Angling Times (UK) - - MATCH NEWS -

TRAF­FORD’S Lee Ben­nett not only drew a flyer in peg 1 on Canal 1, but also had just about the best com­mer­cial match an­gler sat be­hind him all day – his brother and mul­ti­ple match­man of the year Andy.

Al­though Lee was un­sure be­fore get­ting to his swim, when he saw the light breeze blow­ing into it he opted to fish banded caster shal­low at 11m to the bridge that crosses over the lake on to the is­land.

The Manch­ester man caught ide, F1s and the odd carp for 158-12-0, well in front of Stain­forth Angling’s Mark Price on next door peg 2 who replied with 121-0-0.

“On such a hot, bright day we both reck­oned that the fish would be shel­tered un­der the shade of the bridge,” Lee ex­plained. “The peg looked good as it of­fers so many op­tions but I knew that go­ing to that bridge and the shade it had would al­low me to catch the long­est.

“It’s around 4ft deep down the mid­dle there and I had two rigs to catch – one at mid-depth, the other just inches deep, de­pend­ing on where the fish were.”

Get­ting through three pints of caster as loose­feed, Lee caught best on the mid-depth rig us­ing 0.11mm lines, size 18 hooks and rel­a­tively light elas­tics. A short line was kept tight be­tween pole and float, cre­at­ing a semi-bolt rig ef­fect.

1 L Ben­nett, Traf­ford Angling, 158-12-0; 2 M Price, Stain­forth Angling Cen­tre, 121-0-0; 3 J White­ley, Kerr’s of Os­sett, 118-8-0; 4 K Parkes, Mos­bor­ough Tackle Box, 116-4-0; 5 S Avi­son, St He­lens Angling, 115-0-0.

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