Howell's maggot tactics gives him clear water from his rivals
FIERCE winds that blew umbrellas inside out and snapped a few poles unsettled both angers and fish and weights dropped well below par in the eighth round of Shiplate Farm's Individual Winter Series, fished at Bleadon, near Weston-super-Mare.
The top overall catch was taken by Steve Howell, pictured left, who clinched a comfortable 64-6-0 victory at Hawthorn Ten. Howell fished maggot close to the far bank and romped home more than 20lb clear of the chasing pack with a superb 64-6-0 of carp weighing between 2lb and 5lb.
Heading the silverfish scoresheet was Russ Peck, who fished the same tactics at West Pool 14 for 5-3-0 of mostly skimmers.
Overall: 1, Steve Howell 64-6-0, Hawthorn Lake 10; 2, Andy France 44-0-0, Hawthorn 6; 3, Paul Chapman 39-11-0, West Pool 9. Silverfish: Russ Peck 5-3-0, West Pool 14.
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The midweek showers of snow that added more misery to West Country travellers failed to affect the Avon Angling Midweek Open match, fished at Landsend Fishery, near Wedmore.
A well-stocked, almost overflowing Match Lake came up with a superb set of winter weights with the lion's share going to local expert Adrian Clark.
Clark poled a maggot hookbait over micro pellet and during the early hours of the match landed carp to almost 9lb.
A change to sweetcorn brought a few, late quality carp to his net and he sailed home 35-14-0 clear of his nearest challenger with a superb 81-8-0.
The runner-up and top of the silverfish category was the home team's Aaron Britnell, who poled a single maggot hookbait over a light caster feed at 11 metres centre off Match 11 and weighed in 24-0-0 of carp to almost 9lb plus a winning 21-10-0 of mostly skimmers.
Result: 1, Adrian Clark 81-8-0, Match 17; 2, Aaron Britnell (Avon Angling) 45-10-0, Match 11; 3, Alan Oram (Shimano/Dynamite Baits) 25-8-0, Match 5; 4,Tony Rixon (Mosella Avon Angling) 23-2-0, Match 24; 5, Des Shipp (Preston Innovations England) 20-3-0, Match 7; 6, Andy Hembrow 17-9-0, Match 1. Silverfish: 1, Aaron Britnell (Avon Angling) 21-10-0, Match 11.
A Bob Warden Memorial Charity Match, in aid of Lung Research, is to be fished on Sunday, February 2 2013 at the Kennett & Avon Canal, Bath.
The 8.30am draw is at the Stothard & Pitt Rugby Club, Saltford (BS2 9DJ). Pre-match bookings can be made through Nicky Goodhind on 0787 7294 095.