Ivor red hot as Winter League opens with frozen lake

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A half frozen lake greeted the 17 anglers who turned out for round one of the Sherwood Winter League, but thanks to the help of the Sherwood Forest Farm Park Fishery staff all the pegs were fishable for the start of the match.

Ivor Birkin made no mistakes on end peg 26 to romp home with an 8lb 11oz net of ide, perch and skimmers

Ian Boyd claimed second spot from peg 18 with 6lb of chunky perch on pole and maggot and Nick Oakley completed the main frame thanks to a late run of roach in the last hour to finish with 4lb 0.5oz.

1st Ivor Birkin, Rivendell, 8-11, 2nd Ian Boyd, Woodhouse Angling Centre, 6-0, 3rd Nick Oakley, Rivendell, 4-05, 4th Roy Butterfield, Gateford Angling, 3-13, 5th Wayne Heywood, Subfish, 3-08.

The Sunday Open Match on Holmedale Lake produced a very good day’s fishing for all, despite the white-over frost and a delay to the start to break the ice.

In top spot making his first visit to the fishery Roy Gibson drew peg 30 and fished the pole with corn and pellet out at 14m landing 18 carp to 5lb and 61lb 1oz.

In second spot, fishery regular Daz Staley fished the pole and maggot out at 14m for 60lb of carp to 6lb and roach to 1lb.

Third in this tight match went to Colin Spencer, fishing a pellet feeder cast to the old lily pads, putting 59lb 5oz on the scales.

1st Roy Gibson Match Group 2000 peg 30, 61-1-0, 2nd Daz Staley Subfish tackle peg 32, 60-0-0, 3rd Colin Spencer Got Baits peg 28, 59-5-0, 4th Richard Allen Kinky Pellet Club peg 1, 58-4-0, 5th Lee Plackett Sherwood Forest Fishery peg 19, 41-15-0, 6th Nigel Shipman Sherwood Forest Fishery peg 41, 38-11-0.

Winning his first match at the fishery in the Wednesday Open on Holmedale, John Thomas fished a small pellet feeder cast to the island at peg 39, landing 17 carp to 7lb on corn, pellet and bread, finishing with 63lb 4oz and plenty to spare over second place Mick Langton, who landed nine carp to 7lb on the pole and 4mm pellet.

1st John Thomas Sherwood Forest Fishery peg 39, 63-4-0, 2nd Mick Langton Sherwood Forest Fishery peg 14, 38-9-0, 3rd Andy Lakey Worksop Angling Centre peg 54, 29-5-0, 4th Terry Pixley Worksop Angling Centre peg 9, 21-3-0, 5th John Bleakly Sherwood Forest Fishery peg 32, 18-2-0, 6th Pete Hodgetts Sherwood Forest Fishery peg 4, 17-5-0.

The Tuesday Open on Sherwood Lake 19 was a silver fish match with caster versus maggot.

Dave Round came out on top, fishing the pole and caster for ide and roach with 16lb 8oz, and John Holmes was second with 14lb 2oz of skimmers and roach on the pole and maggot, fished over ground bait.

1st Dave Round Woodhouse Angling peg 19, 16-8-0, 2nd John Holmes Woodhouse Angling peg 17, 14-2-0, 3rd Fred Bispham Sherwood Forest Fishery peg 10, 11-1-0, 4th John Bleakly Sherwood Forest Fishery peg 7, 6-10-0, 5th Dave Nichols Notts AA peg 8, 5-12-0, 6th Norman Corkhill Sherwood Forest Fishery peg 21, 5-8-0.