many competitors struggled, and had to go down the big fish route. A zone was won by Phil Amos who held his nerve, sitting it out for two barbel to weigh 9-6-8.

B zone turned out to be a very tight affair and exciting finish. The eventual winner and qualifying for his fourth final was Brian Rigby. His 11-10-0 weight, comprised of two big chub and a couple of perch. With barbel showing in the lower end of the section, and a bleak weight at the top, there were four other anglers agonisingly within 6oz of winning the zone.


1. Lee Edwards 38-12-0

2. Chris Taylor 27-8-0

3. Jason Owen 24-9-0


Phil Amos, Lee Edwards and Brian Rigby

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