Reports on angling matches from the week ending 30 April 2016.
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Sport proved to be tough-going at Sunday’s round two of the 36-peg Middlewich Individual Spring League staged on the Ideal Standard Section of the Trent & Mersey Canal in Middlewich, Cheshire. Tri-Cast Highfield’s Shaun Paddon took the honours with just two fish when he netted one chub and solitary perch to bring 4-4-0 to the scalesman at Cyanide peg 25. Runner-up, Dave Edgerly (Sam’s Tackle Wigan) had three perch for second with 3-12-12 at peg 8 on the roots, ahead of Ged Martin (Trafford) who had perch and bits for third with 3-5-0 from peg 30. Paul Hughes (Saints) and Lewis Kenyon (Browning Lifestyle) are presently tied at the top of the league table, both having amassed 11 points apiece.
On Sunday, round two of the Erewash Canal Spring League was held on the Greens Section of the canal in Ilkeston, Derbyshire where Mill Tackle anglers filled the top two placings. First home on peg 46 was Pete Hamilton who banked four tench plus bits caught on pole-fished worm and maggot to scale 10-15-0, ahead of team-mate Dave Fowler’s 6-6-0 which consisted of one big bream and a brace of perch which fell to poled maggot at peg 57. Measham’s Ron Scales secured third with one tench alongside roach for 5-1-0 at peg 40.
Despite a very cold wind sweeping across the Grantham Canal in Kinoulton, Northamptonshire during Sunday’s Parkside AC bout, some good results were recorded with a mixture of silvers being caught by the top two anglers in the frame. Dave Worley led the way with 7-12-0 captured on dead reds, ahead of Bob Scotney who had his 6-14-0 on poled red maggot. The third spot went to Dave Smith who poled worm to return 6-2-0 of tench.
Sunday’s round two of the popular Sensas Kennet & Avon Canal Teams of Four Spring League was held on the King’s Arms, Whaddon and Pound Lane lengths of the Melksham’s Waters on the canal in Wiltshire. Drawn on peg D16 at Pound Lane, Motcombe-based fireman Richard Chave (Garbolino Blackmore Vale Gold) rang all the right bells, to head the 92-strong field with 16-3-0 of skimmers to 1lb. Richard poled pinkie over groundbait with casters and dead pinkie in the mix, topping up regularly to keep the fish coming. Runner-up, Simon Keifer (Drennan Bordon Blue) drew four pegs away from Richard at Pound Lane and weighed in 10-3-8 of slightly larger skimmers, attracted on poled worm and caster, leaving his team-mate Carl Steffan in third with 8-15-0. Drennan Bordon Blue topped the team stakes on the day with an impressive 89 points to enhance their league lead to a commanding 152 points from Devizes Preston Innovations Thatchers’ 138.
Saturday's round three of the Woodside Individual Spring League took place on the Dudley No.2 Canal in Merry Hill, Dudley, West Midlands where local Dudley rod Ian Hingley (Wolverhampton AA VDE) eased to victory with 15-8-0 of bream and skimmers, attracted on pole-fished pinkie over bread punch at peg 47. Runner-up Mark Traves (Halesowen RBL) had a wonderful surprise when he banked a stunning 2lb 14oz 8dr pure roach together with a 1½lb crucian plus hand skimmers and perch, all snared on the waggler with bronze maggot from peg 34 in the first big bay. The third spot went to Andy Curless (Preston Innovations Black Horse) who poled squatt and pinkie over groundbait at the top end of the canal to return 6-8-0 of skimmers, roach and perch. Tony Bowen (Canal Kings) is currently heading the league standings on 4 points.
Despite the ongoing erratic weather and temperature conditions of late, The Boat PH Section of the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Penkridge, Staffordshire which was a chocolate brown colour on the day produced some admirable weights at Sunday’s Bridgtown Social AC match with most of the anglers weighing in over 5lb. In-form local rod Dave Smith notched-up yet another victory with a 13-10-0 top weight of quality roach to ¾lb plus some monster gudgeon with a few mixed small silvers, all to poled caster from peg 18 at the end of the statics, opposite the moored boat. Other mainly caster-caught nets followed and Jason Edmunds was bridesmaid for the second consecutive week, this week with 10-7-13 of roach and skimmers at peg 10 near the aerial, leaving Phil ‘Fizza’ Blakemore in third with roach to just over 1lb backed-up by some big gudgeon for 8-0-5 from peg 2.
The Radford Inn stretch of the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Stafford, Staffordshire saw action during Saturday’s Browning Lifestyle/Stafford Izaak Walton Open where after drawing eight end pegs in a row, Penkridge-based painter and decorator Dean Williams (Team Eclipse) did it again drawing end peg 11 to take the winner’s purse with a 4-2-0 net comprising of one decent perch plus roach and gudgeon, gathered on pole-fish squatt and bread punch. Browning Lifestyle team manager Alan Round followed with two decent caster-perch to 2lb alongside 25 punch-roach for 3-7-0 from peg 8 in the narrows, to leave Stoke Canal legend, Fred ‘the Bread’ Cheetham (Team Eclipse) in third when he scaled 2-5-4 of punch-fish at peg 9.
The second round of the 64-entry Gloucester Canal Teams of Four Spring League saw a rise in the temperatures as well as spirits due to the hearty bream and roach nets returned at the previous week’s practise match. After a slow start, most of the anglers saw a good day’s fishing with bream and large roach around the 1lb mark showing well along the Rea to Pilot Bridge match length. It turned out to be an international affair with the top two spots being closely contested between DGL’s Spanish recruit Ruben Guerra and Preston Innovations Thatchers Welsh matchman Nigel Evans who had a peg to peg battle in the 220’s on the big bed at Pilot. Ruben just grasped the glory to frame once again, after finishing third in round one, with 33-1-0 taken on 11 metres of pole with double maggot over groundbait. Nigel was hot on his heels using the same strategy for 32-7-0, ahead of Tony Gorret (Nomads Green) who came third with a level 19-0-0. Nomads Black won the day with 48 points followed by DGL Red on 46 which sees them currently top of the league on 103. Harescombe Fisheries are in league second on 91.
The Roadside Section of the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Penkridge, Staffordshire was the location for Sunday’s fifth round of the Wolverhampton AA Individual Spring League where predominantly bream and skimmers weights filled the frame. Bloxwich rod Martin Owen (Sensas Black Country) stole the show with red maggot-enticed bream to 2lb, bolstered by 50 squatt-fish for 10-0-0 exact at peg 1. Wednesfield’s Mel Wood (Four Ashes AC) came second with two bream, one in the 2½lb bracket and a larger slab of 3lb, also to poled red maggot plus 20 small assorted silvers to record 9-6-10 on peg 17, leaving Bilston Angling Centre veteran Stan Ward in third with all skimmers to red maggot and 4-10-9 from peg 2. Penkridge’s Dean Williams (Team Eclipse) is maintaining his league lead now on 15 points with Mel Wood chasing him hard on 16.
The Dennis Garrett Memorial Match was combined with Saturday’s Sportsman AC Open on the Ocker Hill stretch of the Walsall Canal in Tipton, West Midlands. Dudley-based postman Ben Garbett (Wolverhampton AA VDE) put his stamp on the match with a 5-14-4 top weight of roach and skimmers to poled pinkie and squatt at peg 1. The next two framers returned comparable catches with fellow Dudley man, Canal & River Trust worker Kevin Perry (Maver Midlands) running him close with a bread punch and squatt caught 5-12-0 from peg 4, leaving match organiser Dave Arnold (Sportsman AC) in third with 4-2-9 of punch and pinkie-fish at peg 14.
Due to a very cold wind, most of the eighteen anglers at Sunday’s Stirrup Cup Open on their club’s waters of the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal in Curdworth, Warwickshire lost all the feeling in their hands for the first two hours of the match then thankfully the wind subsided and the canal become as flat as a mill pond. Tamworth-based match organiser Clark Taylor (Stirrup Cup) ran out a clear winner with 7-1-0, consisting of a brace of red maggot-tempted bream to 2lb, then a switch to poled worm gained him an over 3lb slab on his first put in, alongside a few dumpy perch and bits from peg 49, opposite the big house. Barry Robson (Cradley Heath Labour AC) netted two maggot-enticed bream to 1½lb plus roach, perch and gudgeon for second with 4-12-15 at peg 67, ahead of Dudley’s Alan Homer (ZLT) who had another two bream and mixed silvers to pole-fished squatt then maggot to scale 4-2-5 at peg 64 on the bush.
Wednesfield’s Kevin Tipton (Sensas) celebrated at Sunday’s final open of the JCB winter series, held on the North Lake in Rocester, East Staffordshire. The match was a silvers only event although small stock carp to 1½lb were allowed in the catches. Deploying his favoured conventional feeder attack with worm, caster and maggot over groundbait off peg 60, Kev bagged 20 bream plus two stockies for an unassailable 44-9-0. The next two in the frame also opted for conventional feeder tactics and Matlock’s John Spencer came second with plethora of stockies and one barbel for 29-4-0 from peg 10, nudging Matt Parkin (Kamasan Starlets) into third with 27-4-0 of bream to 3lb from peg 20.
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