Fishing Match Raises £960 for Charity
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Fishing Match Raises £960 for Charity

Hereford & District Angling AssociationThe Joe Burrows River Wye Charity Shield

Sunday 25th September

Despite all the doom and gloom surrounding the River Wye and pollution, coarse fishing on the river is at an all time high.

This weekends River Wye Charity Shield only proved this further with 80 of the country’s top river anglers recording a combined total of over 2000lb of fish, over the 5 hour long contest.

This was made up of a variety of coarse fish including chub, Barbel, dace, roach, and perch, with Chub being the predominant species.

Winner on the day was Welsh International Angler, Lee Edwards. The two times Wye Champion records a colossal 104lb 12oz of fish to take the title.

Runner up on the day was fellow Welshman, and also two times Wye Champion, Andrew ‘Spud’ Murphy.

Spud produced a fine display in the shadow of the Victoria Walk bridge to record another huge weight of chub and barbel, officially recorded at 92lb 4oz.

Third on the day was Birmingham Rod Jim Burton. Jim took 63lbs exactly of chub from the Breinton section. This was a popular result as Jim, a survivor of Prostate cancer, runs a charity for that very cause, and 3 years ago raised over £1000 towards prostate screening from this same event.

This years event raised £960 towards the Hereford & District Angling Association Charity Fund which over the last 45 years has donated thousands of pounds towards Herefordshire Charities.

Event Organiser Dave Roberts speaking after the event said, ‘Once again this event has been a huge success. Not only in the money raised, but the way the river has fished for the competitors.’

‘We’re immensely proud of the good causes we have supported, and continue to support, through this competition. The fact the anglers are enjoying arguably the best River Coarse Fishing in the country right now, is an added bonus.

As anglers we’re ever aware of the problems facing the Wye Valley at present, but amongst hall the horror stories, against all the odds, the explosion of coarse fish is bringing in anglers from all over the world.’

Angling is the biggest contributor of River Tourism in the Wye Valley. Hereford city centre is unique in that it’s peak fishing times are through the Autumn and winter. This brings hundreds of thousands of pounds of revenue to the city at times when other summer tourism has dwindled.

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Picture. Winner Lee Edward’s with part of his Catch, and The Joe Burrows Memorial Shield.