AS the wet weather begins to sink in this past week, it’s made us all aware that winter is actually on its way.
With the amount of rain- water that’s been upon us, it was no small wonder that, in some venues, there’s always a risk of a negative effect on just how some can perform.
On a positive note, though, a “good flush” does very often offer so much more to a water by producing a good input of colour. Here, if the acidic levels are fine, fish can respond in many ways, especially when it comes to feeding with confidence.
With that, Liverpool DAA held the first round of their Teams of Four competition on Sunday, and, on a nicely-coloured canal, this one saw nine teams taking part, pegged from the Saracens Head back towards Liverpool to the Kings Arms road bridge.
Competition is always rife on these matches, and, even with the rivalry being as friendly as possible, the contest is, of course, at the highest level when it comes to the challenge between the home Liverpool AS squad members and the famous Wigan lads.
Individually, with the cut in fine form Steve Crossley (Preston Innovations Yorkshire) took the best weight of the day with a superb catch of 19 skimmers for a winning 19.9.8.
Liverpool AS rod Robbie Flude took the runner-up spot in second, with 14.1.8, and Wigan’s Paul Robinson took a close third place with 13.12.0.
Team-wise, the Wigan Green team took the top spot with a fantastic nine- point score. That outshone two LAS teams who took second and third with the blue team edging the reds with a score of 16 points over the blue’s 18.
On the commercial scene on Saturday at Moreton’s Lingmere, Dave Cheetham made the trip through the tunnel worthwhile with a tremendous win for 99lb.
That topped Ben Slater’s second-placed effort of 96lb. Gary Bough took third place with 65.12.0.
Back over here at Millhouse Fisheries, on the complex’s Mistral Lake, Sunday saw the grand “All Winners” final take place.
On a very wet and windswept venue, this one was always going to be down to a great deal of local knowledge and hard work.
That was proven, as local Mescar rod Colin Craven proved his worth, as he took this year’s crown using a simple 6m margin approach, using soft pellet to take the day’s top honours. Craven put carp to 8lb and barbel to 4lb in his net for a total winning weight of 62.6.0.
Mick Reed took the runners-up spot with 52.10.0, also on the pellet, which just pipped Matrix maestro Jamie Hughes’ 52.0.0.
On the sea-front this week, anglers from all corners of Great Britain and Ireland are preparing with great interest for the up-and-
coming NWASAC Two-Day Festival, to be held on Otterspool promenade.
This fantastic competition is now in its 28th year, and is one that stands in the hearts of everyone associated with sea angling on Merseyside and will take place on November 30 to December 1.
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