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Weights defy onset of winter

By Pete Woodhouse

You can always tell winter is not too far away when the big weights we saw from all the local commercial waters start to drop, writes Ken Wade.

It’s not really happened yet but any time now it will.

A big drop in night temperature will not help either and with frosts expected any time we should all be looking at adjusting our approach to still water fishing particularly feeding large amounts of food. Scaling down the terminal tackle should also help to keep the bites coming, with the best action expected in deeper water away from the margins until later in the day.

Townsend Lakes winner on Sunday, Steven Hillman. (4339956)
Townsend Lakes winner on Sunday, Steven Hillman. (4339956)

Hopefully it will be a while before we get a really cold spell, but best to be prepared.

Over at Townsend Lakes Steven Hillman put in a fine performance at the weekend in the open match fished on the Cuckoo Canal Pool, topping the field with a very impressive 199lb 12oz. Steven fished the pole fishing and feeding maggot and was kept busy right from the start to finish well clear by the final whistle. Runner-up Derrick Upson put 55lb 14oz to the scales catching on maggot, pellet and sweetcorn down the middle to start with, then the margins late on in the match. Third was Michael Fish with a net of carp caught on the feeder for 46lb 12oz.

The popular Wednesday Over 60’s Open at Rookery Waters was on Raven Lake. It was wet and windy but weights still held up well for the leaders. Long pole fishing was out of the question so most fished short or a small feeder approach. Mick Curtis on peg 5 got to grips with the conditions to bag 102lb 8oz for the win. Mick fished maggot and pellet and the feeder over. In second was Chris Saunders on peg 13, 92lb 2oz, followed by Pete Holland on peg 6, 81lb 2oz.

The Magpie Lake fished well in the latest Winter Qualifier on Saturday, first place in this one going to Tony Dawson on peg 33, he fished corn over micro pellets in the margin to put a fine 219lb 11oz on the scales. Runner up was Mark Logard on peg 36 fishing maggot and corn down the edge to finish the match with 193lb 3oz, just ahead of Rob Goodson on 187lb 12oz.

Spratts A C fished on Elm Lake last Friday on the Decoy Lakes complex, the pool has been producing some fine weights and was still in good form for the Spratts anglers fishing this one. Leading the way from peg 10 was Bob Barrett, he alternated between sweetcorn and meat fishing the margins to finish on 150lb 14oz, netting carp to double figures. In second place from peg 12 was Peter Spriggs, he was on the pellet and paste approach again weighing in 130lb 7oz, then came Trevor Cousins with 123lb 1oz from peg 7, catching on a small feeder.

Mark Grange continued his good form in the Tuesday evening matches at Buttonhole Fishery topping the field with 92lb 15oz, Mark fished the pole and caught the majority of his carp in the margins in the last hour to pick up his second win in three weeks. John Bishop on peg 20 weighed in 92lb 11oz and came a very close second, followed by Andrew Carter with 71lb 1oz, keeping him 11 points in front in the points trophy table.

Top three on the Tuesday night points table with just six remaining matches: Carter 94 points, Bishop 83, Mark Turner 50.

Saturday saw a match for those anglers that supported the summer qualifying matches but did not quite get enough points to take them through to the grand final. Sam Kilby picked up the Trophy on the day topping the field with 77lb 14oz from peg 20, then came Andrew Carter on 55lb 6oz and John Barcock completed the frame taking third place with 45lb 2oz.

This Saturday there is an open match at the fishery with a difference as its going to be a silver fish match, so I presume no carp to count! As usual tickets and all the details from Chris Smith on 07928222462.

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