RICHARD HOLMES finally broke his ‘angling match duck’ when he took first place in the Hoyle Ings Messingham match.
In was his first victory in two years and came about when he skilfully flicked four 6mm pellets, every 30 seconds, into his peg to draw the fish from his neighbours pegs.
Fishing 6in deep and shipping to above 14m, Holmes brought in six carp which ensured his deserved victory.
A lovely all-Crucian carp net gave Dave Love second place, catching maggot at 4m. But it proved an expensive match for Love who, 10 minutes from the finish, had his pole snap on a bigger fish and watched it sink!
In the prize-money for the second successive match was Neil McFarlane, who took third spot with a mixed bag.
Leading positions and weights were:
1 Richard Holmes 30lbs 4oz; 2 Dave Love 24lbs 9oz; 3 Neil McFarlane 23lbs 12oz.
Section winners: Bob Haigh 23lbs 10oz, Neil Blacker 23lbs 9oz, Karly Rowley 23lbs 6oz, Mark Haigh 5lbs 12oz.