Cox masters river conditions to win individual league round

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It has been some time since Deeping St James AC have been able to hold a match on their stretch of the River Nene at Wansford due to continuous high water levels, but the river has at last returned to near normal conditions but was still flowing strongly.

Finding some slack water was key for this match which was the 5th and final round of the Deeping Individual League Series, and match winner Steve Cox took full advantage when he draw peg 10.

Cox started by fishing the crease between fast and slack water to catch roach and dace on maggot over heavy groundbait, then later changed to the slack water as the rivers flow increased to finish with 9lb 1oz.

In second place was Roger Biddle on peg 23 whose weight of 7lb 2oz included a fine chub and Jon Bowland took third position with 5lb 1oz from peg 5.

Section winners were David Norville, Mel Saggers and Paul Dotchin.

The DILS Cup and top cash prize went to Nigel Briggs with 37 points, second was Steve Cox on 32pts, third equal was David Marzell and David Norville on 31pts.

Results: Deeping St James AC, DILS5, River Nene Wansford. Sun 16. Steve Cox (dsjac) 9-1-0 Roach and dace on maggot; Roger Biddle (dsjac) 7-2-0; Jon Bowland (dsjac) 5-1-0.

Rutland Water opens to fishermen on March 15. Stocking of Rainbows and Browns is currently taking place.

The wet, very mild winter has seen the water level just a fraction off maximum capacity and there have been some very good hatches of buzzer occurring on a regular basis, and birds such as grebe and little grebes continue to feed on last season’s fry in certain areas of the reservoir.

Any overwintered fish showing at the start of the season should be in tremendous condition, hopefully providing anglers with the exceptional sport that was witnessed throughout the 2013 season.

Rutland Water Fly Fishers are holding an Open Day at Empingham Cricket Club on Saturday March 22.

This will be a great opportunity to meet RWFF members, gain casting tuition and tackle advice and more.

Angling enthusiasts of all ages will be welcome. Visit to find out more.