Jolly Rodger plunders haul of carp treasure
GRIMSBY angler Marc Rodger plundered some of the country's top match players to win the first round of the UK Angling Championships.
Fishing at Lindholme Lakes, Doncaster, he was drawn in the unfancied Laurels Lake.
But after a big carp slipped his grasp, he decided to fish shallow earlier in the match than he had planned.
It proved a masterstroke. He went on to catch 76.96kg.
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He was catching throughout the match, which saw 19 people break the 100lb barrier.
His winning performance topped respected international angler Steve Ringer, who finished second, on 71kg.
Rodger bagged a £1,000 top prize and will advance to the next round full of confidence.
Grimsby all-rounder Bill Sheppard, pictured right, netted a superb weight of 90lb during an open Saturday match on Wold View Fisheries' gold lake.
He said that he lost enough fish to have well over 100lb.
At present, Sheppard is top of the list for anglers qualifying for a ticket for the Maver Open, in August.
Andy Hutson won the Friday match, fished on the bronze lake in cold and rainy conditions, with 27lb from peg nine. An open Sunday match on the silver lake was won by Dave Small, who bagged 22lb from peg 28.
Craig Turnbull, owner of Grimsby's Assassin Baits, had a week to remember when he visited Kent to fish the West End Lake at Elphicks Fisheries.
He caught two fantastic specimens, of 43lb and 42.2lb – both mirror carp.
They were all caught on Assassin big kipper baits.
Assassin Baits is sponsoring Grimsby angler Sheppard, meanwhile, along with fellow top Wold View anglers Simon Piggott, Chris Mack and Gaz Godfrey.
The idea is for the anglers to try new baits and different methods, without having to worry about the cost.
It is good to see this kind of support for local anglers.
Grimsby angler Dave Mountford was in superb form on the opening Friday night match at Bradley Ponds. He caught 71.4lb, largely made up of carp, from peg 43.
He was the runaway winner. Runner-up Jamie Whiteley netted 25.6lb from peg three.
Clee AC member Archie Jessney finished third. He had 24.5lb from peg two.
In the week, pleasure anglers have been doing well, with a variety of fish being caught.
There is also a lot of work going on around the pond with the other smaller pond being dug out.
The ponds are well worth a visit. Tackle and bait are available from the fishery.
After being invited by Novartis Angling Club, I had an enjoyable day at Messingham Sands Fishery's Tripp Pond.
The fishing was not as good as it should have been and some of the anglers packed in early.
But Wayne Child, fishing in a corner, made good use of the margins and caught some decent-sized carp, including one of 48.8lb.
Waltham all-rounder Andy Hutson finished second. He caught just five fish, but they weighed in at 39.4lb.
He lost some good-sized specimen and had to wait for the fish to come, but eventually they did.
Kevin Gaunt, fishing the pole, came third. He finished on 27.4lb.
I finished fourth, with a mixed bag of smaller fish. I just couldn't find a 'lump' to boost my weight, but I enjoyed the company, and the day's fishing, and was grateful for the invitation.
Rod Briggs on Oberon Angling Club's first match of the season, held at Hallcroft Fisheries' Bridge Pool in East Retford.
He caught 4lb 4oz from peg seven, catching one carp on bomb and pellet. He also won the golden peg.
Stuart Hanson finished second from peg 17, on 3lb, and Graham Buffam was third, with 2lb 10oz from peg 15.
Saltfleetby Fisheries produced some strong weights in an open match on the Island Pond last Sunday.
Mumby angler Corby Hugill won the match, with 77lb 4oz from peg 24.
Market Rasen's Mark Critcher took second spot, with 75lb 10oz off peg 18.
Caistor's Steve Fegan finished third, with 56lb 8oz from peg one.