WINDY and wet conditions over the past week have made life awkward for anglers, culminating in a number of low winning weights and catches.
Open matches were held at Hampton Springs Fishery on Saturday and Sunday. A haul of 68lbs 4oz was enough for Jamie Hughes to win on Saturday. Hughes, of Chester Tackle Locker, was drawn on peg 40 of Long Island, beating Liverpool’s Chris Diamond in to second spot.
Alun Jones was top rod in the Sunday Open with 58lb 12oz. Drawn on peg 10 of Rock Pool, he used corn, pellet, hemp and meat, taking a mixture of crucians and silver fish.
Ken Lea of Heswall recorded one of the best individual catches at Cheshire Fishing, Tattenhall, this week. He landed 25 carp weighing up to 10lbs using worm over pellet in the margins on pool one, giving him a final weight of nearly 100lbs.
Sunday’s Open at Leeswood Fishery was held on the Horseshoe Lake and was won by the fishery’s owner Chris Openshaw, who bagged 31lbs 4oz of fish from peg using maggot. Drawn on peg eight, Frank Dorren of Chester was third with a bag of 17lbs 10oz.
The trout fishing has also suffered as a result of the weather. However, this did not deter a young Sealand angler from catching her first superb rainbow.
Kaylie Wyness, who has just taken up fly fishing aged 14, landed a 7lbs trout using an olive damsel fly nymph on the Brithyll Mawr Pool at Treetops Fishery.
Mickle Trafford AC held their club match at Meadow Fishery on Sunday.
The club’s youngest member, 16-year-old Jack Hargreaves of Mickle Trafford, was top rod on the day. He landed a superb rainbow of 8lbs 8oz taken on a black buzzer, which was enough to win by some margin.
Jack’s next nearest rival was Upton’s Arthur Gilliam with two rainbows taken on a cat’s whisker, weighing a total of 4lbs 3oz.
Another Upton angler, Richard Roberts, used a montana for his single fish weighing 3lbs 11oz for third spot.