LOCAL match anglers fared well in the Saturday open at Hampton Springs Fishery, despite difficult conditions.

Gary White, from Chester, finished second on the day with 29lbs 8oz. He netted half a dozen carp fishing corn on the tip from peg 24 on Meadow Pool.

Fourth place went to Christleton’s Andy Spencer with 20lbs 10oz from peg nine on Meadow. The Chester Tackle Locker team member weighed in just short of third place.

Spencer was narrowly beaten to it by Gary Baugh, who bagged 21lbs 2oz from peg 17 on Rock Pool.

There was, however, no disputing the overall winner. Peter Price found some good carp in his swim on Rock’s peg 25. He brought 10 good carp to the net to tip the scales at an impressive 56lbs.

Sunday’s silvers match at Hampton was a very close affair. Competing on Alice Springs, Alan Murray bagged 21lbs 8oz of fish with the waggler and maggot. This was just enough to see off the challenge of Steve Clegg, whose all-roach net was taken to caster on the pole and weighed a close 20lbs 4oz. Chester’s John Woodrow weighed in third with 19lbs 12 oz of silver fish followed by fellow Cestrian Phil Johns in fourth with 16lbs 8oz.

Kevin Atkins was top rod in Sunday’s open match at Mouldsworth Mere. He weighed in with 36lbs 14oz of carp for the win, fishing 6mm pellet at 13m. Ellesmere Port’s Ian Lloyd finished a close runner-up on the day, only a few ounces short of Atkins. Lloyd brought 35lbs 8oz of carp to the net on long pole at 16.5m, alternating between maggot and pellet on the hook.

Carp weighing up to 4lbs made the difference in the Sunday open match at Glasdir Fishery.

Pete Hodge, from Blacon, fished bread on the pole at 13 and 14m netting 17lbs 9oz of predominantly carp along with a few silvers for the win from peg 11.

Gary Chambers tipped the scales at 14lbs 7oz for second place. From peg 21, Chambers caught smaller carp as well as silvers using similar baits at 15m.

Simon Day enjoyed some good pleasure angling at Cheshire Fishing, Tattenhall, this week.

Day, from Hoole, caught fish steadily all session, netting carp to 4lbs, roach to 21lbs and some skimmer bream for a total of around 25lbs.

His fish fell to a variety of hook baits presented on the pole. Dave Lynche took some good carp on his visit. He bagged four carp, his best being 8lbs caught on pole-fished maggot, on size 20 hook.

A further 13lbs of silvers provided Lynche with a net of around 35lbs by the end of the day. 

Bill Dixon weighed in with all silvers for around 30lbs. Fishing red maggot over 2mm pellet, he brought some good roach of up to 1lb to the net along with some decent 4lbs bream and skimmers.