Wayne Swinscoe, the organiser of the Drennan Pairs Series which is fished on the River Glen and Welland, was a relieved man on Sunday night.
The first round match was all but a disaster but thankfully, despite the heavy frosts, both venues produced a string of cracking weights in the second round.
Top rod from the River Welland was Lee Klimczuk, who put a fine 22lb 12oz net to the scales from his peg above Spalding town bridge.
He started on pinkie over groundbait but an inspired switch to worm and caster saw him add 16lb plus of perch.
Joe Roberts came in second with an all-roach catch taken on bread for 16lb 8oz, followed by Neil Newby with 16lb.
The River Glen was a revelation. In the last match ounces were recorded for those lucky enough to catch. In this match Mark Pollard put a fine net of roach to the scales weighing in at 16lb 3oz - all taken on pinkie over groundbait.
Sensas Mark One angler Rob Hewison came in second fishing the same method for 12lb 7oz followed by Wayne Swinscoe on 12lb 5oz.
Klimczuk and Pollard took the pairs event on the day and with the series running on total weight they are now top of the leaderboard after two rounds with 57lb 15oz, just ahead of Martin Roper and Paul Spriggs on 57lb 14oz.
Whittlesey AA anglers returned to fish on Bevills Leam at the Carrot Wash on Saturday and despite heavy rain and coloured running water the venue fished well.
From the end peg Mike Smith caught a tench and a good back-up weight of roach to finish with a level 8lb, which gave him first place.
Nearer to the bridge John Taylor caught fish from the off on the pole with pinkie over groundbait and finished with a net of roach and perch for a weight of 7lb 5oz.
Third place went to Dave White. He had a 3lb tench on the whip using 1lb line and 24 hook with a back-up net of roach for 7lb 4oz .
DEEPING ST JAMES
With a very hard frost the night before and the drain at Raveley carrying a lot of colour, prospects were not good for Deeping St James AC members when they fished the fourth round of the DILS Cup.
Only small fish could be caught by fishing shallow and leading the low-weight affair was city rod Mel Saggers.
He was on peg four just upstream of the bridge and caught down the centre of the drain using pinkie on the hook to weigh in 3lb 2oz.
In second place was Pete Molesworth Junior who was also upstream on peg two and finished with 2lb 14oz.
Third from peg eight was David Norville with 1lb 15oz.
With just one match left in the series it’s Norville who takes the lead with 32 points with Paul Dotchin on 27.5 and Alan Jopling on 24.