The penultimate qualifier of the 2014 campaign of the Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Stillwater Championship was held at Earlswood Lakes on 3rd September where disappointingly, only 16 were able to attend. This was in part due to the fact that 4 anglers go forward to the Final from each qualifier so reducing the pool of available anglers in the later rounds. They missed what was a really good day for fishing with mild temperatures, plenty of cloud cover and enough breeze to cause an inviting ripple.
As is usually the case at this prolific venue the anglers set up an array of rods to fish the pellet waggler, bomb and method feeder and all of these worked on and off throughout the day. Generally the weights were much better than the previous qualifier at Earlswood where a number of the anglers had really struggled.
Keith Vaughan of Billsley fished the waggler with an 8mm pellet all day on peg 76 to finish with a magnificent 83.480 kilos. His catch comprised 15 carp up to 6 kilos. Runner -up was another local angler, Eamon Brennan fishing at peg 60. He caught spasmodically for the whole match to finish with 11 carp topped up with a handful of decent skimmers for 64.580 kilos. Eamon’s biggest fish probably nudged 7 kilos.
Third spot went to Telford regular, Brian Ashley who fished the waggler for much of the day on peg 68, again Brian had fish to 6 kilos in his weight of 56.400 kilos. Didcot Oxford angler Phil Copley secured fourth place with 47.920 kilos.
The four section winners going forward to the Grand Final at Blythe Fishery on 20th September were Mark Warne, Eamon Brennan, Brian Ashley and Keith Vaughan.
Photo from left to right – Mark Warne, Brian Ashley, Eamon Brennan, and Keith Vaughan
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