2013 Rivers Qualifier (f0r 2014 Rivers National)
Lower Itchen fishery
Saturday 12th October – Official Practice
Sunday 13th October – Qualifier
Overall Results (Top 6): 1st Cameron Craigs 2nd Tony Fox 3rd Lindsay Simpson 4th Bill Rankin 5th Graham Lumsdon 6th Terry Mann
Results Letter: Rivers results letter 2013
Qualifier Report: 2013 SEFFF Rivers Qualifier
An article that the Bewl Angle carried on this event a couple of years ago (courtesy of Ray French): Grayling article
The South East FF Federation AGM was held in the Brown Trout Inn, The Down, Lamberhurst, nr Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 8HA, on Sunday 24th February 2013.
2013 Loch-style Qualifiers
Fished over two days, points total from both days determines qualifiers.
Vince Brooks made the most of a tactical move from Monty’s Seat to Rosemary Lane to take the top spot in the first of the South East Federation’s loch-style qualifiers on Bewl Water, ahead of boat partner Nick Cox. On a day that saw light winds and mostly bright conditions, 28 anglers returned an impressive average of more than 5 fish per head, with 8 finishers. Clear water conditions saw buzzers and nymphs take a lot of fish, although Boobies and Blobs also worked, fished on a variety of lines including floater, midge-tip, intermediates and DI3. A promising start saw sport slow for many as the haze burnt off, but fish started moving again when this returned in the afternoon. The second qualifier will be fished on 23rd June, with the points total from both days determining who goes through.
Full Results: 130526 SEFF First Leg(1)
(Image courtesy of Ray French, South East FF & Bewl Bridge FFC Bewl Angle)
Windy conditions had made practice difficult the day before, and the wind only lightened slightly for the match. Fish were also preoccupied with small green midge and half-inch jelly fry in some areas, so that although they were often seen moving, they were tricky to catch.
Gilliam Vermeulen finished the clear winner with an exceptional bag of 7 fish, followed by Joel Beeney on 5 fish, and Vince Brooks, Andrew Green and Mike Heritage, all on 4 fish. Vince and Andrew caught the bulk of their fish at the top of Hook Straight, which was relatively sheltered.
Some good fish were moving here, with Vinces’s best going over 4lbs. This took him all round the boat, and was only landed with the co-operation of boat partner Pete Thomason.
With a combined score of 4 points, Vince Brooks took the overall top spot, followed by Joel Beeney (9pts), Nick Cox (9pts), Gilliam Vermeulen (12pts), Len Childs (14pts), Ray French (15pts), Andrew Green (16pts), Mike Heritage (21pts) and Clive Collier (22pts).
Qualifier 2 Results: 130623 SEFF Second Leg(1)
Overall Results: 130623 SEFF1&2 Combined
(Pictures courtesy of Ray French, Bewl Angle)
2012 South East Rivers Qualifier - Lower Itchen
4th November, Lower Itchen
Baz Reece won the recent South East Fly Fishers Federation Rivers Qualifier, scoring five fish in the morning session, which included a 41cms grayling, the largest of the match. This was just six points ahead of Tony Fox, who also scored five fish.
The afternoon session saw an already coloured river deteriorate further, with just three fish scored. The top six were: 1. Baz Reece 2. Gavin Walsh 3. Tony Fox 4. David Drake 5. Lindsay Simpson 6. Bill Rankin
Full results & report 2012 SEFFF Rivers Qualifier
(Images courtesy of Lindsay Simpson, who also has a report here)
Article from Bewl Angle (courtesy of Ray French): Grayling article
2012 Loch-style Qualifiers
Fished over two days, points total from both days determines qualifiers.
(1) Sunday 27th May – Bewl Water
(2) Sunday 1st July – Bewl Water
Entry Fee £25 (includes £5 SEFFF admin fee – all cheques payable to SEFFF)
Fishing & Half Day Boat Ticket – Pay on Day
Accumulation of points over the two days to decide qualifiers. Entry Forms by 20th May. SEFFF Secretary: Brian Beeney, 11 Western Rd, Sparrows Green, Wadhurst, East Sussex TN5 6TX Mob 07760 184833
Entry Forms: SEFFF Loch-style Entry Form
Loch-style Qualifier 1, Sunday 27th May
Hot, virtually windless conditions welcomed the 33 competitors taking part in the first of the South East FFF’s two qualifiers at Bewl Water. Even so, one or two quick fish were taken before any sort of a consistent wind got up. Thereafter the pattern appeared to be quick bursts of action for the occasional boat with long spells of grind-it-out for the rest. The Dam appeared the favourite starting-spot for many, and it was here that Bewl club chairman Peter Radula-Scott got off to an excellent start with half a dozen fish on buzzers. This bag was only topped by Harry Fox’s five fish, mostly taken in a hectic spell on the slime line when sport appeared to have slowed up for most others. Bob Barden, Pete’s boat partner came third thanks to a near-four pounder, followed by more five fish bags to Hugh Frew, Steve Collins, Vince Brooks (making the most of a late spell) and Mike Heritage, one of the few to risk the trip down to Rosemary Lane, which paid off well for him. The second of this two-part qualifier will be on Sunday 1st July, when for many there’ll still be everything to play for.
Full Results: 120527 SEFF Qualifier
2011 South East Rivers Qualifier - Lower Itchen
(for 2012 Rivers National)
Sunday 13th November
Overall results were: 1. Michael Heritage 2. Harry Fox 3. Tony Fox 4. Ray Burt 5. Terry Mann 6. Hector Rodriguez 7. Bill Rankin 8. Sean Brooks 9. Clive Collier 10. Andrew Green 11. Vince Brooks 12. Gavin Walsh 13. Paul Canning 14. Wesley Boyd
Full details: 2011 SEFFF Rivers Qualifier report
Bewl Bridge FF newsletter feature BBFFC article (courtesy of Ray French, editor, Bewl Angle magazine)
Loch-style Qualifiers 2011
Qualifier 1, Sunday 22nd May, Bewl Water
Conditions had changed from the previous day’s light winds to a strong South Westerly blowing onto the Dam. For most, pulling replaced twiddling as an effective method but, apart from a few who caught on DI5s, preferred lines generally remained in the floater to medium sinker range.
Winner Sean Brooks was the first to finish at 12.20, drifting from Ferry Point to Chingley, and catching his 8 fish on a team of Claret Hopper, Nemo, Black Cruncher and a Two-tone Blob Booby fished on a DI2, a line that was apparently only available for a short period.
Bill Rankin made the most of a sheltered patch off Beaumans to pick off rising fish on dries before a change in the wind put them down, but generally variations on the washing-line seemed more popular. As the wind dropped later in the afternoon, a fig-of-8 retrieve became more practical and some fish came to nymphs. Popular areas included the Main Basin, Ferry Point, and the Cages.
The weigh-in revealed limits for more than a third of the field, with a healthy rod average of 6 fish a head. Realistically, anyone in the top half of the field has a good chance of reaching the National as long as they don’t blow it in the second leg…
Some had found the previous day tricky, with patchy returns from most areas of the reservoir, but on match day the fish were more co-operative and well spread out. Overall winner Len Childs and Vince Brooks were part of a handful who finished just after mid-day, catching in the Nose area.
Another was Paul Canning drifting across Bewl Straight just down from Ferry Point, while winner on the day Ian Watts finished half an hour later in front of the Cages.
Steve Collins, Mike Heritage and Bill Rankin bagged up an hour or so later, followed by Ray French and Andrew Green after 3.00pm. Decent sized fry were evident in most places, especially close to the banks, in fact one 2-8-0 fish was seen to cough up a six inch roach during play, but daphnia and midges were also later found inside fish.
Unlike the first leg, the Main Basin was relatively unpopular, with most boats split between the Cages, the Nose and Bewl Straight as far as Dunsters.
Rod average for the match was another good 6.11. Top overall positions saw Len Childs in first place, Mike Heritage second, with the ever-consistent Steve Collins in third place.