ANGLING: ELLESMERE Port entrants took the top three places in Saturday's Lingmere Fishery open match with Bob Thelwell leading the way with all carp for 58-0-0, writes BRIAN ROBERTS.
Geoff Grantham was runner-up with 44-0-0 of carp while Carl Fletcher came third with 33-0-0 carp.
Phoenix SAC made their annual one-week pilgrimage to Plymouth but bad weather limited them to just three days of action with Martin Evans taking a 13-0-0 ling to a sand eel, Mal Davies bagging a 12-0-0 pollock and Keith Deal a 7-0-0 bass.
Willaston AC made a fruitful trip to Barton to fish on the Trent and Mersey Canal on Sunday, with Trevor Jackson securing a 5-15-0 mixed bag, Tony Churchill having similar for 5-2-4 and Ray Jackson taking 4-11-5.
Paul Newton of Ellesmere Port bagged a total of six carp between 4-0-0 and 8-8-0 to luncheon meat last week on the Harthill Fishery at Broxton.
Steven Dean returned to the top last Wednesday on Lobol AS's Priory pool as he took a 6-0-0 carp among his 14-12-0 winning total.
Runners-up spot went to Danny Boothroyd with a mixed 9-0-0 while Sid Robinson was third with 8-8-0 of tench and skimmers.
On Sunday, Lobol held their pairs match on the Meadow Lane length of the Shrop-shire Union canal in Ellesmere Port.
Frank Hughes took top spot with a 3-8-0 total that included a 2-0-0 bream while Kevin Cooke was runner-up with a mixed 2-5-0 and Ian Courtney was third with 2-1-0.
Top pair were Peter Cooke and Frank Hughes with a joint effort of 4-10-0.
Eric Maddocks topped Sunday's Neston Match Anglers match on the Long Island pool at the Hampton Springs Fishery.
Eric's catch of carp and tench weighed 18-3-0 to beat Billy Mason with 14-14-0 of carp and Tom Hardy with a 12-2-0 mixture.
John Rowlands of Ellesmere Port had a day to remember on the Grove Fishery at Backford last week as he took 27 carp, including a 15-8-0 mirror, all taken to a halibut carp pellet.
Ellesmere Port members made the grade in Sunday's Manley AC match on the Old Hall Farm pool.
Mark Davies was top rod with mainly tench and carp for 8-4-0, ahead of Malcolm Lightfoot with a 5-13-0 mixed bag while John Bristow and Chris Hargardon both took 4-8-0 to share third place.
Ellesmere Port members of Deeside Iceland Foods AC led the way in their match on Mouldsworth Lake.
Jason Neil secured first place with a 12-0-0 mirror carp among his 14-2-0 total while John Bristow took all bits for 10-12-0 and Dave Roxburgh had 6-4-0 of tench.
Luck was with Neil Chaucer of Ellesmere Port last week on the Dearnford Hall Trout Fishery at Whitchurch as he took a fine 7-3-0 brownie to a daddy longlegs.