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Mal's match net points to summer league skimmers.

COARSE CATCHES THE first of the Summer League matches takes place on the lower Tees tomorrow, and early season form suggests that skimmer bream will be the target species.

The six rounds of the Drennan-sponsored event take place between now and the end of August, with five of the six on the Tees, and the other on Woodlands Lakes.

The Parker Adams Memorial on Sunday was won by Mal Dunlop, who caught eight skimmers.

The Mosella Quaker ace topped a field of 45 with 13lb 14oz, his fish falling to pole fished worm from peg 182 at the golf course.

Graham Jones of Maver Newman Scott was runner-up with 13lb 1oz. He was pegged at 87.

In a close match Dave Walker of Daiwa Cleveland came third with 12lb 6oz from peg 143, then came Steve Wilson of Yarm, with 11lb 14oz (peg 185) and Shotton's Russ Hodgson with 11lb 5oz (peg 165).

Twenty-three anglers weighed in over 5lb as the fish were well spread in the low water conditions.

There is some rain forecast for today and tonight, which may have a minor impact of water levels.

RAIN the previous night affected the Thornaby AC Charities Match on the Tees, ruling out any chance of a repeat of the previous week's bumper weights of dace, as the influx of cold water put this species off feeding.

And it's possible that pollution in Clow Beck earlier in the week affected the stretch to some degree, as the beck flows into the Tees just upstream of the match length. However, the good news is that a good number of chub made an appearance, a boost considering the predation by otters. For this match only, Darlington Brown Trout AC allowed its water above Croft bridge to be used in addition to Thornaby AC's water between Croft and Hurworth, so all anglers were sure of a decent peg.

From peg 52 on the water above Croft bridge, Darlington's Jim Johnson fished stick float and caster to tempt five chub for a winning 18lb 6oz.

The remaining places in the frame came from Thornaby water. Previous Fish-O-Mania winner from Billingham, Shane Atkin came second after catching four big chub late on in the match to go with a sprinkling of dace for 17lb 14oz from peg 48.

Further downstream on peg 57, Yarm's Ron Hopkins landed six chub and a few dace for 16lb to claim third place, while Stockton's in-form Billy Leonard caught two chub and a few dace and grayling for 15lb 10oz from peg two at the run-off from Croft bridge pool to come fourth.

Stockton's Ken Ovenden with 11lb 14oz from peg 69, and Darlington's Nigel Spratt with 9lb from peg 62 completed the frame.

Middlesbrough AC's match on the Hutton Rudby large pond proved a dour affair in the flat calm conditions yet Dave Alderson hooked six carp of which he landed three for a winning 17lb 12oz from peg 24.

Darlington's Steve Chantry lost a carp in the dying minutes on peg six, so had to be content with second spot with a mixed net of ide and rudd weighing 14lb 10oz.

Ron Hopkins completed a successful weekend by claiming third spot from peg 13 by netting tench and ide plus a bonus carp for 12lb 15oz.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 5, 2014
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