CATCHING twice as many carp as anyone else will always put you in the driving seat, and that was the case for Barry McDuffus at the latest over-60s match fished at the Robin Wood Fishery.
With eight carp in his net, McDuffus finished well ahead of the rest of the field with a weight of 23lbs 2ozs.
With the carp just waking up after their winter sojourn, he used a groundbait feeder with worm on the hook to beat Mick Lakin, who had just four carp in his net.
McDuffus had to constantly swap between the pole and straight lead for his fish and, as well as the carp, he was also able to add a few silver fish.
Third place went to Terry Carpenter again, and although he has yet to get a higher placing, he is one of the most consistent members this season.
He put 8lbs 7ozs into the scales, comprised of four carp and a few silvers, all caught on the straight lead and maggots.
Just one carp and an ide gave fourth place to Pete Wheatcroft, who stuck to the pole and maggots throughout the match for 3lbs 6ozs.
In the Stoppos Fishery Open, John Harper claimed first place with 40-0-0, beating Pete Barlow (10-12-0) into second place.
Burton Mutual will be running an open on their Caldwell Fishery on Saturday, April 23.
There will be a limit of 16 pegs. The draw will be at 8.30am with fishing 9.30am-2.30pm.
Tickets are available from Gary Beardmore on 01283 522843/07973 280982 or Richard on 07890 545734.
The Mid-Trent ACA are holding a bailiffs course on March 2, 11am to 1pm at the Meadows Club off the Trent Bridge.
Represented so far are Andrew Griffiths of the ESBC, the police, Coors AC, Ferry Bridge, BMAA.
Many other clubs will also be represented.
The course will be run by Al Watson, EA enforcement.
The next open at the Thorpe Constantine Fishery will be held this Saturday.
Tickets are available from Kev Redman on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Needwood Forest Angling Club will hold their presentation night on Friday, March 15, starting at 8pm at the Rangemore Club.
A buffet will be provided and membership tickets for the new season will be available for those wanting to renew their subs, or join the club for the first time.
They will be on sale after the presentation has taken place.
This is a chance to see just what goes on at the fishing club, have a drink and a bite to eat and see how they operate, and everyone is welcome.
The club will be holding their annual general meeting the following Sunday, March 17, starting at 11am.
All members are invited to attend and tickets for the new season will be on sale.
For anyone into tying their own flies, Foremark Fly Fishers’ guest on Monday night, 7.30pm, at the John Thompson pub will be Phil Holding.
After several visits, he returns to show off his skills tying with CDC.
The evening will cost just £3 on the door or you can join the club for £20.
More rain and snow early last week did not help the fishing at Thornton Reservoir, although it finally looks as though the weather forecast is going the right way, and the dry and cold should see an improvement in the water quality.
A few hardy souls did venture out, and any fish caught came to a fast sinking line and bright lures down the middle of the Thornton Arm.