Boldings report 27-9-16.
Fittingly the top catch of the week at Boldings Pools came in the popular Nick Gretton Memorial match held on Sunday, in which extra prizes were donated by Nick's parents John and Sue Gretton.
Dave Brown [Maver] already has a string of 'top weights' to his credit this year, and he added to that string with victory here when he posted 170-12-0 at Willows peg 14. The bream and barbel in the Willows Pool have put on weight in the past few months, and Dave demonstrated this by including samples of both species to 5lbs, together with carp to carp to 8lbs, in his haul. All of the fish came to caster, presented at 10 metres.
Second also came from the Willows when Andy Kyte [Middle Severn Angling] weighed in 135-15-0 at peg 7. Caster was the bait again, which Andy worked at 6 metres to attract carp to 7lbs and barbel to 5lbs. Third placed Kelvin Emlyn [Oakengates Ang Cent] was the top rod on the Larch Pool, netting 119-12-0 at peg 14 to finish just ahead of a tie for fourth between Graham Roberts and Ralph Johnson [both PI Boldings]. They each had 118-3-0, graham from Sycamore peg 21 and Ralph from Sycamore 24.
Prior to the memorial match the week started with a win for Stefan Davies [Shrewsbury] who used shallow pellet tactics to move ahead of the field in the Monday open. Peg 29 on the Oak produced 157-9-0 of carp to 6lbs to give Stef his victory.
Round at peg 1 on the end of the dam wall, Manchester visitor Dave Olly [Irlam] caught carp to 7lbs on banded pellet to claim second spot with 123-7-0. Mick Keene [ABC] was top of the list on the Willows Pool when he scaled 111-0-0 to take third overall at peg 17, and back on the Oak Mick Jameson [PI Bold] had 88-3-0 at peg 31 to complete the prize list.
Dave Olly jumped a place to first on Wednesday when his banded pellet at 5 metres and corn in the side put 121-0-0 of carp to 8lbs and barbel to 3lbs on the scales at peg 13 on the Sycamore.
Ralph Johnson [PI Bold] used shallow caster at 8 metres to bag 113-1-0 of carp to 8lbs and bream to 3lbs to finish second at Chestnut peg 21.
109-7-0 from Sycamore 22 handed third to Phil Shaw [PI Bold] and at Sycamore 30 Clive Wynn [Tricast Weston] scaled 99-14-0 in fourth.
Steve Roberts [Oak Ang Cent] led the way in an all ton frame on Thursday, winning from Sycamore peg 24. His maggot and corn approach found carp, barbel and bream willing to have a go at each side of the peg, and carp to 9lbs, with bream and barbel to 3lbs combining to make up a 148-0-0 winning net.
Dave Brown warmed up for his week-end performance with a runner up placing. He was on Sycamore peg 45, and wasn't far behind with 141-10-0 of carp to 8lbs, caught on caster, alternating between fishing up in the water and presenting the bait on the deck. Down at the other end of the long bank on the Sycamore, at peg 31, Paul Evans [PI Bold] claimed third by weighing in 131-12-0, while an Oak pool best of 110-13-0 from peg 27 handed fourth to Tony Woolaston [Fatty's].
Sycamore pegs filled the frame on Saturday, with Jack O'Sullivan [Oak Ang Cent] heading the list. He was on peg 16 and worked with maggot and corn at 8 metres, alternated with presenting the bait in the margins to land 94-1-0, which was made up with carp to 6lbs and barbel to 3lbs.Up at point peg 13 Keith Powell [PI Bold] opted for pellet and corn on the close in line to each side of the point and had carp to 7lbs with bream to 2lbs to end the day on 73-2-0. Harry Colley [PI Bold] picked up third with his 68-12-0 at peg 30, and Mick Jameson had his second fourth place of the week, finishing close behind Colley on 68-0-0 at peg 8.