The first round of the Redditch Federation Arrow Valley Winter League saw plenty of carp and bream feeding in mild conditions with the top three all taking over 40lbto the scales.

Winner Mark Dowery fished Method feeder between the islands with dead maggot on the hook from peg 55 and tempted two good carp plus bream for a fine 58-10-0 bag, which put him well clear.
Dean Boswell on peg 71 close to the playground found himself in a peg-to-peg battle with match organizer John Bushell.
Pole fishing maggot over groundbait the Harbourne angler took a string of decent bream for 46-10-0 and second spot. On peg 70 Maver Solihull rod John was just one fish short fishing the same way, as he weighed in 43-0-0.