Angling: Grindle bags top spot as Pelham net team triumph
GRIMSBY'S Nigel Grindle scooped the top prize and reeled in a victory for Pelham Angling Club in Scunthorpe.
Nigel bagged an individual and team double at the Scunthorpe District Angling Association's Jubilee contest.
Nine teams of four fished Keadby Canal in the Basin and in Bonny Hale.
Nigel caught bream and skimmers, as well as a couple of eels late on, using a 12-metre pole and maggot.
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Pelham team-mate Les Waldron also won his section, captain Rob Thompson achieved a third-place finish and Dave Ashmore came fifth.
This gave the team 29 points, two more than second-placed Scunthorpe Red. Sheffield's Tackle 2 Fish came third, on 25.
The competition will serve as a warm-up for the forthcoming Division Two National, to be held on the same canal next month.
Last Friday's match at Bradley showed that the carp have stopped spawning and are beginning to concentrate on anglers' baits.
The ponds were fishing well last week, especially for pleasure anglers.
Old Clee AC man Archie Chesney won the match. He weighed in 35.6lb from peg 37.
Tommy Critchley finished second with 31.2lb off peg 26. Barry Cane came third with 21.2lb off peg one.
Most of the anglers taking part in these matches have had decent catches and have been kept busy with various species being caught. The draw for matches is at 4pm.
Steve Bennett was on top form when Carr Lane AC fished at Southfield Reservoir last Sunday.
Amid muddy conditions and a little bit of confusion regarding pegs, he quickly found the better bream. Using the feeder, he cast to the same spot and weighed in 16.4lb.
Steve Howard finished second thanks to a late flurry – he caught 8lb worth of fish in the last 20 minutes, including a decent bream from his last cast of the day.
Current points leader Matthew Benwell was into the bream quickly, but he couldn't find the bigger fish.
Cleethorpes Country Park is in fantastic form at present – with local angler Wayne Allenby making the most of the good form.
He has been achieving some tremendous nets of bream from the shallow pegs – up to 32 in one session.
The bream have been of a decent size too.
Other anglers have been getting good catches – those using the float, on the pole, rod or line, as well as the feeder.
Float anglers are catching bags of roach and skimmer bream.
The weather contributed to a hard week's fishing at Wold View Fisheries.
Chris Mack won a Friday night match on the Silver Lake. He caught 24.4lb.
Cleethopes angler Brian Tuck finished second, on 14.1lb.
The Saturday match, on the Gold Lake, was won by Ryan Lidgard – who scooped golden peg honours.
He caught 48.8lb on peg 17 to take the spoils. Grimsby's Bill Sheppard finished second after netting 39lb from peg 26.
Graham Garrod won the Sunday match on the Bronze Lake, catching 32lb on peg nine.
On the Canal Lake at the same time, Chris triumphed again – with 46lb, ahead of Bill, on 25lb.
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