Carol shows the men the way home in the big March Open

Mike Mohan won the Tony Copeman Cup match.

Mike Mohan won the Tony Copeman Cup match.

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Lady anglers are few and far between in what is still a predominantly man’s sport. Yet every now and then we are treated to an exception to the rule.

Young Abby Kendal from Benwick has already shown she is a top class angler and has represented England.

On Sunday a new name was written into the record books as Carol Davies became the first lady angler to win one of the March AC winter open matches.

And that takes some doing. The March Open matches always attract quality fields and it’s something of a job to win your section let alone top the list.

But Davies is no stranger to big matches. She regularly fishes events in Ireland as well as this country.

She drew peg one on the swimming pool section, an area she knows well as she lives just a few hundred yards away.

Fishing the pole with pinkie over groundbait she had five decent skimmers and backed them up with roach and small skimmers to take first place with 12lb 8oz.

Runner-up was Billy Hughes. He drew at the health centre bridge and caught on the pole and waggler with bread punch for 11lb 1oz. Then came Bob Nudd on 10lb 2oz and Dave Cooper with 8lb 12oz.

This coming Sunday it’s the big Riverfest Qualifier on the same venue. Let’s hope we can get a few locals through to the grand final.

EAST MIDLAND WINTER LEAGUE

Maver Image rod Steve Joy topped a strong field fishing Sunday’s East Midland Winter League practice match on the Old Nene at Benwick.

He fished the Little London section and caught on the whip and then the long pole for 14lb 10oz.

Second was Damien Green, who weighed in 14lb 6oz of perch, roach and skimmers, while third was Ian Reynolds with 11lb 10oz. He was one of the few anglers to net a tench.

Josh Pace finished fourth with 11lb 7oz.

DEEPING ST JAMES

The big bream weights that came from Ferry Meadows through the summer months have been replaced by good nets of skimmers, hybrids and roach as the Deeping St James anglers found to their liking on Sunday when they fished the pegs along the High Bank on the Gunwade Lake.

Top rod was Steve Cox, who put 20lb 13oz to the scales from the low numbers.

Second with 11lb 2oz was Graham Page, then came Roger Biddle on 10lb 12oz.

YAXLEY

The Tony Copeman Cup was fished on one of his favourite venues, Raveley Drain, by the Yaxley, Farcet, Holme and District AC anglers on Sunday.

Mike Mohan caught 5lb 5¾oz of small roach, skimmers and bleak to win it with Frank Bevilacqua second on 4lb 13¼oz of roach and rudd. Third was Ivan Marriott with 4lb 7¾oz of roach and skimmers.