There was a disappointing end for local anglers Dale Stones and Ben Fisk in the big ‘Fish O Mania final at Cudmore Fishery, Stoke last weekend (July 9).
Both did all the hard work just getting through to last Saturday’s final, only to miss out on the huge £50,000 pay out which went to winner Andy May.
Fisk was seventh and Stones 12th, although it was a massive achievement to get the chance to compete live on television and in front of thousands of spectators.
Spalding teenager Tom Edwards came an excellent fourth in the junior final.
Hot peg 15 on the Yew Pool at Decoy Lakes was the one to draw in the latest Hotpoint AC match and pulling it out of the bag was Colin Buckingham.
He took full advantage, comfortably taking the honours with 93lb 10oz, all taken on a small feeder fished close in due to the windy conditions.
Runner-up was Paul Faulkner a couple of pegs away. He caught well on paste from the deep margins to finish with 84lb 2oz, then came Vinny Stapleton weighing a level 65lb.
A small Method feeder was the approach that saw Marcus Webb top the latest Webb’s AC match fished at North View Fishery.
He fished tight over to the island to record 56lb 6oz to see off the challenge of runner up Ken Allum. Ken caught on pellet and meat for 43lb 10oz, followed by Alan Forrest with 39lb 13oz and George Scally with 36lb 2oz.
In the last Decoy Lakes open match on the Six Islands Pool before the Decoy Festival, John Whincup put a marker down by winning with ease.
John drew peg 25 and caught on a long pole line with pellet and also in the margins for a massive 195lb.
Lee Marlow came in second with 150lb, followed by Pete Dobson on 117lb 2oz and Jimmy Brooks with 102lb 9oz.
Sport at the popular Kingsland Fishery is proving to be a big draw to pleasure and match anglers alike.
In the Whittlesey club match on the Big Carp Lake it was Andy Lawrence leading the way with 111lb 12oz, catching carp on a short pole line with paste and meat.
Runner up with 86lb 12oz was Mark Barron. He fished a small Method feeder. In third place putting 72lb to the scales was Paul Wright, who caught shallow and late on in the margins.
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Ferry Meadows returned to top form for this event. The venue thrives in a strong wind.
Feeder king Steve Ringer put a magnificent 144lb 5oz net of bream to the scales from Gunwade Lake on peg 58.
Steve Cook came in second with 57lb 15oz followed by Mick Davies in third on 57lb 5oz.