Josh sets Pace but Bond seals victory Rookery Waters

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Last weekend saw the big two-day winter series final take place at the popular Rookery Waters, writes Ken Wade.

With some of the area’s finest anglers lining the banks we all expected some really big weights.

Unfortunately the weather took a sharp turn back into winter mode – a cold wind on both days and a couple of frosts spoilt the action. But with some big prize money on offer it still turned out to be a very competitive weekend.

Day one saw Josh Pace leading the way with the all- important section win and the top individual with 68lb 6oz from peg 13. He fished the pole with pellet and meat to see off the challenge of Richard Bond on peg 2, who weighed in 67lb, followed by Tim Bates with 66lb 2oz.

With several anglers all taking section wins it was always going to be close, but in the end Richard Bond took the honours thanks to another section win and a fine 131lb match-winning catch from peg 20. Coming a close second was runner-up Josh Pace, followed by Tony McGregor and Tony Watling.

There was a good turnout for Spratt’s Angling Club’s first match of the year fished on the Cedar Pool on the Decoy Lakes complex. Top rod with 113lb 9oz from peg 3 was Martin Parker, who fished pellet and sweeetcorn close in, netting carp and barbel.

Runner-up was John Smith. He fished meat close in from peg 12 and weighed in 106lb 4oz, just enough to see off the late challenge of John Garner, who put 106lb 3oz to the scales catching on the feeder with red maggot.

Over at Townsend Lakes the Kingfisher Pool fished well for those fishing the latest open match at the venue.

Top rod was the in-form Sam Hawks. He drew peg 2 and alternated between a small Method feeder to the island and long pole tactics with pellet to finish with 86lb 2oz. Harry Morgan came second: he fished the pole and pellet combination for 64lb 12oz, then came Derrick Upson with 45lb 12oz.

This weekend the fishery will once again be running a pairs event which has proved to be very popular, so give fishery boss Colin Begbie a call and get booked in.

Big fish anglers in the area will already have heard of the carp being taken from the Sands Pool at Float Fish Farm Fishery recently.

It’s only a small six peg lake but has some huge fish stocked, with lots well over the 20lb mark and some huge cat fish, too. Home Lake on the same complex is also worth a visit with a big stock of double figure carp to ensure plenty of runs.

You should also give Willowcroft Fishery a try if you are after specimen fish, I hear the fishery has already started to produce big fish for those prepared to put the time and effort in.

Contact numbers: Willowcroft 01945 701625. Float Fish Farm Fishery bookings for the Sands Lake via the fishery website. Further details on 07764 242731.