Angling: Riverfest produces competition to savour

Yarnbury's Richard Juniper.

Yarnbury's Richard Juniper.

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It’s always good when a plan comes together and this week I received some really good feedback from anglers.

This week I received some really good feedback from anglers, who after following the match results and river form had pleasure fished the same pegs as the weekend’s winners and equalled or bettered the weights recorded by the matchmen.

I hope this week’s guide will do the same.

For those looking for a commercial class big weight but from a famous old river, the last Riverfest event has to be the one to follow. Fished through the Holme Marsh sections of the Trent the fancied weir field produced weights that even in its heyday would have been thought impossible.

Maver Image man Alistair Ogilvie drawn on fancied peg five produced a master class of proper feeder fishing.

Casting 50 yards with a groundbait caster and worm feeder, Alistair bagged 40 bream to over 6lb for a staggering total of 162-05. Starlets’ Hadrian Whittle took the runner-up spot with 95lb, former Riverfest champion Andrew Murphy of Shakespeare pushed him close with 87-12 and well known Leeds Trent regular Steve Edson came home fourth with over 60lb.

All the top weights were taken using simple feeder tactics with no secret baits or additives, and the weights’ reported are within the grasp of anyone willing to give the venue a try, best pegs 4 to 13.

Sunday’s latest Calder League gave another river win for Leeds. Steve Raper, drawn on the second peg below the Cornmill Weir, fished mid river with a wire stem stick and double caster for 14 chub and a sprinkle of grayling to total 41lb.

The match produced an incredible 22 other double-figure weights and for those with a few days holiday this week, if you can hit the wet bit I will guarantee a bite.

Leeds and District’s most sought after trophy – the North of England Championship held on the Wharfe at Ulleskelf – was won by Tony Parr with over 16lb, the bulk of his catch being three big lobby caught chub from below the culvert.

The next few weeks should see increasing numbers of chub arrive at the venue, historically showing first at the Salmon Pool and moving steadily downstream to the rapids and to those willing to suffer a few hooch and ouches fresh wasp grubs will easily be the best bait.

The lower reaches of the Aire around Chapel Haddlesey and Beal are showing good form with anglers having to choose the right method quickly and then stick with it, chopping and changing winning or catching very little.

Pontefract’s Arthur Benstead won this week’s Summer League using his least favourite method and feeder fished worm, caster, and red maggot mid-river for a cracking skimmer catch of just under 20lb from below the pumper bend at Beal.

Selby’s John Cyrowski used the long rod and bolo float with hemp and maggot to take second place with over 13lb of quality roach. Airborough’s Dave Miles last week spent a week fishing the Kidderminster DAA festival on Bewdley’s Barbel filled River Severn. After days of poor results and not a single barbel he returned to run the Leeds Midweek Open on the Ouse at Linton, drawing a peg in the 250s that he knows very well. Dave set up and targeted the bream and roach and needless to say, Dave won the match with a catch of four perch and a whopping Barbel of nearly 9lb.

At the time of writing CEFAS have not released results of KHV tests done on behalf of Leeds and District’s Polo Pond.

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