Reports on angling match results from the week ending 12 March 2016
The conditions were extremely cold for Sunday’s 23-peg, tenth and final round of the Bilston Angling Centre Individual Winter League on the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Wombourne, Staffordshire. The canal was carrying a slight tinge of colour and drawn on peg 16 next to Giggety Bridge, former Division Two National winner, Walsall posty Steve Cope (Four Ashes AC) stamped his mark on the match, winning by a clear margin with 13-3-0 of perch and roach, both species around the 1lb, all to poled caster. Bilston Angling Centre’s Lee Hall followed on peg 22 with a trio of chub, bolstered by caster-roach for 7-3-3, ahead of Penkridge rod Dean Williams (Team Eclipse) who recorded a level 6-0-0 of punch-roach at peg 9. After being constantly first or second in the league all the way through the competition and landing a 4lb chub to win his section in the final round, Steve’s team-mate and fellow Division Two National 2010 champ, Wolverhampton’s Dave Richards deservedly topped the league podium with 18 points.
The Farm and Hinstock Wood Boats sections of the Shropshire Union Canal in Soudley, Shropshire saw action during Sunday’s 20-peg Hodnet AC open where Hinstock Wood produced the best weights. Browning Lifestyle anglers finished in the top two placings with Crewe’s Paul Dobing just pushing into the lead on peg 4 with a cracking 21-5-0 net of mainly roach to 10oz together
with a few skimmers, ahead of Penkridge rod Nigel Clayton’s 117 fish which consisted of chiefly redfins again, backed up by the odd skimmer and perch, all to poled caster for 20-13-0 from peg 6. Tri-Cast Highfield’s Colin Hamer secured third with 15-1-8 of bread and caster-fish at peg 5.
Woodside AA ran a Saturday open above the Water Front on the Dudley No.2 Canal in Merry Hill, West Midlands where some good weights were returned for the time of the year. Dudley-based motor mechanic Steve Broome (Bilston Angling Centre) drove to the top, pole fishing worm and caster at 11 metres from peg 1 for a rewarding 15-6-0 of chiefly roach plus skimmers and perch. Woodside AA anglers followed with Alan Homer just nosing into second by two ounces with 12-8-0 of all skimmers, pipping young Shaun Birch into third who scaled 12-6-0 of worm-enticed chub.
On Sunday, Halesowen RBL held their first canal fixture of 2016 on the same canal. Sport proved to be tough going in some sections but nevertheless in his first match back since recovering from a broken leg, Mark Traves managed to snare a brace of chub alongside a few perch to poled worm and caster for a clear victory with 8-6-0 from peg 63. Runner-up on peg 48 was Sean Waite who pole-fished bread punch and pinkie to net a single skimmer, the rest of his 3-11-0 being roach. Bridesmaid at last week’s match on the Severn in Stourport, Martyn Yarsley had to settle for third on this occasion with 2-13-0 of mainly bread punch and pinkie-tempted roach at peg 45.
On Saturday, Kidderminster & District AA hosted the John Field Memorial Match where a respectful turn-out of twenty seven anglers set up beside the River Severn in Bewdley, Worcestershire. Despite the cold and a high 1.8 metre water level some good fish were caught with two exceptional performances by Rowley duo Dean Rutter and Steve Jackson. Dean secured a runaway success on peg 58 where he banked a trio of barbel attracted on meat and pellet, the best fish nudging 9lb. Steve followed on peg 92 with a single meat-tempted specimen whiskers weighing 10-9-0, nudging Richard Buxton (Bilston Angling Centre) into third when he returned 10-8-0, comprising of a couple of meat-enticed barbel and one chub.
With the river season coming to a close, twenty six anglers travelled from far afield for Sunday’s Bridgnorth AS Association Match on the Linley Bank Stretch of the Severn in Bridgnorth. The event fished hard with the river being very cold and 4ft. above normal winter level. Wombourne’s Larry Freeth took the honours on peg 33 below the island where he fished the pellet feeder catching two barbel for 10-4-0. Wayne Rolston (Bridgnorth AS) had another brace of barbel on hair-rigged meat for 8-4-0 from peg 55 in the Damson Field, leaving London visitor Steve Arthy in third with a single 7-14-0 whiskers from peg 191 at the bottom of the golf course length.
Just over 8lb split the decision for the top six at Saturday’s blustery and bitterly cold Blackfords Progressive Bi-Monthly Open at the prolific bream venue, Calf Heath Reservoir in Gailey, Staffordshire where the top three all fished on The Point. Pendeford-based Ian Davies (Blackfords) headed the 36-strong field with 35-14-0 of bream to 3lb, captured on the Method feeder with pellet off peg 52. The next two in the frame caught similar-sized samples and runner-up on neighbouring peg 53 was Brian Nicholls (Dudley Bait & Tackle) who fished the conventional feeder with maggot over groundbait for 33-12-0, edging Eamon Bannon (Commercial Indications) into third who scaled 31-11-0 at peg 57 taken on the Method feeder with pellet over assorted groundbaits.
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