First round win for Wally

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DEEPING St James AC fished the first round of the Deepings Individual League Series on Sunday.

Fishing on the River Nene at Wansford, they had an excellent turnout, filling all available pegs.

Winner, from the unfancied high numbers, was Wally Horton drawn on peg 21. Wally had an all dace net for 9lb 15oz, all caught on a stick float and red maggot.

Not far behind, from the next peg, was Rob Allen with 9lb 3oz. Rob float-fished chopped worm to the boats on the far bank to take chub to 1lb 8oz. Third, fishing his first match with the club, was Mark Horsley who had a mixed net for 7lb 6oz using a waggler and maggot approach.

Next week’s match is against Yaxley for the Newman Cup at Raveley Drain.The draw is at 7.45am. Call Carl Fisher 07734 583567 or Andy Wilson 07787 352762.

l A cracking 6lb 8oz rainbow was the biggest catch of the week at Rutland Water. Frank Cotter of Widmerpool, Nottingham, caught the fish using a floating fry. He said: “My boat partner and I came in for lunch, not having caught anything. We had a chat with Rutland warden Nigel Savage who suggested anchoring up at the sailing club and fishing floating line with a floating fry. Nigel’s advice worked and I caught a 6lb 8oz beauty – a personal best.”

The average size of fish remains high and Steve Crowder took a 6lb 2¾oz rainbow while boat fishing in the North Arm and Trevor Harvey took a 6lb 6oz fish.

l Numbers of Zander are being recorded with individual boats taking up to 10-15 fish with the best weighing 6lb. No pike were reported.