Lakeview angling: Cooke extends lead in Veterans’ League

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John Cooke strengthened his lead in Lakeview Fishery’s Veterans League with another victory on Saturday.

With very strong winds and tough conditions, the reef pool was considered the best option again which proved a good decision.

Once again Cooke produced a very good weight, fishing maggot across to the island to land 64lb and take the honours.

Roger Marlow adopted the same method and came in second with a good weight of 46lb, while Roger Holmes completed the top three with 28lb.

The conditions were a repeat of those endured at last Wednesday’s match as the wind made it difficult for most anglers to reach the island where the fish seemed to favour.

It was also another match on reef where one side of the lake fished better than the other.

Fishing a corner peg on the right side of the pool, Cliff Adcock overcame a slow start to build a winning overall weight of 38lb.

He used a single maggot on a 20 hook, and persevered with fishing long despite the difficulties, a tactic which kept him ahead of the field.

Steve Fletcher, at the more sheltered end of the lake, found fish both across to the island and in the margins and although the fish were small he ended with 32lb to take second place.

Roger Holmes took the section with 28lb, and Pete Sissons took the other bank section with just 16lb.

Holmes is second in the league, behind Cooke, but Brian Orme and Roger Marlow are pushing him all the way.

The league finishes at the end of March.