What was billed as a double-header between two anglers saw Jim Kelham claim a Market Rasen Angling Association league and cup double from rival Roy Bentley.
A total of 11 anglers made the 8.30am draw for the final match of the winter league and a promising day weather-wise deteriorated into a cloudy and gusty day which made bait presentation more difficult throughout the five-hour match.
The draw took on great significance for the two anglers in contention for the Keyline-sponsored Aggregate Shield and Knockout Shield, and it was Kelham who drew the fancied peg 20 which had been the banker peg throughout the season, and Bentley knew he would have to turn in a good performance from peg 29.
The all-in shout came at 9.30am and with an improved water colour in the lake, most anglers caught early on and continued to catch in spells, with three anglers each landing a decent-sized bream.
At the weigh-in, Sam Appleyard took the match with a winning weight of 4lb 5oz from peg five, fishing the waggler and maggots for bait.
Stuart Cash fished the groundbait feeder and maggots from peg 28 to take second place with a weight of 3lb 8oz, and the final spot went to Kelham from peg 20 with a weight of 3lb 3oz, fishing the waggler with maggots for bait.
The three points saw him win the league with 29 points from Roy with 24 points, while Sam’s win saw him share third place overall with Barry De’Ath on 16 points.
The final Winter League payout place was taken by Stuart Cash with nine points.
Kelham’s 3lb 3oz total also eclipsed Bentley’s 1lb 10oz to win the Knockout Shield.
The next match in the programme is the pike match at the Willingham Road lake.
* Anglers wishing to fish the sweepstake can turn up at the lake on Sunday, March 19 for the 8.30am draw.
The match will be held from 9.30am to 2.30pm.