Reports on angling matches from the week ending 29 October 2016.
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The Waggon & Horses PH to Planks Lane length of the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Wombourne, Staffordshire was carrying a slight tinge of colour during Sunday’s 22-peg Wolverhampton AA Open and weather conditions were cloudy with brighter intervals. Wolverhampton-based Aerospace worker Neil Turner (Wolverhampton AA VDE) soared into the lead on peg 6 with eleven caster-tempted chub for 18-15-0. Neil has already qualified with his brother Paul to fish the Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Canal Pairs Championship 2016 Final on the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Penkridge, Staffordshire this Saturday coming. End peg 22 almost delivered the goods for Walsall postman Steve Cope (Four Ashes AC) who had to settle for second with 17-13-8 of chub to 1½lb caught on poled worm, plus quality roach to 12oz and a 1lb perch, attracted on poled caster, leaving his teammate Brownhills rod Dave Holbrook in third with 12-3-0 of chub to 2lb, which fell to pole-fished caster and chopped worm at peg 20. All the best to Neil and Paul and all the other partnerships in the Final.
Shakespeare Superteam/Bait-Tech kept up the pressure at Sunday’s round two of the Angling Trust Warwickshire Teams of Eight Winter League held this week on the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal at Erdington in Birmingham. The top three places all went to Shakey and heading the 48-strong field was Hednesford rod Jason Cunningham with over 200 bloodworm-tempted roach, caught on the pole at peg 152 on the bridge hole for 7-7-0. Runner-up Tony Barker had a trio of 1lb perch on poled lobworm, boosted by over 3lb of roach on bloodworm to scale 6-13-0 at peg 162, ahead of Darren Lewis’ 6-8-10 which included a lobworm-enticed 2lb 5oz perch plus around 4lb of redfins to poled bloodworm from peg 142. Fourth place went to Tony Foster (Sensas Dams & Lock) with 5-10-8, Darren Bolton (Sensas Black Country) followed with 5-7-0 and Shakey’s team captain Darren Massey completed the frame on 5-5-4. Sensas Dams & Lock and Shakespeare Superteam/Bait-Tech both amassed 21 points apiece on the day but the decision went Sensas Dams & Lock’s way on section placings. Drennan Leics. are presently league third with 29 points.
Sunday’s Wortley AC Open on the Aire & Calder Canal in Woodlesford, West Yorkshire was fished in bright, cold conditions and plenty of boat traffic passed through. Trevor Rymer (Wortley AC) took the winner’s purse on peg 3 with 8-4-0, consisting chiefly of a prime 5lb chub backed-up by roach and perch, both species to 4oz, all caught on pole-fished caster and maggot, offered at 12 and 14 metres. Runner-up Chris Musgrove (Allerton Bywater) pole-fished maggot and pinkie off peg 21, netting a 2lb perch, bolstered by roach to 6oz for 7-9-0, leaving Keith Marshall (Tri-Cast Calder) in third with 6-6-0.
Round one of the 24-entry Phil Cross Local Individual League 2016 was held on the Fenns Bank stretch of the Llangollen Canal in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Conditions were very cold and there were rafts of floating autumnal leaf fall to contend with as well as heavy boat traffic as it is half term for the children. Sandbach-based Mike Manson (Browning Lifestyle) topped a close cluster of weights with 4-9-8 of roach, attracted on pole-fished big maggot and caster at peg 12. Warrington’s Jeff ‘Little Legs’ Shaw (Team Guinness) was just two ounces adrift with redfins again, caught on poled bread punch for 4-7-8 from peg 18, nudging Bernie Leatherbarrow (Browning Lifestyle) into third on end peg 24, where he poled maggot and squatt to return 4-6-8 of roach and skimmers. Fourth place went to George Cooke (Team Les ‘O’) with 4-5-8.
The anglers gathered at the gates to the Middle Bank on Thursday morning in the hope that the canal would provide the type of sport we have been used to of late. Results from the 3 rounds of the Winter Leagues had been good and we all expected that we would not be disappointed. The draw for rotation was made and we all made our way to the pegs to begin what would prove to be an epic few days on the canal. Expectations were that it would take around 75 to 80lb to win the festival, how wrong we were.
Weather on the first day was brilliant, sunshine and short sleeves were the order of the day and it made for very pleasant conditions. At the all out on Thursday the bank was buzzing as to how the canal had fished and the weights were fantastic to say the least.
Jason Lunt 43lb 4oz, Philip Jackson 37lb 3oz and Geoff Quinn 31lb 2oz, what a start and with 4 other weights over 20lb, it was looking good for the rest of the week.
Friday came and the expectations were high, however the festival organisers were a little wary in case the canal might switch off after the bumper 1st day. Their fears were short lived as the canal was fishing unbelievably well. At the all out the top 3 were Johnny Keith 45lb, Philip Jackson 38lb 10oz and Jim McAllister 32lb 5oz, and again there were 4 other weights over the 20lb mark. This meant that early predictions of 75lb to win it had been blown away already.
Saturday came and so did the rain, it emptied out of the heavens from 10 o'clock to around lunchtime but yet again the canal threw up some fantastic weights, Johnny McKinley 31lb 8oz and incredibly Philip Jackson and Johnny Keith both on 23lb 10oz from neighbouring pegs.
Sunday morning arrived and with only 4oz between the leading pair it was going to be anybody's title.
Heavy over night rain did take it's toll on the canal but having said that the weights were still very good. Johnny McKinley took the spoils with 27lb 9oz, that man Philip Jackson on 26lb 3oz and Jim McAllister with 25lb 11oz.
That result meant that Philip Jackson ran out the winner on an incredible 125lb 10oz, Johnny Keith just held onto 2nd spot with 110lb 15oz, and despite a brilliant late run Johnny McKinley came up just short with 110lb 7oz for the 3rd place spot.
What an absolutely brilliant few days on the canal, the fishing was better than we expected with all the top 5 anglers having more than 90lb.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Loughs Agency for their generous sponsorship of this event through the Sustainable Development Fund.
Our thanks to Newry Mourne and Down District Council for their co-operation in running the festival, Mac A Tackle and Boats for their fresh bait delivery to the draw on Thursday morning. We would like to thank all the anglers who took part in the event. Without your continued support these things would not happen, and a special word of thanks to everyone who helped with the weighing, pegging, draw and presentation.
Plans are already well advanced for next years event which after this year should prove to be very popular. This event has once again proved what a fantastic match venue Newry Canal really is.
Report courtesy of festival organiser Geoff Quinn
Wolverhampton rod Lee Harries of DH Angling had cause for a double celebration at the weekend. First under his belt was Saturday’s Kidderminster & District AA Open on the River Severn in Bewdley, Worcestershire. The 37-pegger was a good match with lots of roach being caught, especially in the Cottages. The river was at 0.65 metres and thirteen double figure weights were recorded. A tight tussle for the top ensued and Lee just edged it on peg 14 with a trio of barbel plus roach taken on the bolo for 21-8-0. Hot on his heels was Barford’s Jim Wiltshire with barbel and one bream caught on the feeder for a level 21-0-0 from peg 28, edging Steve Pierpoint (Sensas WB Clarke) into third with 17-9-0, made-up of one barbel plus roach on the stick float at peg 68.
The icing was on the cake for DH Angling’s Lee Harries at Sunday’s latest Angling Trust Riverfest 2016 Qualifier on the River Severn in Shrewsbury, Shropshire when he topped the 55-entry event. The river was low and clear and a cold easterly wind swept along the match length making some sections harder to fish than others. Nevertheless, drawn on peg 4 in County Ground Section A, Lee had a big chub on the feeder and dace on the waggler with double maggot for an unassailable 17-9-0 to win his section and book his place in the two day Final on the River Wye in Herefordshire on 19th and 20th November. Joining Lee will be Scott Geens (Preston Innovations) who headed B Section with 16-3-8, comprising of a 9lb barbel caught on the pellet feeder, backed-up by silvers and a 2lb perch, from peg 29. Match third and topping C Section, reigning Riverfest Champion, young Tom Lane (Lane’s Bait & Tackle) will be defending his title on the Wye after tipping 14-1-0 onto the scales, consisting of a fine net of roach plus one chub, caught on the bolo with maggots, presented down the middle of the river.
On Sunday, round three of the 48-peg Angling Trust Upper Thames Teams of Eight Winter League was held on a very clear River Avon between Chippenham and Melksham in Wiltshire and the venue fished much harder than of late. Drawn in the park, Rob Randall (Garbolino Blackmore Vale) took the individual top spot with 120 roach and perch, caught on pole-fished caster and maggot over groundbait for 15-10-0. Pole-fishing caster on island park, Adie McTiffin (Devizes MG) was bridesmaid once again, this time with 11-11-0 of again roach and perch, ahead of John Bohane (Matrix Talismen) who scaled 10-5-0. Daiwa Gordon League took the team prize on the day with 32 points from Garbolino Blackmore Vale’s 29. Daiwa Gordon League and Devizes MG on now atop the league standings with 6 points apiece, ahead of Garbolino Blackmore Vale’s 10 points.
A good turnout of twenty six anglers took part in Sunday’s Tring Vs. Hanwell match on the River Thames at Little Stoke, nr. Goring in South Oxfordshire. It was ‘stillwater fishing’ with very little flow and the weather was autumnal but not harsh. No big fish were on show, although some perch and roach around the 8oz mark were caught and one 12 to 14oz redfin was netted. It was a case of roach, chublets and the odd dace for the most part with a few being plagued by pike, two were caught and others were seen lurking about. Fourteen Tring anglers fished against twelve Hanwell lads so the top twelve weights from Tring were set against the top dozen Hanwell weights. The event resulted with Tring taking the team honours with a combined weight tally of 58-11-8 from Hanwell’s 52-7-0. The top five individuals were Simon Foulkes (The Tring Anglers) 9-0-0, then three Hanwell men followed, Paul Mason with 8-14-0, Chris Mahoney on 8-9-8 and Russell Mudd with 8-1-0. Andy Allday (The Tring Anglers) secured fifth with 7-3-0.
With the River Don in Sprotborough, Doncaster, South Yorkshire low and clear during Sunday’s Rotherham UAF Individual Winter League/Open, the skimmers failed to put in an appearance once more but the roach were certainly hungry. Winner Phil Stevenson (Mexboro) fished the pole with a lollipop float using maggot on the hook at 13 metres from peg 37 for 14-4-0 of roach and perch, pipping James Cameron (Team Normanton) into second place for the second week running, this time just one ounce adrift with 14-3-0 of mainly roach, gathered on the 8 metre whip to hand with maggot at peg 29, ahead of last week’s winner Joe Murray (Maltby Mafia) who caught roach and bleak on the stick float with maggot to scale 12-7-0 on peg 45. Paul Goulding (Daiwa Dons) came fourth with predominantly redfins, snared on the bolo with maggot off peg 39. James Cameron (Team Normanton) is currently heading the league standing on 6 points.
Wednesday’s RAF EAWL match on the Leisure Centre stretch of the Old River Nene in March, Cambridgeshire saw RAF Old Lag anglers finish one and two. Both men fished the long pole and the whip with bread punch for all roach and Mick Dixon clinched the win with 13-11-0. Graham Welton ran him close though with 13-4-0, ahead of Craig Shaw (Garbolino RAF) who had small punch-roach plus some worm-enticed perch for 7-9-8.
Thirty two hardy stalwarts fished the inaugural match of the popular Gillingham AA Winter Championship 2016 series on the Upper River Stour between Highbridge and Catholics in Dorset. The pegs in the faster water at Catholics returned the best weights and the winner on the day was former England Carp angler Jack Stamp who displayed his diverse knowledge of the sport by catching 12-1-0 of mainly chublets on the stick float with maggots and casters at peg 56 in dead man’s hole. Drawn on peg 2 in the chub hole at Highbridge, Barry Taylor followed with 9-4-0 of mostly perch, snared on the stick float with maggot, leaving Paul Knight in third with 8-6-0. The next match is on Sunday 5th November, book in with Dave on 01747 823159.
Conditions were sunny but cold due to a biting east wind at Sunday’s Patshull Park Open held on the Hotel Bank and Deeps Sections of the Great Lake in Pattingham, Shropshire. Venue expert, Wednesfield hot rod Kevin Tipton (Sensas) secured a runaway success on Hotel Bank peg 32 with a cracking 41-8-0 haul of bream to 3lb plus skimmers, caught on the slider with pellet, fished over groundbait. The next three weights also came off the Hotel Bank and runner-up Dave Morris (Blackfords) chose the same approach on peg 48, to scale 28-14-0 of bigger slabs to 4lb, leaving Rod & Gun duo Duncan Biddle and Trevor Hope in third and fourth respectively. Rod & Gun proprietor Duncan Biddle fished the whip at 5 metres to hand with worm, caster and maggot for 17-14-0 of roach, perch and and skimmers from peg 47, ahead of Trevor’s 16-0-0 of skimmers, taken on the slider with pellet over groundbait at peg 49.
Arrow Valley Lake in Redditch, Worcestershire fished reasonably well during Saturday’s Redditch FA Open despite several previous cold nights and unfavourable winds on the day. Bream were the dominant species and no carp showed at all. Winner Trevor Wyse (Kobra Feeders/Mosella UK) made no mistake on ‘form’ peg 55 where he fished the open ended feeder to worm and red maggot hook baits for an admirable 27-3-0. Just two bream short came runner-up Paul Cassidy (Bailey’s of Warwick) who opted for the same tactics as Trevor to return 22-8-0 at peg 69. John Snelson (St. Johns AC) was third with 15-15-0, ahead of Birmingham rod Paul Burgess’ 14-8-0 and Worcester’s Alf Hand, fifth with 12-3-0.
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