Critcher beats the weather and shines at Saltfleetby
THE appalling recent weather has caused real problems for local anglers.
At Wold View fisheries, Claxby, the action was on the Silver Lake – water that had been fishing well of late.
But the wind made it tricky to fish the pole at longer lengths and meant that casting the bomb with accuracy was harder than it should have been.
However, Dave Ringwood fought the elements to come out on top from peg 32, landing 37.4lb.
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Second in was Trevor West off peg 35 with 29.8lb and Dennis Lee came third with 25.8lb off peg 34.
So it looked like the pegs in the thirties was the place to be.
They will probably the favoured spots for the upcoming Champion of Champions competition which takes place this week across four different lakes.
After a wet and windy Saturday on Silver, it was over to Gold the following day.
Graham Garrod showed his quality once again on that lake, as he finished with 50lb from peg nine.
Another angler who's always reliable to come in the prizes is Tim Chapman.
He finished second with 26lb from peg 26 while Chris Mack came third, weighing in with 39.4lb from peg 17.
On the Wednesday, it was back to Silver and Brigg starlet Ryan Lidgard took the honours with 64lb.
Second was Andy Bryant with 61lb and third was Denis Vores with 47lb.
Over at Saltfleetby and the island pond is still fishing well, even with the drop in temperature.
Last Thursday, Malcolm Lanles had 68.9lb off peg 17 and he was followed by Paul Underwood with 50.10oz, just pipping third-placed John Keaton by four ounces.
The bad weather that continued into the Sunday did not put off Mark Critcher.
There really is no stopping the marvel from Market Rasen just lately and he came out on top once again with 47.12lb off peg three.
Second was Jack Holmes, who recently had the misfortune of having most of his fishing tackle stolen.
Jack was on peg 18 and hauled in 40lb while Mablethorpe's Glen Hugil finished third with 28lb.
On Sunday, even in that awful weather, it was nearly a full house, showing why it's so important to book beforehand.
At Pasture House fishery, Barton, Shaun Burnett recently won with 42lb from the canal on peg 15. Second was Dave Birjoo, fishing the Neck, also from peg 15.
Grimsby's Sam Smith came third with 21lb from the main pond on peg ten.
Moving across to the Ancholme, and the recent Carr Lane match was unfortunately called off, mainly due to a lack of interest.
It was a disappointing from a personal point of view as it was my first Sunday without fishing for a very long time.
I'm hearing that Tetney Lock is fishing very well at the moment for roach and skimmer.
There have been quite a lot of anglers fishing there of late, with caster and maggot appearing to be the favoured baits.
Before I sign off for this week, I mentioned earlier about one of our local anglers having his tackle stolen recently.
I was speaking to an investigation officer from Humberside Police in a local tackle shop and we were talking about the issue.
His advice was that if at all possible, make sure that you take photographs of your kit, taking special note of any distinguishing marks or signs of repair that stand out.
It would also be wise to mark your items using a permanent marker and if they have serial numbers, make a note of them.
Make sure that wherever you keep your fishing gear is properly secured and keep a written inventory of your kit should the worst happen.