Neal takes the Crown as ice and snow fail to deter anglers at Marston's Pool
BITTER winds, freezing temperatures and a dusting of snow failed to deter the anglers who took part in the latest Rose & Crown Winter League match at Marston's Pool.
With a third of the lake covered in ice, anglers chose to only fish the free pegs, where bites were at a premium for most.
Ady Neal took the overall win and his section from peg 10 with 5lb 3oz.
This included two reasonable chub, a few roach and a perch which were all taken on the long pole with maggot and pinkie.
Ian Overton continued his good run of form with a section win – and second overall – from peg 23 with a similar net of silver fish for 4lb 3oz. He used similar tactics to Neal.
Pete Cooke also found a few silver fish for 3lb 10oz and third overall, with Justin Siddons taking 3lb 1oz.
After five rounds, Overton heads the league with 27 points.
Long Eaton Victoria angler John Adamson was twice denied victory by Lanes Bait & Tackle angler Phil Hull in the Wednesday and Thursday Open matches at Makins Fishery.
Hull took top weight in the Wednesday Open, which was fished on Lake Four.
Anglers had to break the ice before the match could start and although it was reduced to four hours, the silver fish in the lake provided excellent sport.
Hull, who was fishing from peg eight, used caster over balls of ground bait for a 15lb 12oz winning net.
He fished at 8m out to catch small roach at a steady rate throughout.
Most of his roach weighed between 2oz and 6oz to put him well clear of Adamson's 8lb 12oz effort.
Adamson (NISA Feeders) caught roach of up to 12oz.
George Fisher (6lb 14) was third.
The following day, Adamson again missed out as Hull triumphed with 23lb 14oz from peg one on Lake Five.
He once again used groundbait and alternated between caster and pinkie on the hook to keep the fish interested for the four-hour match.
He caught off the bottom for the first half then topped up his feed with further groundbait laced with chopped worm, caster and pinkie.
His final net consisted of six roach/bream hybrids, four perch and a roach.
Adamson managed 14lb 10oz of mainly roach on maggot over loose-fed maggot.
Meanwhile, the fisheries continue to do well despite the icy conditions.
At Press Manor Fishery, anglers are reporting good catches from the boats.
Alvaston angler Dave Clarke had a great day at the Wingerworth venue when he used a cats whisker to catch five rainbow trout.
Clarke's best fish was a 3lb 8oz speciman.
There is also good sport to be had at Rycroft Fisheries, where the Moat fished particularly well for the sixth round of the Winter League.
Chris Pavlou topped the weights with 70lb 12oz using corn and pellet from peg 11.
Chris Allen was second with 53lb 14oz, just edging out Dave Brown's 53lb 4oz net.
On the Clover, Matt Davenport caught 23lb 12oz to take first place.
Mark Fox finished second with 21lb 7oz and Jamie Bonsall was third with a 15lb 13oz bag.
Those anglers fishing the Moat the previous day, when the fishery held its weekly Saturday open match, also did well.
Luke Bamford (41lb 5oz) used corn on the pole for first place from peg 21.
Pavlou was second (31lb) and Keith Simpson finished third (29lb).
On the Clover, Alan Heawood (peg 21) caught 29lb 12oz using bomb and bread with pellet.
Rycroft will hold the seventh round of their winter league this Sunday on the Moat, Clover and Old Canal.