Angling: Hotrod Andy is so handy on the Beastie Lake

Mark Smith braved the freezing conditions and landed a fine winter barbel going to the scales at just over 5lb.
Mark Smith braved the freezing conditions and landed a fine winter barbel going to the scales at just over 5lb.

Match winner of the Decoy Lakes Tuesday Open fished on the Beastie Lake was Andy Leathers.

The Browning Hotrods star took a comfortable victory from peg five, fishing the pole and pellet for most of the day to weigh in a level 41lb.

Runner-up was Ron Coles, who fished red maggot all day on a seven-metre line netting 27lb 14oz.

Spalding rod Tom Wilson rounded off the frame on a bitterly cold day with 27lb 4oz, again on maggot fished on the pole.

The Saturday Decoy Lakes Open on the Willows was won by Whittlesey rod Simon Godfrey. He put an excellent 68lb 14oz to the scales from peg 33 to top a small but quality field.

He fished maggot on the hook alternating between the tip and pole from peg 33.

Close by was Danny Carlton on peg 29. He caught on a straight lead approach with red maggot for 44lb 15oz.

Then came John Whincup, who drew peg 25 and caught on the feeder and pole with red maggot and corn for 36lb 9oz.

Conditions were so bad on Sunday with the wind whipping across the lakes on the Decoy complex that none of those that fished the JVAC match on the Yew Pool managed to catch a fish.

It was a little better for the Cock Inn anglers on the Six Island Pool but still only three anglers bothered the scalesman.

The eventual winner after a very close finish was Paul Falkner from peg 25 with 9lb 12oz of F1s caught on maggot at six metres. Second was Bob Mills from peg 20 with 9lb 8oz, and third from peg 21 was Steve Smith with 1lb 2oz.

WEBB’S AC

Webbs AC found the Two Island Pool a daunting prospect on the Float Fish Farm Fishery. Just one angler put a fish to the scales, so match-winner with an 8lb 6oz carp was Peter Telszewski.

He caught the fish on a small feeder with a hair-rigged pellet. He must like the cold as this was his second victory in three weeks.

BARBEL

On a recent outing on the River Nene, Peterborough bailiff Mark Smith braved the freezing conditions and landed a fine winter barbel going to the scales at just over 5lb.

That was very impressive indeed, but I would have been even more impressed had he not caught it on cheesepaste while he was trying to catch chub!