ANGLING: Bream feed on rising Thames

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River fishing was just about possible for some clubs at the weekend, although the third round of the Oxford Winter League on the Thames at Radley was cancelled due to the state of the water.

Just seven anglers braved the torrential rain and high winds to fish the Masons AC points match on the Thames at Medley.

Winner Jason Smith had 23.7.0 of bream and good-sized roach on worm and feeder.

Paul Armstrong also caught bream and roach on maggot-feeder for 14.2.0, followed by Steve Wildman with 11.1.0.

Marston AC FTB managed to complete their Universal Hire Cup on coloured and rising Cherwell, but it was hard for most of the eight anglers.

Steve Tompkins made the most of a slack and had two good bream, plus six roach, on groundbait feeder for a winning weight of 10.11.0.

Antony Tomkins caught five roach on pole-feeder and red maggot for a second-placed 1.8.0, while Barry Lewis had only one fish – a nice roach of 1.6.0 on lobworm – enough for third place.

Littlemore AS staged their Tony Perks Roach Cup at Cheyney Manor’s Medieval Lake, which attracted a good field of 19 anglers, a third of whom packed up after only an hour.

Brian Hutchings fished the pole with maggot to record back-to-back wins with 11.14.0, followed by Paul Brant (9.10.0) and Alan Campbell (8.2.0).

OTHER RESULTS Tackley Sports AC: (Club match, Oxford Canal, Rock of Gibralter) 1 G Finnemore (Predator) 2.0.0 (small fish, pole & maggot), 2 S Malone 1.9.0, 3 G Broome 0.13.0.

Oakfield: (Wednesday, Red Kite Lake & Swallow Lakes, 26 fished) 1 J Brewster (Dynamite Oakfield) 63.2.8, 2 S Rich (Cotswold Angling) 62.6.0, 3 F Parker (Cotswold Angling) 47.2.8.

Oakfield: (Saturday, Red Kite & Swallow Lakes, 35 fished) 1 J Drewe (Dynamite Oakfield) 75.2.0, 2 G Thorpe (GOT Baits) 71.2.8, 3 G Worrall (Dynamite Oakfield) 68.9.0. Oakfield: (Sunday, Red Kite Lake, 9 fished) 1 D Hammond (Banbury Gunsmiths) 54.15.8, 2 S Waters (Dynamite Oakfield) 46.12.0, 3 B Eddy (Panshill Wood) 27.8.0.

TOMORROW’S MATCHES Marston AC FTB: John Simmonds Cup. Cherwell. Draw 8am, fishing 9-2.

Littlemore AS: Sumner Cup,Thames at Sandford. Draw 7.30, fishing 8.45-1.45 (subject to water conditions, check www.littemoreanglingsociety).

North Oxford AS: Society Cup. Cherwell. Draw 8am, fishing 9-2.

Masons AC: Club match. Thames at Folly. Draw 9am, fishing 10-3.

Beehive AC: Last Chance Shield. Lower Court. Draw 9am, fishing 10-3.

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