ELLESMERE Port's Rod n' Reel team recorded a clean sweep in the final match of the Shimano Spring League on Carr Mill Pool, writes Brian Roberts.
Tony Deans was their top rod, finishing second with a bag of skimmers to weigh 14-8-0. Paul Hughes, with a similar catch, finished fourth with 12-5-8 and valuable support came from Rob Denny with 12-4-0.
Rod n' Reel ran out victors by just one point on the day and one point overall.
At Holmston Hall's main lake, Rob Pitchford reeled in first in the Peg 1 AC match. An impressive 30-7-0 haul, helped by a 10-4-0 mirror carp, proved too good for Dave Duncan (26-8-0) and Sunny Cooper (15-6-0).
Phoenix SAC enjoyed a few days aboard the boat Size Matters! out of Plymouth, Errol Lee taking a 14-0-0 pollock, Glyn Kershaw a 12-8-0 ling and John Sherlock a 10-8-0 pollock.
Roy Hadley, of Little Sutton, struck lucky at Four Oaks Fishery, his catch including a 12-0-0 common carp.
Kevin O'Hanlan was man of the match when Lobal AC fished on their priory pool. A mix of roach and skim-mers weighing 10-8-0 beat off competition from Danny Boothroyd (8-14-0) and Ian Courtney (6-3-0).
The going was hard at Eccleston Ferry on the River Dee for Rivacre AC, Billy Gore winning with small fish weighing 1-3-0.
In the Caldy AS match at Brookside Fishery's willow pool, Craig Swain landed first with a catch of mainly golden tench weighing 40-6-0, beating John Ingram (33-5-0) and Brian Rippon (29-4-0).
Thursday's open match at Ling-mere Fishery saw Dave Lawrence triumph. He took carp, bream and chub to weigh 46-9-0 and was closely followed by Jamie Swain with a carp-based 42-14-0. Alan Dewhurst (66-14-0) won on Saturday, just beating Steve Openshaw (66-4-0) and Jamie Swain (55-10-0).
Martin Holdcroft, of Ellesmere Port, had a worthwhile trip to Dearn-ford Hall trout fishery at Whit-church, where he was rewarded with a 7-2-0 rainbow.
John Butler stopped off on his way to holiday in North Wales at Llandegla Fishery and bagged a 7-0-0 rainbow.
Willaston AC teams were all below par on a poor day in the final match of the Willaston Spring League. Their only consolation was when Gordon Griffiths (15-5-0) landed second place on the day. In the overall series, Phil Cross was the top points earner for all the Willaston teams.