The popular Drennan/Sensas Pairs match fished on the lower Welland through Spalding and the River Glen got underway on Sunday but with conditions far from ideal weights were much lower than had been expected.
The day before the match both venues did not look too bad but by early Sunday morning both were carrying a lot of extra coloured water and it got no better throughout the day.
With many anglers from around the Midlands and fenland clubs taking part it was by far the biggest match in the area and at least we had the consolation of seeing one or two locals making the frame.
Top rod Pete Wills, now fishing for Sensas Mark One, took the honours from the half of the match fished on the River Welland.
In difficult conditions he put together a net of roach taken on pinkie over groundbait to put a very respectable 9lb 2oz to the scales.
Rob Wootton came in second on 7lb 11oz followed by Sam Merry with 7lb 7½oz.
It was just as tricky on the River Glen with too much colour going through although Mark Pollard made light work of it to top this half of the match with a fine 14lb 4oz.
He caught on the pole with maggot netting small fish all day but added a massive 4lb perch to see him well clear of the chasing pack.
Harry Kage came in second on 7lb 3oz, with Glen Brown third on 7lb 1oz.
Early leaders in the four-match pairs series are Mark Pollard and his partner Lee Klymczuk.
TONY EVANS WINTER LEAGUE
In the latest Tony Evans Winter League match fished on the Horseshoe and Beastie pools on the Decoy it was those on the Horseshoe that came out on top.
Winner was Stuart Bracey with an excellent 111lb 7oz net of carp taken on the long pole with pellet, backed up with some better samples close in taken on red maggot.
Just a few pegs away on six was Andy Leathers. He fished similar tactics to the winner, although most of his fish fell to a maggot approach, to weigh in 102lb 10oz to take second place.
Third, again on the same lake, was Pete Lamdin, who caught best on a straight lead approach for 86lb 3oz.
Best of those fishing the Beastie was Sam Collett with 69lb 9oz.
DEEPING ST JAMES
The first match of the New Year for the Deeping St James anglers was held on the River Nene and the Refuge at Stibbington.
First place went to Mike Mohan with 7lb 14oz of bleak on peg 16 on the Refuge, fishing the short pole with pinkie and maggot.
Second on peg 13 was Paul Dotchin with a 6lb 6oz catch that included a fine tench of 4lb plus, and third was Peter Molesworth on peg 18 with 6lb 3oz of bleak.
Topping the field in the latest Cock Inn Winter Series match fished on Four Islands at Decoy Lakes was Colin Buckingham.
Drawn on peg two, Buckingham caught well on a small maggot feeder netting carp and barbel to finish with 45lb 14oz.
In second place was Bob Mills with 40lb 10oz from peg five , with Pete Sanderson taking third place with 36lb 7oz.