Angling: Holding triumphs with bonus bream.
HUYTON'S Frank Holding won the final round of the Wirral winter league on the Trent & Mersey Canal at Middlewich.
The plasterer, fishing for Ted Carter's Southport, drew a popular peg known as the 'pump' and took full advantage with a 91b lloz total.
Working smoothly with an 11 metre pole, he caught two bonus bream, one after 45 minutes and the other an hour later, adding quality roach to finish well clear of the field, though his team surprisingly failed to make the top four.
League organiser and overall individual champion, Phil Cross (Willaston) was second on the day with 51b 12oz.
Stan Phillips (Mersey Dockers) was third with 41b lOoz.
The top four teams were Frank's Six 221 points; Bet-ley's 201; Willaston 191; Mersey Dockers 30.
FLOODWATER has washed away any chance of decent river fishing across the region, caused chaos on many day ticket lakes and discouraged many anglers from leaving their homes.
Several competitions were cancelled and fisheries closed, though surprisingly the Northwich winter league on the River Weaver did go ahead.
Bream provided the winning catch for Keith Smith, who had five of them for 151b lOoz from peg 361 at Hulse's Island.
At Mill House Fisheries in Lydiate, the Mescar Lake sweepstake went ahead but the Mistral Lake was closed.
Steve Parry (Dynamite Baits) won with 201b 2oz. He played a waiting game, offering a single piece of sweetcorn to catch four carp in the five hours.
Paul Haines (Kirkby) had 191b 8oz and Stan Phillips (Mersey Dockers) was third on 181b 2oz.