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Wootton secures superb Shakespeare Festival win
7:30am Friday 30th August 2013 in Sport
SHIMANO and Dynamite Baits-backed ace Rob Wootton lifted the Shakespeare Championship trophy and £6,000 first prize at the Evesham Festival.
After a close match on the River Avon, the Leicester rod caught good perch and chub on long pole and flat float tactics, feeding chopped worms and maggots through a bait dropper.
His winning net included perch to 2lbs and chub to 3lbs with him adding a couple of late fish on waggler to boost his total to 13lbs 1oz.
Second with 9-9 was Gary Miller, who won the event in 2010, backed up early fish on bloodworm with a good net of perch and eels taken on maggot feeder from peg 25 on the Corporation Meadow.
Preston Innovations-backed ace Michael Buchwalder finished third.
- Match and Pole Fishing Magazine’s group editor Jon Arthur became the 30th winner of the Wychavon Championship with 11-15 from peg 11 on Evesham’s Crown Meadow.
Arthur, who also won the contest in 2011, pocketed a £3,000 winner’s cheque after a late barbel saw him clinch victory by just five ounces.
He caught the barbel on worm, fished over a bed of chopped worm and caster.
Second was WB Clarke rod Sean Riedy with 11-10 from peg 44.
He banked two good tench and a handful of perch and eels on maggot feeder cast to far bank cover.
Local rod Jeff Spiers was third from peg 10.
- Daiwa Dorking won the Match Fishing Team Championship at Evesham, scoring 61 points out of a possible 70.
The team, made up of Simon Willsmore, Darren Davies, Will Raison, Buchwalder and Ian Didcote, beat second-placed Shakespeare Superteam by 12 points.
In the individual stakes, Pete Morris, of W B Clarke, triumphed with 11-8 from peg 19.
He caught a double-figure barbel on maggot feeder, cast down to a lilly bed to his left, and a handful of smaller perch on the pole.
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