Angling reports for week ending 26 March 2016

Reports on angling match results from the week ending 26 March 2016

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Brian shows his Blythe Spirit

Fourteen double acts set up around the Cherries and Bridge Pools at Blythe Waters in Knowle, Solihull, West Midlands for Sunday’s round six of their eight match Winter Pairs Series where Halesowen RBL’s Brian Smith ran out a clear winner on peg C5 with 74-10-0. Most of the anglers caught primarily carp and skimmers, mainly on the pole with either chopped worm and caster or fishing 4 to 6mm pellet or red maggot hookbait over micro pellet feed. A few chose to fish the straight lead with maggot also the Method feeder with double red maggot. In the frame again was Brian’s team-mate Martyn Yarsley who tipped 57-3-0 onto the scales at peg C22, ahead of Carl Nicholls (Canal & River Trust AC) who recorded 39-10-0 on peg B16. Carl and partner Carl Gill took the pairs’ prize on the day with 26 points and are currently atop the league on 107 points. Halesowen RBL combo Martyn Yarsley and side-kick Paul Evans are holding league second with 105 points.


Sensas Canal Masters winnerMatt ‘Masters’ the Grand Union!

The Grand Union Canal in Loughborough, Leicestershire fished hard during Sunday’s 51-peg Sensas Canal Masters Final 2016. The results were very close for many meaning lots were in with a chance of framing or section wins. England Under 23s’ Matt Derry (Kamasan Starlets) drew in a promising area outside The Boat PH. Matt’s double bloodworm proved to be the most effective hook bait, he fished to his left and right catching roach to 1lb down the track to take the honours with 7-7-0 and pocket £600 for his achievement. Local Leicester lad Richard Packwood ran him close with 7-2-0 consisting of some caster-roach also around the 1lb mark alongside small bloodworm and joker fish. The third spot went to Steve Brookes (Bennett’s Bait & Tackle) who managed a few skimmers to 1lb on bunches of bloodworm for 6-3-0 and last in the big prizes was Darran Bickerton (Kamasan Starlets) with 178 roach for 6-1-0.

Andy raises the Ivan Marks Cup

The Grand Union Canal in Glen Parva, Leicestershire saw action during Sunday’s Leicester Canal Championships 2016. In what proved to be a tough contest for most of the anglers, Wreake AC members filled the top two placings. Andy Pettit became the latest name to be added to the Ivan Marks Cup after heading the 42-strong field to lift the trophy. Andy caught some quality roach on hemp seed late on to add to his punch-roach for a decisive triumph with 5-10-0 from peg 1 in the Brickyard Section. Team-mate Derek Reaney chose a chopped worm and caster approach in the Westminster Drive Section, netting some decent perch for second with 4-7-0, pipping Damian Green (Maver Image) into third by just one ounce when he returned 4-6-0 of small roach and rudd, captured on squatt over groundbait presented at 11 and 13 metres in the Brickyard section.

Dave McCall, anglerDave engineers a win on the Shroppy

Wolverhampton-based air conditioning engineer Dave McCall (Shakespeare Superteam) clinched the win at Sunday’s 28-peg Hodnet AC Open staged on the Shropshire Union Canal in Market Drayton, Shropshire where a tight tussle for the top ensued. Less than eight ounces split the decision for the top three and Dave just edged it on peg 2 with 3-15-9 of roach and gudgeon which fell to poled bread punch and pinkie. Chester Tackle Locker’s Chris Morris did the same on adjacent peg 1 for 3-12-0, ahead of Keith Cummings (Birkenhead AC) who scaled 3-7-10 of gudgeon and perch at peg 16.


Turner tames Awbridge chub

Wolverhampton AA VDE skipper Paul Turner finished head and shoulders above the rest at Wednesday’s Wolverhampton AA Open on the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Awbridge, Wombourne, Staffordshire. Using his favoured poled caster attack on peg 12, Paul banked eight chub and four perch for an excellent 28-12-0. Runner-up, Bill Jones (Bilston CD) also poled caster for chub to scale 14-0-0 at peg 3, leaving Dave Holbrook (Brownhills) in third with 3-11-0 from peg 10.

Mel WoodCaster man Mel tops at Acton Trussell

The Acton Trussell stretch of the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Staffordshire was the location for Sunday’s round two of the Wolverhampton AA Individual Spring League where in-form Wednesfield-based die caster Mel Wood (Four Ashes AC) grasped the glory by just four ounces with a caster-tempted brace of chub to 4½lb plus bits for 9-11-0 from peg 17 on the boats. A 3lb bream propelled Barry Williams (Bilston Angling Centre) into second on peg 13 in the bay, the rest of his 9-7-0 net being comprised of perch to poled chopped worm and caster, edging Paul Turner (Wolverhampton AAVDE) into third on this occasion with 9-3-0 of caster-roach from neighbouring peg 14, on the first boat out of the bay. Paul’s brother and team-mate, Neil Turner is presently tied at the top of the league with Mel Wood both having amassed 3 points apiece so far in the competition.

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Last date edited: 24 March 2016

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