Lutkin’s luck was in at Decoy Lakes

Matt Lutkin.

Matt Lutkin.

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John Garner has been running Bank Holiday matches for several years and on Sunday invited anglers to fish the Six Islands Pool at Decoy. Leading the way was Matt Lutkin.

He drew peg 25 at the car park end and fished the long pole with meat close to the sunken island to finish with 125lb 6oz.

Second place went to March rod Tim Bates, who was on peg 11 and fished dead red maggots in the margins for 118lb 11oz. Third was Dave Garner with 76lb 5oz followed by Neil Garner on 72lb 5oz.

ENGLAND LADIES FUND-RAISER

There was a good turnout for the first match organised by Abbi Kendal to raise funds for the England Ladies team.

And the March ace won her own match in fine style.

These Friday evening matches at Rookery Waters are going to be cracking little events if this one is anything to go by.

The fish were close in on lots of pegs and Abbi took full advantage bagging 122lb all taken on the pole with meat.

Runner-up was Rob Wright, who fished similar tactics for 119lb 8oz. Third was Kieran Payne with 106lb.

DECOY OPENS

In the Decoy Lakes Saturday open on the Elm and Cedar pools it was Richard Bond leading the way with a huge 196lb 6oz net of carp taken on the pole with pellet up in the water from the Cedar Pool.

Similar tactics put Jimmy Brooks in second place just short on 189lb 15oz. Third place went to Neil Clark on 150lb.

Most of the anglers were back on the same two lakes for the Sunday open match which saw Steve Roberts finish top with 157lb 12oz. He fished a short pole line with sweetcorn.

Nigel Baxter came in second on 131lb 14oz, followed by Paul Ricketts with 124lb 7oz.