Angling: Paul punches above his weight to win the biggest weekend match

David Norville won the John Harris Cup. Photo supplied
David Norville won the John Harris Cup. Photo supplied
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The biggest match of last weekend was the opening round of the Drennan Pairs match fished on the River Welland and the River Glen.

After the heavy snowfalls both venues were always going to be patchy.

The Town Welland was clear and very cold and, as was predicted by most at the match, the roach had shoaled up around the town bridges.

Paul Spriggs made the most of his draw, peg 7, two below the Town bridge, fishing bread punch at seven metres, short lining with half a gram rig to finish with 182 fish for 32lb 10oz and a comfortable win.

Runner up on peg 6 was first time visitor, Rob Hemmings who again fished punch for 20lb 9oz of roach.

Over on the River Glen things were a lot different. The river was up and coloured making for a very difficult match indeed with just a few small fish showing.

Paul Pettner on peg 161, fishing close in behind his keep net had 100 small roach and bleak for 3lb 1oz which was enough to take first place.

Runner up on the Glen was Chris Jenkinson, on peg 149, who fished similar tactics for 2lb 15oz with Mark Pollard third with 2lb 6oz.


The River Welland was starting to rise after recent rain and snow so the Deeping St James AC anglers decided to start their match a little earlier when they fished their stretch at Deeping Roadside for the John Harris Cup.

It proved to be a wise move as little over an hour had gone by and the venue became very difficult indeed.

Taking the John Harris Cup was in-form David Norville who drew peg 2 and caught just seven fish in the first hour with some roach going well over the pound mark to weigh 5lb 1oz, all taken on bread punch over liquidised bread.

In second place on peg 11 was Ray Torrington who also had roach to 1lb 3oz fishing the same method to finish with 3lb 13oz, and third was Paul Dotchin with 3lb 3oz.


It would seem Peterborough avoided the very worst of the

weather, but even so sport was difficult in several areas on the Beastie Lake at Decoy in the fisheries invitation match.

Match winner Nigel Baxter made it look easy though topping the field from peg 17 with a respectable 64lb 4oz.

The Bag Em backed rod caught on a small Method feeder packed with groundbait and micro pellets with red maggots on the hook.

Runner up from peg 25 was Alex Bates. He caught on the pole with maggot taking a net of F1s for 39lb 4oz followed by Steve Freeman with 32lb 11oz.


Gordon Harmer topped a small field with a very modest 1lb 14ozs in the Webb AC match at Haddon Lodge.

A very heavy frost and biting winds meant very few fish were caught all day.