October heralds the start of the match season on Hereford’s River Wye, the curtain-raiser being the Joe Burrows Memorial/River Wye Charity Shield. This year it drew a 69-strong crowd and produced a massive winning bag of chub for Alex Graham.
The Banbury rod weighed in 128-2-0 and they were big fish too, with some nudging the 6lb mark. All of them were taken on waggler tactics with hemp and caster from peg 97 at the top of the famed tennis courts in Hereford city centre.
Runner-up was recent River Severn Float-Only Champs winner Joe Holloway, who carried his fine form on to the Wye.
He drew peg 153 at Breinton and also found the chub on waggler with hemp and caster, landing 96-9-0 of big fish to just miss out on the ton.
That left third place to be decided, and Garbolino man Scott Geens did the honours with 15 barbel on the feeder from the Breinton section for 72-14-0.
Charity also benefited from the match, with £500 being raised for Prostate Cancer Research and a further £345 for a local charity of Hereford DAA’s choice.