THE COMPETITION is hotting up in the race for Winter League honours at Alvechurch Fisheries.
Round seven was won by Danny Tresigne on the Horseshoe lake on Saturday to keep himself in contention for top spot with three rounds remaining, although the man to catch is Steve Bellion who boosted his hopes of an overall triumph by claiming second place in round seven.
Tresigne prevailed with a catch of 48.6 on peg 30, ahead of Bellion on peg nine with 40.3.
Third was Richard Johns (Smithy’s Angling Centre) on peg 28 with 36.9, fourth was Dave Broadbent on peg 36 with 33.10, fifth was Les Ayres on peg 13 with 32.14 and completing the top six was Richard Massey on peg seven with 30.1.
With strong winds gusting over the Horseshoe lake, the majority of the anglers left their poles in their holdalls, but the exception was Tresigne who fished pole and soft pellet at 14m, rotating a number of swims to net a mixed bag of carp to secure maximum points.
Bellion opted for bomb and maggot tactics short of the rushes to net a few carp and stockies and Johns also went down the route of bomb and maggot up to the island for his mixed bag.
Broadbent fishwd bomb and maggot tactics short of the island for his weight and Ayres found some shelter fishing up to the flower box to net a mixed bag of skimmers and barbel.
Massey also fished bomb and maggot to include a few carp.
In close attendance behind Bellion at the top are Ayres, Malcolm Brown and Tresigne in that order ahead of the next round on March 12.
THE THURSDAY Open on the Horseshoe and Canal lakes attracted 20 anglers and top spot went to Ayres on peg 36 with 60.6.
Second was Shawn Street (Smithy’s Angling Centre) on peg nine with 49.14 and third was Paul Mortimer (Smithy’s Angling Centre) on peg six with 49.11.
Fourth spot was taken by Warren Beach on peg 22 with 48.3, fifth was Scott Smith (Smithy’s Angling Centre) on peg 13 with 48.2 and sixth was Phil Evans on peg seven with 46.9.
Recording his second victory on the trot, Ayres is the man in form on the Horseshoe lake at present.
Drawing road peg 36 saw him opt to fish two tactics, alternating bomb and waggler with maggot up to the island for a mixed net of carp, stockies and barbel.
His nearest challenger Street on peg nine fished long pole and maggot across to the reeds over a number of lines to put together a mixed net of carp and silvers.
Mortimer fished similar tactics for his mixed bag and on the far side Beach also rotated pole and maggot over a number of swims for his mixed net.
Fishing off peg 13 with long pole and maggot, Smith rotated a number of lines for a few bonus carp and barbel, whilst Evans fished bomb and maggot into open water to also net a few carp and stockies.