Henry pulls in the perch to claim victory in Co-op Saturday League
Lincoln Co-Op Saturday League
The first round of the Lincoln Co-Op Saturday League took place last week but the venue had to be changed.
This match was due to take place on the West Common stretch behind the golf course.
However, due to the flood conditions it was moved to the roadside stretch and the area known as the Fertiliser Factory.
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In total 19 anglers entered this aggregate league, but they had to endure gale force winds and constant rain on the day.
Surprisingly the canal fished excellently with all anglers catching fish and enjoying the sport.
Best weight on the day went to Alan Henry from end peg 11 on the roadside.
Henry (Shimano/Dynamite) opted to fish worm and he did not regret his decision.
Although he caught a couple of pounds of silver fish on bread he mainly fished lobworm tight to the far side and also close in next to the tins.
He was kept busy, as over the day he took over 25 perch, the best being an excellent specimen of 2lb 10oz.
His impressive final net of 20lb 8oz gave him a comfortable victory.
Lincoln Whisby AS angler Ryan Neal also drew peg 11 and this too was an end peg on the Fertiliser Factory stretch.
Neal did not waste his opportunity as he finished in second place on the day.
Neal fished lobworm tight to the near bank and also the far bank.
He too caught perch regularly and he finished the session with 11lb 11oz.
John Small also finished the year on a bit of a high by taking third place in the match.
Small (Lincoln Whisby AS) was on the roadside stretch at peg 15.
He had about three and a half pounds of silver fish on breadpunch, but he also found the perch were in a feeding mood. He fished lobworm on the far bank and had 8lb of perch that gave him a combined weight of 11lb 8oz.
Windmill Tackle Open
Priory Lake Two was once again used to host this match on 29th December and the results were a lot better than previous weeks.
Only nine anglers turned out to fish this last match of 2012 and on the day most anglers enjoyed a good days sport.
The angler that enjoyed it the most was Malcolm Green (Lincoln).
Green was drawn at peg 93 kept things simple by fishing corn in the margins.
He managed to snare 14 carp on this method and they had a combined weight of 47lb 12oz.
Shop proprietor Paul Mosley (Windmill Tackle) finished as the bridesmaid on this occasion from peg 80.
Mosley alternated between the feeder and the pole and fished red maggot on the hook.
He caught eight carp on the feeder and three carp on the pole for a final weight of 42lb 12oz.
Red maggot was also the chosen bait of Edgar Purnell who finished in third place. Purnell (Ruskington) was on peg 104 and decided to fish the pole at 13 metres.
He caught six carp on this method that took the scales to 27lb 4oz.
John Cullis also ended the year with a few fish.
Cullis (Leasingham) was on peg 98 where he fished the pole at 11 metres and baited with red maggot.
He had five carp for a final net of 23lb 13oz.
Last Sunday it was once again the prolific peg 93 that produced the winner.
This peg has now produced the winner three times in four matches.
This time it was Leasingham angler John Cullis who drew the peg.
Cullis is enjoying a real purple patch and this has continued in 2013 with him winning his first match of the year. He caught 17 carp in the margins using corn as his chosen bait.
He ended the session with a reasonable 66lb 6oz.
Bridesmaid on this occasion was Trevor Collishaw from Ruskington at peg 114.
Collishaw caught 11 carp on corn in the margins for a final tally of 41lb 14oz.
Paul Mosley also started the year on a high by finishing in third spot. Mosley was on peg 107 where he caught seven carp on the feeder and three carp in the margins that all fell to dead red maggot for a weight of 38lb 12oz.
Whisby Saturday Series
The final match of the Whisby Saturday Series took place last Saturday on Lake One on the complex.
It was a reasonably pleasant day weather wise and it turned out to be a very lucky day for one angler.
Tom Acar has won the last four matches in this competition and he managed to make it five out of five on Saturday.
Acar had a bit of luck on his side this time as he fished the feeder on the far side of the lake with sweet corn at peg three.
He managed to foul hook a carp that weighed in at a match winning 7lb 9oz.
Keith Hage was the runner-up once again from peg eight.
Hage fished red maggot on the nine metre pole for a final weight of 6lb 1oz. Trace Benson finished in third spot.
Benson was drawn at peg one where he too fished red maggot on the pole for 3lb 4oz of silver fish.
Not surprisingly, it was Tom Acar who retained the champion's trophy from last year with a very impressive seven points.
Keith Hage had to settle for bridesmaid on this occasion with 13 points and Trace Benson was third overall with 15 points.
Although the Winter Series has finished it does not mean the end to fishing at Whisby Lakes.
Keith Hage will be arranging Open Matches on a Saturday whilst the weather allows him.
If you are interested in fishing any of these matches you can book your place by phoning Keith on 07710 187598 or turn up on the bank side for the 8.30am draw.
Rilmac Winter League
The first round of the Rilmac Winter League took place last Sunday on the Fossdyke Canal and it is nice to report that it was a very mild day with no wind or rain for once.
This league takes place over five matches and consists of six teams with four anglers per team.
The sections used to accommodate the anglers were at Woodcocks, the Fertiliser Factory and two sections on the roadside.
The venue had been fishing quite well over the last couple of weeks so expectations were reasonably high.
On the day the winner came from peg five on the Fertiliser Factory stretch.
Al Dyer (Garbolino/Harrisons Lincs County) was on this peg and he won the match with a total of 12lb 8oz.
Dyer started off catching silver fish on punched bread but a switch to fishing lobworm on the far side proved to be key to his success.
Dyer caught perch up to 1 1/2lb on this method and he also snared a few tight to the tins on the near side for his weight.
The runner-up on this occasion was Tim Goldby (Grimsby) who was drawn at end peg 28 on the roadside.
Goldby fished chopped worm and lobworm on several lines and he caught steadily throughout the day.
His final net of 11lb 12oz was enough for second place in the match.
Steve Gilbert (Lincoln Whisby AS) at peg 10 on the roadside.
This peg won the match the week before so Gilbert knew to target the resident perch that live in this peg.
He caught a few perch on lobworm on the far side but predominantly caught tight in the margins on both sides with lobworm.
He finished the session with a straight 11lb and this secured third place in the match.
It was the Lincoln Fifty Shades of Grey Team that won the team event with 11 points with Grimsby and Lincoln Black in joint second place with 12 points and Garbolino/Harrisons Lincs County on 13 points.