Reports on angling matches from the week ending 16 July 2016.
Last week’s 60-entry Wolverhampton AA Three Day Summer Festival 2016 kicked off on the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Wombourne, Staffordshire. The popular festival attracted many countrywide anglers. On Wednesday’s day one, festival organiser and Wolverhampton AA VDE captain Paul Turner took the winner’s purse with a brilliant 25-15-6 all caster-caught chub haul from peg 56, near the Round Oak PH. Danny Martin (Wigan MG) finished just behind with a comparable quarry to the same strategy for 24-0-8 from peg 3. Thursday’s day two was held on the Cross Keys Section of the same canal, from Otherton Lock to Longford Lock in Penkridge, Staffordshire where Bloxwich-based engineer Martin Owen (Sensas Black Country) stole the show on peg 9, on the marina mouth, with all roach to poled caster and red maggot for 14-0-8. Bridgtown Social AC’s Dave Smith came second with 12-8-14, consisting of two bream to 3lb, one big perch and skimmers, all to poled caster at peg 40, at the start of the turning bay in Penkridge village. Canal & River Trust’s Kevin Perry (Maver Midlands) topped Friday’s final day, staged on the Four Ashes and Calf Heath Sections of the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Calf Heath, Staffordshire with ten skimmers caught down the track on pole-fished caster and worm plus a few perch and bits for 9-0-8 from end peg 60, at Four Ashes. Bilston Angling Centre’s Barry Williams followed on peg 20, opposite Calf Heath marina, where he poled caster for 7-1-4 of all skimmers. The photo shows Dave Smith with one of his bream.
The top three in the festival all tied on points with 8 each so the decision went to weight countback and Paul Turner topped the festival overall with a combined weight tally of 40-2-6. Barry Williams was festival runner-up with 30-3-1, ahead of Dudley-based postman Ben Garbett (Wolverhampton AA VDE) who scaled a total of 21-14-2. A fantastic time was had by all and the festival is already sold out for 2017 with nine anglers currently on the waiting list.
Overcast, showery and breezy conditions were endured by the seventy anglers at Sunday’s round two of the Browning Lifestyle/Stafford Izaak Walton Teams of Five Summer League held on a very ‘boat-busy’ Trent & Mersey Canal at Rugeley in Staffordshire. Cannock-based Simon Nickless (Sensas Black Country) took the individual honours on peg B4 with five lobworm-tempted perch, backed-up by 150 squatt-fish for 11-10-0. Pole-fishing double caster off peg A1, Browning Central’s Colin Wise came second with 10-3-0 comprising of all perch to 1lb, except for one 1lb roach. Jason Cunningham (Shakespeare Superteam/Bait-Tech) slotted into third on peg D10 where he had four perch on lobworm plus 4lb of squatt-fish for 8-11-8, aiding his squad to the team spoils on the day with 16 points Wigan MG came second on 24. Maver Midlands are heading the league standings at this early stage with 50 points, from Shakespeare Superteam/Bait-Tech’s 51.
Although it rained throughout Saturday’s Thornhill AC Open on the Calder & Hebble Canal in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, it failed to put any colour in the canal. A close contest ensued and Steve Crossley (Maver NW) rose to the fore on peg 67, where he poled worm, caster and maggot for 5-6-0 of roach, perch and skimmers to 8oz. Pole-fishing caster and maggot off peg 74, Paul McMillan (Matrix Halifax) ran him close with 5-3-0 of skimmers and roach to 6oz, ahead of Keith Marshall (Tri-Cast Calder) who scaled 4-13-0.
On Saturday, the Dale Avenue stretch of the Erewash Canal at Long Eaton in Derbyshire saw Dave Fowler (Matlock AC) secure his second win of the Long Eaton Fed. Summer League series. The canal continued to show improving form for round five and the place to be was below Derby Road Bridge which produced the top five weights. Above the bridge was also consistent with only three anglers scaling less than 3lb. Just half a pound decided the outcome for the top two and Dave grasped the glory, pole-fishing worm and caster on one end peg to return 9-12-0 which included one bream, a tench and a near 2lb perch, alongside smaller stripys, roach and rudd. On the other end peg, Mark Parker (Long Eaton Fed) had a busy day catching maggot and caster-tempted roach, rudd and chublets for second with 9-4-0, leaving teammate Will Sully in third who banked two skimmers to over a 1lb but mainly bread-enticed roach for 7-12-0. Dave Fowler is now heading the league on 6 points followed by Will Sully who has 7 points. However as Dave can’t make the final, Will needs a win to overtake Dave. In the event of Will and Dave finishing level, Dave’s superior weight advantage should see him through.
The eighth match of the Ted Carter Lancaster Canal Tuesday Evening Series took place at Nateby Crossing Lane (Garstang Marina), Garstang, Lancashire. The match was all pegged out to the north of the bridge with the often favoured pegs between the marina mouths right in the centre of the match. Coolish conditions still prevailed, nevertheless it was mostly sunny and remained dry and it made for pleasant fishing. Good catches were recorded throughout the match length with virtually two thirds of the field breaking the 5lb barrier. Winner on the night was Barry Thomas (Ted Carter Southport). Barry was pegged between the two marina mouths and had a particularly good second half of the match in the end recording a weight of 14-4-0 of mostly skimmers. Second was Stefan Gent (Maver NW). Stefan was end peg, past the marina, and was kept busy all night amassing a weight of 12-10-0 that comprised almost exclusively of hybrids. Third was John Brogden (Ted Carter Southport) with a weight of 10-8-0. John was pegged at the second marina entrance and caught mostly hybrids and a single bream. As we approach the final two matches of the series Daz Shaw (Maver NW) leads the field by 9 points, whilst behind him are five anglers all within 4 points of each other and all with the unlikely hope that Daz will slip up at the last hurdle.
Report by Mike Wilson
Conditions were warm and humid at last Wednesday’s Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Stillwater Championship Qualifier 2016 at Boddington Reservoir, nr. Byfield in Northamptonshire with a breeze blowing off the favoured pegs towards the sailing club so it came as no surprise that the top weight came from the dam Section A but only just by the closest margin. The targeted fish were the carp and some big lumps were caught, though the odd tench did come out. Clinching the win on Section A peg 5 was Shaun Conley (Foster’s) who used a pellet waggler to return 49K 540g to book his place in the final at Boddington on 7th August. Joining him in the final is runner-up Warren Cave (Acorn Angling Didcot) who chose bomb and pellet tactics to top Section E with 49K 300g at peg 108. Norwich rod Graham Dashwood secured third on peg 106 also in Section E where he scaled 25K 100g, he will also go to the final. The other finalists are Paul Urban, Steve Ringer, Mark Jennings, Paul Knapman, Mick Slater, Paddy McMahon & Paul Keal.
Butterley Reservoir, nr. Ripley in Derbyshire hosted Saturday’s Canal & River Trust Staff National 2016 and Carl Gill left the others in his wake with a 58-1-0 top weight, made up of four carp to 8lb, seven bream to 3lb plus a few silvers, all caught at range using the Method feeder with pellet on the hook at peg 5. The top three all opted for the same techniques and runner-up on peg 7, Carl Nicholls slid one 7lb carp plus eight bream to 3lb into his keepnet for 26-11-0, ahead of Shayne Wareing who netted one smaller 4lb carp, backed-up by skimmers to scale 21-2-0 at peg 10. The photo shows Carl Gill with his match catch.
Last week the 33-entry Barford AA Angling Festival 2016 went ahead on the picturesque Warwickshire River Avon in Barford, Warwickshire. There was one section above the weir and two sections below. Conditions were near perfect for Monday’s day one, the river was slightly above summer level and carrying a golden tinge of colour. Some brilliant early season nets were returned with fourteen double figure weights coming out. Dave Hollands (Sensas Portway) led the way with mainly three big bream to poled worm for 20-8-0 from peg A29, above the weir. Dean Young (Tornadoes) was hot on his heels with 20-3-0 which included a brace of barbel taken on a pellet feeder plus dace to float-fished maggot at peg B82 below the weir. Wednesday’s day two saw in-form Sam Merry (Shakespeare Superteam/Bait-Tech) top with a cracking 34-14-0 net consisting of two barbel and mainly chub plus dace, gathered on stick float and 5 metres whip to hand tactics with maggot at the fast and shallow peg B71, below the weir. Newly signed to Shakespeare, Sam’s teammate Mike Bedding followed with a dozen chub caught on the waggler with caster and hemp for 29-13-0 from peg B65. At the halfway stage, Dean Young (Tornadoes), Dave Petch (Quorn AS) and Steve Tivvey (Ferry Bridge) were all square on 2 points apiece. Conditions for Friday’s match saw the river dropping and getting clearer. It fished quite a bit harder and only four double figure weights were returned. Nevertheless Dave Petch (Quorn AS) made the grade on peg B66, below the weir in the village, with all barbel to leger tactics for a rewarding 25-10-0. Runner-up on peg C96, also below the weir, was Craig Harrison (Barford AA) who had 11-15-0 of chub and dace, mainly on the stick with maggot. Dave Petch’s win saw him top the festival podium with a perfect 3 point score, having previously been Festival 2014 Champ. Newcomer to the festival, Dean Young (Tornadoes) was runner-up with 5 points (two section wins), leaving Mike Bedding (Shakespeare Superteam/Bait-Tech) in third also on 5 points (one section win) but Mike had the combined top weight of the week which was 49-8-0. Twenty six anglers all weighed in over 20lb during the festival and it goes to show that this event is up there with any of the best of the other countrywide river festivals.
Sixty three anglers set up along the Sutton Bonington stretch of the River Soar in Nottinghamshire for Sunday’s round two of the Sensas Soar Masters where in-form, young Ross Winfield (Sensas Bennetts), who has only been competition fishing for three years, headed the field 10-13-0, consisting of small roach and skimmers, gathered on poled pinkie over groundbait, bolstered by two welcome tench to 4lb caught on lobworm, offered over caster to the near shelf, off peg 70. Ross’ teammate Steve Brooks secured second on peg 26, where he fished maggot and worm over groundbait on the long pole, netting a brace of bream plus roach, perch and skimmers for 10-3-0, leaving Sean Ashby (Sensas/Kamasan Starlets) in third with 8-9-0 at peg 1. Joining Ross and Steve in the 18th September Final will be Matt Parkin, Paul Sanderson, Dean Guess, Andy Paton, Joe Oaks and Martin Jacques. Sean Ashby having qualified in round one. The photo shows Ross Winfield with his match catch.
Sunday’s Vauxhall AC Open was held on the Kempston Mill length of the River Great Ouse in Bedfordshire where only five ounces split the decision for the top two. Vauxhall AC’s Alex Graham just nosed ahead with 14-6-0 of mainly roach taken on the stick, whip and waggler, all with caster off Manor Island, pipping Neale Shearn (JL Tackle Stevenage) into second when he scaled 350 fish, predominantly dace, snared on the stick and waggler with maggot for 14-1-0. Harlow’s Mick Burrell claimed third with chiefly eight small chub caught on the waggler with maggot for 11-9-0.
Fifty four anglers spread out across most of the Linley Bank length of the River Severn in Bridgnorth, Shropshire for Sunday’s Bridgnorth AS Association match. The river was carrying 9ins of water and rising slowly with just a tinge of colour during the event. Twenty double figure nets were returned with 11lb being the lowest winning section weight. River veteran John Stockton (Barford AA) fished the pellet feeder with 6mm pellet on the hook, well across from peg 29 in the island bay, to scale an impressive 50-6-0 top catch made up of a dozen barbel. Drawn on peg 92, above the Channel, Middle Severn Angling’s Richard Duke followed with four barbel and three chub, caught on the pellet feeder and the straight lead with meat for 40-3-0, ahead of Wayne Rolston (Bridgnorth AS) who unfortunately lost a carp but caught six barbel and a smattering of big roach using the same tactics as the winner to bring 32-14-0 to the scaleman at peg 152, on the Golf Course stretch.
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