DAVE Grimes netted top honours in Rivacre AC's first match of the year on the Bridgewater Canal at Grappenhall.
His 10-2-0 total was heavier than Harry Gittins' catch of 8-8-0 and Billy Gore's 3-3-0.
Burton Mere fishery proved a happy hunting ground for Craig Abel of Neston and Colin Dwyer from Ellesmere Port.
Abel tempted catfish weighing 24-7-0 and 20-0-0 from the woodland pool to boilie and luncheon meat.
Dwyer coaxed catfish weighing 21-0-0 and 14-4-0 from the same pool to a halibut pellet.
Jason Jones was victorious in the Wirral Borough Council AC match on the Shropshire Union Canal at Backford.
With bits weighing 3-9-0 he had the edge over Mark Greasley with likewise for 2-9-0 and Kenny Stuart with 2-8-0.
Kevin Dixon of Ellesmere struck lucky at Cheshire fishery. In among his catch was a 9-13-0 rainbow which came to a damsel fly nymph.
Steve Openshaw won the Thursday open at Lingmere fishery with a carp-based catch of 59-0-0 which saw off competition from Richard Nelson on 45-0-0 of carp and Paul Johnson with 35-8-0.
The Saturday match went to Dave Woodworth with carp and chub for 48-0-0. Dave Randles snr was second with 43-10-0 and Phil Ashdown was third with 43-6-0.
Willaston's Jamie Hughes was top rod in the Saturday open match at Hampton Springs fishery after taking an 8-0-0 carp and 3-0-0 barbel in a haul of 102-12-0 from the meadow pool.
The Capenhurst Fly-fishers cast off for the first time this year from the boats on Trawsfynydd Lake. Easy winner was Ian Swetenham with four rainbows weighing 6-8-0, better than Dennis Green's two rainbows weighing 3-4-0 and Brian Stapleton's single 2-8-0 trout.