Mark's a clear winner of the Tuesday Open
MARK Jones romped home a 57-5-0 winner in Mike Chapman's Tuesday Tenner Open, fished on Acorn Carp Fishery's Paddock Match Lake.
Jones poled punched bread close to the island at 11.5 metres off peg 12 on the long bank and started catching regularly from his first put-in.
He said: "It was a bitterly cold day and I knew every fish would count.
"There were plenty being caught all over the lake, but from where I was sat, I couldn't see how big most of them were, so I just kept my head down and converted as many bites as possible into fish.
This week's delicious £5 5 O'CLOCKTAIL is a refreshing Tequila Sunrise. Available everyday from our Bar for only £5 between 5pm & 7pm.
Terms: £5 cocktail applies to the cocktail of the week.
Contact: 0117 2448281
Valid until: Monday, May 27 2013
"Coming up to the whistle, I knew I had caught well in comparison to most of the other competitors and was almost certain I had done enough to frame in the top six.
"However, after being told I had won, I checked the other weights against mine and was surprised by the weight gap."
The runner-up was Sensas Thyers rod Dave Wride, who poled soft pellet and pinkie between four and 11.5 metres off peg 24 on the long bank to tempt a 24-10-0 mixed bag.
He said. "It was a bitterly cold day and impossible to hold the fish in any one place. However, weights were good considering the conditions and the winner did exceptionally well to catch 57-5-0."
The third man was Eddie Wynne, who poled a variety of baits both long and short off Bridge Peg 21 on the long bank, and brought 22-9-0 of mostly carp to the scales.
Fourth place was taken by Andy Gard, who poled a single maggot hookbait along the edge of the bridge at peg 33 and weighed in a 19-0-0 mixed bag – after returning a 2-4-0 mirror carp that he had double-hooked with neighbouring Dave Bacon.
Approximately ten minutes from the all-out shout, both men hooked into the same fish from different sides of the bridge that separates peg 33 and 34.
Tackle dealer Bacon said: "In all the years I have been fishing, I have never seen, let alone been involved in a double hooking.
"The baits must have lain next to each other beneath the bridge and the fish picked up both baits without registering a bite on any of our floats.
"Since we had to leave our pegs to make sure the fish was safely netted and because we couldn't decide whose fish it was, we discounted it and returned the fish to the water."
Overall: 1, Mark Jones 57-5-0, peg 12: 2, Dave Wride (Sensas Thyers) 24-10-0, peg 24; 3, Eddie Wynne (Avon Angling) 22-9-0, peg 21; 4, Andy Gard (Alcove AC) 19-0-0, peg 33; 5, Simon Belcham 18-4-0, peg 6; 6, Harry Muir 16-10-0, peg 40.
Silverfish: Mark Walsh 5-8-0, peg 27.
Andy France long-poled a variety of baits off Main Lake Three and romped home a 54-0-0 winner in the Shiplate Farm Sunday Open, fished in bright but windy conditions at Bleadon, near Weston-super-Mare.
Russ Peck fished the same tactics as the winner and topped the silverfish scoresheet with a 20-0-0 catch of quality skimmers and bream from peg 13.
Overall: 1, Andy France (Cadbury Angling) 54-0-0, peg 3; 2, Simon Ryall 26-4-0, peg 12; 3, John Page 25-11-0, peg 14.
Silverfish: 1, Russ Peck 20-0-0, peg 13.
Acorn's Paddock at Kingston Seymour was in good form and came up with a decent set of weights for 33 members of the South West Disabled & Over 50s AC.
Leading the way was disabled member John Baker. who alternated between fishing red maggot and 4mm soft pellet at 11.5 metres off peg 14 on the long bank and weighed in a 49-12-0 catch of carp.
Match secretary Nick Tomkins headed the silverfish category with a 7-12-0 catch of skimmers, taken at ten metres off peg 25 on the long bank with red maggot.
Overall: 1, John Baker 49-2-0, peg 14; 2, Martin Alexander 44-0, peg 33; 3, Ian Cole 39-13-0, peg 34; 4, Geoff Stones 38-14-0, peg 22; 5, Paul Haines 33-2-0, peg 6; 6, Cliff Jenkins 30-10-0, peg 1.
Silverfish: 1, Nick Tomkins 7-12-0, peg 25; 2, Pete Philips 7-7-0, peg 10.