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Starlets shining bright with big league final win; Hook, Line AND SINKER.

Byline: GARETH PURNELL

IN A WEEK of big matches the biggest of all, the winter league final, was won by Birmingham-based Kamasan Starlets on the River Nene at Peterborough.

Starlets, led by England manager Mark Downes, are firmly established as one of the top three teams in the land and rubber stamped their credentials with a comfortable eight point victory over Barnsley Blacks in second and Daiwa Dorking in third.

"I didn't think we had a great draw but Martin Greene did brilliantly to catch bream on the feeder from a poor area and that turned the match in our favour," said Mark.

Starlets relied on one main pole line in most areas, feeding their entire 1kg joker limit through the match in a mixture of Sensas Gros Gardon and Terre de Riviere, topping up regularly to keep roach and skimmers coming. Their top performer individually was Martin Greene who ended up weighing an excellent 28-8-0 at Middleholme.

THE lake record for the big carp water Acton Burnell has gone for the second time in a matter of weeks - this time with an incredible common carp weighing 55lb 2oz.

The fish was fooled by West Bromwich market trader Chris Lowe, who was using a new bait from Midlands firm SBS specifically developed for the bottom lake at the venue, which will switch to day ticket availability in September. The fish took the boilie offering 24 hours into the session. It weeded him up a couple of times but the 37-year-old finally netted it.

I FISHED the Division Three National on Saturday which saw 37 teams of ten competing on the Great Ouse and Ten Mile Bank around Littleport in Cambridgeshire.

I managed an early bream which gave me good points but it was a struggle afterwards. However, I weighed in over two and a half kilos which was good on the day and my team, total-fishingclub.com, gained promotion to Division Two.

REDDITCH angler Carl Hopps predicted he would break the record at Preston Innovations Woodland View - and promptly did just that!

The WB Clarke van den Eynde ace had already weighed in 170lb in an evening match from peg 64 on Back Deans, but had a few things to iron out and told anyone who would listen that if he drew the peg again, the venue record would go.

Just 24 hour later he did draw the same peg, and took 242-2-0 to the scales.

Carl fed SonuBaits.com competition pellets and fished corn and meat on the hook down the margin at 8m to catch carp to just under 10lb, in a stunning match that saw another four anglers weigh in over 200lb.

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