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Freeman finds the skimmers on the River Tees


RiverFest Tees 2017

Although clear the River Tees was still holding plenty of water for the tenth RiverFest qualifier. This led to a real mixed bag of results, with the river fishing a little tougher than anticipated.

Will Freeman ended up top of tree on the day, drawing an ever favoured end peg, peg three. Will went about accumulating a good net of bonus skimmers on the tip that went an impressive 24lb 6oz on the scales.

Finishing second on the day was England international Mick Vials. Mick drew on peg 70 and amassed another good bag of skimmers on his ever dependable feeder tactics for 14lb 8oz and the second qualifying spot on the day.

Rounding out the top three and also taking the final qualifying place was Stuart Bell. Stuart also caught skimmers but had to switch between the pole and feeder to keep them coming for his 12lb 2oz.

Martin Robson took the overall fourth spot on the day with 11lb 15oz and rounding out the top five was John McGarrell with 11lb 10oz.

Our thanks go to Chris Gowling and Dave Harrell for all their efforts organising the match.


1. Will Freeman 24-6-0

2. Mick Vials 14-8-0

3. Stuart Bell 12-2-0

4. Martin Robson 11-15-0

5. John McGarrell Hall 11-10-0

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