Reports on angling matches for the week ending 3 September 2016. Next week I will be sending the results as normal but I will be out of the office for the rest of the week so there will be no match reports. Normal service will resume the following week. Tight lines everyone.
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It was certainly a gripping finalé at Sunday’s fourth and final round of the 84-entry Dams & Lock Teams of Four Summer League held on the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal in Erdington, Birmingham. Reigning champions Shakespeare Superteam/Bait-Tech had been chasing Sensas Dams & Lock Blue, league leaders since round two, throughout the competition and just managed to retain their crown when they topped the league podium by just one point on 111 points, from Sensas Dams & Lock Blue’s 112. Sister team Sensas Dams & Lock Red secured league third with 119 points.
On the individual front, perhaps fittingly, Shakespeare Superteam/Bait-Tech skipper Tamworth’s Darren Massey won the match by a clear margin with 16-10-8, consisting of a brace of good tench for 10lb, one to poled caster and the other caught on lobworm, together with a couple of 1½lb lobworm-tempted perch, the remainder of his winning net being small squatt-enticed roach and perch at the well-known deep peg 156, on the Clapper Gate, aiding his squad to the team spoils on the day with 14 points.
Runner-up was Clive Lloyd (Sensas MAS Green) with 7-11-3 of skimmers to 2lb, gathered on poled caster at end peg 182, ahead of his teammate Alan Donnelly’s 5-14-0 from peg 141. Sensas Dams & Lock Red finished match second on 17 points, from Browning Lifestyle Red's 23. The canal is the venue for the Angling Trust Division 2 National 2016 which will take place on Saturday 10th September.
Thirty three anglers, from all around the country, came together to fish the prodigious Wolverhampton AA Three Day Summer Festival 2016 over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Saturday’s match took place on the Shropshire Union Canal at Norbury Junction, Staffordshire. Wolverhampton-based Dave Richards (Four Ashes AC) took the day one honours with five caster-chub plus bits for an unassailable 19-5-0 from peg 1 at Grubb Street.
Maver Midlands’ Dave Brown came second with a mixed bag for 11-6-13 at peg 3, ahead of Four Ashes AC captain Mel Wood who weighed in 9-4-13 of skimmers on peg 3. Sunday’s event on the Shropshire Union Canal at Little Onn, Church Eaton, Staffordshire saw Wolverhampton AA VDE skipper Paul Turner rise to the fore on peg 9 with 15-15-0 of chub, perch and skimmers. Dave Lloyd (Maver Midlands) was runner-up with 12-1-0 of skimmers from peg 22, leaving Bridgtown Social AC’s Dave Smith in third with 11-13-11 at peg 6.
The Bank Holiday Monday final held on the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Wombourne, Staffordshire went to Bloxwich-based Martin Owen (Sensas Black Country) with a cracking 29-8-0 top catch, consisting of over 50 chub, all to poled caster off peg 4. Walsall’s Steve Cope (Four Ashes AC) followed with another chiefly chub haul for a hearty 22-12-0 at peg 25. Penkridge rod Dave Brown (Maver Midlands) came third on this occasion with 13-15-8 of roach and chub from peg 14. After consistant good performances throughout the competition, Manchester’s Danny Martin (Wigan MG) topped the festival podium in the sunshine with 13 points, ahead of Oldham-based Jan Verbruggen (Maver NW) on 14 points.
Third place went to Telford’s Simon Mottram (Drennan NW/ABC Baits) with 15 points. Paul Turner made fourth with 16 points and 27-10-8, leaving Bernie Leatherbarrow (Browning Lifestyle) in fifth with 16 points and 22-5-2. We all certainly had a great time and thanks must go to Wolverhampton AA, Stoke City DAA and Izaak Walton (Stafford) AA for the use of their waters and Paul Turner especially for organising such a brilliant event.
Due to clashes with other major angling events, the turn-out was only seven pairs at Saturday’s Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Canal Pairs Championships 2016 Qualifier on the Stables stretch of the Forth & Clyde Canal to the west of Kirkintilloch in East Dunbartonshire.
Some good nets came out of the match length during the practise sessions, however conditions were very warm and bright on the day and the canal was completely flat and calm, without a ripple on it which didn’t bode well for good sport. Competition was also hindered by plenty of boat traffic, cyclists and walkers out enjoying the sunshine which is of course understandable due to the unpredictable nature of the British summertime weather.
The main target species here are roach and perch so most anglers chose a bread punch, chopped worm or pinkie approach, alternating between the three. A tie occurred for individual top billing with Scott McGhee and Derek Brady both returning 1K 020g in A Section. Scott’s partner Craig Hammond came third in B Section which saw them take the pairs prize on the day with 4 points to qualify for the final on the 29th October on the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Penkridge, Staffordshire.
Extraordinarily, it was a dead heat for individual match third when Gus Brindle and Colin Williamson both scaled 0K 680g. Gus and side-kick Colin McKerrell were the second placed qualifying pair with 6 points but unfortunately they may not be able to attend the final as they have been provisionally selected to represent Scotland on the Home International on the River Severn in Shrewsbury, Shropshire on the same date. The other qualifying double act was joint match winner Derek and his oppo Mark Lyons with 7 points and a weight advantage.
The Canalside Tackle Waters of the Stourbridge Canal at Silver End, nr. Brierley Hill, West Midlands saw action during Sunday’s Woodside AA Open where sport proved patchy because of the rain and snags. ZLT anglers filled the top two placings and first home on peg 14, nr. Station Road Canal Bridge was Pedmore-based Pete Hatton who banked a trio of tench to 3lb and a 1lb bream, all caught on pole-fished red maggot over groundbait with worm and caster, alongside a few perch, roach and a couple of hybrids for 10-8-4.
Teammate Steve Robson followed, next door on peg 15 with 9-15-12, consisting of mainly roach, a pound of which he had on poled bread punch with the rest taken on hemp. Mick Hatchard (Shakespeare Superteam/Bait-Tech) netted a 2½lb tench, caught on poled maggot over worm and caster plus 60 squatt-fish for third with 7-12-4 from peg 8, on the moorings.
On Bank Holiday Monday, 72 anglers set up along the Linley Bank stretch of the River Severn in Bridgnorth, Shropshire for the Bridgnorth AS Teams of Eight Invitation Match. The river was running low and clear so conditions weren’t ideal for the barbel and chub to feed. Lots of weights were made up of silvers and perch.
However, Barford AA captain Paul King managed to find a trio of barbel and one chub for 20-1-0, using a pellet feeder on peg 56 in the damson fields. Dave Foxall (Kidderminster & District AA) ran him close with 19-14-0 of all dace, caught on the waggler with maggot at peg 149, ahead of Phil Baker (Lifestyle) who had another three barbel on the pellet feeder for 16-10-0, from peg 177 above the dairy, edging teammate and skipper Graham Wade into fourth, who did the same for 15-12-0.
Just behind came Mark Taylor (Bridgnorth AS) on 15-10-0 and Lifestyle’s Paul Pountney completed the frame with 12-14-0. Barford AA took the team prize on the day with 68 points, from Lifestyle’s 58. KDAA secured third with 54 points and Wolves took fourth on 52.
On Sunday, fifty five anglers contested the latest Drennan Coors Masters 2016 Qualifier on a rising River Trent in Burton-on-Trent, East Staffordshire after Saturday’s heavy rainfall. However, the river fished well with the lowest winning section weight being 6-2-0, most were won by over 9-0-0. Trent stalwart, John Harper (Fishermania) took his second victory of the series with 13-7-0 of quality roach plus dace, snared initially on the whip, then the waggler, both with maggot at peg 30 on Branston Golf Course.
Adey Reynolds (Quorn AS) was bridesmaid for the second consecutive match with 12-8-0 of mainly roach, caught on pole-fished maggot and hemp from peg 15 on Sherratts, ahead of Spig Pawlowski (Shakespeare Superteam/Bait-Tech) who had 12-2-0 of roach, dace and perch on the stick float and waggler with maggots. Drawn on peg 30, below the weir on Bailey’s, Toby Bunting (Newark Fed.) secured fourth with 11-10-0 comprising of a trio of good chub, the largest being 5lb, captured on the bomb and waggler.
Fifth in the frame was up and coming Chesterfield youngster Mark Halksworth (Dave Harrell Angling) who scaled 11-4-0 of predominantly roach plus a few perch and a lone 1lb skimmer, gathered on the stick and waggler with maggots. The qualifiers for the 25th September final are Colin Walton, Roger Smith, Toby Bunting, Steve Pierpoint, Paul Field and Ian Jarvis.
The River Severn in Bewdley, Worcestershire was at about 0.6 metres up on normal summer level during Saturday’s 16-peg Kidderminster & District AA Open. Bilston Angling Centre’s Richard ‘Bucko’ Buxton topped the close-fought contest with 17-12-0 of barbel and chub caught on the pellet feeder at peg 114.
Next came Droitwich rod Bob McAulay with a brace of barbel for 17-4-0 also taken on the pellet feeder off peg 50. The third spot was shared by Stourport’s Phil Amos and Jez Williams (KDAA) when they both weighed in 16-4-0. Phil had three barbel on the pellet and caster feeder from peg 1 and Jez used the pellet feeder on peg 29, netting barbel and chub.
The Warwickshire River Avon was at summer level and lots of roach and dace were feeding also the chub were starting to show at Saturday’s 30-peg Barford AA Open in Barford, Warwickshire. In-form Paul Caswell (Sensas WB Clarke) won his second match of the week at this venue with a rewarding 28-5-0 net comprising of seven chub, bolstered by around 200 dace and roach, caught on the whip and waggler with maggot from peg 70 above Barford Bridge.
Colin Talbot (Match Box) chose the same attack for second on peg 62 with 20-11-0 of chub, dace and roach and third place was shared jointly by Matt Hamilton (Barford AA) and Banbury’s Les Ashby when they both returned 14-6-0. Matt caught chub and dace and Les had a brace of barbel plus dace. All hell let loose in the last hour of the match when a thunderstorm and torrential rain lashed the venue, making presentation nigh on impossible. Despite the deluge other double figure weights were recorded.
Dudley’s Les Thompson (Matrix) had cause for a double celebration when he landed both of the Patshull Park Bank Holiday weekend open bouts on the Great Lake in Pattingham, Staffordshire. The Hotel Bank and Shallows Sections were used during Saturday’s 21 pegger and a tight tussle for the top ensued. Les clinched the win by one fish with 25-8-0 of bream to 2lb, caught on the conventional feeder with caster and worm at Shallows peg 9.
Wednesfield rod Kevin Tipton (Sensas) followed with like-fish, gathered on the slider with pellet for 23-13-0 from Hotel Bank peg 32, ahead of Lee Harris (Shakespeare Superteam/Bait-Tech) who fished the conventional feeder with caster and worm to return 23-1-0 of bigger slabs to 4lb at Shallows peg 10, pipping Dan Carter (Foster’s) into fourth with a 23-0-0 mixed bag of roach, perch and skimmers, taken on the short pole with worm, presented at 4 metres from Hotel Bank peg 37.
Thompson’s coup was complete when he topped another close match on Bank Holiday Monday staged on the Boats, Shallows and Hotel Bank Sections, by heading the 28-strong field with 25-4-0 of mainly roach, snared on poled caster, fished shallow in 15ft. of water off Boats peg 55. Little Dawley’s Simon Harris was hot on his heels with 24-10-0 of bream to 3lb, gathered on the Method feeder with corn over pellet on Shallows peg 10, leaving Barry Hall (Foster’s) in third on Hotel Bank peg 30, where he fished the whip with maggot at 6 metres to hand for 22-10-0 of chiefly roach and skimmers with a welcome 6lb tench.
Tim Cadwallader (Matrix) slotted into fourth with 20-9-0 of roach and skimmers, which fell to the long pole with worm and caster at Boats peg 61. Kevin Tipton (Sensas) had to settle for fifth on this on occasion when he slid 18-5-0 of skimmers to 14oz into his keepnet, caught on the conventional feeder with worm on Shallows peg 8.
Nigel Davis (Hymatic AC) headed a cluster of weights at Saturday’s Redditch Fed. Open staged on Arrow Valley Lake in Redditch, Worcestershire. The top three all opted for a Method feeder approach for the bream and Nigel Davis (Hymatic AC) emerged the victor on peg 54 with 28-8-0, edging Simon Farmer (Peg One Angling) into second by one fish when he brought 27-9-0 to the scalesman at peg 62. Third place went to Nigel’s teammate John Halfpenny who recorded 26-14-0 on peg 8.
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