Far from ideal conditions greeted the 25 competitors for the Angling Trust + Canal & River Trust Stillwater Championship qualifier held at Earlswood Lakes on the Engine Pool on Saturday 23rd August 2014.
A very cold North Westerly wind blowing across the lake meant that those drawn on the right hand bank had it in their faces all day, whilst those on the opposite bank amongst the trees had it off their backs, where it was noticeably warmer. Although a considerable number of fish had been caught on the Thursday prior to the Championship when some of the anglers had been to practice, the changes in the conditions had put a damper on big catches and most of the competitors seriously struggled irrespective of what method they used.
Top rod on the day was Stephen Beard, a local from Stratford on Avon with 49 kg 140 grams from end peg 78. Casting his method feeder 50 to 60 yards out, he had 4 carp and a couple of skimmers in the first 3 hours of the match, a couple more skimmers in the next hour and a further 5 carp in the final hour.
The 4 section Qualifiers who go through to the final in September were:-
‘A’ Section – Trevor Wyse – 16 kg 320 grams
‘B’ Section – Paul Urban – 8 kg 140 grams
‘C’ Section – Kerry McMahon – 21 kg 380 grams
‘D’ Section – Stephen Beard – 49 kg 140 grams
The next Stillwater Championship qualifier takes place at Earlswood Lakes (Engine Pool) on Wednesday 3rd September.
Tickets are still available for this qualifier for anyone with individual membership of the Angling Trust at £25.00 per ticket. Please ring 0115 9061 301 to book a place.
For more information, please visit this website www.anglingtrust.net