ANGLING: THE Fisherman's Tackle team are still setting the pace in the Heronbrook Fishery Winter League after last Sunday's match.
They finished in seventh place but that proved to be more than enough to keep them as league leaders, six points ahead of their nearest opponents. Their top weighers on the day were Colin Cooke having 12-0-0 of carp, to earn 22 points, backed up by Steve Carrier with 4-5-0 of carp for 15 points and Winston Duck-ers with 14 points for his 9-4-0 of carp.
The other local team competing in the Chester Tackle Locker squad did not fare so well, finishing 16th on the day, and are now in the bottom half of the league.
Their top weighers were Danny McLaughlan with 9-12-0 of carp to earn 20 points, Sam Kennedy with 12-6-0 of carp for 18 points and Gary Vincent who earned 12 points with 2-8-0 of carp.
Chester Tackle Locker have recovered their standing in this year's North Wales Winter League following a fine showing in last Sunday's match on the SU Canal at Waverton, between Egg and Salmons Bridges.
Neil Faulkner set the trend, winning the day with a bag of roach to weigh 6-1-7. In second place was Mike Flanaghan for Rod 'N' Reel with 5-13-10 of roach, ahead of Wendy Locker for Chester Tackle Locker on 5-11-12 of roach.
Top team on Tuesday was Rod 'N' Reel, winning with 64 points, ahead of Chester Tackle Locker having 61 points. Overall in the league, Rod 'N' Reel are still the leaders on eight points, duly followed by Connah's Quay 'A' on 11 and Chester Tackle Locker on 14 points.
The Castrol SAS went seeking the bass last Saturday, fishing from the boat Morgan James out of Port Dinorwic to win the day. Mark Shovelton included a 5-0-0 bass in his catch followed by Mark Wilkinson and Ray Smith, each with a 4-8-0 bass with Ray taking most on the day with 16 bass.
Willaston AC are running an open match this Sunday on the Wardle length of the SU Canal. Their draw is at the Davenport Arms at 8.30am with entry £10 and a ban on bloodworm and joker. Book on 0151 513 2473.
Dave Artell finished second in last Saturday's open match at the Hampton Springs Fishery. His peg on rock pool yielded carp and crucians for Dave to weigh in with 19-12-0.
Mark Beales was up front in the Ermine AS match which was fished on the Red Lion length of the River Weaver. With all roach to weigh 9-8-13, he beat his twin brother Ian, having the same for 8-13-11. Steve Bridson was narrowly beaten with 8-13-4 of roach.
Jeff Williams again came out on top in the Rake and Pikel AS match on the Aerosol length of the Weaver.
With small roach weighing 2-12-8, he bettered Dave Spencer who had the same to make 1-14-0 and Peter Griffiths with 1-12-8 of roach.
Mike Walsh collected first in the Royal Mail Chester AC match on the Marina length of the Weaver. His roach bag weighed 12-6-0 to give him the lead over Lol Deponeo, having again roached for 11-4-0 to edge out Bob Carvelle into third place with 10-7-0 of roach and bream.
Gary Bough launched first in the Wednesday open match at the Burton Mere Fishery, fishing on their Mere pool.
A mix of tench and skimmers gave him 24-9-0 and the lead over Dave Lawrence, with skim-mers weighing 17-0-0, ahead of Barry Davies on 15-5-0.
Topping in their Sunday match was James Declovet when they fished on Willow pool. His carp catch weighing 41-9-0 put him ahead of John Fellows with carp for 15-8-0, followed by John Turner with 14-9-0 of carp.
Les Picken picked up first place in the Tuesday match of the Tarvin Sands AC, fished on Pool One at the Cheshire Fishery. A bag of carp, skimmers and gold fish clocked up 41-11-0 to beat Shaun Sandham, who had the same for 33-0-0, and Paul Jones with 21-0-0 of roach.
Their Thursday match at the same fishery took place on Pool Two. That went to John Heald who had all carp to pellet to beat Tony Hughes with both carp and bream for 26-8-0, to put Wendy Locker as third with similar for 22-12-0.
Fisheries News Cheshire: Willy Gross, of Helsby, lured a 14-0-0 rainbow to a cat's whisker.
Gweryd: Tom McManus, of Blacon, tempted 17-0-0 of skim-mers and roach to maggot.
Meadow: Roy Spinder, of Huntington, netted their top fish of the week, a 7-14-0 rainbow, which fell to a zouka. Bill Jones, from Ellesmere Port, lured a 4-0-0 rainbow to a black buzzer.
Tree Tops: This fishery is now only open at weekends until February 16, 2004.
Llandegla: This fishery is now closed on Mondays for the winter period.
Sarn: Jim Allington, of Wirral, fished a buzzer to take a 4-3-0 rainbow.
Dearnford Hall: Lee Young, from Ellesmere Port, tempted their best fish of the week, a 9-6-0 rainbow to gold-headed stick fly. John Ellams, of Ellesmere Port, netted their top brownie of the week, weighing 5-2-0 and taken to a hare's ear. Ian Hart, of Chester, landed 31 fish up to an 8-6-0 rainbow to an epoxy buzzer.