Lakeview Fishery’s canal pool again came up with the better weights at the veterans’ match last Wednesday.
The back bank held the bulk of the fish, and Martin Quilter found them from the start, building up a good weight in the first hour.
Fish became difficult to find from peg 23 later on, but Martin came in well ahead of the rest with a total of 66lb.
Dave Farrall, on canal’s peg 17, was second, finding the fish in the deeper water to land 45lb, and pushing Roger Holmes (40lb) into third.
Keith Daws took the other section honours with 34lb, easily the best on the bank.
On the serpent pool, fish began to feed late on, and Steve Draper, who had caught just three fish until the last hour, finally came in with 26lb.
Second on the lake was Ian Donaldson with 17lb, mainly down to one very good-sized catch.
* The veterans fished the canal and serpent again on Saturday and saw improved weights all round.
Notts AA anglers Roger Holmes and John Cooke were neck-and-neck, but Roger came out on top with 72lb, just pipping John by 4lb.
Maggot was the bait of the day, Roger fishing over, while John found the fish in the margins, a good sign that fish are moving around looking for feed.
Cliff Adcock topped the weights on the serpent lake from peg 25 with a much-improved 55lb.
With a further three 40lb and three 30lb bags, things are looking up for the rest of the season.
John Cooke looks to have the Winter League in the bag, but the next few positions are still up for grabs.
The league finishes on March 28 ahead of an April 1 final for anglers who have fished 15 or more matches.