Good weekend for Walters at Rycroft as he takes first and second places
TOP weight in Rycroft Fishery's Saturday Open and second place in the winter league made it a good weekend for angler Barry Walters.
Walters used bread on straight lead for first place in the fishery's open match, which was held on the Clover Lake.
He caught 59lb 12oz, beating Turner brothers Martin (55lb 2oz) and Tim (39lb 8oz).
Walters stuck with his favoured bait for second place in round nine of the winter league, which was split between the Moat and Donington Lakes.
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Walters fished the Moat and caught 29lb 9oz.
He was beaten by Jamie Bonsil's 31lb 3oz net, which was taken on soft pellet.
Simon Skelton (31lb 3oz) topped the weights and has a slender lead in the Winter League with only one match remaining.
On the Donington Lake, Steve Conway used bread for 70lb 8oz and first place.
Chris Allen was second (60lb 3oz) and Matt Skelton (45lb 9oz) finished third.
There was also a silver fish only match at Rycroft, which was held on the Carp Lake.
Andy Taft won this with 8lb 7oz using caster and soft pellet.
Dean Guest was second with his 7lb 7oz bag, closely followed by a 6lb 14oz effort from Andy Breasley.
Rycroft also hosted the latest round of the Long Eaton Victoria Angling Society league, which incorporated the Jubilee Shield.
The match was fished on the Carp Lake with a bitterly cold north-east wind and continual snow flurries making conditions tough.
The match was well attended but the fish failed to cooperate and bites were hard to come by.
Guest angler Keith White, fishing from peg three, was a clear winner with 12lb 12oz.
After half an hour White, who was fishing a small feeder with corn, noticed his line had slackened.
Thinking he had hooked a bream, he gently reeled it in – only for the fish to surge off towards the centre of the lake.
After a few moments, White was able to slide the landing net under a carp of 11lb 8oz which, along with several small roach, made up the rest of his net.
John Adamson, fishing a small porky feeder with corn bait from peg 23, caught a couple of small carp for his 8lb 8oz net and second place.
Pride of Derby angler Tom Potter secured third place with his 5lb bag.
Facing the wind and snow throughout, Potter fished long pole for roach but found that only small fish were feeding.
Dave Kent's single carp of 4lb 2oz helped him claim fourth place.
With one round remaining, Dave Cotterill leads the league with a six point advantage over Neil Stevenson.
A superb victory in the latest round of the Longford Winter League for Paul Carnwell has seen him take over at the top.
Carnwell fished pole to the island on the woodside bank of the Carwood Lake for 106lb 12oz.
He caught an early carp using pellet on the pole and continued to catch at regular intervals.
Carnwell could even afford to lose 15 fish, with runner-up Johnathan Trivett putting only 16lb 12oz on the scales.
Trivett's net contained three carp and three chub using maggot on the pole from a peg close to the roadside.
Dave Bonser opted for a combination of maggot, pellet and bread on the pole for his third-placed net (15lb 12oz).
The penultimate round of the league is on March 10.