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Angling: Harvey tops the ton at Stoppos

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 25, 2014

By Alan Dawes

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ONLY a few die-hards turned up for the Saturday Open at the Stoppos Fishery due to the awful weather forecast.

However, the stay-aways missed out on some good sport as the carp and bream went on a feeding spree, even during the electrical storm that hit the area during the match.

Top of the shop once again was Mick Harvey with a match-winning 111lbs of carp and bream caught up in the water on meat. Harvey took carp to 11lbs and his seven bream totaled 28lbs.

This is the third time in a row that Harvey has beaten the magic ton of fish-and there are few people in the country that can say that.

John Harper had to settle for second place yet again, catching mainly carp on pellets for 55lbs 8oz, which were also caught fishing up in the water.

Fishing the venue for the first time, Garry Beardmore did very well to put 53lbs of carp and bream on the scales for third.

Tuesday night's match was better attended and fished in perfect conditions.

Colin Talbot showed his class for his first win on the venue with 40lbs 8oz of carp on the pellet waggler with banded hard pellets.

Ivor Preece continued his successful run at the lake with a close second on 39lbs 8oz of feeder-caught carp, again on the pellet.

Reg Whiston is also no stranger to success and he finished third with 29lbs 8oz, consisting of five carp on the method feeder with meat bait.

Phil March also stuck to his favourite method feeder and caught carp for 27lbs and John Wayte fished pellets up in the water for 26lbs 4oz.

The weights may not have been so great but they were certainly close.

Burton Veterans fished the Rycroft Fishery and found superb numbers of fish with carp, skimmers and general silver fish taken throughout.

The top two were separated by a fraction over a pound, both catching very similar nets of fish but both caught on different methods.

The winner was Dave Sherratt, who had a brace of carp and a lot of silver fish, all caught on the maggot over worms and his trusty pole. He weighed in 38lbs 8oz.

On 37lbs 7oz, Pete Wheatcroft used the waggler along with has pole and pellet on the hook.

The weights fell off to Bob Dunkerley's 28lbs third place, while Paul Clamp was next and he was just a couple of ounces behind on 27lbs 14oz, with Terry Carpenter scaling 27lbs 5oz.

A few weeks ago, the maggot dominated all of the fishing in the area but now is the time that a much wider selection of baits are doing well.

It is always worth taking a few maggots with you but then you have to choose between paste, pellets, meat and sweetcorn. It's up to you!

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