Karl's call is spot on as Yare bream provide a match-winning haul
PUBLISHED: 10:04 12 July 2017
If there are any two doubts among match anglers competing on the tidal River Yare they involve judging which pegs are likely to provide the winning catches and/or the tactics required to produce them.
These little idiosyncrasies of the waters were taxing the minds of contestants making their way along the banks to the fourth round of the Nisa Feeder League on Saturday.
Would it, like the previous week, be another roach day or would the gentle flood tide be stirring the vital tinge in the water to encourage the bream to feed?
Harleston’s match ace Karl Redgrave surveyed his swim at peg 117 and his decision to go for the bream was instant.
He employed the feeder and worm and went on to net 35 skimmers for a winning total of 60lb 4oz, beating another Angling Direct squad man, Simon Newman, who chalked up 58lb from hot peg 147.
Afterwards, 49-year-old sales engineer Redgrave, who pocketed £220 for his effort, said: “ That vital tinge brought in on the tide was the deciding factor in an area that had produced quality catches in similar conditions.”
League organiser Andy Wilson-Sutter added: “What a difference a week makes.
“The tidal flood induced the bream to feed and the top five anglers won their sections scaling over 30lb, which indicated the bream were well spread along the match venue.”
Further afield, well-known Suffolk match man Mick Hanks qualified for the Preston Innovations National Feedermaster final with a stunning victory on the tidal River Trent.
The experienced Angling Direct angler was involved in a tense five-hour struggle against some of the top Midlands and northern competitors.
But, displaying intense concentration and patience, he finished with 15lb 2oz of mixed species to earn £250 and his shot at the £12,000 top prize on Kent’s Bough Beach Reservoir on September 23-24.
Speaking of his success, the 60-year-old electrician said: “While most competitors concentrated on the barbel, I fished for every species and finished with a catch of small roach, perch, dace, barbel and bleak.”