The overnight temperatures put the fish off feeding, but Sean Huggins was the clear winner of last Wednesday’s Middy Xtreme Winter Series match at Lakeview Fishery.
Sean caught 68lb 1oz of mixed carp, skimmers and F1s on bread. With Sean and runner-up Brian Greenbury already qualified for the final in March, the place defaulted down to Paul Kania who weighed in 14lb 12oz with five fish.
Top five: 1 Sean Huggins (Drennan/Dynamite) 68lb 1oz (marina peg 22), 2 Brian Greenbury (LV Select) 15lb 8oz (marina 12), 3 Paul Kania (LV Select) 14lb 12oz (marina 14), 4 Bob Murray (Net Busters) 11lb 8oz (serpent 18), 5 Gaz Morley (LV Select) 10lb (marina 9).
* Stormy weekend weather brought strong gust of winds and heavy rain for Saturday’s qualifier, but Sean Huggins again took top spot with 27lb 12oz.
He landed carp and F1s on maggot, catching well in the last hour to beat Dave Harper in a very close match. Regular Steve Beckhurst qualified for the middy final.
Top five: 1 Sean Huggins (Drennan/Dynamite) 27lb 12oz (peg 3), 2 Dave Harper (PlumtreePigRoastCo) 25lb 8oz (peg 20), 3 Steve Beckhurst (LV Select) 24lb 12oz (peg 9), 4 Bob Dyer (Maver) 22lb 5oz (peg 15), 5 Ben Townsend 19lb 1oz (peg 6).
* A weather warning was given out for Lakeview’s Sunday Open match which made fishing difficult.
But Gary Saddler, fishing from peg 17, caught 40lb 8oz of carp to 3lb on maggot to win and deny runner-up Sean Huggins a clean sweep. He caught 31lb 1oz on maggot.
Top five: 1 Gary Saddler (LV Select) 40lb 5oz (peg 17), 2 Sean Huggins (Drennan/Dynamite) 31lb 1oz (peg 12), 3 Andy Searle (LV Select) 28lb 8oz (peg 19), 4 Brian Greenbury (LV Select) 27lb 5oz (peg 22), 5 Steve Beckhurst (LV Select) 19lb 10oz (peg 4).