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Steve's got cream with huge catfish; LINE AND SINKER.

Byline: GARETH PURNELL

DOCKLOW Pools has hit the headlines this week, producing a magnificent 67lb catfish to visiting angler Steve Cook, who was fishing worm popped two feet off the bottom.

The day ticket venue's catfish have really been showing in recent weeks with several 30lb-plus fish being banked, but this one has really delighted the Docklow staff.

Docklow stocked all its catfish when they were a few inches long so this is a genuinely grown-on English fish.

It was last caught in spring 2007 at 62lb and so it's still growing.

The mighty fish was hooked in daylight, but landed in darkness after what the captor described as a Herculean battle.

BODDINGTON Reservoir is starting to show its true colours, with the first round of the Thursday Summer League producing two ton-up weights.

Winner on the day was Lichfield-based Lee Ensall, who drew peg 82 and fished Method feeder at long range for 21 carp and a 120-11-0 total, all of them falling to a boilie hook bait.

On the next peg, Kobra Feeders backed John Adamson had a slow start, but landed most of his 18 fish in the last two hours on Method feeder and pellet or meat hook baits for 100-1-0.

Coalville's Tony Billington was third with 68-2-0 off peg 72, again on the Method. For more information call John Adamson on 07749 284823.

PETE Rice was back to his best on Tunnel Barn Farm at Shrewley this week with two wins.

Rice won the Wednesday Open with a fine 129-10-0 bag, fishing pole and pellet at six metres from peg 21 on House Pool, although it was a close run thing, Tony Ainsworth taking 126-2-0 to the scales.

Stu Palser came out on top in the Saturday open thanks to a 133-13-0 mixed bag on pole and pellet fished on the deck and up in the water, with Eric Yeomans weighing in 105lb for second.

But on Sunday fishery manager Pete was back on top with a 140-4-0 mixed bag, taken on pole and bronze maggot at six metres from peg 26 on House Pool 2.

MIDLANDER Keith Haynes took the first Total-Fishing Club World series qualifier, fished at Cudmore Fishery's Suez pool.

This was the first heat in a new series that will see the champion win a trip for two to the 2010 World Championships.

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GARETH PURNELL
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