Wednesday, 14 September 2016 17:09

Bream provide winning weights in TideFest 2016 River Thames fishing competition


Local people turned out in huge numbers in response to the call to 'come along and enjoy the river' at this year's third TideFest on the River Thames.

Bream provide winning weights in TideFest 2016 Glorious sunshine ensured a great turnout for an action packed day on the water at Strand on the Green, Chiswick.

The Tideway Angling Championship saw a record weight of bream for the winner Martin Davies who feeder fished maggots alongside Oliver's Island below Kew Bridge.

32 anglers fished the two zones at Barnes and Strand on the Green and despite hot sunny conditions and the presence of over 2000 people enjoying walks, paddle boarding, kayaking, river cruises or simply strolling along the towpath, the bream fed well. 

Three weights of over 30lbs were recorded, with the winner, Martin Davies landing 46lb 11oz of bream up to 8lbs from the zone at Strand on the Green - a TideFest match record. In second, with the top weight from the Barnes zone, was Ricky Tomala with 32lb 11oz, followed by Steve Edwards with 30lb 9oz then Gordon Bullock with 20lb 8oz. The top four shared a £1000 pay out.

The event was sponsored by Tideway - formerly Thames Tideway Tunnel - and Thames Water and the match was organised by the Angling Trust, with invaluable support from Will Barnard, Angling Development manager at Thames Water.

Organiser Martin Salter from the Angling Trust said:
"Another great TideFest took place on the tidal Thames in London on Sunday. It was fabulous to see so many Londoners enjoying the day and learning more about this fantastic river. We had some stunning weights in our Tideway Angling Championship with good bream to 8lbs showing well in both sections.

"The roach were quiet this year although there have been some great pleasure catches of redfins this summer. The guys doing the seine netting by Kew Bridge even managed to catch several baby bass which now use the tidal river as a nursery area. This all goes to show what a great river, wildlife and recreational corridor we have here in the heart of London - a river that will be even cleaner and better once the Thames Tideway Tunnel is built."

Source: Angling Trust Fishing News

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