Angling: Lee Kerry hooked by club
CARR Lane AC have reeled in one of the angling world's heavyweights for a special upcoming event.
Prize catch Lee Kerry will be the star of the show at the angling night at the club on June 5.
Kerry has won many of the country's top competitions and is 'tipped' by many as a future England regular.
He is sponsored by Preston and Sonu baits, so those in attendance might be able to look at new products from those firms as well.
The main idea of the night is to get all the anglers in the area together to give them the chance to ask Kerry questions. The club is also currently trying to get tackle firms involved to offer deals on the night.
Many years ago, the Winter Gardens used to hold angling nights and they were very successful.
Many of the top anglers attended those nights and if this one is successful, then more events may be organised in the future.
But we need the local anglers' support. The Carr Lane Club can hold 300 people and it would be great to see it full.
There will be a cover charge – I am currently not sure what that will be, but will know after February 24.
On to the fishing, and recently the Police AC were at Grange Park fisheries at Messingham on a very cold day.
Steve Riley managed to catch 12.10lb using soft pellet to catch carp and skimmers. Second was Pete Vassey with 10lb and third Terry Holmes with 8.8lb. The soft pellet seemed to be the key on the day.
Elsewhere, Saltfleetby had to change plans at the last moment as the Main Lake was frozen over, so it was a switch to the Island Pond which was ice free.
The pond fished quite well. Nathan Watson, left, won – fishing the bomb, he caught 32.6lb from peg 22.
Lloyd Lakin was second off peg 24 with 31.11lb, and Ian Sadler came in third with 23.7lb, so there were decent weights for his time of year.
All being well, it is back on the Main Lake tomorrow. The weather does not look too bad, with milder temperatures on the way.
As usual, it is advisable to book as these matches do get full up even at this time of year.
At Wold View fisheries on Saturday, the Silver Lake was covered in ice and it was a struggle to get bites.
Current UK champion Marc Rodger was first. Fishing off peg 5, he managed to catch 17.6lb.
Next in was rising star, Brigg-based angler Ryan Lidgard with 5lb from peg 28 and it was nice to see Steve Deans next – he landed 2lb off peg 32.
Last Sunday, the match was supposed to be on the Gold Lake but it was frozen over, so it was back on the Silver Lake on a very cold and windy day.
First in was Cleethorpes all-round angler Brian Tuck who did very well off peg 20 – he had 17.4lb. Second was Hull-based angler Chris Mack with 16lb from peg 18. Third was Norman Hewliss with 14lb off peg 28.
Over at Messingham Sand fishery, the really cold winds in the past week have caused some of the lowest water temperatures of the winter so far and, as could be expected, sport has been a bit patchy.
The Oak Tree Pond continues to produce consistently good fishing whatever the conditions and with the Islands Lake – the original venue for the Saturday Silver Fish Open – frozen over, a switch to the Oak Tree Pond was made in order to guarantee a match with plenty of bites.
Steve Ellis won on the day by pole fishing soft pellet over groundbait at six metres to take a good mix of skimmers from a few ounces up to 2lbs in weight.
He managed to put together a really good 32lbs of silverfish, despite also landing and returning 17 carp to 7lbs in weight, which would have given him a remarkable 100lbs plus net if they had counted.
The carp seemed to be as keen to feed as the skimmers, despite the covering of ice which melted during the course of the day.
And the third-placed angler also landed 17 carp and lost 6 others, although these fish were mainly in the 1lb to 3lb bracket.
Whilst Saturday was cold, the sun shone and conditions were quite pleasant overall. This however was not the case on Sunday as a biting easterly wind and persistent rain made for some really unpleasant conditions.
The Open on Tripp Lake was quite unusual in that not a single carp was landed, despite a good number being foul hooked and lost.
The normally prolific crucians and F1's were also noticeable by their absence and 24lbs of skimmers was enough to win on the day.
Sat Silverfish Open Oak Tree Pond: 1 Steve Ellis Scunthorpe 32-6; 2 Keith Easton Grimsby 30-5; 3 Kevin Johnson Messingham 27-6; 4 Neil Vessey Scunthorpe 27-5; 5 Mike Chadwick Hull 22-3; 6 Dennis Pattinson Grimsby 21-12.
Sun Open Tripp Lake: 1 Kevin Johnson Messingham 24-12; 2 Tommy Grice Doncaster 16-11; 3 Alan Gregory Scunthorpe 14-13; 4 Craig Williams Doncaster 12-15.
Sun Open Islands Lake: 1 Rich Elliot Hull 44-2; 2 Tim Chapman Grimsby 21-9; 3 Wayne Childes Grimsby 15-13; 4 Glen Collins Hull 13-2.