Small lands the biggest weight to claim win on Grandstand stretch
Lincoln Co Op Saturday League
Last Saturday saw the second round of this six-match series take place.
The venue was the West Common stretch of the Fossdyke Canal behind the Grandstand.
The day was clear and bright with no wind and the canal carried a good colour and pulled slightly towards Lincoln throughout the match.
Although the day was fine the temperature had plummeted and the day got colder and colder for the 19 anglers that entered this league.
It was once again an end peg that took the glory and this time it was Dave Small who drew peg 28.
Small (Lincoln Whisby AS) fished punch bread at nine metres for most of the match.
He got off to a great start and caught some good quality roach for the first hour or so.
He also snared a decent skimmer nearing the pound mark and a perch of 10oz on lobworm.
With an hour and a half of the match remaining the bites dried up and Small only put half a dozen small roach into his net but he still managed to take the scales to a healthy 10lb 15oz.
Runner-up on this occasion was Chris Elsom who drew the other end peg one.
Elsom (Garbolino/Harrisons Lincs County) also fished punched bread at 13 metres.
He got off to a slow start but caught steadily throughout the day for a final weight of 6lb 11oz.
Punched bread was the bait used by Rob Thorley at his peg 20 draw.
Thorley (Lincoln Whisby AS) fished it at six and 11 metres and he too caught steadily throughout the day and he finished with a weight of 5lb 15oz and third place in the match.
Windmill Tackle Open
Fifteen anglers turned out last Saturday to fish the latest match in this series.
Priory Lake Two was once again the chosen venue and on the day there were a few fish caught.
The winner on this occasion was Boston angler Mike Mummery from peg 87.
Mummery fished the method feeder into the corner close to a spare peg and baited with maggot. He finished the session with a carp net of 33lb 14oz.
That weight just held off the challenge of Clayton Bowring at the "flyer peg" 93.
Bowring (Lincoln) fished the long pole towards the island with pellet and he finished agonisingly short with a weight of 33lb 10oz.
It was Lincoln rod Brian McKeown who secured third place. McKeown was drawn at peg 104 and he fished dead red maggot on the hook on the method feeder to the island.
He got off to a slow start and with an hour of the match to go had nothing to show for his efforts.
His peg then came alive and he snared four carp and a chub that took the scales to 21lb 4oz.
John Cullis continued his recent good form by finishing in fourth place.
Cullis (Leasingham) fished red maggot on the pole for 16lb 4oz from peg 80.
There is another open match planned for next Saturday and the draw is on the bank at 8.30am for anyone who wants to fish.
The Wednesday before last the Rushfield Open Match was won by Trevor Styring from peg 15.
Styring (Lincoln) fished both the waggler and pole and he used maggot as the chosen bait.
He caught steadily throughout the match to record a comfortable victory with a weight of 21lb 4oz.
Lincoln rod Malcolm Green finished as runner up on this occasion from peg 11.
Green caught two carp on the feeder on maggot and two carp in the margins on bread for a combined weight of 11lb 8oz.
It was a close call for third place in the match with Dean Smith (Lincoln Whisby AS) just pipping his uncle Les Smith to the post.
Dean fished meat and maggot on the feeder and put together a weight of 9lb 9oz.
Unfortunately for Les, Dean was on the scales and he was unlucky as he could only muster a weight of 9lb 8oz.
Another Open Match was held on this venue last Wednesday and one of the lowest winning weights of the season was recorded.
In total there were nine anglers who fished this match and it was Roger Woolhouse who finished up victorious.
Woolhouse (Garbolino/Harrisons Lincs County) was on peg four and he opted to fish the pole.
He alternated his hookbait between bread and red maggot and he caught three small carp and some silver fish for a very modest 10lb 8oz.
It was a close run event as Bill White at the next peg four gave him a good run for his money.
White (Lincoln Whisby AS) fished dead red maggot on the feeder and he caught five small carp and some silver fish for 10lb 4oz.
Lincoln rod Barney Todd was third on the day from peg 26. Todd fished bread on the pole and also the feeder.
He caught six small carp on the feeder and a further two carp on the pole for a final tally of 9lb 3oz.
The Saturday before last a Knock Up was arranged on the Fossdyke Canal on the West Common stretch behind the Grandstand.
It turned out to be a really good event with all 15 anglers catching a few fish and the top three places were only split by a total of 4oz.
The canal was at its normal level and contained a lot of colour which encouraged the fish to feed.
It was Alan Houlton (Garbolino/Harrisons Lincs County) who won the match from his peg one draw.
Houlton predominantly fished bread punch at eight metres where he caught roach throughout the match.
Houlton had a bit of luck as he caught a good skimmer close to the end of the match that meant his final weight of 13lb 3oz was just enough to take the honours.
Close behind was Lincoln rod Malcolm Firmstone at peg five. Firmstone also fished bread punch but at six metres.
He too caught roach steadily throughout the match but he fell just short when the scales settled at 13lb 1oz.
John Small was third on the day from peg four.
Small fished punched bread at 10 metres for roach and he enjoyed a good day's sport for a final weight of 9lb 15oz.
Ruskington Winter Series
Moon Lake at Tattershall hosted the latest match in this series and in total there were 13 anglers that braved the bitterly cold elements to compete.
This league is based on section points and it is split into two sections.
The winner of Section One was Ruskington rod Richard Bond from peg nine.
Bond fished the method feeder and tried various hook baits throughout the match and it seemed that whatever he put on his hook the fish responded.
He finished the match with a weight of 22lb 12oz and this was enough to give him a comfortable victory.
The impressive Dean Smith (Lincoln Whisby AS) finished as the section bridesmaid on this occasion from his draw at peg 11.
Smith fished pellet on the long pole for a carp net of 12lb 10oz.
Trevor Tute at peg 25 was the winner of Section Two in this match.
Tute decided to fish the bomb and he switched between dead red maggot and corn as his hookbait.
He snared two carp on maggot and one carp on corn for a final weight of 19lb 6oz.
Lincoln Whisby AS rod Mark Bond was second in the section from his draw at peg three.
Bond fished pellet on the long pole for a weight of 12lb 10oz.
There is an Open Match planned for next week and anyone who wants to fish can contact Barry Gadsby on (01400) 273384 or the draw takes place at 8.30am at the side of the lake.