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Smith takes narrow victory to claim Rushfield Saturday Open

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

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Rushfield Saturday Open

Ten anglers turned out last Saturday to fish the latest match in this series.

Unlike the midweek match last week, the bites were hard to come by and the weights were on the low side.

The only thing similar to the midweek match was that it was the same angler that won both events.

Les Smith (Lincoln) fished the bomb with a maggot hookbait last Saturday at peg 27.

His roach and skimmer catch of just 8lb 4oz was enough to clinch victory on the day.

Close behind at peg 25 was Malcolm Coxall who opted to fish pellet on the ten metre pole.

He eventually put 7lb 12oz onto the scales to secure second place in the match.

Veteran rod Ron Rymer was third overall.

Rymer (Lincoln) fished dead red maggot on the short pole at peg 31 for 7lb 4oz of silver fish.

Lincat AC

A few weeks ago Lincat AC visited Portland Waters near Newark to fish their last match in the 2013 calendar.

The venue was the Long Island Lake and considering the time of the year and the cold conditions the lake fished surprisingly well.

Information available before the start of the match was that feeding heavily would kill the swim and put the fish off feeding confidently. This proved to be good information for the anglers that were fishing.

Andrew Kotek drew peg 10 where he opted to fish the waggler with double red maggot on the hook tight to the island.

Kotek fed maggot very occasionally and his carp net of 59lb 4oz gave him a comfortable victory on the day.

Phil Bunn was on the next peg nine and he too fished the waggler with red maggot on the hook. Bunn's final net of 40lb 10oz saw him finish as the runner-up on this occasion.

Peg 18 saw Anthony Allen finish in third spot.

Allen fished the pole at 13 metres with pellet and he too fed sparingly with micro pellet, he eventually put 38lb 13oz of carp onto the scales to secure third place in the match. Kotek's win knocked Alan Roberts off the top of the leader board where he had been for the majority of the year. It gave Kotek his third leader board win in five years, with the club showing the versatility of the angler.

His preference is fishing the waggler with maggot and when this is not possible it is maggot on the feeder – there's a lot to be said for keeping things simple.

Priory Open

Last Saturday 15 anglers fished this match which was held on Lake Two at Priory.

It ended up being a tight finish at the top with only one fish separating the winner from the runner up and three of last weeks "framing" pegs once again produced the winners of this match.

John Seely (Heckington) finished victorious on this occasion from peg 82.

Seely fished caster and maggot on the 13 metre pole where he caught seven carp.

These fish took the scales to 38lb 3oz and that was enough to clinch victory.

Ruskington rod Edgar Purnell finished as bridesmaid on this occasion from peg 80.

Purnell also fished the pole at thirteen metres with maggot.

Unfortunately for Purnell, his nine carp were not as big and he had to settle for 36lb 12oz.

John Cullis (Leasingham) drew well again when he pulled last week's winning peg 117 out of the bag.

Cullis fished maggot on the pole and mush have cursed his luck as although he landed seven carp for 27lb 2oz he lost a further six fish which would have given him victory on the day.

Paul Mosley (Windmill Tackle) was fourth overall from peg 88. Mosley caught three carp down the track on maggot and one carp in the margins for a final bag of 21lb 2oz.

Rushfield Midweek Open

All the biggest weights at last week's midweek open match were taken on maggot and it was Les Smith who caught the most on this occasion.

Smith (Lincoln) was drawn at peg 21 where he fished maggot on the feeder down the middle of the lake.

Smith ended the session with a match winning carp haul of 49lb.

Barney Todd was on the next peg 20 and he too opted to fish maggot on the feeder. Todd's carp net of 23lb 12oz saw him take the runners up spot.

Lincoln rod Malcolm Firmstone was on peg five and he finished in third spot overall. Firmstone fished maggot on the feeder and he ended the day with 20lb 12oz of carp.

Ruskington Open Match

An open match was held last Sunday and the chosen venue was Moon Lake at Tattershall. In total there were 11 anglers who fished this match and there were some reasonable weights recorded.

The best weight taken was by Ruskington rod Ray Pauley from his draw at peg 25. Pauley decided to fish the feeder with expander pellet half way across the lake.

It proved to be a good choice as he won the match with a reasonable carp haul of 37lb 8oz.

Lincoln rod Tom Acar (Whisby Angling Supplies) was the runner up last Sunday from peg nine.

Acar fished the feeder close to the island with dead red maggot for a final net of 32lb of carp.

Richard Bond (Ruskington) was third overall at peg 23. Bond also fished the feeder half way across the lake and he too baited with maggot.

At the end of the day he put 28lb 15oz of carp onto the scales for third place. Dean Smith (Colmic) was on peg 27 and he ended up in fourth place. Smith fished pellet on the feeder for a carp bag of 23lb 7oz.

Diawa Hallcroft Results

Teams of Four Silverfish League: Pete Bagshaw 23lb 15oz (Peg 53 Moat Outer); Luke Sears 21lb 8oz (Peg 57 Island); Andy Oldham 20lb 14oz (Peg 7 Bridge).

Sunday Open Match: Andy Sellars 37lb (Peg 25 Croft); Lee Hewison 34lb 12oz; (Peg 27 Croft) Arthur Berisford 25lb 12oz (Peg 41 Reed).

Saturday Open Match: Dave Dare 36lb 6oz (Peg Island 61); Gordon Gibson 27lb 14oz (Peg Island 64); John Barningham 20lb 8oz (Peg Island 47).

Veterans Winter League: Jack Hobson 67lb (Peg Island 46); Dave Sewell 38lb 8oz (Peg Outer 55); Trevor Furby 36lb 2oz (Peg Island 40).

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