Small wins final match of series, but Firmstone claims league title
The final match of the popular Tidal Trent Series took place the Saturday before last.
Laughterton was the stretch used to accommodate the 16 anglers that fished this match.
The river was as clear as tap water and bites and fish were hard to come by.
It was river ace John Small who took the honours this time from noted barbel peg 32.
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Small (Lincoln Whisby AS) fished caster through the feeder where he caught two barbel and a few bits.
One barbel alone was over 10lb and his net of 12lb 13oz gave him an easy victory on the day.
Dean Smith (Colmic) drew peg 40 where he fished worm on the feeder.
Hardly any silver fish were caught throughout the match, but "flatties" made a bit of an appearance. Smith caught a few flatties and a few perch for just 3lb 14oz and this was enough for second place in the match.
Nottingham rod Mick Wright was third on the day from peg 38.
Wright also caught flatties and perch on the worm feeder for a net of 3lb 10oz.
It was very tight at the top of the aggregate league and it was Lincoln rod Malcolm Firmstone that eventually took the honours with 34 points on a countback situation.
Also on 34 points, but having to settle for second place, was John Small.
Alan Henry (Shimano/Dynamite) finished third overall with 30 points with Roger Wakenshaw (Lincoln Whisby AS) Andy Starkey both having 29 points apiece.
The Pairs Competition was won by Alan Henry and Alan Houlton (Garbolino/Harrisons Lincs County) with 42 points.
The Knockout Competition was won by match organiser Jon Hackney with Roger Wakenshaw finishing second.
Hospital Club AC
A couple of weeks ago the Hospital Club held a match as Westwood Fishery at Boston where they fished Skylark Lake and 15 anglers fished the match.
The winner was the in-form John Bradley from his draw at peg 30.
Bradley fished worm on the eight metre pole and in the margins for a carp bag of 46lb 6oz and this gave him a comfortable victory.
Bridesmaid the Sunday before last was Dale Speck from peg six.
Speck fished red maggot on the 11-metre pole for a carp net of 28lb 10oz.
Stan Spurr was on peg 28 and he finished third in the match. Spurr fished worm and corn on the 11-metre pole and he mainly caught barbel for a bag of 27lb 5oz.
Dynamite Baits / Scunthorpe & D.A.A. Thursday League
Nineteen anglers turned out last Thursday to fish match number 15 in this series.
The Tidal Trent at the moment is very low and gin clear through a lack of rain, plus the abstraction of water for the nearby reservoir.
Bites are rare and no silver fish are being caught at the moment with flatties and perch making up the bulk of most catches.
The winner of this match was James Cameron who was drawn at peg 35 in the shallows below the Ski Zone.
Cameron (Clay Lane) fished lob worm tail on the worm feeder where he caught flatties for a match winning 9lb 13oz.
The consistent Roly Moses finished as runner-up last Thursday.
Moses (Brigg AC) was drawn at peg 30 where he too fished the worm feeder.
He baited with worm and red maggot for a net of perch and flatties that took the scales to 9lb 1oz.
Jim Evans was next to the winner on peg 34 and he finished third overall. Evans (Clay Lane) fished the worm feeder and baited his hook with lob worm tail.
He too caught flatties for 8lb 4oz. Dave Norwood (Winterton AC) was fourth overall with a net of perch and flatties for 6lb 7oz from peg 33.
Rushfield Open Match
Dave Wilkinson made it two wins on the trot when he won last Saturday's Rushfield Open Match.
Wilkinson was drawn at peg four where he fished banded pellet on the bomb into the middle of the lake.
His carp net of 39lb was enough for victory on the day.
It was Chris Small who took second place.
Not to be outdone by his elder brother and father's recent results, Small junior fished the long pole with pellet for a carp bag of 35lb for second place in the match.
Father Mick had to settle for third place last Saturday.
He was drawn at peg 26 where he fished meat on the feeder for 24lb of carp and third place in the match.
Harrisons Tackle AC
The River Trent at East Stoke was the venue for the latest match in the Harrisons AC match calendar.
John Barningham showed that he can fish the rivers as well as he can the commercial fisheries by taking the honours in this match.
Barningham was on peg seven where he opted to fish the maggot feeder across the river.
He had a good day's sport by catching chub throughout the day for an impressive 41lb 10oz.
Terry Tonks drew fancied end peg one and he too had a good day's sport.
Tonks fished the groundbait feeder and baited with maggot.
Throughout the day he lost 10 barbel, but he still managed to catch 28lb 2oz of barbel to take second place in the match.
Paul Munroe was on the next peg two and he also caught some barbel. Munroe fished maggot on the maggot feeder and he ended the session with 17lb 3oz.
Ruskington Club Match
Barry Gadsby made it two wins on the trot in this series when he took the honours again last Sunday.
The match was fished on Manor Lake and it turned out to be a one-sided affair as Gadsby had over double the weight of the next angler.
Gadsby was drawn on end peg four where he opted to fish meat in the margins. He also fished down the track on pellet and paste at nine metres for an all carp catch of 82lb.
Lincoln's Kev Ridley finished as runner-up last Sunday.
Ridley (Whisby AS) was drawn on peg 20 where he fished corn in the margins. His net of 36lb 14oz secured him second place in the match.
Ruskington rod Richard Bond was third overall from peg 18.
Bond fished pellet and paste down the track and in the margins for a final weight of 36lb 14oz.
Trace Benson on peg 14 had the fourth best weight. Benson fished corn in the margins for 27lb 13oz of carp.
Please note there will be no Ruskington Club Matches for the next two weeks.
The next planned match is on Manor Lake on Sunday, October 20.
The Lincoln Green
The annual Lincoln Green fishing match, which is sponsored by Onyx Trophies, took place last Saturday at Sturton Ponds.
The winner with the best weight of the dozen anglers that fished was Lincoln rod Mark Houlton from his draw at peg eight.
Houlton had 13lb 6oz of carp taken on red maggot to secure his win. Matt Brandon was in second place on peg 16. Brandon finished the day with a carp net of 12lb 1oz. Jon Hackney was third overall at peg 11 when his carp net weighed in at 8lb 7oz.
The Pairs Trophy winners were Mark Houlton and Carl Bee with a combined weight of 19lb 3oz.
Rushfield Midweek Open
Mick Small is enjoying an excellent run of form at the moment and this continued last week when he won the Rushfield Midweek Open.
Small fished polony on the feeder into the middle of the lake for an all-carp catch of 34lb 8oz.
Dave Wilkinson finished as bridesmaid last Wednesday from peg 26. Wilkinson fished meat and pellet on the pole for a carp bag of 30lb 8oz.
Trevor Styring was third overall from peg 28. Styring used various baits on the feeder for 20lb 8oz of carp.
Twenty-nine anglers turned out at Portland Water at Flintham, near Newark, last Wednesday to fish a match.
Canal Lake was used to host these anglers and the best weight on the day was taken by the consistent Dave Butcher at peg nine.
Butcher fished maggot on the pole where he enjoyed some good sport landing 71lb 13oz of carp for a comfortable victory.
Colin McMasters was the runner up from peg 11.
McMasters fished the pole with corn and pellet for a bag of 49lb 8oz.
Derek Elkington was on peg 27 and he was third in the match.
Pellet on the pole was the method used and Elkington eventually put 44lb 5oz of carp onto the scales.
Ted Wroe was fourth with 42lb 9oz of carp taken from peg 25.
Barney Todd Open
The weights were disappointing last Sunday when the Barney Todd Open match was held on the little lake at Rushfield Lakes.
The fishing was hard for the 10 anglers that fished.
The match was eventually won by Clayton Bowring at peg six. Bowring fished pellet to the far bank for a carp net of 25lb 4oz.
Barney Todd was second at peg seven. Todd fished bread on the pole for just five carp for 8lb 15oz.
Lyle McCreshan was third overall with 7lb 7oz of carp at peg four.