Huge turnouts re­warded with bumper au­tumn bags

Angling Times (UK) - - MATCH NEWS -

THE boom in nat­u­ral wa­ter match fish­ing shows no sign of stop­ping with big catches con­tin­u­ing to be landed up and down the coun­try.

Even though we’re now near­ing the end of Oc­to­ber, weights recorded in re­cent events on lakes and rivers have been highly im­pres­sive.

Up at Carr Mill Dam in Mersey­side, an­glers en­joyed a good day out at the St He­lens Tackle & Bait Cancer Re­search Char­ity bash, with the kind­hearted rods rais­ing over £1,000 for the cause.

Wi­gan match­man Gary Ain­scough won the enor­mous 126-peg event with 37-7-0 of bream and skim­mers us­ing Method feeder and pel­let tac­tics from peg 101.

And in Scot­land, Loch Ken hosted a two-day event where dis­tance feeder tac­tics were the or­der of the day.

Mac Stevens emerged tri­umphant with a com­bined 47-2-0 to­tal, af­ter win­ning the open­ing day of ac­tion with 27-2-0 of roach and skim­mers. Phil Mur­phy topped day two with 34-4-0.

In the East Mid­lands, Ferry Mead­ows, near Peter­bor­ough, staged the Steel City Clas­sic, where the strong field was topped by sea­soned campiag­ner and pa­tri­arch of the Ringer dy­nasty Ge­off Ringer with a su­perb 211-8-0 to­tal, the bulk of which (148-6-0 of bream) was taken on day one on feeder and worm tac­tics from peg 114 on Over­ton Lake. On day two Dave Lawrence bagged 140-6-0 of bream on the feeder off Gun­wade Lake to take sec­ond over­all.

Mean­while, the lat­est RiverFest qual­i­fier vis­ited a leg­endary, but now lit­tle-used match haunt, the War­wick­shire Avon around Strat­ford, where Martin Ward booked his place in the final with 49-14-0 of chub on wag­gler and mag­got tac­tics.

Nearby Al­ces­ter tackle dealer Alan Stephens also qual­ifed, with 25-2-0 of chub on the float for sec­ond spot.

Gary Ain­scough with his win­ning Carr Mill Dam net of bream and skim­mers.

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