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Richards leads way at Packington; ANGLING.

Last week trout anglers again enjoyed good sport at Packington Fisheries, near Meriden, when 81 anglers caught an amazing 157 rainbow trout.

Best fish was a superb 8lb 12oz specimen caught from the Cocks Close lake by Solihull angler Trevor Richards, who also had a four-pounder in his bag.

Fly tying expert Trevor Ashby of Wing, fished the same water and took an eight-trout limit bag weighing 16lb 4oz, and from the same lake C Cobb of Burton-on-Trent had a five-trout catch with a brace of them weighing in at 4lb 4oz and 3lb 2oz.

During the week the mini ice-age moved to stillwaters so matches were cancelled, but last weekend the Faps AFS match team qualified for a place in the final of the Stratford on Avon AA Winter League by winning every round of Division C.

They won the final Division Four event along the Avon at Manor Farm by a five-point margin - Manor Farm being the venue for the six-team final next weekend.

AFS have a wonderful record at Winter League match fishing, having won the prestigious West Midland League a number of times, and they have won a number of other league titles.

They won through to the Stratford final along with teams like SAS of Alcester, Tackle Cellar of Leamington, Team Clissett of Birmingham, the highly-regarded Shimano Portway squad and Wilkes Butchers team of Alcester, who surprised many with the quality of their approach and results.

Last weekend was the first since the holiday that the Avon was fishable, and good catches were recorded.

Warwick matchman Ron Bennett won the Sedgemere Open below the weir at Barford on Avon when, at permanent peg 65, he legered lobs to take 12 chub, best at 3lb, and a perch for a total of 20lb 13oz.

Runner-up at peg 81 (the rickety bridge swim), was Richard Bishop (Northfield DAS) who waggler float-fished eight chub and a roach scaling 17lb 10oz and more double-figure catches followed.

Along the Avon at Marlcliff, the Circle AC contest saw winner Dennis Sutton include a super barbel weighing 8lb 14oz along with chub for a 14lb 9oz total; and at Dorsington the Rowley Works AC contest was won by Rod Rhoades with chub and perch weighing 8lb 5oz.
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Author:Worth, Norman
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Feb 13, 1999
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