Golden Peg gives Shanks the chance to shine in a quality field
BRIAN Shanks weighed in more than 13lb clear of a top-class field after drawing to fish the Golden Peg in the Bristol PSV match, fished at Staunton Court.
The former member of Bristol's, Team Avon Angling fished and fed sweetcorn at ten metres off peg 12 and brought 93-12-0 of carp and silverfish to the scales.
The closest weight came from Mike Smith, who poled sweetcorn over a micro-pellet feed at six and 12 metres off peg 13 for a similar catch totalling 80-2-0.
The heaviest net of silverfish fell to Simon Belchamm, who fished and fed maggot at eight metres centre off peg three and weighed in 31-1-0 of skimmers and perch.
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Result. Overall: 1, Brian Shanks 93-12-0, peg 12; 2, Mike Smith 80-2-0, peg 13; 3, Will Dearlove 52-9-0, peg 15; 4, Alan Healey 48-13-0, peg 7; 5, Mark Radford 48-5-0, peg 2; 6, Darren North 40-6-0, peg 4. Silverfish: 1, Simon Belcham 31-1-0, peg 3; 2, Brian Shanks 19-8-0, peg 12.
A cold, dark day turned out to be bright and sunny, especially for Mardon AC's match secretary John Roberts, who scraped home to his first win of the season at Viaduct Fishery, Somerton.
He alternated between fishing a groundbait feeder and an 11 metre pole with a double red maggot hookbait off Spring Lake seven and weighed in just 2oz ahead of his nearest challenger with a 7-0-0 mixed bag.
Result. 1, John Roberts 7-0-0, peg 24; 2, Mike Honey 6-14-0, peg 2; 3, John Lovell 5-13-0, peg 15; 4, Mike Ball 5-11-0, peg 18; 5, Richard Annetts 5-0-0, peg 10; 6, Ian Jones 4-13-0, peg 6.
England's Des Shipp, pictured, stole off with the top prize money in the latest round of Bitterwell Lake's Midweek 'Silvers Only' series being fished at Henfield.
The Preston Innovations-sponsored angler fished and fed red maggot at a 12 metre pole length off peg nine on the dam wall and weighed-in a winning 19-0-0 of skimmers and roach.
The runner-up was local expert Steve Dawson, who fished a waggler float with either caster or red maggot at around 20 metres centre off Road Bank Three to attract 14-9-0 of quality skimmers and roach.
Third-placed John Smith poled the same baits as Dawson at ten metres off neighbouring peg five to tempt an 11-9-0 mixed bag.
Result. 1, Des Shipp (England – Preston Innovations) 19-0-0, peg 9; 2, Steve Dawson (Bitterwell) 14-9-0, peg 3; 3, John Smith11-9-0, peg 5; 4, John Andres (Bitterwell)10-15-0; 5, Steve Redson (Bitterwell)10-11-0, peg 13; 6, Mike Nicholls (Avon Angling) 8-9-0.