FISHING: ELLESMERE Port's Paul Collins dominated last week's open matches on the Brookside Fishery as he achieved podium finishes in their Thursday, Saturday and Sunday events.
Paul, a member of the Mosella match squad, took the honours on Thursday with hybrids for 7-5-0, while he took third spot in the Saturday encounter with a carp-based 4-1-0.
He then won their Sunday open match with hybrids for 3-15-0.
Les Street, of Ellesmere Port, had a rod-bending session at the Llandegla Fishery as he caught a total of 25 fish from 1-8-0 to 3-0-0, all rainbows, to a white fritz or buzzer.
The Willaston AC team fished the day well down in Sunday's Seacat Super League match on the Leeds and Liverpool canal in Lydiate.
There were more blanks than weighers, with ice covering the venue, and Brian Woods was their best weigher with a single perch for 3-0, while Charlie Smith had 2-0 and Phil Cross 1-10.
Willaston AC also had a dour time in their Crewe & District League match on the Shropshire Union Canal at Marsh Lane in Nantwich.
Their only weigher of note was George Cooke, third in his section, with 11-15 of small stuff.
The ice was so thick on Sunday that Ellesmere Port British Legion AC members had to pay for a barge to break it on the Shady Oak length of the Shropshire Union Canal in Beeston.
Joe Grieves had gudgeon for 1-0-0, while Brian Wadsworth took similar for 9-0 and John Adamson had 7-8.
Ellesmere Port's Dennis Bailey was again up front in the Winsford AA pensioners open match on the Red Lion length of the River Weaver.
Dennis finished runnerup with a catch of small roach for 4-8-0. Government departments are appealing to anglers to disinfect all their fishing tackle after competing in other European countries.
Their concern is the introduction into UK waters of a parasite which affects salmon and trout stocks will result in all affected water courses being closed to all anglers while remedial action to eliminate the parasite is carried out.
In Norwegian waters, this has consisted of poisoning all fish stocks in polluted waters. The parasite, which can live for seven days out of water and is invisible to the human eye, can be imported into this country on angling tackle.