ANGLING: THE River Weaver season ended with a whimper on Sunday.
Out of curiosity, I visited some of the favourite stretches and did not spot more than a handful of anglers each.
A match on the Marina and a Winsford Open each attracted just three entrants.
And this on the day when anglers traditionally made a point of fishing because they were to be deprived their sport for three months.
Perhaps anglers are now blasé because most waters and fisheries are open all year round. There is no end to the season as such.
Or perhaps they have just got browned off by nearly two weeks of frosts, which have damaged catches and made fishing conditions bitter cold.
The midweek Winsford Open was won by Peter Chatterton (Last Cast) off peg 194. His 11-14-0 beat Dennis Bailey (Locker) 9-14-0 off the next peg down, Jimmy Young (Dave's of Middlewich) 8-0-0, Colin Windrass 7-8-0, Gordon Leonard 5-1-0 and Ian Shaw 3-9-0.
Rifleman had a poor turnout for the final match and, perhaps bearing out the cold weather theory, only one angler caught. Eric Gillett took a gudgeon and a roach, their weight immaterial.
Alex Clarke won the Rifleman overall title.
Gillett won the Winsford Veterans match in midweek, peg 194 again being the winner.
Result: Gillett 8-2-0, Bailey 7-14-0, Colin Abbitt 5-10-0, Bill Leader 5-8-0, Brian Hall 3-0-0, Alan Thompson 2-10-0, Stan Aston 1-9-0, Ted Isherwood 1-7-0.
Barnton-Frodsham AC staged their final match on Heesom's Pool, but weights did not improve much.
Barry Owen fished pinkie on the pole for an all roach 1-3-1, which Peter Knight 0-15-8 and Ian Morrison 0-12-1 did their best to match.