Clark's four-carp catch is enough to take the prize at Windmill Lake
A BITTERLY cold east wind, aided by the occasional light shower of snow, kept both air and water temperatures hovering around the freezing mark for the five-hour long Windmill Fisheries Sunday Open.
However, despite the atrocious conditions a well-stocked Match Lake came up with a surprisingly good set of results for the six competitors who braved the weather.
And it was Golden Peg 29 that came up trumps for John Clark, who led the way home with a four-carp catch totalling just 19-8-0.
He said: "My first carp came to the net about 90 minutes into the match and I reckoned it was big enough for me to take an immediate lead.
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"An hour later, a second mirror carp fell for the same pinkie hookbait and was quickly followed by a third which at the weigh in proved big enough to win the match on its own.
"My fourth and last fish sealed the victory and guaranteed my taking home an £86-000 Golden Peg cash bonus."
The capture of a brace of mirror carp totalling 9-4-0 clinched second place for Yate match-angler Glen Bailey. He said: "I fished maggot close to the island and had to wait almost two-and-a-half hours to tempt my first carp. "By the time I had caught my second fish John had already added two more quality-sized carp to his keepnet and had become unbeatable."
Third place was filled by Bill Ferris, who alternated between fishing a short pole and straight lead tactics with maggot and pinkie at peg two on Road Bank and finished the match with a one carp catch weighing 4-3-0.
Fourth place was filled by Tom Curtis, who fished 10mm boilies at 9 metres centre off peg 32 and converted his only bite of the match into a mirror carp weighing 2-14-0.
Result. 1, John Clark 19-8-0, peg-Match Lake 29; 2, Glen Bailey 9-4-0, peg-Match Lake 22; 3, Bill Ferris 4-3-0, peg-Match Lake 2; 4, Tom Curtis 2-14-0, peg-Match Lake 32.
John Page beat Paul Chapman to first place by the weight of one good-sized Main Lake carp in the Shiplate Farm Sunday Open, fished at Bleadon, near Weston-super-Mare.
Page feeder-fished a double hair-rigged sweetcorn hookbait at distance off peg 11 for 58-0-0 of carp weighing into double figures while Chapman poled maggots and pinkies up to 13 metres off peg five for a similar 50-4-0 result.
Meanwhile, Darren Greenwood alternated between pinkie and a red maggot hookbait to tempt a 13-6-0 mixed bag of silvers from peg four.
Overall: 1, John Page 58-0-0, peg-Main Lake 11; 2, Paul Chapman 50-4-0, peg-Main Lake 5.
Silverfish: 1, Darren Greenwood 13-6-0, peg-Main Lake 4.
Weston-super-Mare angler Dave Wride hit the 100lb mark and ran in more than 60lb clear of his nearest challenger in Mike Chapman's Tuesday Tenner Open, fished on Paddock Match Lake at Kingston Seymour.
The Sensas Thyers team member poled a banded 6mm pellet over a 4mm hard pellet feed at corner peg six and beat 17 of the West Country's top match anglers with a 102-8-0 catch of carp weighing between 1-10lb.
Match organiser and South West DAC member, Mike Chapman came nearest.
He poled a single maggot hookbait into both the island and lakeside margins at peg 31 to tempt a 42-0-0 catch of silvers and carp.
Third place was filled by Harry Muir, who drew Bridge Peg 40 for the third time in four weeks. The South West Disabled AC member poled a single red maggot tight along the bridge's length and brought 39-11-0 of skimmers and carp to the scales.
Unluckily numbered peg 13, on the long bank, came up with a winning catch of silverfish for Garbolino sponsored Gary Etheridge. The Swindon-based angler fished maggot close to both his island and lakeside margins and netted 19-8-0 of mostly skimmers.
Overall: 1, Dave Wride (Sensas Thyers) 102-8-0, peg 6; 2, Mike Chapman (South West DAC) 42-0-0, peg 31; 3, Harry Muir (South West DAC) 39-11-0, peg 40; 4, Mike Owens (Sensas Thyers) 38-2-0, peg 3; 5, Gary Etheridge (Garbolino BVMG) 6, Eddie Wynne (Avon Angling) 24-15-0, peg 28.
Silverfish: 1, Gary Etheridge (Garbolino BVMG) 19-8-0, peg 13; 2, Eddie Wynne (Avon Angling) 5-7-0, peg 28.
There has never been a better time than now to catch a double-figure Brown or Rainbow trout from Lechlade Fisheries at Lechlade.
During January, 340 anglers caught 847 trout from Lechlade Lake.
The average size has been12 pounds and a massive 593 of the fish caught were double figure specimens.
The largest brown trout weighed in at 22-6-0 and fell to Southampton flyfisher, Ian Colmer, who also caught another brownie of 12-12-0 and two rainbows weighing 10lbs each.
Four other brownies weighing over the 17lb mark were caught along with 20 rainbows of similar weight.
Eight fly-fishers scaled four-fish limit catches weighing close to 60lb.