Reports on angling matches from the week ending 28 May 2016.
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Steve’s in the driving seat at Awbridge
With a brisk, chilly wind sweeping across the match length, conditions alternated between sunshine and cloud cover at Sunday’s round seven of the Wolverhampton AA Individual Spring League held on the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Awbridge.
Winner of rounds one and three, Steve Broome (Maver Midlands) engineered yet another success with an 8-7-0 top catch consisting of one chub plus perch and chublets, together with a rare 2½lb eel! All captured on pole-fished worm and caster at peg 17. Penkridge’s Dean Williams had all squatt-fish for second with a level 6-0-0 from next peg 18, ahead of Stoke legend Fred ‘the Bread’ Cheetham (Team Eclipse) third on this occasion, with a couple of hemp-tempted roach, backed-up by squatt-fish for 5-12-10 at peg 8.
With two rounds remaining, Dean’s match second sees him strengthen his league lead, which he has held since round three to 19 points, ahead of Four Ashes AC skipper, Mel Wood’s 21. Photo shows Steve Dudley (Sensas Black Country) with 1½lb bream, part of his section winning 5-8-0.
The Grand Union a bit patchy for round one of the Barford AS teams of Three Summer League
Most of the roach were showing signs of spawning and the canal was a foot down as ten squads lined the towpath of the Grand Union Canal in Knowle, West Midlands for Saturday’s round one of the Barford AS Teams of Three Summer League. Leading the way on peg 26, two pegs past the oak tree, Shakespeare Superteam/Bait-Tech skipper Darren Massey returned seven skimmers, attracted on pole-fished big maggot plus 1lb of bits for a 6-10-11 top net. A brace of skimmers around the 2lb mark alongside a 1lb of small silvers saw Pete Lewis (SPP) second on peg 30, ahead of Matchbox-backed Steve Tivey’s 4-8-2. Shakespeare Superteam/Bait-Tech took the team spoils on the day with 5 points, ahead of Browning Lifestyle’s 10.
Welcome chub for Roy on the Staffs & Worcs
Third in last week’s match, Gt. Wyrley-based Roy Grosvenor trounced his club mates at Sunday’s Bridgtown Social AC contest held on Chubbs’ Water of the Staffs & Worcs Canal at Ball Lane in Coven, Staffordshire. Although, the canal was a strange chocolate colour all of the fifteen competitors caught.
Drawn on end peg 15, Roy poled worm and caster catching roach and skimmers, then he had two welcome chub in the last twenty minutes, the largest of which was 4½lb, to scale 10-5-4. Ounces decided the outcome for the next two and Dave Rayson just made it with pinkie-tempted mainly skimmers to 12oz with the odd silver for 4-9-0 from peg 3, edging Cliff Harrison into third on peg 13 where he had chiefly roach, the best of which was ½lb, all on poled hemp to scale 4-0-0.
Tench triumph for John on the Erewash
Twenty two anglers set up along the Cotmonhay section of the Erewash Canal in Derbyshire for Sunday’s round three of the Erewash Individual Spring League. Measham’s John Johnson took the honours on peg 105 where he poled maggot and worm for half a dozen tench and 7-10-0.
Matlock’s Dave Fowler (Mill Tackle) was bridesmaid once more for the second consecutive round when he tipped 5-1-0 onto the scales at peg 103 which included a surprise 4lb 8oz worm-enticed ide. Shakespeare Superteam’s Alistair Chisholm secured third with 4-4-0, comprising of a solitary tench and one skimmer plus bits, to poled worm and maggot at peg 94.
‘Shaw’ thing for Jeff on the Trent & Mersey
Sunday’s 36-entry round four of the Middlewich Individual Spring League staged on the Trent & Mersey Canal in Middlewich, Cheshire saw Warrington’s Jeff Shaw (Team Guinness) rise to the fore on Roots peg 22 at Mill Lane with 8-9-0 of all roach, which fell to poled bread and hemp.
Tri-Cast Highfield’s Ged Martin had a mixed bag to poled caster for 6-5-8 off next peg 22, which unusually included one small carp and a 7oz goldfish! Browning Lifestyle team-mates Mike Manson and Lewis Kenyon were next in the frame. Mike came third with 5-15-0 of bread and squatt-tempted roach at peg 2, edging Lewis into fourth when he scaled 5-13-10 of squatt and hemp-caught roach on peg 4.
Crewe-based coach builder Simon Preece (Browning Lifestyle) has now taken over the league lead in this tightly contested competition, now on 21 points. Ant Marsden (Sam’s Tackle Wigan), Shaun Paddon (Tri-Cast Highfield) and Lewis Kenyon are all hot on his heels with 20 points apiece.
Tipton skimmers abound on the Walsall Canal
As the weather warms up a tad finally, the weights were encouraging at Saturday’s Sportsman AC Open on the Ocker Hill stretch of the Walsall Canal in Tipton, West Midlands. ZLT Angling Supplies anglers finished one and two with Dudley rod Alan Homer commanding the field on peg 4 with a satisfying 15-6-2 all skimmers catch, snared on poled caster.
The next two weights of all predominantly skimmers to poled bread punch were caught on the neighbouring pegs and Dave Anderson recorded 9-15-2 for second on peg 3, ahead of Mal Robinson (Sportsman AC) who weighed in 9-7-2 at peg 2.
Paul pulls out a win on the Shroppy
Some decent weights are now coming from the Shropshire Union Canal in Brewood, Staffordshire where at Saturday’s Wolverhampton AA Open, Wolverhampton AA VDE captain Paul Turner emerged the victor on end peg 18 with 85 roach and hybrids caught down the track, 70 caster-fish and the rest taken on poled squatt and pinkie for an unbeatable 16-9-0.
At the other end of the match length on peg 1, Bilston Angling Centre’s Dennis Sumner slid 14-8-7 of squatt-tempted small roach and skimmers into his keepnet, ahead of Team Eclipse’s Keith Hulland who did the same for 6-8-12 from peg 3.
Ray races ahead on the Staffs & Worcs in Penkridge
Telford rod Ray Bates ran out a clear winner at Wednesday’s Wolverhampton Over 60’s Club Open held on The Boat PH Section 1, of the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Penkridge, Staffordshire where he headed the 21-strong field on peg 18 with a chiefly bream to 1½lb and smaller skimmers catch, boosted by roach, gathered initially on poled bread, then squatt and caster for 9-4-0.
Brownhills-based Dave Holbrook followed with 5-0-0 exact of pinkie-tempted mainly skimmers from peg 20, ahead of the irrepressible Wednesfield matchman Mel Wood (Four Ashes AC) who had 4-3-12 of predominantly gudgeon, alongside small roach, all to poled squatt at peg 3.
James tops on the Birmingham Mainline
In-form Polesworth-based James South (Sensas Dams & Lock) notched up another victory, this time when he won Sunday’s 29-peg Canal Kings Open on the Prison End stretch of the Soho Loop length on the Birmingham Mainline Canal in Winson Green, Birmingham. The top two anglers both poled squatt.
Drawn on peg 46, James had 5-8-0 of small roach and little skimmers. Runner-up Mark Hardman (Sensas Black Country) caught a few roach but mostly small skimmers for 4-1-0 from peg 37, pipping Good Intent’s Gary Owen into third with all small roach to poled squatt and pinkie to record 4-0-7 at peg 43. West Bromwich-rod, Brent Wilkes (Sensas Black Country) had twenty hemp-roach for 3-14-9 at adjacent peg 44.
Dominant Daiwa Gordon League Red top the Gloucester Canal Spring League
Expectations ran high for Sunday’s fourth and final round of the popular 64-peg Gloucester Canal Teams of Four Spring League, held on the Saul Junction to Cambridge Arms stretch, which was the section used in last year’s Division 1 National where it had yielded lots of 40 to 75lb weights.
However, the canal has been quite moody this year, the roach have shown in numbers, unseen for many years but as they have now spawned and vanished, the bream have not consistently filled the gap. Nevertheless, every section needed a good double figure weight to win and Sensas 88 skipper Lance Tucker, returned the top weight on the day. Pegged between the Splatt and Cambridge Arms Bridges, Lance put 27-7-0 of bream onto the scales, caught on poled maggot and worm over fishmeal groundbait. Runner-up was John Tocknall (Sensas Lobby’s) with 20-6-0 of skimmers, snared on the groundbait feeder with worm on the hook in the Saul Junction section, ahead of Andy Freeman (Stroud AC) who weighed in 19-4-0.
Sensas Lobby’s took the team prize on the day with 56 points, ahead of Sensas 88 on 55 for a late charge up the overall frame but after leading the league from the off and consistent performances throughout the competition Daiwa Gordon League Red could not be thwarted and topped the league with 185 points, leaving Sensas 88 in league second on 168.
Bream harvest for Steve on the Lancaster Canal
Warm and pleasant conditions greeted the competitors at the first of the year’s Ted Carter/Lancaster Canal Tuesday Evening Match Series on the Moss Lane and Garstang Marina lengths of the canal in Garstang, Lancashire.
Many of the region’s top canal anglers gathered on the towpath including England Team Manager Mark Addy and one half of the winning duo from the 2015 AT & Canal & River Trust Canal Pairs Championship, Dave Edgeley (Wigan MG). As the fish have just finished spawning, it proved to be a match of two halves.
The Marina Section fished well but with small fish, whilst the Moss Lane section was less consistent but some bream and good skimmers were caught. That being said, the 3¼ hour event saw Steve Embury (Saints) top the 24-peg event with an excellent 24-12-0 net of bream and skimmers on a ‘form’ peg in the Middle of the Moss Lane section. Local rod Alex Bennett was pegged next to Moss Lane Bridge and returned 9-4-0 of skimmers for second, ahead of Steve Wilson (Lancs. MG) who recorded 6-14-0 of bream and skimmers from the same area. More than half of the field had 3lb+ weights with all bar to beating 2½lb.
Mathew steams ahead on the Engine Pool
A pellet waggler attack was chosen by the top three anglers at Sunday’s Engine Pool open at Earlswood Lakes in Solihull, West Midlands. Conditions were calm and sunny at first, changing to overcast with heavy showers in the afternoon. Earlswood’s own Mathew Badger gained the advantage on peg 26 to top with an admirable 76-2-0. All of the framers were in the same area and had mixed bags of bream and carp, with some lumps between 15 and 20lb being banked. Bilston Angling Centre’s Richard ‘Bucko’ Buxton followed with 69-11-0 from peg 27, ahead of Carl Bennett (J&P Tackle) who scaled 35-11-0 at peg 25.
Arrow Valley success for John
Arrow Valley Lake enthusiast John Bushell stole the show at Saturday’s 21-entry open on the picturesque Redditch stillwater in Worcestershire. Deploying the Method feeder with assorted baits off peg 69, John banked four carp for 40lb, bolstered by bream to 3lb for a rewarding 67-0-0 top weight.
Wilnecote Angling Centre’s Paul ‘Budgie’ Burgess followed on peg 55 with all bream to 3lb, caught on the Method feeder with pellet for 57-14-0, ahead of Cheltenham’s Andy Hodges who bagged a brace of carp for 20lb plus skimmers to return 52-1-0 at peg 23. Shakespeare Superteam stalwart John Halfpenny had a comparable quarry for 41-14-0 from peg 52.
Last date edited: 28 July 2016
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