ANGLING: Kirk does it again in Winter League

Isis angler Dave Kirk continued his fine run of form in the Angling Trust Oxford Winter League by winning round five on a gin-clear Kennet & Avon Canal at Avington.

The midweek frosts suggested it would be a struggle for the five teams, but there were plenty of small fish caught and the odd perch.

Kirk had lots of small roach on a 3m whip with pinkie on the hook, plus some perch on worm, for a winning 11lb 7.0oz.

Kevin Holmes (Sensas A4) was pegged two away from the winner and had small roach and perch on a 4m whip and pinkie for 10.13.0, while Drennan Banbury Gunsmiths anglers filled the next three places.

Martin Phipps returned 9.13.0, Gary Barclay 9.8.0 and John Beesley 9.7.0.

After three hours of battling through the rowing boats, 17 Littlemore AS anglers had a one-hour respite before a regatta got under way.

During that time, Pete Clarke went from blanking to winning a hard match with a few decent perch and roach on the pole with pinkie for 5.5.0.

Mark Shepherd opted for the waggler with maggot and also had a mixed net of perch and roach for 3.4.0, followed by Daniel Lee with a net of tiny roach on the pole for 2.8.0. Clarke also claimed the KO Cup.

OTHER RESULTS Masons AC: (Points match, Oxford Canal, Rock of Gibraltar, 9 fished) 1 C Webb 3.12.0 (small roach & bits, pole, bread, maggot or pinkies + golden peg), 2 P Light 3.11.0, 3 P Armstrong 3.4.0.

Tackley Estates AC: (Christmas match, Cherwell, 12 fished) 1 M Merry 5.4.0, 2 A Alder 2.9.0, 3 F Malone 1.9.0.

Benson AC: (Club match, Thames at Meadside, 6 fished) 1 I Fisher 1.5.0 (1 chub & 1 roach), 2 T Crayson 0.10.0, 3 D Head 0.5.0.

Oakfield: (Wednesday, Swallow Lake, 16 fished) 1 J Day (Dynamite Oakfield) 47.6.0, 2 F Lawther (Dynamite Oakfield) 36.3.0, 3 R Wall (Dynamite Oakfield) 29.14.0.

Oakfield: (Saturday, Red Kite & Swallow Lakes, 19 fished) 1 M Worrall Jnr (Dynamite Oakfield) 73.1.0, 2 D Stratful (Dynamite Oakfield) 57.6.8, 3 G Thorpe (GOT Baits) 45.4.0.

Oakfield: (Sunday, Red Kite Lake, 13 fished) 1 M Giles (RS Baits) 41.4.0, 2 A Foulkes (Dynamite Oakfield) 38.6.8, 3 G Thorpe (GOT Baits) 37.8.0.

TOMORROW'S FIXTURES

Angling Trust Oxford Winter League: Practice match, Oxford Canal.
Kidlington AS: Joan Hill Trophy/11th Points, Cherwell. Details on 07990 587379.
Masons AC: Club match, Oxford Canal, Rock of Gibralter. Draw 9am, fishing 10-3.
North Oxford AS: Fair Rosamund Shield, Oxford Canal, Yarnton Lane. Draw 8, fishing 9-2.

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