Reports on angling match results from the week ending 19 March 2016
Tidal Angling’s Derek Fuller trounced his rivals at Wednesday’s Kidderminster & District AA open on the River Severn in Bewdley, Worcestershire with four meat-tempted barbel, the best being 10lb 5oz, for 30-10-0 from peg 66. Lee Jones (KDAA) had two barbel on lobworm from peg 81 to record 10-1-0 for second, leaving Andy Napthine (Mark’s Tackle) in third with one 9lb 2 oz whiskers attracted on meat at peg 104. Thirty three anglers fished Saturday’s final match of the season where a brace of barbel each was bagged by the top two. The winner’s purse went to Gary Weaver (Halesowen RBL) who fished the maggot feeder to slide 14-2-0 onto the scales at peg 63, ahead of Rowley-based Lyndon Asbury’s 9-14-0, taken on the pellet feeder from peg 4. KDAA’s Dave Foxall had 7-13-0 of all dace on the stick for third at peg 66.
The Linley Bank stretch of the River Severn in Bridgnorth, Shropshire was still cold for Sunday’s 30-peg Bridgnorth AS Teams of Three Winter League Final where only a few barbel and chub were the deciding factor. River Star Bromsgrove’s Chris Taylor, guesting for The Vine, topped the individual stakes with a brace of chub to stick and maggot maggot plus one lone pellet feeder-caught barbel, snared twenty minutes before the end, for 11-9-0 from High Rock peg 186. Wombourne rod Larry Freeth (Larry’s Lads) fished the pellet feeder on peg 72 in the Chestnut Coppice for second with a solitary 10lb 7oz whiskers. A tie occurred for third with Bridgnorth AS skipper Brian Preece and John Gill (Gin Gan Gillies) both recording 7-1-0. Brian had one barbel on the straight lead with meat at end peg 198 and John had five small chub on stick float and maggot at peg 152 on the golf course stretch. Chris’ win saw The Vine take the team prize on the day with 27 points however Birmingham’s Bell team after hovering around the top of the league table throughout the competition clinched the league honours overall by one point having amassed 100 points, pipping The Vine into second on 99.
Monday’s end of season Bridgnorth Legion match on the Park Reaches of the Severn in Bridgnorth saw southern visitors Langport, Somerset combo Richard Bull and Dean Stacey finish one and two. Richard had a trio of barbel on the maggot feeder for 17-15-0 from peg 14 in the middle of the park length, leaving travelling partner Dean in second on peg 21 with three chub, two on maggot feeder and one on the stick with maggot to scale 9-3-0.
The levels were spot on for the final two Shrewsbury AF open matches of the season on the River Severn in Shrewsbury, Shropshire where some cracking weights were returned. Sunday saw Fosters’ Phil Williams top the 32-strong field, fishing the whip at 7 metres to hand with maggot over groundbait for 23-6-0 at peg 55. Runner-up on peg 74 was Shakespeare Superteam’s Brian Rigby who also fished the whip to scale 22-8-0 of roach and dace, ahead of Wrexham rod Aidy Piggott’s comparable catch of 21-11-0 from peg 75. The lowest section weight returned on the day was 15-9-0. Welshpool’s Ian ‘Speedy’ Ward (Frenzee) celebrated another Shrewsbury win at Monday’s final match to round off his excellent season with a rewarding 24-12-0 of dace and roach to bolo and whip tactics at peg 62 and Aidy Piggott went one better to finish in second place this time with all dace on the whip for 22-9-0 from peg 58. Nigel Ball (DH Angling) secured third using the same technique on peg 56 for like-fish and 20-9-0.
See you all on the bank next season!
The Beeston Canal in Beeston, Nottinghamshire was carrying a strong flow and highly coloured due to the Trent being in spate during Saturday’s 43-peg final round of the Erewash Valley Winter League. As a result, more than a third of the field blanked however some quality fish were caught by those drawn behind the Boot’s Factory. Mill Tackle’s Dave Fowler took the individual honours on the day with five specimen bream, three to poled pinkie and two on worm for a runaway success with 27-14-0. Next in the frame were Rowley Regis rod Mark Hardman (Team 1779) and Andy Beesley (Shakespeare Superteam) who both used worm for a brace of bream each to weigh in 12-8-0 and 8-15-0 respectively. However the best bream of 6lb 13oz was taken by fourth placed Andy Astle (Team 1779) on single bloodworm on a 0.06 hook length. Mill Tackle took the team spoils on the day with 26 points, followed by Shakespeare Superteam and Matchman Supplies, both on 28. Shakespeare Superteam reign supreme for the eleventh consecutive year, retaining their league title with 9 points. Matchman Supplies finished league second on 16. As four anglers were tied on 8 points apiece the individual league top spot was decided on section wins and Pete Madeley (Middy Dams & Lock) took the individual prize with four sections wins.
Fresh from winning the Bilston Angling Centre Winter League last week, unstoppable Wolverhampton rod Dave Richards (Four Ashes AC) was back on top when he led the way at Saturday’s 29-peg penultimate round five of the Staffs. Individual Aggregate on the Shropshire Union Canal in Brewood, Staffordshire. Lorry driver Dave poled caster on peg 25, to bank a trio of chub for 13-12-0. Chester’s Chris Morris followed with 13-2-8 of worm and caster-enticed chub and roach at peg 6, leaving Penkridge’s Dean Williams (Team Eclipse) in third on peg 27, where he poled pinkie and bread for 12-8-8 of roach and skimmers. With everything to play for, Wednesfield’s Mel Wood (Four Ashes AC), hot favourite to win, goes into the final at Norbury Junction, Staffordshire in a fortnight’s time, presently sharing top league billing with Browning Lifestyle’s Paul Murrin, both anglers on 11 points apiece, although Paul’s team-mate Crewe-based Lewis Kenyon is chasing them hard on 12.
After topping on the Dudley No.2 Canal last week, Dudley-based car mechanic Steve Broome (Bilston Angling Centre) continued his run of good form with a win at Sunday’s 20-entry round one of the Wolverhampton AA Individual Spring League staged on the Shropshire Union Canal in Pendeford, Staffordshire. Drawn on peg 8, Steve poled chopped worm and caster, netting three quality chub for 14-15-0. Neil Turner (Wolverhampton AA VDE) threw everything at it on end peg 25, pole-fishing caster, pinkie, squatt and bread for second with 11-11-11 of roach, perch and skimmers, leaving Penkridge’s Nigel Clayton (Browning Lifestyle) in third with 8-13-12 of caster and maggot-tempted roach and perch at peg 13.
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