Reports on angling matches from the week ending 21 May 2016.
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Individual winner on the day, Polesworth-based James South (Digger’s Men) aptly fished the pole during Sunday’s fourth and final round of the 44-entry Sensas Black Country Teams of Four Spring League on the Cornerstone Waters of the Grand Union Canal in Small Heath, Birmingham. Conditions were warm and sunny and there was a nice tinge of colour in the water. Drawn on peg 36, James chose a maggot and caster approach, netting bream to 2lb and quality roach to 1lb for a runaway success with a 21-11-8 top catch. Cannock’s Simon Nickless (Wolverhampton AA VDE) just clinched second on peg 1 with 13-6-4 of squatt-roach, pipping Calf Heath rod Stephen Dudley (Sensas Black Country) into third who did the same for 13-5-8 from peg 51. Preston Innovations Black Horse won the team prize on the day with 18 points which after a tightly fought competition throughout saw them top the league podium on 84 points. An 87 point final score was shared by Digger’s Men and Browning Lifestyle but Digger’s Men finished league second on section countback.
Roach and skimmer nets filled the frame at Saturday’s Wolverhampton AA open on the Shropshire Union Canal in Pendeford, Staffordshire. Canal specialist Digger Conway (Armitage) ran out a clear winner on peg 1 with 10-15-0 which fell to poled squatt and hemp. Stoke combo, Team Eclipse men Keith Hulland and Fred ‘the Bread’ Cheetham followed, engineer Keith came second with 6-5-12 of squatt, caster and hemp-tempted fish from peg 11, ahead of carpenter Fred’s 5-4-0 net, caught on his favoured bread and hemp tactics at peg 2.
The third round of the Sensas Kennet & Avon Canal Teams of Four Spring League saw 92 anglers line the towpath of the Marlborough’s Waters from Farmers to Trout Reach in Wiltshire which showed improvement in the weights for some although many had a struggle on their hands. Drennan Oxford’s Mick Denton drew the first peg at Brimslade and caught seventeen skimmers plus a brace of perch on pole-fished worm over chopped worm and groundbait for a clear win with 19-8-8. Mick’s weight could have been much more but unfortunately he lost several carp. Runner-up, Steve Pomeroy (Homestores) poled worm and caster on the first peg at Competition Reach, netting eight skimmers to 2lb for 13-9-0, leaving Ben Dukes (Garbolino Blackmore Vale Marine) in third with 10-14-0. A tie occurred for the top team spot on the day when both Homestores and DGL notched up 71 points each. There are now just 9 points separating the top four teams in the league. Devizes Preston Innovations Thatchers are currently in the lead with 198, from Drennan Bordon Blue’s 197.
The match stretch of the Newry Canal at Omeath Road in County Down, Northern Ireland saw action during Sunday’s 19-entry Newry Canal May Open. The event was fished in bright sunshine and due to the good weather for a change, the fish were starting to spawn, however the canal fished and all of the anglers caught. Bangor rod Phil Walton took the honours on peg 31 with a 10-5-0 net of mainly roach and perch alongside a few big hybrids, snared on the slider with maggot. Portadown’s Stevie Wright poled pinkie and maggot over groundbait for second with 8-11-0 of skimmers, hybrids and roach, leaving Bangor’s Johnny Keith in third when he brought 6-7-0 of mostly small roach and perch, with a smattering of little hybrids to the scalesman, caught on the same technique as Stevie.
Fresh from his win at the Stirrup Cup open on the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal last week, former winner of the BAA Big’Un, Bryan Jarvis (Lifford AC) celebrated another success, this time at the Canal Kings open on the Prison End length of the Birmingham Mainline Canal on the Soho Loop in Winson Green, Birmingham. Pole-fishing maggot at 12 metres off peg 49, Bryan scaled 14-7-0 of roach and skimmers. Comparable catches followed with Canal Kings anglers Wayne Shipley and Carl Daley taking second and third respectively, both pole-fishing squatt and pinkie at 13 metres. Wayne returned 11-3-8 at peg 35, leaving Carl in third with 8-1-3.
Sunday’s Halesowen RBL match was held on the club’s waters of the Staffs & Worcs Canal at Castlecroft in Wolverhampton, West Midlands where pole-fished worm and caster proved the most effective attack for the top three framers. Sean Waite made the grade by one fish when he banked eight chub to 3lb backed-up by a few perch for a rewarding 23-6-0 from peg 6. Gornal rod Dave Wood ran him close on peg 3 with another chub and perch net for 20-3-0, leaving Mark Traves in third with 11-2-0 of mainly skimmers and perch.
Sunday’s 27-peg Hodnet AC open was held on the Hinstock Wood stretch of the Shropshire Union Canal in Soudley, Shropshire where Nantwich-based Paul Dobing (Browning Lifestyle) took the winner’s purse with a mainly roach and skimmer net for 11-13-0, gathered on poled squatt and caster at peg 13. Liverpool anglers returned the next two frame weights with Keith Cummings recording a caster and worm-caught 10-5-0 mixed silvers catch on peg 18, ahead of Des Dingwall’s 9-12-12 of predominantly worm-enticed perch from end peg 27.
CT Paper Cannock’s Colin Tillett trounced his rivals at Sunday’s 18-entry Bridgtown Social AC bout staged on Sections 3 and 4, The Green Sheds on the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Penkridge, Staffordshire. Pole-fishing caster off peg 6, Colin slid 10-10-0 of bream to 1½lb bolstered by skimmers, roach and perch into his keepnet. Phil ‘Fizza’ Blakemore came second with 4-5-2 consisting of a single 1½lb bream plus mixed small silvers, taken on poled squatt and pinkie at peg 12. Two small bream plus bits to poled worm saw Roy Grosvenor third with 2-11-0 from end peg 18.
The anglers at the Thursday evening Goodyear AC open had to negotiate rafts of floating grass cuttings which had blown into the Railway Section of the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Slade Heath, Staffordshire. Wolverhampton’s Bruce Birch (Four Ashes AC) poled pinkie and caster at peg 10, for an unbeatable 7-4-0 net of roach, skimmers, perch and gudgeon. Penkridge rod, Dave Smith (Bridgtown Social AC) followed with 4-6-0 of chiefly roach and gudgeon plus a few perch to the same baits from next peg 9, after unfortunately losing a chub 15 minutes before the end which cost him the match! Barry Jones (Goodyear AC) caught 60 fish which included perch, roach and gudgeon, caught on mainly poled pinkie which gained him third with 3-7-0 at peg 2.
Browning Lifestyle manager Alan Round topped Wednesday's 18-peg Wolverhampton Over 60's Club open held on the Wheaton Aston length of the Shropshire Union Canal in Staffordshire. Drawn on peg 4, Alan poled caster to scale 8-7-0 of roach and mixed silvers. Wednesfield's Mel Wood (Four Ashes AC) came second with 7-6-8 of mainly gudgeon, backed up by a few roach and skimmers, attracted on poled squatt and pinkie at next peg 5. Octogenarian Bert Simmill (Bilston Angling Centre) was in the frame again, finishing in third place with 7-2-13 of gudgeon and roach to the same bait tactics at peg 1.
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