Last gasp final barbel wins Mark Traves a place in big money Final

A very low and clear Warwickshire Avon greeted the sell-out 60 anglers this weekend on the Seven Meadows, Stannells and Manor Farm sections. The big weights of chub we saw last year at Seven Meadows did not materialise and the section at Manor Farm dominated the main list this time around.

Severn expert Mark Traves put his experience of catching barbel on the float to good use when he drew noted barbel peg 44 at Manor. He fished a DH 2g No5 Bolo float, feeding casters and hemp with two red maggots on the hook to land two barbel up to 9lb and 7lb of small fish to comfortably win with 20-2-0. The biggest barbel was landed a few minutes into extra time.

Second overall and only two pegs downstream was Tri-Cast angler Dave Roberts who caught two bream and a small barbel on chopped worm and pole for 15-12-0. Shakespeare’s Steve Williams was third with 14-10-0 of small chub fishing tight across on a small waggler.

1st Mark Traves (Sensas) 20-12-0
2nd David Roberts (Tri-Cast) 15-12-0
3rd Steve Williams(Shakespeare) 14-10-0

1-20 Terry Trueman (MAP)
21-40 Scott Geens (Garbolino)
41-60 Mark Traves (Sensas)


Special thanks go to Tony Butler, Darren Cox and their team for organising an excellent qualifier.