Angling: Patience pays off as George takes the gold
GRIMSBY veteran George McKay drew on all his years of angling experience to finally unlock the golden peg at Froghall Fisheries.
The golden peg was number 17 and it netted George £500 after he caught a fine bag of fish for 58.7lb. A regular at Froghall, Legbourne, near Louth, George was determined to get the golden peg one day and now he has achieved it. Well done George!
In second place, with six fish for a good weight of 42.3lb, was Martin Young on peg 31. Jon Grant finished third with 19lb. The draws for Saturday matches are now at midday, with fishing from 1pm to 7pm, as later times bring on the fish.
The pond is also holding well-supported Friday afternoon matches and the fishing has been very good. Ring (01507) 354984 for more details and to book in.
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The accolade for the top match weight of the week in the area goes to Saltfleetby fisheries' Paul Underwood, who drew peg one and decided to empty the pond with an impressive 99.1lb. Next in was paste expert Derek Carter with 87.4lb from peg ten. With the warmer weather he will reap the benefits by using the paste in the margins and attracting the bigger fish. Corby Hugill was third, with 69.10 from peg three.
The Friday night match at Bradley Ponds was very well attended and most anglers were catching fish. Dean Marshall was the top man on the night, with 36.6lb, mainly on the pellet waggler.
In second was Mick Tamms (36.2lb) and third was Rob Hill (30.12lb). These Friday matches are well worth a visit and the fishing is set to get even better as the fish finish spawning.
Tomorrow, Bradley Ponds is also holding a pairs competition and they are also using the Ultimate Lake at Wold View and the main ponds at Bradley. It will be a case of getting a partner and deciding who is going to fish where. The draw is at 9am.
Carr Lane AC were in action on the Keadby Canal at Bramwith, and there were some interesting draws in the quarter finals of the knock-out.
Man-of-the-moment Matty Benwell was drawn against another in-form angler, John Harpman – an experienced open river and canal angler.
Matty drew peg one and everyone feared the worst as he could fish the feeder and hope the bream would be at that end. He found a few fish for 7lb and that was enough to win.
As it turned out the bream were at the higher numbers and club secretary Mark Godley, on peg 19, caught 12 for a total weight of 19lb. Fishing on the tip, he used worm and maggot as bait and casted close to the vegetation on the other side of the bank.
Next in was yours truly and I managed to catch four bream and a perch for 11lb. I made it through to the semi-finals of the knockout, beating the experienced Steve Howard, who was drawn in a quiet area and struggled to catch. Third was Paul Easton, who is having a good run of form at the moment, with 10lb.
Oberon AC was in action at Froghall fisheries for the first time on May 20. It was a struggle in a cold breeze and the fish did not seem to want to get their heads down for a good feed.
First was Paul Slade with his 18lb 8oz catch boosted by a 11lb 2oz carp. Paul Jaycock was second with 12lb 4oz and Micky Newman third with 6lb 6oz.
Thirteen anglers fished the Friday Open at Wold View near Claxby. The winner was Chris Mack with 80lb on peg 11. In second was Ryan Lidgard on peg 13 with 79lb.
On the Ultimate Lake, the Saturday open was won by Ryan Lidgard, with 61lb from peg 12, followed by Chris Mack (33lb, peg nine) in second.