Trent tri­umph for Bates is a mas­sive boost to his team

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - by Ken Wade AN­GLING COR­RE­SPON­DENT

It was a great week­end for lo­cal an­glers fish­ing big in­di­vid­ual com­pe­ti­tions at the week­end.

The Sen­sas Mark One team were given a mas­sive boost ahead of the fast ap­proach­ing Di­vi­sion One Na­tional on the tidal River Trent when their team man Bob Bates won the In­di­vid­ual Na­tional on the venue at the week­end.

Bates put close to 29kg to the scales, catch­ing 10 bar­bel and a bream on a big feeder fished mid-river on a day which saw some very en­cour­ag­ing weights taken.

The lo­cal team also saw Rob Hewi­son just miss out on a medal as he fin­ished a very cred­itable sixth on the day and with other team mem­bers putting in a good per­for­mance hopes will be high come the big day.

As if that was not enough good news on the in­di­vid­ual front this week, Spald­ing an­gler Matt Arnold has gone through to the Maver Match This Fi­nal once again from Hall­croft Fish­ery, top­ping the field on Satur­day with 161lb 14oz.

Yet an­other lo­cal an­gler, John Smal­ley, trav­elled over to the Mid­lands to fish the Maver Match This Qual­i­fier on Barston Lake on Sun­day.

Against a very strong field he put a fine 107lb 3oz net of carp to the scales from peg 122.

He caught fish to 14lb on a pel­let wag­gler with most of his fish com­ing in the se­cond half of the match.

He will now go through to the grand fi­nal at Hay­field Fish­ery with Arnold and John Whin­cup and all stand a chance of win­ning a mas­sive £50,000 plus if they can put in the per­for­mance of a life­time.

COCK INN

The small carp lake at Kings­land Fish­ery has been very kind to those fish­ing the Cock Inn matches on­the venue and on Sun­day it was just as good as usual.

Af­ter a slow start it re­ally got go­ing with a good few fish over 10lb putting in a show all round the lake.

Top rod once again and show­ing his class was Chris Short­land with 157lb of good sized carp caught close in on the feeder from peg three.

It was a slow start for Short­land, but in the last two hours he couldn’t get the feeder back in quick enough. Wrap­ping paste around his banded pel­let proved very ef­fec­tive later on.

Run­ner-up and achiev­ing a per­sonal best weight was Danny O’Brien with a very re­spectable 156lb 14oz. He feeder fished with meat close in from peg seven.

Third place went to Mick Sid­ney with 131lb 2oz. He caught on pole fished sweet­corn close in.

FLOAT FISH FARM

The Float Fish Farm Sum­mer Se­ries con­tin­ues to at­tract a good field and on Satur­day Stan­ley Dow once again proved to be the man to beat on the Two Is­land pool, top­ping a strong field with 85lb 5oz.

Nigel Bax­ter came in se­cond with 71lb 7oz with Michel Brooker third on 65lb 11oz.

Mat­tArnold is through to the Maver Match This Fi­nal.

Stam­ford an­gler Nigel Bryans caught this 18lb 3oz bar­bel at El­ton which, sub­ject to ver­i­fi­ca­tion, will be classed as a River Nene record bar­bel.

Bob Bates.

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