Reports on angling matches from the week ending 25 June 2016.
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A sunny start gave way to rain, luckily after the weigh in at Sunday’s latest Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Stillwater Championship 2016 Qualifier on the Bridge and Willow Pools at Blythe Waters in Knowle, Solihull, West Midlands. The venue fished evenly, returning some close results for second qualifying section places. Lingmere Fishery’s Steve Openshaw topped the match with 51k 520g of carp, fishing 6mm pellet shallow on Bridge peg 10. Birkenhead’s Barry Bush followed again fishing pellet shallow but also worm down the edge at Willow peg 10, to finish with 44k 940g. Little Dawley’s Simon Harris secured third with 36k 660g. The qualifiers for the final at Boddington Reservoir, nr. Byfield, Northamptonshire on Sunday 7th August are Kerry Kirkwood, Peter Woods, Jason Benning, Shaun Saunders, Barry Bush, Steve Openshaw, Simon Harris, Richard Bedder, Paul Walker and Ben Smith.
The River Calder at Mirfield in West Yorkshire hosted the first Angling Trust Riverfest 2016 Qualifier on Saturday. Ian Dawson (Tri-Cast Calder) topped C Section and the match to book his place in the November final on the River Wye in Hereford with a hearty 25-13-0 net of mainly chub. Ian ‘Speedy’ Ward (ABC Baits) came second in the match with seven maggot-tempted chub plus a few dace for 21-7-0 from the same section. Securing his place in the final by topping A Section and finishing match third with 19-10-8 consisting of eight chub, one trout and a few grayling to waggler and white maggot tactics was Sheffield’s Pete Allott. The other qualifier was Anthony Watling (Browning Hot Rods) who won B Section with 11-8-0.
Just four ounces made all the difference at Sunday’s Wakefield AC bout on the River Calder in Horbury, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Good conditions prevailed with the water level coming down after being up around two feet during the week. Eric Wright topped a cluster of weights having banked one worm-tempted bream backed up by small fish to end the day on 5-13-0. One ounce shy came Neil Stead who worked hard catching small roach on pole-fished maggot presented at 13 metres for 5-12-0, pipping Bob Reah into third who feeder-fished worm, halfway across to net one good bream bolstered by small perch for 5-9-0.
The River Severn at Bewdley, Worcestershire was up two metres and falling during Saturday’s 23-entry inaugural Kidderminster & District AA Open of the new season. Kingswinford rod Jez Williams (KDAA) eased to victory on peg 85 with a level 28-0-0 of barbel, boosted by quality roach all caught on the pellet feeder. The next two framers opted for the same approach for a brace of barbel each and Wayne Rolston (Bridgnorth AS) came second with 15-6-0 on adjacent peg 86, ahead of Steve Rowen (KDAA) who scaled 11-11-0 at peg 94. The photo shows Jez Williams with his winning catch.
The River Severn was a metre up and dropping during Sunday’s 49-peg Bridgnorth AS opener on the Linley Bank length in Bridgnorth, Shropshire. Local rod Richard Duke (Middle Severn Angling) ran out a clear winner on peg 72 in the Chestnut Coppice with a trio of barbel, 7lb apiece, caught on the pellet feeder for an unbeatable 21-12-0. Wolverhampton’s John Gill followed with mainly big perch plus a few silvers, gathered on the whip with maggot at peg 182 opposite the dairy for 11-14-0, edging Pedmore rod Justin Checketts into third on peg 59 in the damson trees, where he banked two late barbel on legered meat to record 11-6-0.
Team Sensas 88 stalwart Chris Parr had a fantastic start to the river season in Somerset with a great catch of River Tone bream. A 24 fish haul totalling 100lb plus with fish averaging between 5-6lb; seven were caught on the tip with Sensas Bream and Brown Crumb in the feeder, over a balled sticky mix of Gros Gardons and Match Blend with plenty of caster in and seventeen followed on the pole and worm on a 3gm Series 18 float in 6ft of running water, easing it through. By 1:30pm he’d had enough and went home to watch the football!
Report sent in by Simon Hebditch, many thanks Simon and well done Chris, sounds fantastic! I can only dream!
Some excellent weights were recorded at Sunday’s 84-peg round one of the Dams & Lock Teams of Four Summer League held on the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal in Tyburn, Birmingham. Sensas Dams & Lock Red teamsters filled the top two placings with Stourbridge-based painter and decorator Tony Foster brushing aside the rest to set a new venue record at peg K7 on the cables at Kingsley stretch with a superb 41-3-0 haul consisting of 21 bream, snared on pole-fished caster and worm. Burton Angling tackle dealer Ted Yearby chose the same attack on peg 67 at Forge Lane for another 21 bream for a cracking 36-5-4, leaving Telford’s Simon Mottram (Browning Lifestyle Blue) in third with 18 bream to the same bait tactics and 29-15-0 from peg 82 on the roots at Forge Lane. Sensas Dams & Lock Red took the team prize on the day with 9 points, ahead of Sensas Dams & Lock Blue’s 24. The photo shows Kevin Perry (Sensas Dams & Lock Blue) with his fourth placed 26-9-10 net of bream from peg 28 on the cables. The canal will be the venue for the Angling Trust Division 2 National 2016 on Saturday 10th September.
As most of the anglers are fishing both competitions, Saturday’s fourth and final round of the Erewash Individual Spring League also encompassed round two of the Long Eaton Fed. Summer League on the Erewash Canal in Cotmanhay, Derbyshire. Mill Tackle men finished one and two with league leader Pete Hamilton celebrating his third win of the series on peg 13 in the fancied wide at the top of Corky Wood where he bagged a 4lb 8oz bream plus two tench, all attracted on poled worm for 10-11-0. Pete’s travelling partner Don Cade was at the other end of the wood on peg 21, where he also poled worm to net one good tench and a trio of big perch plus bits for second with 7-10-0. The only other angler to catch a worm-enticed tench was third placed Andy Foster (Long Eaton Fed.), alongside small mixed silvers for 4-14-0 from peg 49. After his fine performance throughout, Pete Hamilton raised the league trophy with a combined weight tally of 35-3-0, ahead of Don Cade’s 23-5-0.
It was shirt sleeve weather and the fish were topping on the Match Stretch of the Newry Canal in Newry, County Down, Ireland for Saturday’s day one of the Newry Canal Fathom Festival 2016. Chiefly perch and hybrids with a few roach were caught using whip, long pole and feeder tactics. Jim McAllister (Lurgan CAC) took the honours with 10-13-0, ahead of Matthew Crowl (Newry Canal MG) who scaled 7-4-0. The third spot went to Paul Heaney (Lurgan CAC) who recorded 5-4-0. What a difference a day makes and at Sunday’s final the heavens opened all day long nevertheless fish were caught from the off with more good hybrids and a few more roach showing than the previous day. Young Aaron Hutchman (Lower Bann) was chuffed to win with mostly roach and ten good hybrids for 12-2-0, leaving Johnny McKinley (Lurgan CAC) in second with 10-9-0. Eric Johnston (Newry Canal MG) slotted into third with 9-8-0. On his second end peg of the weekend, Jim McAllister topped the festival podium having netted 8-2-0 on the day to take his total to an unassailable 18-5-0. Lower Bann’s Aaron Hutchman finished festival second with a combined weight tally of 16-3-0, ahead of Matthew Crowl’s 14-5-0. The canal proved consistent with all pegs producing at this fair and even venue, reinforcing it’s reputation as the best canal in Ireland. Geoff Quinn and the team wish to thank Lough’s Agency for their invaluable help, also Newry Mourne and Down District Council, as well as McA Tackle & Boats for their top class baits.
In-form Wolves AA captain Paul Turner eradicated the rest of the field at Sunday’s Wolverhampton AA Open on the Shropshire Union Canal in Brewood, Staffordshire. Drawn on peg 13, Paul had three chub on pole-fished red maggot, the first two fish went 9lb, then he switched to his favoured caster bait which brought him half a dozen more chub to 5lb, three skimmers around the 1lb mark and a 1lb perch for a rewarding 27-15-0. Seasoned trooper Wilf Kneller (Bilston Angling Centre) followed on neighbouring peg 12 with two chub to 3lb plus perch and silvers, all to poled caster for 6-11-11, leaving Dave ‘End Peg’ Holbrook (Brownhills) in third with 4-13-0 of caster and red maggot-tempted chublets and roach from peg 1.
On a mostly wet Sunday, Tring Anglers fished the Wendover Arm at Gamnel Bridge on the Grand Union Canal in Marsworth, Buckinghamshire where the roach didn’t show for most with the exception of winner Ian Orbell who trounced his rivals with 14-5-8 which fell to pole-fished squatt over hemp. The other weights were made up of the odd bream and perch to worm and red maggot. Simon Foulkes was runner-up with 4-14-0, leaving Tony Beadle in third when he scaled 4-9-8.
The second match of the Tuesday Tring Anglers evening series was fished in thundery and overcast conditions at Cook’s Wharf on the Grand Union Canal in Marsworth, Buckhamshire. Andy Allday took the winner’s purse for the second consecutive week when he slid 11-7-0 of mainly bream into his keepnet, gathered chiefly on poled sweetcorn with a few to caster and worm. Dave Wollington had a mixed bag of maggot-tempted silvers for second with 6-8-0, ahead of Colin Macbeth who had 6-2-0 of bream, snared on poled worm.
Saturday’s Cashmores MG contest had to be switched from a flooded River Trent to the club’s waters on the Common Section of the Wyrley & Essington Canal in Pelsall, Walsall, West Midlands. The usual tale of lost bonus fish influenced the result as several anglers lost one or two tench during the match. After a slow start on end peg 14, Paul Jeffery found a shoal of small bream had moved onto his pellet line in the last twenty minutes, allowing him to reel in runner-up John Davies who had caught skimmers steadily on poled worm from the peg on the junction. Paul was propelled to the top with 10-4-0 and John had to settle for second with 9-10-6. Third placed Barry Broadhhurst also poled worm on peg 3 near the Fingerpost PH to net a couple of tincas and small perch for 7-3-7 but rued the tench that he lost which cost him the match.
Sunday’s Hodnet AC Open on the Palethorpe’s Waters of the Shropshire Union Canal in Soudley, Shropshire saw Ted Carter Southport’s Chris Gorrell rise to the fore on peg 16 with 12-13-10 of mainly maggot-tempted skimmers at peg 16. John McCann (Hodnet AC) was runner-up on end peg 1 with 8-11-0 of mainly perch alongside a few skimmers to poled maggot and worm, ahead of Warrington rod Jeff Shaw’s 8-1-12 of bread-enticed skimmers and roach from peg 18 at the other end of the match length.
Saturday’s first Stoke City DAA Open of the new season was held on the Grubb Street length of the Shropshire Union Canal in Norbury, Staffordshire where Cannock-based Simon Nickless (Sensas Black Country) stole the show on end peg 1 with 10-11-8 of bream, roach and perch, tempted on pole-fished caster, maggot and worm. Wolverhampton’s Dave McCall (Shakespeare Superteam/Bait-Tech) followed on peg 3 with 9-7-2 of roach and skimmers, taken on poled pinkie, maggot and caster, leaving Browning Lifestyle’s Paul Murrin, drawn in the middle of the top two on peg 2, in third with like-fish to Dave using the same baits for 7-3-8.
The fifth match of the Ted Carter Lancaster Canal Tuesday Evening Series was based around Nateby Crossing Lane, on the Marina to Moss Lane length of the Lancaster Canal at Garstang, Lancashire. At this halfway stage, it's usually around this time of year that the hybrids and roach start to show and the bream become less dominant. A worm and pleasant evening met the 19-strong field and with some noted pegs in the area it was difficult to predict where the winner would come from and true to form some excellent weights were returned all along the match length. Maver NW anglers topped the frame with Daz Shaw weighing in 13-15-0 which included mostly hybrids plus a welcome 4lb bream at peg 3 to the north of Nateby Crossing Lane. Team-mate Alan Crook was on the form peg in the middle of the Moss Lane Section and was just behind with 13-2-0 of skimmers. The third spot went to Dave McManus (Ted Carter Southport) who scaled 11-14-0 of skimmers and hybrids from an unfancied peg with no form between the main A6 and the pipe bridge. The photos show Daz Shaw and Alan Crook with their match catches.
Kingswood Lake in Cannock, Staffordshire was 4ft. up and coloured due to the excessive rainfall prior to Saturday’s Blackfords Progressive Bi-Monthly Open however JCB’S Chris Brown skilfully managed to latch into eleven bream using the Method feeder with pellet close in off peg 2 for a satisfying 26-5-0 top weight. Runner-up on peg 5 was Sensas-backed Gary Johnson who poled worm and caster over groundbait for a healthy 22-4-0 net of skimmers and roach, ahead of Walsall’s Dave Nicholls who had a similar net initially caught on feeder tactics before a switch, three hours in, to the pole with the same baits as Gary, fished again at 6 metres for 13-14-0 from next peg 6.
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