Matty Higgins takes top honours after going over his weight

Joe Farrell
-Credit: (Image: UGC)

Going over his weight in a net during a match on Mistral could have been very costly for Matty Higgins on Sunday. The Maghull angler, sponsored by Matrix, having had a fantastic day’s fishing on the Mescar Fisheries complex, saw a 76lb weight he’d caught excluded from his total catch weight by simply miscalculating his estimated catch within that net.

With a general guidance of a 60lb limit per net on the complex recommended, with a strict net limit rule of 75lb, instances like this one can prove very costly to any match angler competing upon the commercial scene. Costly or not, in this case, Higgins, on peg 39, had more than enough in his other nets which he had calculated correctly, to still take the top honours on the day.

All carp to 14lb taken using dead maggot allowed the Matrix man put together his catch, here using long pole at 14m and catching shallow for a total match winning weight of 121.14.0. Chris Weeder Jnr, an angler who’s also regularly in the frame on this superb venue set in the fabulous Downholland countryside, took another fantastic catch for second place on the day with a similar catch for 114lb on peg 31.

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Burscough AS rod Kurtis Rothwell took third place, as like Higgins and Weeder, dead maggot was to prove deadly for him as he put together 86.14.0 from. Peg 32. Although this complex is strictly a membership only venue, open matches held on Mistral Lake are available for anyone to participate upon on a Sunday with the complex’s other venue Marin holding Wednesday matches which are also open to visitors.

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On the club scene, Merseyside oldest and most famous club the Mersey Dockers also favoured a trip to Mescar Fisheries. On Saturday Marin was chosen and the club members enjoy a great day out together as, fittingly, one of its stalwart members take the honours. Opting for a pellet and paste approach, Alan Miller put together his winning formula to successfully take 49.12.0.

In a very close one, club secretary Gavin Charnock took 48.6.0 using a simple maggot over groundbait tactic for second place. Colin Ambrose with 36.6.0 took third with Ian Harris’s 33.14.0 fourth. Still with the clubs, the Alliance stayed on their home venue on Chapel Pool on Sunday, a match in which members battled it out for their valuable club points on the table.

Still on a roll with his superb record this year, Lydiate’s Colin Pellow put together a catch using meat for a winning weight of 108.4.0.

No stranger to success given his massive achievements and experience on the match scene, club chairman Kevin Bradshaw deservedly took second place. Bradshaw from Huyton took a mixed bag for 96.10.0 for the top honours. Kirkby’s Glyn Jones took third place with 72.9.0.

On a final note Liverpool & District AA are celebrating the Frank Holding Memorial Open Match on Sunday, August 11. Contact