ANGLERS headed to the Loughor Estuary on Sunday with Gowerton Fishing Club hosting the West Wales Flounder Festival.
A superb turnout of 183 anglers did battle in the glorious sunshine.
Junior Calum Campion had a great session, catching the largest flounder of the day (1005g), which no other angler could come close to. The any other species table wasn't claimed, with next year's competition a rollover.
Seniors: 1. Martin Richards (895g) 2. John Ross Clee (890) 3. Richard Russ (830) 4. J Foley (820) Peter Evans (820) 5. Howard Carver (780) 6. Darran Griffiths (760) 7. Dimitar Peev (755) 8. Dom Lewis (750) 9. Craig Pooley (750) 10. Ian Russ (745) 11. Phill Protheroe (740) 12. Mal George (735) 13. Shawna Macan (720) 14. Barry Johnson Joanne Puderfoot Ross Mannino (715) 15. Mike Williams (705).
Juniors: 1. Calum Campion (1005g) 2. Rees Davies (775) 3. Jack Rutowdo (685) 4. Katie Ford (665) 5. Joe Lloyd & Dai Ridge (565).
THE late autumn and early winter regularly proves to be a good period for anglers fishing fly or ledgered worm.
Anglers fishing fly from the bank were again very successful in areas such as The Field, Badgers and especially the Top End, using an assortment of lines from intermediate to DI7.
Successful patterns have included flies such as diawl bach, olive lures, black and green Montana, viva, boobies and blobs.
Brian Dalton took one of the heaviest bags for those fishing fly from the bank. His six-fish bag totalled 16lb 8oz and included a best fish of 4lb.
Those opting to fish fly from the boat have produced a number of six-fish limits when using intermediate lines. Mike Elias of Carmarthen took the heaviest bag, totalling 15lb and including a heaviest fish of 3lb.
Anglers fishing ledgered worm are also doing well within most areas.
THERE was mixed fishing last week, with some anglers doing very well and others struggling with the harsh weather.
It was very cold, wet and windy for most of the week, with a couple of mornings getting down to as low as -3C.
If you could stand the wind and the cold, fishing was fairly good. Fish are fighting very hard and will not give up.
Gethin Williams fished a small Montana under the strike indicator and landed five stunning fish for 34lb 6oz, with a best fish of 9lb and 8lb 3oz.
Roy Packer on a two-day visit landed 12 fish for 71lb 8oz, with good fish of 8lb 7oz, 8lb11oz and 9lb, all fish taken on Oky doky.
Richard Harman landed three nice fish for 18lb taken on mini-cat. Glethyn Mapstone fished a mini-cat to take eight fish for 48lb 8oz.
Robert Hall landed fish for 26lb 6oz all on a bloodworm.
Jamie Cox fished a mini-cat in the bridge pool to take four fish for 27lb 11oz, with a best of 10lb 5oz.
Mike French fished Montana to take four fish for 24lb 6oz. Tony Hill also fished Montana to take four fish for 25lb 12oz.
Dean Tucker landed four good fish for 27lb with a best of 8lb 11oz, all taken on ace of spades.
THERE have been great catches this week even though the weather has been very cold.
On the fly, Dainus caught a superb brownie weighing 5lb 13oz on a cat's whisker. Jeff caught a cracking 4lb 5oz brownie on a appetiser.
Fly: Alan Williams, three fish 9lb 6oz caught on a cat's whisker. Lee Davies, three fish 9lb 4oz caught on a black and lime green fritz.
Nathan Thomas, three fish 9lb 1oz caught on a orange fritz.
Worm: Matthew Walters, three fish 9lb 4oz. Wayne Carter, three fish 9lb 2oz. Terry Smith, three fish 8lb 9ozm.
WITH the weather on the change, so are fishing methods.
Anglers need to use small pellet and chopped luncheon meat with red maggot for the perch, and meat for the carp and bream.
Feeding lightly using a carp feeder or using Nash soluble balls, you can put them just where you want to put bait.
Last Sunday's match was on the old canal, with James Thomas winning with 65lb, a good weight for the conditions. Second was John Evans with 46lb 8oz.
There are three places left for the Winter League, fishing the old canal and match lake, starting on Sunday, January 6.
The competition will run every other Sunday from January until the end of March. There are six matches in all.
White Springs has also joined five other fisheries in South Wales to hold a Welsh Carp Masters competition next May.
There are ten pairs at each venue with a top prize of £1,000 going to the winning pair.
On December 23 there is a Christmas Open match competition on the old canal and match lake; to boo,k phone Vince or John Charlesworth.
THE Gower Rockhoppers Winter Open sea fishing competition is being held at the George in Mumbles on Sunday.
It runs from 6.30pm to 10.30pm and competitors should meet one hour before the start time opposite the George pub.