David Howard wins the first Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Stillwater Championship qualifier of 2013

The first qualifier match of this year’s Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Stillwater Championship was fished at Boddington Reservoir using pegs 50 to 99 on Sunday 12th May 2013.  After what had been a really warm spell of weather conditions this changed dramatically with a cold wind blowing down the reservoir and rain later in the match.   Unfortunately this had the effect of driving the carp out into deep water and it required casts of 60 to 70 yards to locate the fish.   Fish were caught on hard pellets and boilies, but bread was perhaps the most successful bait.

The pegs on the natural bank (90 to 99) proved to be the best area and provided the top three weights.  On peg 97 David Howard (Leigh Angling), from Wigan easily won the day with a weight of 65.220 kg. David fished a variety of baits on the method feeder to catch 16 carp up to 6 kg. In common with lots of anglers in the match David’s fish came in spells as they moved in and out during the match.

In second place was Brian Ashley (Telford) fishing on end peg  99 with a weight of 51.720 kg. Tactics were the same as the winner for eleven carp up to 7 kilos. Third place went to Carl Barnfield (Swann Baits) fishing peg 91 with a weight of 48.200kg, who also caught on the method feeder.

Match fishingCongratulations to the five top section place qualifier winners who have secured their places in the grand final on 21st September 2013 at Boddington Reservoir.

Section places for first and second places were:

Section A   Section winner-  Peg 52 Alan Walton (Lanes Baits) 13.660 kg
 2nd- Peg 51 Glen Mason (Lee Carver) 11.760 kg

Section B  Section winner - Peg 66 John Divine (Leigh Tackle & bait) 18.300 kg.
2nd - Peg 61 James Hipkiss (Ridgemere) 12.500 kg

Section C   Section winner - Peg 74 Glen Greasley (Guru) 24.500 kg
2nd-  Peg 73 Nathan Watson (Louth) 15.960 kg

Section D Section winner-  Peg 82 Chris Hill (Erdington) 30.350 kg.
2nd- Peg 80 Graham Dashwood (Norwich) 11.270kg

Section E Section winner - Peg 97 Dave Howard (Leigh Angling) 65.220 kg
2nd - Peg 99  Brian Ashley (Telford) 51.720 kg

The second Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Stillwater Championship for 2013 heads to Earlswood Lakes in Solihull on Saturday 8th June.