Rasen star shows his class at Saltfleetby
MARKET Rasen angler Mark Critcher justified his tag as an island lake specialist with a top performance at Saltfleetby Fisheries.
He was delighted to be on peg 18 last Sunday, with the wind drawing fish into the margins.
He netted big specimens while switching his bait between meat and corn.
He caught 90.14lb; I was surprised he didn't bag more.
In second place was 75-year-old Alex Lovesay. On peg one, tucked away in the corner, he netted 80.13lb.
Brian Jones finished third, with 55lb from peg 11.
The Thursday match saw Matthew Hassle finish top man for the day with 71lb from peg one.
Experienced angler Bryn Davies finished second, with 57.2lb off peg nine.
Keith Easton, a good angler returning to the sport, caught 48.9lb from peg 16 to finish third.
The draw is at noon for Thursday matches at Saltfleetby now, with fishing from 1-6pm.
At Wold View Fisheries, Grimsby's Dean Marshall was victorious in an open match on the Silver Lake last Sunday.
He bagged 57.14lb, clear of nearest rival Simon Piggot on 54.15lb.
In Barton, the Pasture House fishery is in fine form.
The ponds have new owners and they would like to involve the anglers in the future plans.
More fish are going to be introduced and ideas are in place to attract specimen, match, and pleasure anglers.
T Colbeck won last Saturday's match, catching 107lb from peg 12, which is on the neck of the lake.
Runner-up Jason Camplin netted 53lb from peg 45, which is on the main lake.
Chris Mack finished third with 47lb from peg four, which is on the canal.
Grimsby veteran George McKay was next in with 41lb from peg 11, on the main lake.
The Sunday match saw more good weights.
David Birjoo came first with 90.14lb from peg one, on the neck of the lake.
Mack netted 90.1lb from peg 12, on the canal, to finish second.
Tuesday's match saw Dave Clarkeson bag top spot with 67.14lb from peg 43.
Runner-up Greg Collins caught 41.7lb from the main lake, on peg seven.
Grimsby angler Paddy Ballans finished fifth, with 36lb from the canal.
Meanwhile, I have been informed that Alvingham ponds are in good form at the moment and pleasure anglers are enjoying a decent day's fishing.
Also, at Fulstow Pond, bream fishing has been excellent; feeder has been the most productive method.
And Cleethorpes Country Park has been in good form, not only for the bream, especially in the shallow pegs, as roach fishing using maggot and caster has been very productive.