Drawn on peg eight in the Basin, Smith poled chopped worm, caster and red maggot
to land a bream nudging 3lb, a 1lb tench, two decent skimmers plus bits for 6-13-0.
Three others followed at half hour intervals, after which he switched to fishing double red maggot
by waggler float down the middle of the river to connect with two more chub plus three grayling.
I was on double red maggot
and a line strength of just over 3lbs with a size 16 hook.
Alf fished open ended feeder with dead red maggot
on the hook and cast around 40 yards to the small island from point peg 55 on Bluebell bank.
Stuart Whitwam caught ide on red maggot
on the drop, while Neil Blacker fished chopped worm and caster for a mixed bag, and Richard Holmes fished pellet for ide and carp for a share of third place.
This week's St Helens AA open was won by Bill Raby with 29lb 8oz of bream and skimmers on a crumb feeder and red maggot
with good supporting weights.
The carp was estimated to be between 25 and 27lbs and was tempted by sweetcorn and red maggot
Llyn y Gors,Llandegfan, Anglesey Rob Cammidge,15, from Llangoed,Anglesey,fishing on the pole with size 6 elastic, 2lb line and size 20 hook using a single red maggot
,had the shock of his life when a 14lbs common took the bait!
This time, all he needed was 16lb 6oz and, to show he's a great all-rounder, pole-fished red maggot
did the damage this time.
Match anglers found canals with feeding roach and at Selly Oak, the Stan Jones FT Open event found itself with a new four-hour match record when Kings Norton's Keith Woodhead pole-fished peg 12 with casters and red maggot
bait for a fine 11lb 2oz 7dram catch.
The top three caught carp to 8lb on polefished red maggot
and Bank Pool produced the best three weights, where Pace (Moorlands) tipped an admirable 139-4-0 onto the scales at peg 23.
Using his favoured stickfloat method on peg 50 above the run-off to Clay Bough, he presented red maggot
down the middle of the river and caught nine grayling and a chub for a winning 8lb 3oz.