Angling reports for week ending 5 November 2016

Reports on angling matches from the week ending 5 November 2016.

Simon Nickless & Steve Dudley Canal Pairs Champions 2016 being presented with the cheque from David Kent and Richard Parry

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Peter Durrant's 16lb carpSteve and Simon raise the Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Canal Pairs Championship 2016 trophy

Seventy countrywide partnerships lined the towpath of the Staffs & Worcs Canal from Penkridge to Acton Trussell in Staffordshire for Saturday’s grand final of the Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Canal Pairs Championship 2016. Conditions were autumnal but calm and mild and with very little boat traffic the canal was gin clear. Individual winner, Canvey-based Peter Durrant drew peg 28 in A Section at the bottom end of the mobile homes in Penkridge where he caught roach all day with the odd skimmer and topped it off when he latched into one of the resident carp and banked the pristine 16lb caster-tempted common which propelled him into the lead with an unassailable 11K 170g. Local anglers knew there were carp living in this area but they are very rarely caught. Well done Pete! His partner and big brother Rob Durrant got his head down on peg 48 in B Section at Acton Trussell to scale 2K 690g and win his sub section which was enough to see them pairs second with 127 points. Calf Heath rod Steve Dudley and oppo Cannock-based Simon Nickless, both Sensas Black Country, topped the pairs podium with a commendable 140 points out of a possible 146. Simon was on peg 60 in B Section in the bay at Acton Trussell where he pole-fished chopped worm and caster for 4K 460g of roach, perch and skimmers. Steve had all skimmers on poled red maggot at peg 48 in A Section at Penkridge to return 8K 500g for match second, ahead of Michael Marsden’s 7K 520g. Congratulations also to Les Waldron and partner Michael Gorry who were pairs third with 115 and well done to Conor Browne and Paul Holding for coming fourth with 114.

Durrant brothers“It was great to see anglers from all across the country represented in the prizes, exemplifying what a fair and exciting competition this is. Well done to everyone who took part and a huge thank you to Wolverhampton AA for the use of their waters and organising such a successful event also Calf Heath Club for their hospitality,” commented John Ellis, Canal & River Trust National Fisheries & Angling Manager. The trophies and prizes were presented by David Kent from the Angling Trust and Canal & River Trust Chief Executive Richard Parry.

Samual Claydon, junior angling championSamuel tops the Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Junior Championship 2016

Also on Saturday, twenty youngsters from across the country contested the Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Junior Championship 2016 on the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Penkridge, Staffordshire. Swineshead, Lincolnshire’s Samuel Claydon led the way on peg 13 wth 3K 130g consisting of 2lb of gudgeon and roach plus a welcome chub around the 4lb mark. A tie occurred for the runner-up position when England Ladies International Samantha Sim’s son Billy Kirk from Worthing, West Sussex and local Penkridge rod Charlie Smith both recording 2K 140g apiece. Charlie’s father Mark Smith and grandfather Dave Smith fished the Pairs Final, finishing a respectable 41st. Great to see three generations of the same family all out on the bank! Billy and Charlie both had mixed silvers bags from pegs 24 and 20 respectively. Fourth place was also shared equally between Walsall, West Midlands’ Holly Nicholls and Wiltshire’s Lewis Roberts when they both scaled 1K 030g. Holly at peg 19 and Lewis on peg 4. Joshua Newman from Sleaford, Lincolnshire came sixth with 980g from peg 23. Well done to all of the keen young anglers who participated.

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Unfortunately, due to the pressure of other work commitments these are the final reports I will be posting on the website. I will however continue the results service.

Tight lines everyone!


Last date edited: 2 November 2016

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