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Holbeach and District Angling Club stage match at Sharps Bridge over the South Holland Main Drain

The Holbeach and District Angling Club held a match at Sharps Bridge on Sunday over the South Holland Main Drain.

Conditions for the club contest looked fine but the colour had drained out from the river which was expected to provide a tough test.

However, Mat Barker led the way with a haul of 14lb 13.5oz from peg 13 with a good net of mainly roach on the pole line.

Mat Barker.
Mat Barker.

Second was Holbeach captain Ian Thrower who caught 9lb 15oz of good stamp roach on the short waggler line from peg 14.

The father-and-son duo of Robert and Chris Newton took third and fourth place respectively.

Robert weighed in 6lb 15oz from peg 16 and was closely followed by Chris with 6lb 3oz from peg 18.

The majority of the 35 pegs at Main Road were taken for the latest Tydd Gote Angling Club Sunday club match.

With clear skies and little or no breeze it was always going to be a tough day. End pegs play a big part on days like this and so it proved as Andy Spencer on pegand Bob Bates on peg 29 battled it out for the honours.

Andy fished pinkie over groundbait and hemp from the concrete at around 6m for some nice roach, perch and skimmers for 6lb 5oz and that was enough to edge Bob’s level 6lb from the opposite end of the match length, also to pinkie over groundbait at around 5m.

John Taylor was third from peg 3 with 4lb 5oz but had the misfortune to do battle with a huge pike estimated at between 15lb and 20lb that disrupted his swim. Martin Roper took the first section from seven with 2lb 13oz, Dan Abbott the middle section from peg 14 with a bonus skimmer and some bits for 2lb 2oz and Pete Emery the end section from peg 22 with 3lb 6oz.

Wednesday Open: 1. Pete Emery 34lb 10oz 2. Dave Simmonds 10lb 11oz 3. John Taylor 8lb 12oz.

Thursday evening: 1. Paul Bawden 6lb 12oz 2. Pete Emery 5lb 3oz 3. Dan Abbott 4lb 10oz.

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