AN Open Match was held jointly on the Westpool and Hawthorns lakes on Sunday.

With glorious winter sunshine throughout the match, it highlighted the venue's sceniic setting and gave the angtlers a pleasurable match rather than the recent wet ones they had endured.

A light ground frost and a lot of rain water from the previous night meant the fish were going to be picky feeders.

The fish were spread out along the canals and everyone caught something, but Andy France caugt the winning bag 44lb 7oz fishinhg the pole shallow to the far bank, using maggot with zero feed.

Silvers winners were Julian Pinkett peg 1 Hawthorns with 5lb and John Hawkins peg 12 Westpool, 4lb 12oz.

1st Andy France (Cadbury Angling) p10 W, 44lb 7oz (pictured)2nd Dave Cockayne (Shiplate) p9 H, 29lb 12oz3rd Ron Starke (Weston AA) p5 H, 19lb 10oz4th Gordon Jones (Shiplate) p3 W, 18lb5th Jason Bird (Frys) p3 H, 14lb 14oz6th Russ Peck (Thatchers) p11 H, 9lb 3oz