The Decoy complex has not been a happy hunting ground for most clubs over the past couple of weeks and on Sunday the JVAC match on the Beastie Pool was no exception as anglers struggled for bites in the bitterly cold conditions.
First place went to Ray Pauley. He drew peg 24 and fished a straight bomb with single and double maggot right over to the island and caught intermittently throughout the day to finish well clear with 26lb 9oz.
Runner-up was Andy Gausden, who drew peg 10 and fished a small maggot feeder to the far side for 13lb 8oz.
Third place went to Alan Warren on peg three. He fished the pole and maggot for a modest 10lb 14oz.
The Decoy Open matches at the weekend were no better.
Saturday’s match on the Beastie Pool saw Spalding rod Neil Parkinson top a small field.
He drew peg 12 and caught small carp on a maggot feeder to weigh in 28lb 11oz.
Sunday’s match was split between Six and Four Islands and Tony Evans won this one. He took a few better samples from peg 22 on Six Islands to finish with 30lb 5oz.
Runner-up was Tom Wilson. He fell just short with 29lb 13oz.
Considering the poor weather and anglers having to break ice, the Ramsey club match fished on the St Mary’s section fished exceptionally well.
Leading the way with a remarkable 15lb 13oz of small roach and skimmers was Paul Kilby. He caught on the whip for most of the day catching on pinkie and maggot.
Runner-up with 10lb 3oz was Ken Taylor - again with an all small fish catch.
Then next came Keith Rayment with 9lb 4oz and Harry Young with 6lb 1oz.