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Angling Trust Riverfest River Severn Upton upon Severn


Qualifier winners riverfest 2013

Match Report

Saturday 21st September 2013 - River Severn, Upton Upon Severn

(60 fished)

All the talk at the draw for this match was whether the big shoals of bream which live on the Severn in this area would feed in the low and very clear conditions. Good catches of roach and perch had been made by competitors practicing in the week, which would make up the prize winning catches if the bream didn't show. How wrong they all were as bleak and perch made up most of the leading weights in what turned out to be a very difficult match for most.

The match winner with 10-5-0 was Ian Didcote from Tewkesbury. Ian caught a few perch early on chopped worm and pole, but once bites had dried up he switched to a light shallow waggler rig and caught some big bleak to win A zone. In B zone, former Welsh international Andrew 'Spud' Murphy also targeted bleak after a few early perch and he caught his fish by shortlining a light rig at 11 metres. The winner of C zone was Ian Winter whose weight of just 3-7-0 was enough to put him through to the big money final on the Wye in November. Most of Ian's catch was made up with chub which he caught in the dying stages of the match.

Match result

1. Ian Didcote (peg 3) 10-5-0

2. Andrew Murphy (peg 22)

3. Ian Shepherd (peg 7) 7-4-0

4. Dave Webb (peg 20) 6-14-0

5. Jan Porter (peg 21) 6-6-0

The qualifiers going through for the grand final on 16th/17th November are; Ian Didcot, Andrew Murphy and Ian Winter.

Photo left to right - Ian Winter, Ian Didcote and Andrew Murphy

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