ALVECHURCH Fisheries regular Rob Taylor’s patience was rewarded as he chalked his first winter open victory on Saturday.
Taylor (peg 7) has been ever present at the fishery and he finally put himself in the winner’s circle as he fished pole and waggler tactics with maggot at various depths and swims to put together a few carp and silvers for 52lbs 3oz.
Malcolm Brown (peg 9) came second after fishing the tip and straight bomb up to the rushes over a number of swims for a mixed bag of stockies and silvers 31lbs 10oz.
Tony Musticone (peg 5) had to settle for third with his mixed bag 29lbs 14oz, while Steve Bellion (peg 30) weighed in with 17lbs 12oz for a top four finish.
Meanwhile, Richard Knowles eased to victory on Thursday as he finished well clear of the field. Fishing off peg 7, he opted for long pole and maggot out in front rotating a number of depths and lines to keep the bites coming for his mixed bag of a few carp and silvers for 67lbs 6oz.
His nearest challenger Paul Gartshore (peg 28) alternated pole and maggot and small feeder up to the rushes for his mixed bag of 43lbs 6oz.
This was enough to see off Les Ayres (peg 5) who landed 41lbs 3oz and Taylor (peg 35) who fished long pole up to the rushes with maggot for his weight for 36lbs 14oz.
Not far behind were Peter Mace (peg 24) and Malcolm Brown (peg 36) who fished similar tactics to weigh 36lbs and 34lbs 3oz respectively.