14th Nov, 2019

Keen nets top spot in River Arrow Championship

Liam Moakes 9th Sep, 2019

MICK KEEN (14lb 14oz) was victorious when 49 anglers competed in Saturday’s annual River Arrow Championship which was fished from Coughton to Broom.

Barry Blewett (10lb 15oz) was runner-up, Dave Thompson (5lb 10oz) third and Mick Worwood (5lb) fourth, whilst section winners were Mark Carrol (4lb 10oz), Harry Sidebottom (4lb 9oz), Mike Baldock (4lb 3oz), Chris Hall (3lb 14oz) and Terry Jelfs (1lb 10oz). Thanks go to the Kings Court Hotel for the hospitality.

The next day on the River Alne at Great Alne the Needles AC open match was won by Glyn Blewett with 3lb 7oz.

Nick Paddock was second (2lb 6oz), Keen third (1lb 12oz), Barry Blewett fourth (1lb 7oz), Pete Elms fifth (1lb 7oz) and Andy Farmer sixth (1lb 5oz).

ALTHOUGH top weights were very low, the latest Three Lakes Feeder Championships qualifier on Arrow Valley Lake was an interesting match.

Once again sizeable bream failed to show in any numbers and it was small roach, skimmers and perch which were the mainstay of catches, with just odd bream to around the 2lb mark the bonus fish.

With just two places in the final up for grabs, section winners Mark Carney and Phil Milnthorpe went through and will compete in a field of 24 anglers in the final at Arrow Valley later this month.

Milnthorpe had a fairly comfortable passage in winning the Bluebell bank section with 9lb 15oz ahead of Charlie Wheelwright with 6lb 2oz.

Over on the Shakespeare bank things were much tighter with Carney just taking the section and the match with 11lb 3oz of mainly roach with a couple of decent skimmers, just an ounce ahead of Paul Burgess and Alf Hand who were tied on 11lb 2oz.

If the bream do not switch on for the final it seems it will be anglers who take best advantage of the small fish that are feeding well at the moment who will do best in what will be an absorbing final.

It will be a tough call deciding how much time to spend on the bream or the small fish.

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