Report by Tom Scholey
Hot, bright conditions greeted competitors on the third of the bloodworm allowed qualification matches. Top man on the day was Ian Didcote, who started his match on bloodworm and tempted a few small roach early, before turning his attention to targetting eels and perch when bites subsided. Ian fished a flat flat float at 13 metres, introducing chopped worm, casters and maggots via bait dropper, and caught five good sized eels, and a host of chunky perch.
In second place was in-form Daiwa Gordon League rod Ian ‘Shep’ Shepherd. After an early flurry of bites on bloodworm, Shep switched to his trusted hempseed approach, and caught small roach for the duration of the match to finish with 6-11-8.
Bloodworm maestro Sam Wildsmith took third spot, from peg 6 on the Crown Meadow. Sam put his faith in just one line fished with bloodworm and joker at 13 metres, and caught small roach for the duration of the session.
1 Ian Didcote (Garbolino / Bait Tech) 7-2-8 (peg 57)
2 Ian Shepherd (Daiwa Gordon League) 6-11-8 (peg 59)
3 Sam Wildsmith (Ultimate Barnsley Blacks) 6-2-0 (peg 6)
4 Jack Jones 5-15-0 (peg 26)
5 Jeff Spiers 5-14-0 (peg 8)