Runnymede – River Thames

23rd September 2018

The Thames at Runnymede was in good form on Sunday, and for those who decided to brave the elements there was some great roach fishing on offer. The heavy rain could not stop Mick Catten Jnr from putting in a superb performance to win the match with an excellent 18-7-0 of quality roach taken using pole tactics.  A delighted Michael fished maggot over groundbait and soil laced with hemp and caster at eleven metres to take a steady run of redfins, then later switched to a strung out rig and loosefeed to keep the bites coming. Second place went to Glen Briggs not far behind with 18-1-0 from the upstream end peg just above the willow using similar tactics. Simon Pavey, another angler who was undeterred by the weather, was rewarded with a lovely bag of roach taken fishing the waggler, and finished third with 12-1-0. Section winners were Jon Colman and Perry Fairclough. Interestingly, Perry fished the slider, an often overlooked method that has been used to good effect here in the past. Unfortunately, a couple of the lads pole sections got jammed in the wet conditions, and were broken when trying to get them apart, but at least the rain had stopped by the afternoon and we were able to pack up in the dry warm sunshine.

Result
1st – Mick Catten Jnr – 18-7-0
2nd – Glen Briggs – 18-1-0
3rd – Simon Pavey – 12-1-0

Specimen
Doug Read – Perch – 0-9-0

For the full match results click here.

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