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ANGLING: LITTLE JOY ON RIVERS.

Byline: MARK DOWNES

SADLY, after all the preseason hype, local rivers have failed to produce the goods. In Saturday's JCD qualifier held along the River Avon at Evesham, last year's JCD champion, Andy Birt, booked himself another crack at the big money by taking first place with just 9lb 1oz. Andy fished pole at 13m and close in to take eels, roach and perch, mainly on chopped worm and caster.

Local man Dave Smith, from Evesham, was second with 6lb 1oz, narrowly ahead of Daiwa Gordon League's Bob Ingram on 5lb 15oz.

Despite fish disease scares, Woodland View Fishery near Droitwich is throwing up some phenomenal weights.

Top so far goes to Sensas Midland Match angler Dean Cherrington. From peg 38 he hammered out 188lb 9oz -all carp, all taken on luncheon meat and sweetcorn, with fish to 10lb.

Round one of the West Midlands Division of the Drennan Super League at Woodlands View saw Colmic, with 41pts, edge out Daiwa Gordon League with 38. Hereford's Mark Holden took individual honours with a level 58lb, beating Richie Hoskins (DGL) on 56-6-0.

And finally, all eyes are focused on the River Nene at Peterborough. Flying the flag in the Nation Winter League final for the Midlands are MAP Starlets and Tipton Fosters. Favourites are fourtime winners Essex County, but Dorking AS, Barnsley AS and Trentman will all be looking to steal their thunder -full results next week.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jun 29, 2003
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