Firmstone excels as he draws out his favourite peg at South Clifton
Dynamite Baits / Scunthorpe & D.A.A. Thursday League
Last Thursdays match which was held at South Clifton was the hardest match of the year so far with anglers struggling for fish with some anglers failing to even register a bite throughout the day.
The tide was right and this normally means that the bream have a go but on this occasion it was only the odd skimmer that was caught.
Malc Firmstone (Lincoln) drew peg 46 in the Car Park.
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He did not need a map to get to his peg as to my reckoning; he has drawn this peg four times in the last five weeks.
Firmstone fished the groundbait feeder with chopped worm and caster.
He caught small roach and the odd skimmer for 5lb 12oz.
Brigg AC rod Colin Williams was the runner up on this occasion from peg 43.
Williams also fished the groundbait feeder with worm. He caught flat fish for a weight of 4lb 12oz.
Colin Batchelor on peg 34 in the Ski Zone Section finished in third spot.
Batchelor (Brigg AC) caught skimmers and flat fish on worm on the pole over a bed of worm and caster for 3lb 6oz. Winterton rod Dave Norwood was fourth from peg 45 with 3lb 5oz taken on the worm feeder.
The Lincoln Veterans have been in action again, the week before last they visited Rushfield Lakes at Potterhamworth to fish for the June Buckthorpe Cup.
It was Phil Kirk on peg four that took the honours. Kirk fished corn on the long pole for a weight of 21lb 9oz.
Bill Whitworth was the bridesmaid on this occasion. Whitworth, on peg 15 fished worm over a bed of chopped worm and caster and at the end of the session he took 13lb to the scales.
Henry Cooper finished ion third spot from his draw at peg 22. Cooper fished corn on the feeder for 9lb 8oz.
Ted Wroe was fourth on the day at peg eight. Wroe alternated between pellet and maggot on the hook for 9lb 2oz.
Last week 18 veterans turned out at Marriss's Pit at Langworth to fish for the Lea and June Buckthorpe Trophy.
Dave Robinson drew peg four where he offered pellet and corn on the pole.
His final weight of 104lb 3oz gave him a clear victory.
Bill Whitworth finished in second place again and this time the Lincoln rod fished pellet and worm on the pole.
His weight of 85lb 10oz was just enough to clinch second place and hold off the challenge of Dave Butcher.
Butcher was on peg 20 where he alternated between corn and maggot on the hook o0n the feeder.
He was just a few ounces behind second place with 85lb 5oz.
Phil Kirk was fourth on the day at peg 6 when he weighed in 70lb taken on the pole.
Grant Butterfield Memorial Trophy
The stretches at North Clifton and Laughterton were used to host the twenty seven anglers who competed in this match the Saturday before last.
The river Trent was well above its normal level and carrying between six and seven foot of extra water.
The extra water pushed the anglers back to the bottom of the flood bank and for most anglers this meant that bites were few and far between.
A few anglers found the fish to be feeding and Trent ace Dean Smith had the best weight of the day from his draw at end peg 41 at Laughterton.
Smith (Lincoln Whisby AS) fished the groundbait feeder with chopped worm and caster.
He caught two barbel for about 16lb and topped up his weight with a few skimmers and hybrids for a final weight of 26lb 5oz.
Gary Thompson is enjoying a real purple patch and he finished second after drawing end peg 1 at Laughterton.
The Lincoln Whisby AS rod also fished the feeder where he took four bream, three skimmers and some silver fish for 18lb 6oz.
It was another end peg that finished in third spot. John Small (Lincoln Whisby AS) was on peg 50 where he fished the feeder with caster and chopped worm.
He caught a bream of 6lb, some skimmers and silver fish that took his tally to 16lb 8oz.
Unbelievably fourth place on the day also came from an end peg.
Alan Henry (Shimano/Dynamite) drew peg nine at Laughterton and he put 5lb 14oz onto the scales which consisted of a bream, a couple of skimmers and some silver fish.
Maybe its time that younger brother Chris Small gave older brother John some tips and advice on how to win matches as Chris was successful again the week before last at Rushfield Lake.
Small was drawn at peg two where he fished the method feeder to the far side. His carp weight of 37lb 9oz was enough to take the honours.
Veteran rod Malc Green was second on the day from peg five. Green fished corn in the margins and only caught four fish but these fish took the scales to 26lb 1oz.
Les Smith took third spot on the day from peg three. Smith alternated his hook bait on the method feeder for 21lb 6oz.
Last week the match was won by Barney Todd from peg 25. Todd had managed to tally up five DNW's (Did Not Weigh) over the past weeks but finally showed his true class by edging a very close match.
Todd fished meat on the method feeder and dead red maggot to take 34lb 8oz to the scales.
Runner-up on this occasion was Bill White at Peg 15. White (Lincoln Whisby AS) fished polony on the method feeder for a straight 34lb. "Up in the water Dave" finished in third place. Ironically he fished up in the water with pellet at peg 13 for 26lb 8oz.
Hospital Club AC
Members of the Hospital Club AC visited Westwood Lakes at Boston the Sunday before last where they held a match on Skylark Lake.
The best weight taken of the eighteen anglers that competed was taken by Dale Speck at peg two.
Speck had a mixed bag of silver fish and carp that he took on maggot on the long pole.
His weight of 26lb 4oz was enough to take the honours on this occasion.
The runner-up was Steve Watson at the next peg three. Watson also fished red maggot on the pole at fourteen metres.
His net of silver fish and carp settled the scales at 22lb 4oz.
Gally Watson was on peg 12 and he finished in third spot. Gally fished the pole to the far side and baited with maggot for 15lb 14oz.
Whisby Saturday Series
Ten anglers fished this match the Saturday before last and both Lakes Two and Three were used.
On the day it was Clayton Bowring who took the honours.
Bowring was drawn at noted bridge peg one in Lake Three where he fished paste on the pole.
His weight of 51lb 7oz was enough to secure his victory. Trace Benson was the runner up on this occasion.
Benson drew the other noted bridge peg 16 in Lake Two.
He alternated between pellet on the pole at nine metres and down the edge for 48lb 12oz.
Keith Hage drew corner peg seven in Lake Two where he decided to fish polony on the method feeder.
His all carp net of 38lb 9oz was enough for third place in the match.