First bite is the key to success for Beard as he beats freeze
THE first bite proved decisive for Pete Beard as he won the latest round of the Longford Winter League at Woodhouse Fishery.
A heavy overnight frost had left most of the lake frozen and required rapid re-pegging before the match could commence.
As expected, sport proved difficult but a 17lb 3oz carp – Beard's first bite of the day – boosted his net and, with several small roach from his peg on the main lake, helped him to win the match with 18lb 7oz.
Matty Parkin managed to find two carp on pole and pellet from the Canal Lake to run Beard close with 16lb 14oz and second place.
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Neil Dobson, fishing on Pools Head close to the extension pool bridge, caught small roach and carp later in the match using pole and maggot for 6lb 11oz and third overall.
After three rounds, Dave Bonser leads the league with Neil Dobson and Gary Parker in second and third place.
Meanwhile, Martin Eckersley won the Marston's Pool Open match with an impressive 76lb of corn-caught carp.
His biggest carp weighed 18lb 4oz.
Tony Harrison (23lb) was second and Johnathan Trivett finished third with 22lb.
THE local fisheries are enjoying good sport at the moment with trout fishing in particular doing well.
At Seighford Lakes, six double-figure rainbows have been caught, with Derby angler Trevor Bailey catching three of these fish during a recent trip.
Bailey caught them with an orange Nomad fly fished on a short leader with a sink tip line.
He has had a hugely successful week on both lakes at Seighford with his method proving that the fish want the flies slow and deep.
Another Seighford regular, Daz Kimberley, caught the best rainbow of the week, which tipped the scales at 14lb 1oz.