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Wood ups the ante to bag first place at Little Onn

By Nick Elwell | Grassroots | Published:

Wednesfield’s Mel Wood raised his game to win the Wolverhampton Over-60s Club Open was held on the Shropshire Union Canal at Little Onn, near Church Eaton.

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After finishing third in the previous match, Wood (Four Ashes AC) led the way from peg two where he netted 14-7-4, comprising of five big perch to 2lb 8oz caught on poled red maggot plus roach, skimmers and hybrids snared on pole-fished red maggot and caster.

Penkridge-based Dave Smith (Bridgtown Social AC) followed from peg 14, netting all roach to 6oz for 10-14-14, ahead of his team-mate Bob Boothby who bagged a 2lb bream on his way to 9-13-3 from end peg one.

Darlaston’s Derek Owen edged to victory in the Rough Hay AC contest on Dan’s Pool in Featherstone.

Top two anglers caught on pole-fished corn with Owen claiming the spoils by one fish. Stationed on peg five, he fished on the inside for 48-12-0.

Wednesbury’s Roy Horton was second after landing 44-6-0 from peg nine, leaving Wolverhampton AA match secretary Arthur Shaw in third with 36-7-0.

Nine teams of eight anglers lined the Linley Bank stretch of the River Severn in Bridgnorth for the Annual August Bank Holiday Monday Bridgnorth AS Team Challenge Cup in memory of Society stalwart Harry Checketts whose family were very much in attendance to present the awards. There were no massive weights however there were some good double figure catches returned all along the stretch. Top individual was Adrian Narbeth (Wolves) with a level 31-0-0 of mainly caster and luncheon meat-tempted chub from the Ford peg in B Section. Stourport’s Jim Wilson (KDAA) followed with eight small barbel and 4lb of silvers for 27-2-0 at peg 105, ahead of Shakespeare Superteam/Bait-Tech’s Nigel Davies, guesting for Barford AA, who scaled a brilliant 26-4-0 of dace and perch caught on long pole tactics at peg 107. Barford AA raised the team shield with 61 points, joint runners’-up were Mosella MGM and KDAA, both on 54 points apiece. Fourth place went to Wolves with 52, ahead of Bridgnorth AS on 51 and sixth place went to Harry’s Boys on 44.

Poole Hall anglers filled the frame at Sunday’s Heron Pool Open at Poole Hall Fisheries in Alveley, nr. Bridgnorth. Pellet, luncheon meat and corn were the best baits. Adam Jones ran out a clear winner on peg 5 with 133-8-0 of carp to 13lb plus a trio of bream to 3lb. Alan Goode’s 108-0-0 of carp to 10lb gained him second on peg 65, leaving Keith Millard in third with 87-6-0 of carp to 12lb from peg 3.

Monkhall’s own Kev Hayes left the others in his wake at Sunday’s Hawk Pool Open at Monkhall Fisheries in Monkhopton, nr. Bridgnorth. Pole-fishing paste short also fishing the pellet feeder off peg 1, Hayes weighed in a cracking 185-11-0 haul of carp to 4lb and F1s to 3lb. Runner-up, Chris Jones (Matric/BD Floats) poled pellet short and shallow for 126-0-0 of carp to 4lb and F1s to 2lb at peg 3, ahead of Andrew Deakin (Fatty’s/BD Floats) who poled paste close in and pellet on his edge line to return 119-4-0 of carp to 3lb and F1s to 2lb.

It was a close call for top billing at the August Bank Holiday Monday Open at Preston Innovations Boldings Pools in Bridgnorth, staged across the Oak, Chestnut and Sycamore Pools. Boldings’ own Chris Lane clinched the win on Oak peg 16 where he poled pellet down the sides for 168-6-0 of carp to 7lb. Shrewsbury rod Nathan Spain had to settle for second with 167-0-0 of carp to 6lb caught up in the water on poled pellet at Chestnut peg 6, ahead of Clive Wynn (Tri-Cast Weston) who recorded 149-4-0 on Sycamore peg 8.

Nick Elwell

By Nick Elwell
Grassroots Sports Editor

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