ANGLING: DESPITE putting up a good showing on Sunday on the Grand Union canal at Loughborough, Rod N' Reel just failed to reach the Winter League finals, writes BRIAN ROBERTS.
Having qualified as Welsh Winter League champions, Rod N' Reel finished the day in fifth place out of the 12 competing teams, with the top four progressing.
Their team sheet included two section winners with Graham Lewis having roach for 3-7-0 and Lee Saville taking gudgeon for 1-9-0, while Andy Amos provided back-up with 3-1-0 of bits.
David Johnson, of Ellesmere Port, made a worthwhile trip to the Milton Green Fishery last week as he took a catch of carp for 7-0-0, roach to 1-0-0 and perch to 1-8-0, all taken to maggot or caster.
Willaston slightly improved their performance in the Crewe & District Winter League on the Wardle length of the Shrop-shire Union canal, finishing seventh on the day to go 13th overall in the series.
Top weighers were Peter Cooke with 2-2-6 of roach, Dave Ellis with 1-8-0 of roach and George Cooke on 6-4.
Their team fishing in the Sea Cat Super League put up a similar display on the Leeds and Liverpool canal at Maghull on Sunday, finishing ninth on the day.
Willaston's efforts were led by Phil Cross with a 2-0-0 perch among his 2-6-0 total, while Brian Wood had 2-0-0 of roach and Peter Nelson took 1-10-0 of perch.
There was a tie for first place in Sunday's Peg 1 AC match on the Milton Green Fishery, with Bob Edwards and John Archer both taking carp and roach for 4-0-0 on pool three while John Warring took third place with a carp-based 3-1-0.
Dave Saddler of Neston found the carp were feeding at the Burton Mere Fishery last week as he took a 21-8-0 mirror carp, a 19-0-0 common and three other double-figure carp all taken to popped-up sauce boilies.
Dennis Bailey of Ellesmere Port was up front in the Winsford AA open matches last week on the Marina and Red Lion lengths of the River Weaver.
Finishing second in the pensioners' match, Dennis took roach for 7-14-0 while, the following day, he was runner-up in the all-comers match with 9-14-0 of roach.
Two Ellesmere Port trout anglers made a worthwhile visit to the Dearnford Hall Fishery at Whitchurch last week, with Billy Clayton landing the top catch of the week, a 9-3-0 rainbow taken to a gold-headed damsel fly.
Meanwhile, Eddy Knowles netted a total of 22 rainbows to fritz lures, with his best weighing 6-0-0.
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