Brothers Ant and Rob Lee took the winning honours at Lakeview Fishery last Wednesday as they battled gusty winds and rain at the Middy Xtreme Winter Series.
The conditions didn’t deter 15 anglers showing up for the qualifier. Ant Lee drew peg 17 on canal and fished all over on maggot to top the field with 61lb 10oz of carp, skimmers, barbel and F1s.
Fifth-placed Jason Sahall was the lucky qualifier by default for March’s Middy Xtreme Final with all of the top four already through.
Top five: 1 Ant Lee (LV Select) 61lb 10oz (peg 17), 2 Rob Lee (LV Select) 50lb 5oz (peg 13), 3 Steve Kinch (Dynamite) 40lb 8oz (peg 25), 4 Dave Harper (Plumtree Pig Roast Co) 39lb 13oz (peg 3), 5 Jason Sahall (LV Select) 39lb 12oz (peg 5).
* Lakeview regular Dave Harper won by just under 1lb at Saturday’s qualifier.
Taking 39lb 8oz off peg 23, Dave caught on maggot down the track and margins as the strong wind made it difficult to fish across.
Gary Saddler was a close second with 38lb 10oz, also catching on maggot off peg 15, and took the qualifying spot for the final with Dave already qualified.
Top five: 1 Dave Harper (Plumtree Pig Roast Co) 39lb 9oz (peg 23), 2 Gary Saddler (Sensas/CoopersTackle) 38lb 10oz (peg 15), 3 Sean Huggins (Drennan/Dynamite) 28lb 12oz (peg 1), 4 Scott Robinson (Mill Tackle) 23lb 12oz (pen 29), 5 Bob Dyer (Maver) 23lb 5oz (peg 7).
* A total of 20 anglers fished the Sunday Open match on the marina and river pools.
Lakeview Select angler Ant Lee bagged his second win of thwe week, pipping Sean Huggins by three pounds.
Top five: 1 Ant Lee (LV Select) 41lb 5oz (marina peg 12), 2 Sean Huggins (Drennan/Dynamite) 38lb 8oz (marina 22), 3 Mick Beckhurst (LV Select) 26lb 12oz (marina 8), 4 John Baker (Melton Tackle) 25lb 8oz (marina 5), 5 Steve Haywood (Middy) 24lb 5oz (marina 3).