A real mixed bag at the weekend as the weather blows hot and cold

Tom Edwards won both Decoy Opens.
Tom Edwards won both Decoy Opens.
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The weather does not seem to be able to make its mind up - one day it’s freezing cold with high winds the next it’s sunny and almost spring-like.

So last weekend the fish didn’t seem to be able to come to terms with it either.

Lou’s Lake at Decoy was a venue on fire two weeks ago, producing a 100lb plus winning weight and a string of top back-up weights.

But on Sunday, Chris Shortland topped the list in the first Hotpoint match of the year on Lou’s with a modest 42lb 7oz from hot peg six - and that after spending the first half of the match with hardly a bite.

Paul Falkner came in second on peg five with 35lb 6oz and Frank Herring was third with 21lb 7oz.


On the Horseshoe Lake, Terry Tribe won the Saturday Conservative Club match on a difficult day which saw the majority struggling.

He drew peg 15 and caught on the pole with red maggot for a hard-earned 27lb 6oz.

Just a couple of pegs away was Andrew Porter. He also fished maggot coming close to the top on 27lb 1oz, then came Ian Bradshaw with a level 25lb.


On Sunday it was a completely different story on the Horseshoe Lake as Andrew Rayment weighed in 100lb to win the Ramsey AS match from peg six.

The Ramsey lad caught all day on a pellet waggler feeding and fishing red maggot.

Josh Pace was runner-up with 93lb, catching on the waggler but better on the pole from peg 10, then came Kieran Payne on 80lb and Paul Kilby with 70lb 8oz.


The Cedar Pool at Decoy was the place to be in the JVAC match.

Ray Pauley on peg 24 took the honours with 101lb 14oz fishing the pole with pellet.

Nearby was Dave Parsons fishing similar tactics to finish second on 94lb 7oz, with Roger Gowler third on 93lb 8oz.


The Beastie Lake has suffered at the hands of the weather for some time now but in the latest open matches it fished quite well.

It certainly did for Tom Edwards, one of the rising stars of the angling world, as he won both matches.

The midweek open saw him on peg three and he weighed in 97lb 1oz - all his fish falling to maggot fished shallow and in the margins.

Oundle rod Nigel Baxter took the runner-up spot with 72lb 7oz followed by Chris Barley on 60lb 9oz.

The Sensas A4 rod made it back-to-back wins on the Beastie Pool in the Saturday Open on fancied peg 24.

He fished a pellet feeder to the middle with double red maggot putting 76lb 4oz to the scales. Runner-up with 65lb 8oz was Wayne Shepherd, followed by Pete Lamdin on 62lb 9oz.