Reports on angling matches from the week ending 22 October 2016.
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It was raining heavily before Sunday’s 60-peg round three of the Izaak Walton (Stafford) AA/Browning Lifestyle Teams of Six Winter League on the Stafford Boat Club length of the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Stafford, Staffordshire but it then petered out in the first hour of the match to leave bright and breezy conditions for the rest of the event. Drawn on peg B1, the end peg by the bridge at the boat club, Birmingham rod Pete Cox (Sensas Strike) started fishing across with poled bread punch for a few decent roach, then switched to maggot and caster under the bush where he had the majority of his catch which was perch with a few squatt-fish during the quiet spells to top the match with 9-1-0. Bloxwich-based Martin Owen (Sensas Black Country Gold) followed on peg B7 with again mainly worm-tempted perch alongside several squatt and pinkie-fish for 7-13-0, ahead of Shakespeare Superteam/Bait-Tech’s skipper Darren Massey who had 7-8-8 of perch which fell to poled lobworm at Deepmore peg A6. Sensas Black Country Gold took the team prize on the day with 17 points from Shakespeare Superteam/Bait-Tech’s 20 who are now still heading the league on 60 points, ahead of Sensas Black Country Gold’s 71.
On Saturday, Wolverhampton AA ran a practise match on their waters for the forthcoming Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Canal Pairs Championships 2016 Final which will take place on the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Penkridge, Staffordshire on the 29th October. The 63-peg match was held on what will be B Section in the final. After a cold night, conditions on the day were bright and the autumn sun was still giving some warmth but the water was very cold. Drawn on peg 61, behind the houses at Acton Trussell, Rich Yates (Ted Carter Preston) topped with an impressive 12-4-2 of bread punch-enticed roach. Wolverhampton-based Dave McCall (Shakespeare Superteam/Bait-Tech) followed with 11-10-10 of roach and skimmers which fell to poled maggot at peg 56 in the turning bay, behind the Moat House Hotel. Dudley’s Steve Broome (Maver Midlands/Dynamite Baits) came third with 11-5-9 of caster-caught skimmers from peg 5, on the stump on the Roadside stretch below Teddesley Lock. Neil Turner (Wolverhampton AA VDE) secured fourth with 10-12-5, leaving Wayne Kearney (Tri-Cast Rochdale) and Paul Murrin (Browning Lifestyle) in fifth and sixth, with 9-14-0 and 9-9-4 respectively.
A week long celebration to commemorate the bi-centenary of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal began with Sunday’s Saltaire AA Open, pegged on the Hirstwood length at Saltaire in West Yorkshire. After an encouraging first hour when many anglers had put a few pounds in the net, sport proved difficult from then on when the first of fourteen boats came through the locks. Making the most of the first hour on peg 19 was John Sedgwick (Tri-Cast Calder) who won with a trio of bream around the 5lb mark for a 16-13-0 top weight. John’s teammate Warren Mcleavy’s 5-14-0 gained him second at peg 20, ahead of Martin Blagbrough (Slaithwaite AC) who scaled 4-8-0 on peg 11.
Round two of the Angling Trust Upper Thames Teams of Eight Winter League saw six squads set up along an extremely clear River Avon between Chippenham and Melksham in Wiltshire but despite this some good weights were recorded. Andy Jayne (Sensas Lobby’s) took individual top billing, pegged in the forest at Melksham, Andy scaled a hearty 22-10-0 of all chub, snared on pole-fished chopped worm, casters and maggots. Runner-up, two pegs below the blue bridge at Chippenham was Adie McTiffin (Devizes MG) who initially fished the pole and caught 6lb of roach before adding nine chub to 3lb to his catch, gathered on the waggler with maggot to return 20-3-0. A tie occurred for third place with Matrix Talismen duo Pete Townsend and Mick Gale both weighing in 15-9-0 apiece. Sensas Lobby’s and Devizes MG both amassed 34 points each for first place in the team stakes but Sensas Lobby’s took the spoils on section wins. However Devizes MG are now heading the league on 3 points from DGL’s 5 with Sensas Lobby’s holding third on 6.
On Sunday, round four of the Sensas M5 Angling Somerset Teams of Four Winter League was fished on a crystal clear River Parrett in Langport, Somerset and everyone thought it would be tough going but remarkably twenty five of the 48-strong field broke double figures with chiefly roach and hybrids making up the weights. Local expert Nigel Easton (Langport Nomads) took the individual honours, pegged below the railway bridge at Stuckey’s, Nigel caught mainly roach on his favoured 6 metre whip with hemp and caster approach for a rewarding 9K 900g. Hot on his heels was Dick Bull (Terminators) who drew down the footbridge to also catch quality redfins on the whip with bread punch for 9K 700g, leaving match organiser Chris ‘Gappy’ Parr (Sensas Taunton) in third below the pump in the town where he caught predominantly hybrids on the long whip with caster over balls of groundbait and loose-fed caster to scale 9K 150g. Joint top on the team were Royal Navy/Royal Marines and Somerset Angling, both on 32 points. Sensas M5 Angling are currently atop the league with 8 points, ahead of Monkey Marauders and Somerset Angling, both on 16.
Bright and windy conditions and a clear Bristol Avon met the fifty four competitors at Sunday’s round three of the Sensas Commercial House League staged on the Swineford, South Gloucestershire to Fry’s, Bristol length. Nevertheless, it fished quite well for small fish with the odd welcome bream or chub also being caught. Twenty two anglers returned double figure nets and the average weight was 9lb 13oz. Fishing the groundbait feeder with assorted hook baits off peg 6 at Swineford, winner Dean Harvey (Stand and Deliver Promotions) banked eight bream to 6lb 9oz for a cracking 40-0-0 and a clear victory. Nick Coles (DW Builders) came second on the beach at Swineford where he balled in groundbait and fished the crowquill with maggot over the top to catch half a dozen skimmers plus roach and perch to tip 18-14-0 onto the scales. Drawn on the steps at Jack White’s, Graham Hunt (Mosella Bathampton B) secured third with 17-13-0 of roach and dace. Preston Innovations Thatchers B and Mosella Bathampton B were first equal on the day in A Division with 20 points each, which propels Preston Innovations B to the top of the league, now on 12.5. B Division on the day, saw DW Builders top with 18 points, which means they are joint top of this league presently with Sensas Nomads, both teams having amassed 9 points thus far.
The River Severn in Bewdley, Worcestershire was very low, cold and clear during Wednesday’s 26-peg Kidderminster & District Float Only Open. Fishing the waggler with maggot off peg 84, Andy Bruton (Sensas WS Clarke) led the way with 15-10-0 of roach and dace plus a bonus bream. Barford’s Mick Wilkes ran him close with 15-3-0 of roach and dace, taken on the waggler and stick float at peg 71, leaving Leon Blundell (Sensas WB Clarke) in third with 14-10-0 of roach on the whip from peg 66. The river was still low and clear for Saturday’s 22-entry open event but weather conditions were pleasant and the match fished well on noted pegs. Tony Avery (DGL) was a happy man on peg 32, where he slid an accomplished 39-14-0 top weight of quality chub plus one barbel onto the scales, all gathered on the waggler. Stourport’s Phil Amos had a fine day’s sport too, ending up with half a dozen barbel caught on the bolo for 34-10-0 off peg 14, ahead of Mark Traves (Sensas Strike) who banked a brace of barbel plus roach on the stick float for 20-1-0 at peg 28.
The fish were still tightly shoaled and the pike were very active on a gin clear River Thames at Medley and Folly in Oxfordshire during Sunday’s second round of the 48-peg Angling Trust Oxford Teams of Eight Winter League. It was a tightly fought contest on both the individual and team fronts and Stuart Keable (Sensas A4) emerged the victor on the ‘hot’ peg that everyone wanted, the bottom end peg on the Medley section. Stuart won the match with a 22-12-0 bag of roach taken on the pole at 13 metres with caster over caster and hempfeed. Just one ounce shy came Drennan Oxford’s Steve Harwood who drew on the cottages at the bottom end of Folly where he too had all roach on poled caster over groundbait, also presented at 13 metres for 22-11-0, pipping John Beesley (Drennan ODAA) into third one peg above the winner, where he had 21-12-0 of all redfins on maggot over groundbait, fished at 13 metres. Sensas A4 were the triumphant squad on the day with 37 points from Drennan Oxford’s 35. Sensas A4 are heading the league standings, currently on 4 points and Drennan Oxford are occupying league second with 8 points.
Thirty five anglers contested Sunday’s latest Bridgnorth AS National Squad Open on the Linley Bank Stretch of the River Severn in Bridgnorth, Shropshire. The river was at near normal autumn level, quite clear and the early morning rain stopped before the start of the match. Fifteen double figure weights were recorded and first home on peg 12 at Linley was Billy Mitchell (Bell AC) with a commendable 46-12-0 haul, consisting of eleven barbel and one small chub, all caught on feeder-fished pellet. Runner-up on peg 36, Pete Cartwright (Wolves) had four barbel on the pellet feeder, bolstered by a few silvers on the waggler with maggot for 25-4-0, ahead of Bridgnorth AS secretary Phil Hancox who had four barbel on the pellet feeder in the first hour from Hawthorns peg 14, the peg which won last week’s match. London-rod Barry Hall came fourth with 18-4-0, Smethwick’s Graham Wade made fifth with 16-8-0 and Chris Holmes (Middle Severn Angling) completed the frame on 15-10-0.
Twenty Halesowen RBL members set up on the left bank of the River Severn at Arley in Bridgnorth, Shropshire for their Sunday encounter where Gary Weaver stole the show on peg 9, above the prickly bush, with a trio of barbel, backed-up by quality roach, all attracted on feeder fished pellet for 23-7-0. Drawn on peg 18, Paul Skidmore fished the stick float and the waggler with maggot and caster for second with 18-2-0 of barbel and chub, edging Phil Whitehouse into third on peg 13 where he deployed the waggler with maggot for 16-6-0 of chub, dace and roach.
Despite a full 'super moon' overnight, torrential rain throughout the morning and a 4 degree drop in river temperatures locally the Warwickshire Avon around Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire threw up some good weights all along its length for this latest Angling Trust RiverFest qualifier last Sunday.
Martin Ward put in a stunning performance on form peg 11 with the best match weight recorded this year on the recently re-developed Seven Meadows section of river. He fed 8 pints of maggots to catch 24 chub on the waggler across to the far bank for a very impressive 49lb.
Second in the match was local Avon star and all round nice bloke Alan Stephens who drew peg 59 at Manor Farm with another great chub net of 25lb 2oz on the waggler. James Robbins had 16lb 3oz of hemp roach on peg 4 above 7 meadows wier, but the final qualifying place for the mega final on the River Wye in Herefordshire in November went to another local angler Mike Bedding who won zone B at Stannalls with 11lbs 2oz of chublets and roach.
There were some poor areas in the faster water which didn't produce as expected but there were lots of 7lb plus weights and many double figures. A big thanks to Tony Butler from Baileys of Warwick for doing all the hard work, Andy Bruce, Stuart Fleming, Ross, Tony, Chris, Martyn, Steve and everyone who helped make this event happen.
The next RiverFest qualifier heads to the River Severn at Shrewsbury, Shropshire on Sunday 23rd October.
Report courtesy of the Angling Trust
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