Pole and maggot for winning silvers net
Frank Barlow Memorial (Weds)
River Trent, Burton upon Trent (62 pegs)
Sixty-two anglers lined the banks of the Trent to pay homage to the legendary Frank Barlow and other dearly departed anglers as the 19th memorial event moved to a new home in the Coors AC stretch of river at Burton upon Trent.
Winner was Andy Taft, who drew a swim with a shallow glide below a footbridge and targeting the slack water with pole and maggot over groundbait immediately below one of the bridge stanchions. He was rewarded with a great run of dace and roach.
As bites tailed off he then continued to plunder more fish to 10oz by running a light pole rig further down his swim, ending up with approximately 135 fish for an impressive 20-2-0.
Dave Jones was just behind with 19-0-0. After being faced with a really weedy swim, he elected to loosefeed hemp and maggot and fished a lightly shotted insert waggler over the top. By the halfway stage he had already amassed well over double figures, but a pike slowed sport down in the last two hours and scuppered his chance of lifting the trophy.
The donation of peg fees and raffle prizes helped to raise £643 for the cancer ward at Nottingham City Hospital.
Result: 1 A Taft, Nathan’s of Derby, 20-2-0; 2 D Jones, Coors AC, 19-0-0; 3 S Baker, 17-6-0; 4 K Rutter, Ferry Bridge AC, 16-4-0; 5 P McEvoy, Nottingham, 15-15-0.