GEORGE Mitchell and Steve Antrobus ran each other close in the Mickle Trafford AC match at Chirk Fishery.
They ended up sharing first, each having caught two rainbows weighing 3-8-0 to bloodworm.
Third was shared between Jack Thompson and Peter Halsey, each with a brace for 3-6-0.
Carl Fletcher took third in Sunday’s Heronbrook Fishery Winter League match.
His 47-6-0 took him two places above Jamie Hughes in fifth with 42-6-0, Steve Carrier with 34-12-0 of carp and Phil Henry with 20-8-0.
Gary Vincent won the Saturday open match at Hampton Springs Fishery with 32-2-0 of carp. He beat Gary Tolley with 28-4-0 and John Cheetham with 22-12-0.
The venue’s Sunday match went to the 33-0-0 carp haul of Jason Wilkinson, again leaving Tolley in second with 26-4-0 and David Whatmough third on 23-6-0.
Bill Bristow topped the Manley AC match on Mouldsworth Lake. Putting 14-8-0 of roach and bream on the scales saw off John Bristow with 13-12-0 of roach and Steve Roxburgh with 8-12-0 of roach and rudd.
Victory was Andy Spencer’s in the silver fish only match at Hampton Springs Fishery. His catch of 22-0-0 held up as Mark Pleaving submitted 21-4-0 and Ray Rigby put on 16-4-0.
Jeff Williams was the only weigher in the Rake and Pikel AC match on a swollen and fast River Weaver. He took small roach weighing 1-0-0 on the marina length of the river.
Steve Openshaw was top rod in the Thursday match at Lingmere Fishery. Taking carp and chub weighing 25-6-0 gave him the edge over Geoff Barker with a mixed 12-4-0 and Dave Randles senior with 11-15-0.
Lingmere’s Saturday match belonged Alan Dewhurst as he took 37-9-0 of carp and pellets to beat Geoff Grantham’s 27-4-0 and Openshaw’s 24-0-0. Geoff Dentith was the winner of Sunday’s Flint AA match on their paper mill pool. Roach weighing 4-1-0 did the trick.
Burton Mere Fishery has now closed. It has been sold to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and will become a nature reserve. No fishing will be allowed.
Meadow: Barry Reading of Chester lured a 7-0-0 rainbow to a zonka and Saughall’s Nigel Campbell fished a bloodworm to take a 6-12-0 rainbow.
William Moore of Chester tempted a 6-8-0 rainbow to a black newt.