THERE have been many reports of spawning fish during the last week from across the patch but little evidence that this has affected catches — although some venues did close to protect their stock.
Among those was Kiveton Hall Farm, which posted some excellent videos of all the action but where match results remained unaffected.
Eddie Buxton beat a 19-strong field to win the midweek event with a 70lbs 5ozs net from peg 3. Two pegs away at number one was Stuart Lucas, who put 51lbs 10ozs on the scales for second place to leave Steve Ogden in third with 48lbs from number 56 on the Bottom Lake.
Section winners were Steve Robinson, 37lbs 13ozs, David Turton Jnr, 36lbs 4ozs, Clint wood, 40lbs 14ozs and Dave Briggs, 40lbs 13ozs,
Darren Parker began what became an eventful weekend by winning Saturday's match at the venue with an 83lbs 3ozs net from peg 47. The ever-present Steve Robinson was second with 63lbs 11ozs, beating Steve Butler's 49lbs 11ozs into third place.
Section winners were Matt Collins, 16lbs 1oz, Pete Gould, 26lbs 8ozs, Ryan Whilton, 25lbs 5ozs and Simon Holding 41lbs 14ozs.
Darren built on his earlier success with another victory on Sunday when he fished the same peg that he had won from the day before, number 47, and came up trumps again with a 99lbs 2ozs catch.
Paul Precious took the second place with 88lbs from peg 70 on the Bottom Lake which left Craig Beresford's 61lbs 6ozs in third place and Tony Lawson's 51lbs 9ozs in fourth. Section winners were Ernie Burkinshaw, 49lbs, Lee Abakanowicz, 39lbs 11ozs, Steve
Ogden, 10lbs 10ozs and Trev Davis, 35lbs 11ozs.
Good results too from Lowfield Lakes, where Martin Sedgwick not only won Sunday's match but also took the prize for the largest fish — a 15lbs 4ozs specimen — with a total weight of 83lbs 6ozs from peg 29.
Chris Roberts was second at peg 14 with 71lbs 12ozs leaving John Cunliffe in third place with 43lbs 1oz. Section winners were Brandon Denton, 33lbs 3ozs and Garry Weeks, 21lbs 15ozs.
Paul Nash had a good week at Barnburgh, winning Tuesday's open match on the Bottom Lake and finishing second in Friday's match on the Top Lake. 176lbs was Paul's winning weight which left Steve Bromfeld's 155lbs 10ozs in second place and Ian Green's 138lbs 10ozs in third. Eddie Peo was fourth with 125lbs 12ozs, leaving Dean Smith in fifth with 106lbs 8ozs and Boo Ainley in sixth with 98lbs 5ozs.
Pete Gosney took the honours on Friday with a 208lbs 3ozs net from peg 20. Paul was second with 153lbs 3ozs, with Ian Green third with 132lbs 15ozs and Mick Camomile fourth with 110lbs 14ozs. Steve Baraclough took the fifth place with 101lbs 9ozs and Graham Sykes the sixth with 92lbs 2ozs.
A field of 29 anglers fished Sunday's match at Bank End which Colin Brown won with 185lbs from peg 31. “Flyer” Watson was second with 141lbs 10ozs, leaving Dean Gregory's 118lbs 12ozs in third place and Dave Swift's 118lbs 2ozs in fourth. Carl Harrison was fifth with 108lbs 14ozs and John Lindsey sixth with 99lbs 3ozs.
Pete Clark was the winner of Tuesday's match on the Heron Lake at Woodhouse Grange with 116lbs 10ozs from peg 31. Mick Glaister took the second place with 109lbs 8ozs with Sean O'Malley finishing third with 106lbs.
Mick Glaister went one better by winning Thursday's match on the Cobble Lake with 126lbs 8ozs. Alan Gerrard was second with 129lbs and Ricky Lee third with 119lbs.
Saturday's match on the Dog Kennel Lake saw two anglers tie for the top spot, both Lee Rowland and Sam Blackman catching 198lbs each. Pete Gosney was third with 168lbs.