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Thames RFEST2

After a brilliant three day festival, two weeks before this qualifier, hopes were high for some very big weights.

However, with a few cold nights in the lead up to the match and a river that was still low and clear, most anglers struggled to put together the bags of fish the river is renowned for.

Top spot and a place in the big money final went to Richie Reynolds who qualified from a swim that no one really wanted with 16-2-0. Richie drew on the fourth peg down at Culham and after some early roach on the pole, he switched to an open end feeder with worm hookbait to catch bream and skimmers.

Second on the day was Matt Derry, who drew the bottom end peg at Culham and had a mixed bag of roach and skimmers for 14-14-0.

Third overall was Paul Glenfield with 11-8-0 of roach from the downstream end peg at Appleford, an all roach catch on 14 meters of pole, with caster over groundbait.

Fourth with 9-0-0 was 2016 Champion Paul Bick who also won the Abingdon zone, qualifying for the final again with a hard-earned roach and perch catch on pole fished maggot opposite the yacht club.

Fifth was Paul Passmore with 8-13-0 from the second peg inside the gate at Abingdon.

Qualifying anglers tickets will go back on sale the Monday following the match, at 13:00. So check in to see if you can snap up some last minute tickets.


1. Richie Reynolds 16-2-0

2. Matt Derry 14-14-0

3. Paul Glenfield 11-8-0

4. Paul Bick 9-0-0

5. Paul Passmore 8-13-0


Richie Reynolds

Paul Bick

Paul Glenfield

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