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Angling: Cochrane wins the pools at Docklow.

SOUTH Wales anglers had a highly successful weekend on the Midlands match circuit, carrying off first prize in four opens.

The most impressive result came in the Docklow Open where Pill Angling backed Giles Cochrane, of Cwmbran, won with 159lb 8oz of big carp.

He drew well, peg 31 on the Match Pool where the carp shoal up against the island.

Switching between waggler and leger tackle, he cast his sweetcorn bait across to the feature and hooked carp to 13lb. Richard Thompson, of Leominster, was runner-up with 124lb of carp from another hot spot, peg 34 on the sunken boat. In Gloucestershire, the Newport-based Welsh Wizards team finished second in the final round of the Hillview Winter League at the Tewkesbury fishery and had team-man, Rob Jones in fifth place.

The six-man team finished runners-up in the league, beaten by just one point.

New Inn Nobblers member Rob Skellet, of Cwmbran, who caught 65lb of carp won the next day's open on the lakes.

Andrew Murphy, of Ebbw Vale, was second with 36lb and Rob Eyles, of Pontypool, and Steve Jackson, of Risca, were section winners.

It was hard going in the Clarkes Open at Hartleton Lake near Ross-on-Wye, but Chris Murphy, of Caerphilly, plugged away with pole and pinkies to build up a winning 4lb 1oz haul of small roach.

His nearest challenger was Forest of Dean angler Andy Wilks with 3lb.

Cardiff Nomads member Clive Roberts showed off his chub fishing skills when he carried off first prize in the Hereford Open on the Belmont section of the River Wye.

He float-fished bread down the middle of the river and caught 20 chub for a winning score of 32lb 6oz.

Runner-up was Paul Woodward, of Hereford, with 31lb 13oz.

Dean Nott, of Caerphilly, finished in fifth place with a 23lb 14oz. catch that included a specimen 6lb chub.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 13, 2003
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