Reports on angling matches from the week ending 11 June 2016.
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Paul is King of the Grand Canal 2016
A splendid mix of 54 anglers set up along the towpaths of the Town Section, Millenium Bridge and Rowing Course lengths of the Grand Canal in Daingean, Ireland for Saturday’s ‘King of the Canal’ Open where the banter at the draw was second to none. Baking hot sunny conditions and constant boat traffic made sport difficult. The canal was alive with fish but due to the roasting temperature they weren’t in a hunger frenzy.
Congratulations to Liverpool’s Paul Holding who became The King of the Canal 2016 when he scaled 11-9-0. Most of the top weights were mixed bags consisting of lots of small silvers with a few bonus skimmers and tench with the fish responding well to maggot and pinkie. Runner-up was Martin Lenihan (Ireland) with 10-13-0, ahead of Danny Martin (Wigan MG) who weighed in 10-1-0.
Steve takes the honours at the Edenderry Pre-Festival Open
A good turn-out of fifty anglers fished Sunday’s Edenderry Pre-Festival Open on a gin clear Tunnel Section of the Grand Canal in Edenderry, County Offaly, Ireland. Very bright and sunny conditions prevailed and all catches were taken on the pole, mostly small rudd but the bigger nets had bonus skimmers and a few bream.
Birkenhead’s Steve Oghan took the winner’s purse with 14-9-0. Wigan MG’s Danny Martin slotted into second with 9-2-0, leaving Frank Holding (Liverpool) in third when he returned 8-9-0.
Huge chub propels Kev to the top on the Dudley No.2 Canal
The Wednesday evening Old Hill Labour AC Open on the Netherton Section of the Dudley No.2 Canal in Merry Hill, Dudley, West Midlands saw Wolverhampton’s Kev Jones rise to the fore with 9-4-0, most of the which was a superb 6lb 13oz chub alongside a 1½lb tench and a few perch, all caught on pole-fished worm.
It was great to see Dave Sheaf (Canal Kings) back in action on the towpath, after wife Jenny who is now thankfully out of hospital. She insisted he go fishing as he had been diligently at her side of course for the duration of her hospital stay. Dave secured second with a trio of late tench plus a few perch, taken on poled worm and caster for 7-8-0, ahead of Pete Hatton (ZLT Angling Products) who netted one 2lb tench and a plethora of perch for 6-15-0.
Merry Hill bream for Steve
Netherton-based Steve Robson (ZLT Angling Products/Woodside AA) topped Saturday’s Woodside AA Open held on the high numbers of the Dudley No.1 Canal in Merry Hill, Dudley, West Midlands. After a tense spell when he lost a few to start with, Steve managed to catch half a dozen bream bolstered by several silvers on pole-fished big maggot over groundbait at peg 60 for 15-14-0.
Halesowen RBL’s Mark Traves latched into a huge carp which would have won him the match but unfortunately it came off the hook in the snags under his feet and he had to settle for the runner-up position with five bream, some big roach and a few nice perch, snared on poled worm and caster for 12-5-4 from peg 62, leaving Dave Sheaf (Canal Kings) in third this time with 6-5-5, which included a 1½lb bream, some decent hybrids, one of the which was well over 1lb plus a few perch, which all fell to poled pinkie and squatt over groundbait at peg 45.
Mark rounds off a great weekend’s fishing with a win at Castlecroft
After coming second at Saturday’s Woodside AA match. Halesowen’s Mark Traves (Halesowen RBL) went one better to trounce his rivals at Sunday’s Halesowen RBL Open on the Staffs & Worcs in Castlecroft, Wolverhampton, West Midlands. Drawn on peg 10, Mark netted five chub, one bream, a fair few perch and a smattering of daddy ruffe, mostly caught on worm and caster for an unassailable 18-2-0.
Runner-up on adjacent peg 9 was Kev Clark (Cradley Heath Labour AC) who poled caster over worm and caster feed which brought him one chub, he also poled squatt and pinkie for lots of daddy ruffe, alongside some hemp-roach to scale 9-1-0. Third placed John Billingham (Halesowen RBL) had just under one hundred bread-tempted silvers for 6-13-8 from peg 1.
A very warm and humid evening greeted 19 anglers on the bank on the Lancaster canal at Cockerham Road near Garstang, Lancashire for the third of the Ted Carter Tuesday Evening Series. The match was pegged out either side of the road bridge and there was no indication beforehand of where may be favoured spots. Fortunately, whilst there were rumblings of thunder in the distance, the threatened storms held off and with fish activity on the surface we confidently expected to catch a few fish. This venue doesn’t throw up the big weights that have been seen in the previous weeks, and despite the early confidence, it quickly became evident that it was going to prove hard fishing.
Those that took the small fish, and feeding light approach, scored, whilst the heavier, ‘look for a bream approach’ was the downfall of many and as it was six of the field didn’t even bother the scales man. Pegged just to the south side of Cockerham Road bridge, and top on the night was John Brogden, (Ted Carter Southport), who gathered 6lb 5oz of mostly 3oz to 6oz hybrids. Second was Steve Embury, (Saints), on the end peg towards Bells Bridge, who brought 5lb 3oz of similar fish to the net, whilst third, and next peg to the winner, was Graeme Dawes, (Ted Carter Preston), with again the same stamp fish, for 4lb 3oz.
Bream harvest for Holbrook on the Shroppy
In-form Brownhills rod Dave Holbrook successfully negotiated the heavy boat traffic at Wednesday’s 21-entry Wolverhampton Over 60’s Club Open held on the Shropshire Union Canal at Little Onn, Church Eaton, Staffordshire. Dave bagged up with a cracking 27-8-0 all caster-tempted bream to 2lb haul from peg 20.
Bridgtown Social AC’s Bob Boothby followed with 9-5-5 at peg 15, which consisted of a brace of bream and a stunning 6lb 9oz chub, all caught on poled worm, leaving Wilf Kneller (Bilston Angling Centre) in third with a couple of caster-tempted bream for 4-2-8 off peg 3.
Diligent Dean raises the Wolves AA trophy
Walsall-based postman Steve Cope (Four Ashes AC) stamped his mark on Sunday’s ninth and final round of the Wolverhampton AA Individual Spring League held on the Staffs & Worcs Canal at Calf Heath, Staffordshire.
Hot and sultry conditions led to many burnt knees and everyone caught in the first two hours but then they all struggled for bites in the blazing sunshine. Steve began fishing squatt and pinkie over groundbait and had four rudd on his first four put-ins, then some roach before a switch to red maggot which brought him two proper bream for a winning 5-11-0 weight at peg 8.
Penkridge-based painter and decorator Dean Williams (Team Eclipse) had all roach on poled caster for second with 5-0-10 from end peg 1, ahead of Bloxwich rod Martin Owen (Sensas Black Country) who started on bread for roach at peg 13, then swapped to worm and caster which resulted in a welcome 2½lb chub being banked, to propel him into third with 4-3-0. League leader since round four, Dean Williams after constant high section placings throughout the competition topped the league podium with 25 points, ahead of Wednesfield’s Mel Wood (Four Ashes AC) who finished league second on 33 points.
Paul Turner (Wolverhampton AA VDE) with a 2lb caster-tempted bream netted at midday. Steve Broome (Maver Midlands) also caught 2½lb eel, he had on poled worm in the last hour of the match.
All’s ‘Grand’ for ‘Kenyon’ on the Trent & Mersey
Sunday’s fifth and final round of the 36-entry Middlewich Individual Spring League took place on the Ideal Standard length of the Trent & Mersey Canal in Middlewich, Cheshire.
Tim Robinson (Crewe Amalgamated Anglers) took the honours with 6-5-8 of squatt and hemp-enticed roach from peg 11 on the roots. AT & Canal & River Trust Canal Pairs Champ 2014, Simon Preece (Browning Lifestyle) followed on peg 8 with 6-5-0 of squatt-fish, leaving Warrington’s Jeff ‘End Peg’ Shaw in third with all roach to poled bread punch for 5-7-0 from peg 1.
After a closely-fought series, Browning Lifestyle anglers, Crewe combo Lewis Kenyon and Simon Preece were tied at the top of the league standings on 26 points apiece but the crown went to Lewis on sections wins. The photo shows a jubilant Lewis on the left and Simon is on his right.
Andy ‘worms’ his way to the top on the Grand Union
Less than a pound split the decision for the top three at Saturday’s round three of the Barford AS Teams of Three Canal League. Ten teams set up along the towpath of the Grand Union Canal in Knowle, West Midlands where Andy Swift (Browning Mixed) took the individual spoils on peg 37 with a trio of skimmers to 1lb and a 1lb crucian, all attracted on poled worm for 4-7-6.
Shakespeare Superteam/Bait-Tech captain Darren Massey was back in the frame again securing second with 4-3-0, consisting of a 1½lb skimmer plus squatt-tempted gudgeon at peg 31, leaving Browning Lifestyle manager Alan Round in third with 3-11-4.
Shakespeare Superteam/Bait-Tech took the team prize on the day with 5 points, to enhance their league lead to 25 points. Browning West Midlands and Browning Lifestyle are occupying league second, both with 40 points each.
Don does the business on the Erewash
Sunday’s penultimate round six of the 22-peg Erewash Individual Spring League was held on the Greens Section of the Erewash Canal in Ilkeston, Derbyshire where Mill Tackle’s Don Cade made the grade on peg 46 with a brace of worm and maggot-enticed bream for 7-3-0.
In second place came Tony Barker (Shakespeare Superteam/Bait-Tech) with mainly perch to poled maggot plus a few roach and chublets for 6-13-0 from peg 40, ahead of Mill Tackle’s Pete Hamilton who also poled maggot off peg 45 next to the winner, to scale 4-14-0, comprising of one tench, backed-up by some perch and a few bits.
Pete Hamilton goes into the final with a near 8lb cushion as he is currently atop the league with a combined weight tally of 27-3-0, Matlock’s Dave Fowler is holding second with 19-9-0, ahead of Don Cade in third on 15-11-0.
Back to back wins for Dave on the Walsall Canal
Dave Anderson (ZLT Angling Products) made it two on the bounce when he topped Saturday’s Sportsman AC Open on the Leabrook Road length of the Walsall Canal in Wednesbury, West Midlands for the second consecutive week.
Pole-fishing bread punch at peg 10, Dave slid 6-3-0 of all skimmers into his keepnet. Stourbridge’s Den Dingle followed with 5-0-2 of punch-roach from peg 1, ahead of Barry Williams (Bilston Angling Centre) who recorded 4-1-4 of caster-roach at peg 3.
Graham grasps the glory on the Brum Faz
Sunday’s Stirrup Cup Open on the club’s waters of the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal in Curdworth, Warwickshire went to Tamworth-based Graham Massey (Dams & Lock) who poled squatt off Bush peg 64 for half a dozen hand-skimmers and 176 small silvers for 4-2-9.
Next came Stirrup Cup’s own Alan Newman who had a few nice 4 to 6oz roach and several hand-skimmers on poled caster, together with squatt-tempted perch and gudgeon to scale 3-1-11 at peg 69, ahead of Sam Lewis (3M’s) who poled caster and squatt on peg 72, to record 2-13-14 of small skimmers, perch and gudgeon.
Merv’s a marvel on the Grand Union in Brum
Birmingham-based canal enthusiast Merv Rogers (Canal Kings) eased to victory at Sunday’s Cornerstone AC Open on the Grand Union in Small Heath, Birmingham. Pole-fishing pinkie and squatt off peg 14, Merv banked 12-14-12, comprising of lots of skimmers and small roach. Comparable nets followed with Sensas Black Country’s Mark Hardman coming second with 8-12-14 from peg 8, edging Mal Galliers (Cornerstone AC) into third when he scaled 7-13-8 at peg 17.
Wombourne win for Richard
The Staffs & Worcs Canal in Wombourne, Staffordshire saw action during the Wednesday evening Wolverhampton AA Open and Wolverhampton’s Richard Guest (Maver Midlands) emerged the victor on peg 4 with two bream plus skimmers and chub to poled caster for 9-2-0. Shakespeare Superteam/Bait-Tech skipper Darren Massey followed with 7-3-8 of caster-caught bream and chub from peg 11, leaving team mate Jason Cunningham in third with 4-8-0 of squatt-fish at peg 7.
Keith tops on the Shroppy
Stoke-based canal stalwart Keith Hulland (Team Eclipse) won Saturday’s Wolverhampton AA Open on the Shropshire Union Canal in Pendeford, Staffordshire. The match was plagued by rafts of grass cuttings which had blown into the canal however pole-fishing red maggot to the lily pads off peg 9, Keith scaled 5-2-0, made up of two bream plus perch and bits. Crewe men followed with Phil ‘Jonty’ Johnson (Browning Lifestyle) taking second on peg 1 with 4-11-0 of bits and one bream, ahead of team mate Paul Dobing’s 3-8-10 of all bits at peg 3.
Newly retired Mel’s making the most of it at Slade Heath
The anglers at the Thursday evening Goodyear AC Open encountered plenty of boat traffic due to the Whitsun break on the Railway Section of the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Slade Heath, Staffordshire. Newly retired Wednesfield rod Mel Wood (Four Ashes AC) was out on the towpath enjoying his freedom once more and he landed the match with a 5-15-15 net to celebrate a double success when he won off Golden peg 3, Mel’s top net consisted of perch, roach, skimmers and gudgeon which fell to poled caster and pinkie. Armitage rod Digger Conway had a similar catch to varied baits for second with 5-5-5 at peg 12, leaving Barry Jones (Goodyear AC) in third with a level 4-0-0 of roach, perch and gudgeon from peg 10.
Encouraging news at Calf Heath Reservoir
Following unsubstantiated rumours of a massive fish kill, twenty five anglers spread out across pegs 35 to 80 on Calf Heath Reservoir in Staffordshire for Saturday’s Blackfords Progressive Monthly Open and the good news is fish were caught on every peg.
The only downside was that skimmers were conspicuous by their absence. Conditions were overcast until the sun burnt through and Salford’s Geoff Tongue led the way on Point peg 54 with a satisfying 36-10-0 top catch of mainly bream to 3lb, captured on the conventional feeder with worm and caster over groundbait.
Comparable close quarries followed with Tony Jeffries (JCB) taking second on peg 41, where he poled worm and caster over groundbait for 23-2-0, nudging Wednesfield’s Kevin Tipton (Sensas) into third, who deployed the conventional feeder with maggot and caster over pinkie and caster feed on peg 73, to record 22-15-0. The fourth spot went to Blackfords’ own John Burns with 21-2-0 at peg 46, gathered on the Method feeder with maggot.
Mark reigns supreme with his Arrow Valley carp and bream
Some healthy weights were returned at Saturday’s Arrow Valley Lake Open in Redditch, Worcestershire where feeder tactics generally dominated over the pole. Winner Mark Malin (MAP) had two carp for 13lb plus bream in his 31-14-0 bag, fishing the Method feeder on peg 29.
Worcester’s Alan Baldwin chose the same approach over on peg 69 where he recorded all bream for second with 27-2-0. A peg to peg battle ensued for the third spot as Birmingham double act Phil Jones and Rob Cooksey fought it out on pegs 55 and 54 respectively. Both anglers returned all bream nets and Phil just edged it with 26-9-0 from Rob’s 24-3-0.
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