Jones opens a wide lead

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KEITH Jones won week five of Rutland Water’s Tuesday Night Boat League.

Jones took the honours with an eight fish limit for 21lb 2oz, and he now enjoys a healthy lead in the overall standings.

The gloomy conditions were ideal for excellent fishing with 13 anglers netting 44 fish.

Results: 1st Keith Jones, 8 fish for 21lb 2oz; 2nd Richard Cooper, 8 for 17lb 3½oz; 3rd Hilary Tomlinson 7 for 16lb 6oz.

League standings: 1st Keith Jones 32 points; 2nd Ady Naylor 25; 3rd Richard Cooper 24; 4th Geoff Wanless 21.

l STEVE Crowder was the star of The Cutting Trophy match, organised by Rutland Water FlyFishers.

Crowder caught six fish for a total weight of 16lb 7oz. His bag included the best fish of the match at 3lb 8oz, winning him a £30 prize. His winning method was to pull a booby on an intermediate line.

The match was held in atrocious weather but despite the conditions eight of the club’s stalwarts turned out, opting in the main for the protected areas including Carrot Creek and west of Whitwell; although Dave Porter and Steve Cullen elected for the more exposed New Zealand Point/Berry Butts area.

Given the enthusiasm, the final result was a bit of a disappointment, with a total of only seven fish caught for a total weight of 18lb 2oz.

l SEVERAL anglers beat the weather to take some good bags of fish last week.

Anglers with good bags included Al Owen and Martin Campbell who amassed a 16 fish haul weighing 56lb 13¾oz (including two fish weighing more than 5lb). The pair fished the North Arm with floating line and nymphs.

The best rainbow of the week weighed 5lb 8oz and was taken by T Baty of Grantham. The best brown weighted 5lb 2oz and was caught by P Brimson of Thetford.

The mid-week boat winner was David Dakers of Langham.

Bad weather forced the cancellation of Saturday’s floating line competition. This will be rescheduled at a later date.

Oakham Angling Club

SEVENTEEN anglers turned out for this week’s match, which was on the Gilmorton Lakes near Ashby Magna.

In first place, off peg 3 was Dave Thornton, who caught 41lb 8oz of fish on pellet. He finished way ahead of the rest of the field who were led by Alan Wiggins on peg 7, who weighed in 17lb 9oz. Third place went to Colin Crisp who weighed in 17lb 5oz.

Section 1 was won by Dave Thornton with Chris Parsons winning Section 2.