The ninth RiverFest Qualifier for 2014 took place on the River Yare at Langley in Norfolk with 55 anglers competing. With north-westerly gale force winds gusting to 50 miles an hour, the anglers had difficult conditions to contend with resulting in weights being much reduced than the norm. Although renowned for big bream bags the river was clear and roach were the target of the day.
Overall winner at the end of the match was Mick Vials (Preston Innovations) putting a fantastic bag of roach on the scales weighing 21lbs 10oz, fishing pole tactics with groundbait and caster from permanent peg 145 to the right of Langley Pump.
Joint second overall was Will Freeman (Preston Innovations) from permanent peg 101 and Steve Nadin (Garbolino BMV) from permanent peg 148 both again catching roach on the pole for 15lbs 14oz.
Fourth was John Southgate (Sensas Oakwood) with 14lbs 9oz of pole caught roach from permanent peg 128
Equal fifth were Stephen Sadler (WB Carr) and Kevin Rowles (Devises MG) with 14lbs 2oz again of pole caught roach.
Many thanks to the three stewards, Mick Burch, Dennis Willis and Tony Gibbons for their efforts along with the staff at the White Horse, Chedgrave for making everyone so welcome.
1st, Mick Vials (Preston Innovations) 21lbs 10oz
Joint 2nd, Will Freeman (Preston Innovations)/Steve Nadin (Garbolino BMV) 15lbs 14oz
4th John Southgate (Sensas Oakwood) 14lbs 9oz
Joint 5th, Stephen Sadler (WB Carr)/Kevin Rowles (Devises MG) 14lbs 2oz
7th Mick Stanley (Vauxhall) 13lbs 6oz
8th Mick Hanks (Diawa Angling Direct) 13lbs 4oz
9th Keith Wesgate (GYNCAA) 12lbs 7oz
10th Steve Clarke (Maver Image) 11lbs 4oz
Qualifiers going through to the final
Zone 1 Kevin Rowles
Zone 2 Will Freeman
Zone 3 Mick Vials
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