Reports on angling matches from the week ending 9 April 2016.
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On Saturday, 35 respectful anglers and close friends of the late Ian Barrow, a stalwart of Kamasan Starlets who sadly passed away unexpectedly earlier this year, lined the banks of Arrow Valley Lake in Redditch, Worcestershire for the inaugural Ian Barrow Memorial Match.
It was a silver fish only event and a popular win was achieved by Wolverhampton’s Kevin Tipton (Sensas) on peg 69 where he slid 17-1-0 of bream to 3lb into his keepnet having fished the groundbait feeder with worm on the hook.
The next three in the frame also chose feeder approaches for bream and skimmers with Paul Cassidy (Bailey’s of Warwick) taking second with 14-8-0 from peg 25, ahead of Mark Atkins (Arrow Valley) who scaled 13-15-8 at peg 52. Angling legend and local rod Alf Hand secured fourth with 12-11-0 off peg 23.
After the match, Kevin revealed, “I am so proud and honoured to be the first name on the trophy as Ian was a close friend who I always looked forward to fishing with.” The trophy was presented to Kevin by Vets World Champion and Ian’s best friend Joe Roberts.
Matchbox’s Jim Burton concluded, “After a wet start, the sun came out and we all had a lovely day, I’m sure Ian would have enjoyed it immensely.” The match is to become an annual event held in the first week of April each year.
Conditions were overcast and chilly for Sunday’s JCB Open on the North Lake in Rocester, East Stafffordshire. It was a silver fish only match, however carp up to 1½lb were allowed and a tightly fought bout ensued. JCB’s Tony Jeffries just clinched the win on peg 17 with bream to 3lb, backed-up by a brace of carp for 3lb, caught on the conventional feeder with fishmeal and varied hookbaits for 36-15-0. The next two in the frame also opted for conventional feeder tactics and Mark Parkin secured second with all bream to 3lb to scale 35-14-0 at peg 58, edging John Spencer (JCB) into third when he returned 34-11-0, consisting of a trio of small carp plus bream from peg 18.
Newmillerdam in Wakefield, West Yorkshire showed a slight improvement in form during Sunday’s Wakefield AC sweepstake match. Winner Ray Reah displayed his angling prowess, fishing the groundbait feeder at 40 yards to take a trio of bream on red maggot for 8-15-0. Only one ounce split the decision for the next two framers and Julian Borkwood just sneaked into second, fishing liquidised bread short on the feeder to be rewarded with two bream for 5-2-0, pipping Trevor Bishop into third on the end peg where he had to wait until the last hour for a bite but managed another couple of slabs for 5-1-0.
It’s going to be another busy year on the Gloucester Canal, where with the Sensas Challenge now completed, the 64-peg Teams of Four Spring League got underway on Sunday and the season will finish with the Canal & River Trust Pairs Match in July.
The canal is showing good form in many areas therefore it’s always hard to predict where the winner will come from. Round one of the Spring League was pegged between the Hempsted to Rea length in Gloucestershire where unusually it proved to be a roach match for many with bream few and far between. Although, drawn on noted peg 46 on Hempsted Bend, Paul Passmore (Devizes) managed to find several bream fishing an open ended feeder with groundbait and double red maggot for a comfortable win with 28-12-0. Runner-up Terry Girdlestone (Harescombe Fisheries) drew peg 176 at Rea and despite being an unfancied peg it has shown consistent form in recent years.
Terry scaled 17-15-0 of bream and skimmers snared on a bread feeder. On another completely different area of the canal, the third spot went to Ruben Guerra (DGL Gold) who banked half a dozen bream for a level 14-0-0 from peg 63, captured on an open ended feeder with maggot. DGL Red took the team spoils on the day with consistent scoring achieved by targeting roach and bleak, giving them 56 points, ahead of Garbolino Blackmore Vale’s 52.
Bridgtown Social AC were back in action on Sunday with their first match of 2016 being held on the Staffs & Worcs Canal at Penkridge in Staffordshire. The water was still stone-cold as winter’s harsh grip continues to hold on and the fish weren’t moving at all. Conditions were cloudy and breezy and there was lots of boat traffic however local rod Dave Smith managed to find two chub to 2lb, boosted by perch to ¾lb plus roach and gudgeon, taken on poled caster and worm for a 8-0-11 top weight from peg 13. Colin Tillett also had a couple of chub alongside mixed small silvers, all to poled caster for second with 5-10-4 off end peg 17. Rushall’s Alan Homer slotted into third on peg 12 next to the winner where he poled bread punch, squatt and pinkie to net five skimmers to 10oz with a few roach and gudgeon for 3-8-12.
Canal specialist, Wednesfield-based Mel Wood (Four Ashes AC) notched up another victory, this time at Sunday’s 17-peg Bilston Angling Centre Open on the Staffs & Worcs Canal at Aldersley Junction, Wolverhampton, West Midlands. Drawn on end peg 1, Mel brought a rewarding 12-4-0 of bread punch-tempted roach to 6oz to the scalesman. Tackle dealer, John ‘Snowy’ Hall (Bilston Angling Centre) had a dozen caster-perch for second with 9-5-0 off peg 6, ahead of Eric Gardner (Team Eclipse) who weighed in 7-12-0 of punch-roach to 6oz at neighbouring peg 5.
The Hinksford stretch of the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Staffordshire was the venue for Sunday’s Cradley Heath Labour AC club match where Garry Mason just edged it by one ounce on peg 5 in the boat section with mainly roach to pole-fished bread punch although he did have a few on hemp together with a couple of worm-enticed perch for 8-8-0. One ounce shy was Martyn Yarsley who had a bonus bream along with a chub plus a few roach, all gathered on poled worm and caster at peg 15 next to the bridge. Drawn on peg 6, adjacent to the winner, Kevin Clark came third with predominantly squatt and pinkie-roach with a smattering to poled hemp for 5-11-0.
On Sunday, the 19-peg Crewe & District AA Open took place on the Trent & Mersey Canal at Elworth in Sandbach, Cheshire where bread punch proved to be the most effective bait for the top three anglers and Team Guinness men filled the top two placings. Bob Campbell led the way on end peg 1 with 4-6-8 of roach and gudgeon, ahead of Jeff Shaw’s comparable quarry for 3-10-6 from peg 17. Third place went to Browning Lifestyle teamster Paul Dobing when he recorded 2-9-6 of bits.
Due to an influx of cold, compensation water introduced into Calf Heath Reservoir in Staffordshire on Wednesday, the weights were certainly down at Saturday’s Blackfords Progressive Bi-Monthly Open. A tie occurred for the top spot when Telford’s Brian Ashley and Dudley’s Brian Nicholls, drawn on neighbouring Point pegs 55 and 56 respectively, both headed the 35-strong field with 16-2-0 apiece having each chosen a conventional feeder strategy with assorted baits for skimmers. Sensas-backed Gary Johnson came third with 14-10-0 of again skimmers caught on the Method feeder at peg 75 on the tins.
On Saturday, Evesham Youth AC set up around the Engine Lake at Earlswood Lakes in Solihull, West Midlands where all bream weights to groundbait feeder with red maggot hookbait tactics were returned. Conditions were overcast and calm in the morning, turning into a sunny afternoon with a slight southerly breeze. Alex White ran out a clear winner on peg 17 with 9-8-0, leaving Colin Townsend and Vic Woods tied in second place when they both weighed in 4-0-0 exact at pegs 19 and 21 respectively.
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