High Noon return for angler at Messingham Sands
MESSINGHAM SANDS - Angler Tony Noon found peg 11 on the Islands Lake to be full of carp on the Sunday Open match.
Fishing 8mm and 6mm pellets on a waggler 30 metres out towards an island, Tony found carp from a couple of pounds in weight up to double figures very willing to feed.
His biggest problem was the weather, seeing his float at that distance was difficult enough with heavy and persistent rain lasting for quite a while, but when it turned to snow, visibility became nigh on impossible.
As the fish were well off the bottom and leger tactics not working, he was forced to persevere with the waggler and did really well to put such a good weight together.
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Travelling companion John Jefferson drew on the opposite side of the lake, facing into the wind, and well deserved his second placed 47lb.
Despite the poor weather, competitors were surprised by the number of carp showing on the surface prior to the rain and snow setting in. This bodes well for when winter eventually decides to relinquish its grip.
Saturday’s Silverfish Open was held on the Oak Tree Pond and despite some really good catches of skimmers, with an average weight per man of around 30lb, most anglers were plagued by carp from 1lb to 8lb, with more than 100 landed by the competitors.
Pleasure anglers should note the carp all fell to small baits such as single maggot or 4mm soft pellet fished over fishmeal groundbait. Larger baits such as boilies and luncheon meat are not nearly as effective at the moment.
The North Day Ticket Pond is also in excellent form, with one angler landing four roach over the 2lb mark in a session, as well as chub to 4lb, some decent perch and a double figure carp. The successful method was to fish small redworms over caster on a short pole.
SATURDAY SILVERFISH OPEN, OAK TREE POND: 1 Dave Mountford, Scunthorpe, 46-11; 2 Paul Seed, Grimsby, 42-7; 3 Keith Harrison, Brigg, 41-2; 4 Kevin Johnson, Messingham, 32-10; 5 Mick Wills, Crowle, 29-3.
SUNDAY OPEN, ISLANDS LAKE: 1 Tony Noon, Hull, 110-01; 2 John Jefferson, Hull, 47-13; 3 Carl Urry, Scunthorpe, 30-8; 4 Dave Chapman, Doncaster, 27-9; 5 Kim Mesner, Grimsby, 24-7.
FRIDAY OPEN, ISLANDS LAKE: 1 Kim Mesner, Grimsby, 45-2; 2 Keith Easton, Grimsby, 41-5; 3 Tim Chapman, Goole, 31-1.