ANGLING: FOLLOWING reports of teenage anglers flouting the close-season regulations on the Dee in the Chester area, the Environment Agency has stepped up patrols.
Anyone caught abusing the regulations by fishing out of season will be dealt with by the agency under the law.
The Fisherman's Tackle team have stalled in their bid to win the Heronbrook Fishery Spring League. In Sunday's match, they slipped to ninth place but remain second, 17 points behind the leaders. Their top weighers were Colin Cooke with 14lbs of carp, Steve Kelly with 26-4-0 and Phil Henry with 7-12-0.
The Rod 'N' Reel team improved their standing to ninth spot after finishing sixth. Their best efforts came from John Woodrow with 15lbs of carp, Lee Saville who had 25-12-0 and Steve Barwise with 10-12-0.
The Chester Tackle Locker 1664 team was 13th and are 12th in the league, thanks to Wendy Locker's 16-8-0, Simon Loyley with 9-8-0 and Les Picken with 9-12-0.
Their Sidekicks squad was 12th to go 10th overall. Pete Price took 7lbs, Danny McLoughlan 14-8-0 and Adrian Paddock 12-12-0.
Shaun Sandham rose to the challenge to win the Milton Green Fishery Tuesday open match with 40lbs of carp, easily beating Les Picken's 34lbs and Ellick Peters who had 10-12-0 of carp.
Sam Kennedy was the winner of the Tarvin Sands AC match on home water with 32-4-0 of carp, ahead of Shaun Sandham's 24-4-0 and Alan Roberts's 17lbs.
Victory in the Chester Police Flyfishers' match at the Meadow Fishery went to Gordon Whitby with four rainbows weighing 9lbs. David Hughes had 8-12-0 and Jim Fryer 8-2-0. Top fish of the day was a 3lbs rainbow taken by Peter Hindle, who was also a winner in the Mickle Trafford AC match at the Meadow fishery, collecting the Millennium Cup for landing a 5-8-0 brace of rainbows, including the best fish weighing 3-4-0 using an orange fritz. Second was Kevin Quayle with a 5-2-0 brace from Andy Jones, whose brace weighed 4-15-0.
Justin Burke landed top spot in the Ellesmere Port British Legion AC match at Springlea Fishery with a 6lbs catch of small tench and carp. John Ryder had 5-11-0 of golden orfe and perch and John Woolley took 5lbs of tench and roach.
Stan Phillips led the field in the Willaston AC open match on the Croughton length of the SU Canal. Drawn near the boat yard, he took 3-2-8 of roach using punch bread to beat Dave Ellis, who had 2-9-5 of roach, and Paul Edwards with 2-4-12.
The Helsby Sports & Social Club AC went under in their friendly match against Barton AC on the BICC factory pools. Malcolm Lightfoot was their only topsix finisher with 2-4-0 of roach.
The Airbus Broughton AC hit a dour day at Bala near the church, where Malcolm Dawes had four roach weighing 1-14-2, followed by Barry Edwards with 0-12-5 and Mark Mealing with 0-9-11.
Len Rivett was the high flyer in the club's fly-fishing match from boats at Trawsfynydd reservoir, taking seven rainbows in the 1-8-0 range using a small, back tadpole. Lee Green, Kevin Jones and Barry Greenaway were next with six rainbow each. Eddie Jones qualified for the area Troutmasters match by netting the top fish, a 2-8-0 rainbow which fell to a montanna nymph.
Kenny Davies landed first place in the Saltney Social AC match at Milton Green with a catch of roach boosted by a 3lbs carp for a 7-8-0 total. Lee Lloyd had 3-12-0 and Ray Gillam 3-7-0 of roach.
FISHERIES NEWS Meadow: Paul Williamson, of Great Sutton, lured a 6lbs rainbow to a small olive damsel fly; Barry Jones, of Port Sunlight, coaxed a 5lbs rainbow to a bloodworm and Peter Jefferson, of Chester, bagged a 5lbs rainbow to a viva.
Lake Hill: Paul Knight, of Chester, tempted a 6-8-0 rainbow to a mepps spinner.
Milton Green: Dave Thompson, of Ellesmere Port, netted six carp up to a 6lbs mirror, using bread or sweetcorn, and John Clarke, of Wirral, found 20lbs of roach and carp using pellet or sweetcorn.
Four Oaks: Chester's Peter Ashton netted 20lbs of carp, tench and roach to pellet or maggot.
Gweryd: Gary Jones, of Neston, lured a 17-8-0 mirror carp and two 10lbs ghost carp to maggot.