Wootton's silver lining as he takes top honour at Rycroft
JUST under two pounds separated the top three anglers as Rycroft Fishery held their weekly silver fish match on the Carp Lake.
Rob Wootton, who regularly competes in the Fish O' Mania competition, came up trumps with his 22lb 9oz net.
He used pellet and caster for skimmers and roach.
Runner-up was Roger Marlow, who caught 21lb 2oz, only two ounce ahead of third-placed Wayne Swinscoe.
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The fishery also held an open match on the Moat Lake with Pete Cooke coming out on top.
He used corn on the pole for 70lb 3oz.
Mark Fox (68lb) and Charlie Shaw (54lb 6oz) were second and third respectively.
Paul Cardwell made a successful return to Longford Fishery only a week after winning the opening round of their winter league.
With many of the local roads flooded and the water in the pool high and extremely coloured, there were very few fish caught by those taking part.
But Cardwell, who was fishing for Rose & Crown AC in their winter league, used pellet close to the island from peg 30 on the Lily Pool to catch 15lb of carp.
Last year's winner, Pete Cooke, started as he finished with a section win and maximum points from peg eight with five carp weighing 10lb 14oz.
His net could have weighed more had he not lost five decent-sized fish during the match.
With conditions so poor, the remainder of the sections had low weights with Pat Wicks, fishing from peg 22, catching 5lb 1oz and Matt Wightman taking top spot from his section with just 1lb 13oz.
Dave Mayo came up trumps for Bridge Inn AC in their Thursday open match on Marston's Pool.
Mayo used pellet and bomb to catch 45lb, beating Keith White (44lb) and Steve Newton (38lb).
Long Eaton Victoria AS man John Adamson was the runaway leader in the Wednesday open at Makins Fishery.
Heavy overnight rain had a detrimental effect on both attendance and sport at Makins and although fish were caught all around Lake Two, anglers had to work hard for a bite.
Adamson, fishing from peg A13, caught four carp in the first two hours of the match on bomb and then switched to pole for five more carp in the final 90 minutes.
His net tipped the scales at 63lb 14oz, easily beating runner-up Dave McDowell who could only manage 26lb 12oz from peg A5.
Gary Coton (Sutton Coldfield) was third with 16lb 8oz from peg B17.
Adamson was among the 19 anglers who braved high winds only 24 hours later for the Thursday open at Makins.
The match was fished on the Lagoon and in spite of anglers having great difficulty holding on to their poles, decent weights were recorded all around the lake.
Steve Brindley triumphed with 41lb 12oz from peg 21.
He caught seven carp on long pole with corn and over 8lb of skimmer bream and roach to boost the rest of his net.
Dave Ashdown was second with 37lb 10oz.
He initially caught small fish on the pole before landing two carp on corn from the margin.
Phil Hull (33lb 6oz) was third from peg 24 while Adamson had to settle for fourth place with his 25lb 10oz net.