City rod John Whincup has been away from the Decoy Lakes match scene for several weeks, testing his skills and indeed winning big matches against the country’s top anglers.
Back on the Beastie Pool he soon got to grips with the venue again though taking top spot in the Saturday Open with 82lb 7oz.
Drawn on peg 18, he caught on the red maggot short all day netting carp and skimmers on a light rig with small hooks.
Richard Bond was second with 78lb 3oz and Barry Mason third on 73lb 1oz.
George Bates also returned to the match fishing scene at the weekend and promptly took top spot at Haddon Fishery with a net of carp and skimmers taken on the pole with soft pellet for 20lb 15oz.
Runner-up was Martin Harwood. He caught on the pole and feeder for 10lb 13oz, then came Jim Ayres with a net of small fish taken on pinkie and maggot weighing a level 8lb.
RESULTS AT DECOY
Tuesday Open, Beastie Pool: 1 Mick King 92lb 3oz; 2 Pete Lamdin 76lb 10oz; 3 Tom Edwards 72lb 3oz.
Conservative AC, Willow Lake: 1 John Newman 56lb 6oz; 2 Pete Rudd 35lb 9oz; 3 Mark Chester 34lb 2oz.
JVAC, Horseshoe Pool: 1 Lee Kendal 146lb 2oz; 2 Nick Carlton 109lb 7oz; 3 Will Hadley 93lb 11oz.
JVAC, Four Islands: 1 Roger Gowler 88lb 11oz; 2 Andy Gausden 79lb 2oz; 3 Ernie Lowbridge 71lb 12oz.