Reports on angling matches from the week ending 30 July 2016.
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The Hempsted Bridge to Netheridge Bridge and Netheridge Bridge to Sims Bridge Sections of the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal in Gloucestershire saw action during Saturday’s 30-entry Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Canal Pairs Championship 2016 Qualifier. Most who fished the match thought bream and skimmers would be the key species, especially around the noted Hempsted Bend areas and on the individual front that’s how it played out for winner Dave Micklewright (Daiwa Gordon League) when he netted 14-8-0 of bream and skimmers on feeder and pole tactics at peg 62. Black Country rod Scott Geens came second on peg 49 with a comparable catch for 9-10-0.
The straight at Hempsted returned lots of small silvers and on the pairs front Garbolino Blackmore Vale’s Steve Long decided to target the roach which saw him match fourth with 9-6-0 to seal the pairs triumph for himself and partner Mick Nowicki who recorded 9-7-0 for match third.
The double act topped with 28 points after finishing in the runners-up position at last year’s event. Joining Mick and Steve at the final on the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Penkridge, Staffordshire on Saturday on 29th October are Scott Geens and Danny Ashington (Kamasan Starlets) 26, Brian Pollard and Adrian Narbeth (DGL) 24, individual match winner Dave Micklewright and Mark Brush (Daiwa Gordon League) 22 (16-5-0) and Paul Kaye and Dave Roberts 22 (10-9-0).
The Shropshire Union Canal in Brewood, Staffordshire was the venue for Sunday’s 70-peg penultimate round three of the Browning Lifestyle/Stafford Izaak Walton Teams of Five Summer League. Calf Heath-based engineering company director Steve Dudley (Sensas Black Country) took the individual honours on peg D3, near the mobile home park, with an excellent 21-5-0 top net, consisting of five big chub to 6lb, caught on pole-fished caster and worm. Steve’s weight would have been even greater but he unfortunately lost another two.
Neil Turner (Wolverhampton AA VDE) followed with half a dozen caster-tempted smaller chub to 3lb for 17-4-14 from peg A6, towards Port Lane, leaving Steve Hurst (Warrington AA) in third, when he scaled 14-15-0 at peg E10, by the stream, most of which was an 11½lb carp, backed up by chub and skimmers, all collected on pole-fished worm, Wolverhampton AA VDE took the team spoils on the day with 21 points, ahead of Shakespeare Superteam/Bait-Tech’s 26, which takes them to the top of the league leader board on 77 points. Wolves AA VDE are currently in league second with 86 points going into the final on the Shropshire Union Canal at Little Onn in Staffordshire on the 14th August.
The 1st Aqueduct on the Shropshire Union Canal at Norbury Junction in Staffordshire saw action during Saturday’s Stoke City DAA Open where Cannock’s Simon Nickless (Sensas Black Country) secured a convincing win on peg 98 with a level 12-0-0 top catch made up of a 2lb chub, three perch plus roach and skimmers, which fell to poled caster and red maggot.
Seasoned campaigner Joe Brennan (Four Ashes AC) came second using the same bait tactics for 8-3-0 of roach, perch and skimmers from peg 83, ahead of Stoke’s Eric Gardner (Team Eclipse) who poled bread punch and caster at peg 85 to record 7-5-4, which included a 2lb perch, backed up by roach and skimmers.
Wolverhampton rod Richard Guest (Maver Midlands) nailed the last Wednesday evening Wolverhampton AA Open of the summer season held on the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Calf Heath, Staffordshire with a rewarding 15-11-0 net comprising of a 2lb tench, bream to 2½lb and big hybrids, all to poled caster at peg 3. The next two framers also opted for a caster attack and runner-up on peg 5 was Wolverhampton AA VDE skipper Paul Turner who weighed in 11-8-0 of tench and roach, ahead of Paul Roberts (Ian’s Tackle) who returned 6-6-0 of roach and skimmers at peg 2.
Cambridgeshire visitor Nigel Loker (Littleport AC) up from down south to practise for the Angling Trust Division Two National Teams of Ten Championships 2016, which will be held at this location on Saturday the 10th September, topped Sunday’s Stirrup Cup Open on the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal in Curdworth, Warwickshire. Drawn on end peg 49 on the rushes, Nigel scaled 4-12-6, consisting of a trio of caster-caught skimmers, 1lb apiece, plus a few roach and perch to poled squatt.
Venue regular Alan Newman (Stirrup Cup) followed on the other end peg 80 with half a dozen skimmers to 6oz, alongside roach and perch, gathered on pole-fished caster and squatt for 4-2-9. Mick Conlon (Scott’s Fishing Tackle) secured third with a squatt-enticed 3-13-12 net of small roach and tiny skimmers at peg 53.
Less than six ounces split the decision at Saturday’s Sportsman AC Open staged on the Ocker Hill length of the Walsall Canal in Tipton, West Midlands where the top three all returned roach nets. Andy Careless (Preston Innovations Black Horse) grasped the glory on peg 15 with a squatt-tempted 5-6-10, pipping Dave Anderson (ZLT Angling Products) into second with 5-5-4, which fell to poled bread punch at peg 19. The third spot went to Tony Bowen (Canal Kings) with 5-0-9 of squatt-redfins from next peg 16.
Gordon Griffiths (Team Guinness) topped the latest Crewe & District AA Open on the Wardle section of the Shropshire Union Canal in Nantwich, Cheshire. Drawn on end peg 1, at the back of the cottages, Gordon pole-fished maggot and caster for a 9-1-0 all skimmer net. Birkenhead’s George Cooke came second with a comparable catch to poled caster and worm for 7-12-0 from peg 10, leaving local rod Les Olszewski (Team Les ‘O’) in third with a maggot and worm-tempted 6-2-0 net of perch and eels at peg 7.
Bridesmaid at last week’s match, Barry Jones (Goodyear AC) went one better to land the Thursday evening Goodyear AC Open on the Shawhall Lane section of the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Coven, Staffordshire. Drawn on peg 2, Barry pole-fished bread, caster and hemp to tip 8-12-7 of quality roach to 10oz plus perch, gudgeon and skimmers onto the scales for a clear victory.
Bridgtown Social AC’s Dave Smith followed on end peg 1 where he poled caster, catching roach and perch before bagging a 2lb bream right at the death which boosted him into second with 5-6-2, ahead of local rod Malcolm Bethell (Goodyear AC) who scaled 5-2-6 of caster and bread punch-tempted roach and perch, both species to 8oz, at peg 3.
Saturday’s hot and humid conditions on the Calder & Hebble Canal in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire meant the resident bream were more interested in basking close to the surface rather than feeding. Andy Turner (Slaithwaite AC) celebrated back-to-back wins when he stole the show on peg 76, where he pole-fished maggot and caster to bank a welcome 3lb tench, alongside skimmers and roach to 4oz for 5-12-0. Tri-Cast Calder’s Keith Marshall followed with 4-6-0 of skimmers to 1lb plus small roach and perch, captured on poled pinkie and maggot from peg 69, ahead of Luke Wroszek (Dino Floats) who secured third for the second consecutive week, when he scaled 3-15-0.
The Anglers gathered on the bank on the Moss Lane to Nateby Crossing Lane, Garstang section in Lancashire for the last of the Ted Carter Lancaster Canal Tuesday Evening Series. Whilst the draw is always critical it was more so for the top 5 who were all in with a chance of winning the series overall. So with two of the protagonists in end peg wides and one in a centre peg but on his own between bridges, only two were left disappointed with their draws.
So in warm overcast conditions the match started with all hopeful that the fish had 'parked' in front of them for the evening. Top weight on the night went to Graeme Dawes (Ted Carter Preston) who made the most of his end peg in the wide next to Nateby Crossing Lane. Graeme amassed a weight of 9-3-0 of skimmers and hybrids. In the same section was John Brogden (Ted Carter Southport). John had a good net of smaller hybrids, skimmers and roach for a final weight of 7-13-0. Third on the night was local rod Mick Wilson. Mick caught some better skimmers from the centre of the Moss Lane section for a total of 7-7-0.
With Daz Shaw, pictured (Maver NW) fourth with 6-14-0, Steve Embery (Saints) fifth with 6-1-0 and Steve Wilson (Lancs. MG) seventh with 4-2-0 there was an anxious wait as the points were tallied at the end of the match. As it was, Daz Shaw with a total of 191 points had just done enough to take the title though only by two points from Graeme Dawes on 189. Third was Steve Embery on 187.
Report by Mike Wilson
Saturday’s last Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Stillwater Championship 2016 Qualifier took place on Boddington Reservoir, nr. Byfield, Northamptonshire. Forty anglers set up in hot and still conditions and many carp were showing on the surface but had to take some persuading to feed. Wigan Angling’s Barry Hollingsworth took top billing on peg 105 with 67K 440g, mostly caught on the pellet waggler. Runner-up was Anthony Brooker (White Acres) with 61K 300g from peg 7 on the dam wall which fished consistently well, returning two 50K plus weights and a lowest catch of 24K 400g. Joining Barry in the final at this venue on Sunday 7th August, Anthony having already qualified, are Geoff Ringer, Ash McClements, Mark Morris, Darren Smith, Matt Threlfall, Andy Kirk, Brian Foster, Eamon Brennan and Bryan Ashley.
Middy-backed Simon Farmer clinched the win at Saturday’s 25-entry open on the Engine Pool at Earlswood Lakes in Solihull, West Midlands. Pole-fishing worm, caster and maggot at 13 to 16 metres from peg 12, Simon bagged a trio of bream from 2 to 4lb, bolstered by 18lb of roach and perch for a 26-10-0 top weight, edging John Halfpenny (Shakespeare Superteam/Bait-Tech) into second on peg 7 where he deployed the conventional feeder with maggot, worm and groundbait, netting eight bream to return 24-2-0. Cannock’s Lucas Gough followed with eleven skimmers for 20-7-0 at peg 14, ahead of Wednesfield rod Kevin Tipton (Sensas) who weighed in 13-8-0, made up of four skimmers alongside quality roach to 1lb, from peg 27.
The conditions were difficult at Sunday’s 37-peg round three of the Sensas Soar Masters on a low and clear River Soar in Sutton Bonington, Nottinghamshire. The anglers also had to contend with high water temperatures, a flotilla of boats and lots of ravaging, ravenous pike. Drawn on peg 82, winner Clive Lloyd (Midland Angling Supplies) fished various baits on the short pole, catching around 4lb of small roach, perch and chub then he caught two good tench on double caster which propelled him to the top, to see him book his place in the final on the 18th September. Middy-backed Joe Oaks came second on peg 84 where he had a net of mainly perch on chopped worm, together with a few pinkie-roach for 8-1-0. A succession of boats turning around in Joe’s peg probably stopped him from winning the match but fortunately he qualified in the previous round. Third place went to Geraint Powell (Maver) who scaled 120 small fish, gathered on pinkie over groundbait for 5-1-0 from peg 51. Surrounding anglers witnessed Geraint hooking and playing a sturgeon, estimated at around 20lb, only to lose it when a flock of geese flew through his line! Geraint certainly worked hard indeed for his final placing! Joining Clive and Gertaint in the final will be Stu Timson, John Freeborn and Ian Sharratt.
Hot and sunny conditions were endured by the 36-strong field at Saturday’s Kidderminster & District AA Open on the River Severn in Bewdley, Worcestershire where the river was slightly above normal summer level. Kidderminster DAA anglers filled the top two placings and first home on peg 52 was Dave Foxall with a cracking 21-10-0 net of dace, perch and roach, snared on the whip and stick float with maggot. Runner-up was Steve Rowen who banked four barbel on the pellet feeder at peg 31 for 19-14-0, nudging Steve Pierpoint (Sensas WB Clarke) into third who brought 19-6-0 of dace and roach to the scalesman, all caught on the whip with caster, maggot and tares on peg 18. In all ten double figure weights were recorded.
Conditions were low and clear on the Linley Bank Section of the River Severn in Bridgnorth, Shropshire for Sunday’s latest Bridgnorth AS National Squad Open where the weights were certainly very promising indeed. Steve Colwell (Billinghurst Barbel Bashers) headed the 49-strong field with rewarding 41-8-0 made up of seven barbel, taken on the straight lead with meat at peg 28, above the island. John Stockton (Barford AA) came second with five barbel, gathered on the pellet feeder for 34-11-0 from peg 64, on the fallen ash, edging Derek Fuller (Billinghurst Barbel Bashers) into third on shallow peg 149, down the golf course length, where he fished the straight lead with corn to scale a brace of barbel, the remainder of his 32-6-0 catch consisting of chub. Local rod Richard Duke (Middle Severn Angling) weighed in 24-4-0 for fourth place.
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