Heavy rain greeted 18 anglers at Lakeview Fishery last Wednesday at the Middy Winter Xtreme series,
Andy Searle drew peg 21 on the lagoon pool which proved to be in form as he caught mainly F1s for a winning weight of 81lb 4oz on maggot and pellet.
Andy has already qualified for next March’s final so runner-up Richard Kinnersley was the lucky angler to qualify by default after catching 69lb 4oz, off the serpent’s peg 20.
The match proved very close with Sean Huggins just behind in third with 68lb 5oz, and newcomer Darren Wilson coming fourth with 67lb.
Top five: 1 Andy Searle (LV Select) 81lb 4oz (lagoon peg 21), 2 Richard Kinnersley (Coopers Tackle) 69lb 4oz (serpent 20), 3 Sean Huggins (Drennan/Dynamite) 68lb 5oz (serpent 17), 4 Darren Wilson (MW Floats) 67lb (serpent 10), 5 Rob Lee (LV Select) 60lb 1oz (lagoon 25).
* A very foggy start on Saturday saw only nine anglers turn out for the Middy series match.
But it was a close finish with Dave Harper the lucky one to qualify, catching 62lb 4oz off peg nine.
He caught mainly carp, F1s and skimmers on pellet and bread.
Top five: 1 Dave Harper (Plumtree Pig Roast Co) 62lb 4oz (peg 9), 2 Richard Kinnersley (Coopers Tackle) 61lb 2-oz (peg 7), 3 Rob Lee (LV Select) 37lb 8oz (peg 5), 4 Carl Moss (LV Select) 19lb 8oz (peg 25), 5 Gaz Moorley 19lb 5oz (peg 21).
* Lakeview regular Andy Searle enjoyed his second win of the week at the Sunday Open with 71lb 13oz off peg 12.
Catching on bread and pellet all over, Andy netted himself carp to 4lb, F1s and a few barbel.
Martin Thackery drew the golden peg and came close, taking second position with 47lb 5oz.
Brothers Steve and Mick Beckhurst both picked up section money with Steve picking up the high section win by just 1lb 2oz.
Top five: 1 Andy Searle (LV Select) 71lb 13oz (peg 12), 2 Martin Thackery (WoodhouseAngCentre) 47lb 5oz (peg 17), 3 Steve Beckhurst (LV Select) 41lb 8oz (peg 14), 4 Mick Beckhurst (LV Select) 40lb 10oz (peg 19), 5 Steve Haywood (Middy) 31lb 12oz (peg 25).