Reports on angling matches from the week ending 6 August 2016.
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On Sunday, nineteen double acts set up along the towpath of the Grand Canal in Edenderry, County Offaly for the first ever Irish Qualifier for the Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Canal Pairs Championships 2016. Anglers travelled from all across the ‘Emerald Isle’ as well as two pairs from Liverpool. The match was held on the Toberdaly and Killeen Sections. Clear water led to tricky conditions however the canal fished well with plenty of small mixed silvers being caught. Local rod Pat Bartley (Daingean Match Anglers) took the individual spoils with 4K 510g of hemp-roach from an unfancied peg. Paul Kelly (Edenderry CAC) came second with 3K 330g of small varied silvers, ahead of partner and teammate Brian Kane, who was well rewarded for all his hard work cleaning out the swims during the previous week, with third place when he scaled a hemp and caster-tempted 2K 930g. Pat’s win saw him and partner Conor Browne, also Daingean Match Anglers, top the pairs stakes with 37 points and a combined weight tally of 7K 350g. Paul and Brian also notched up 37 points but finished match second with a total weight of 6K 260g. Joining the top two pairs in the October Final on the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Penkridge, Staffordshire will be Jeff Walker & Mark Allcock (East Belfast CAC) 34, Frank Holding & Paul Holding (Liverpool) 32 and Paul McLoughlan & Peter Walsh (Naas & District Anglers) 30. Praise must go to IADA for running this Qualifier also Edenderry CAC for the use of their excellent stretch of canal and Waterways Ireland for all of their help in facilitating this event and of course match organiser Geoff Quinn.
On Saturday, twenty two partnerships lined the banks of Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal in Buckinghamshire for their Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Canal Pairs Championships 2016 Qualifier. Section A was pegged near Aylesbury and Section B was at Buckland. Due to the recent dry spell, water levels were down around 10 inches at Buckland which affected some pegs, however the venue performed well overall. Matchpack’s Robert Durrant topped the individual stakes on peg A28 with 21-4-0 of mainly bream. Runner-up, Les Hills had three good slabs plus a few silvers for 11-11-0 from peg B28, pipping Steve Davis into third when he weighed in 11-8-0. Preston Innovations Black Horse combo, Graham Smith and Lee Newson took the pairs’ prize on the day, both recording 7lb+ weights to finish on 96 points. Joining them in the 29th October Final on the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Penkridge, Staffordshire will be Dave Stoddart and Andy Allday (Tring Anglers) 94, Steve Davis and partner Phil Speakman 90, Les Hills and oppo Steve Gunner 88, together with match winner Robert Durrant and side kick Peter Durrant 87. Thanks must go to host club Tring Anglers and the Canal & River Trust’s Fisheries team whose special effort and hard graft has certainly paid off after the 2012 pollution incident. The photo shows Les Hills (runner-up) with his match catch.
All the best to the qualifiers from the latest two events!
The Dale Avenue Section of the Erewash Canal in Long Eaton, Derbyshire produced another good match at Saturday’s final of the Long Eaton Federation Summer League. Long Eaton Fed.’s Steve Posiak, fourth in round three, ended the series on a high with a 11-12-0 winning net from below Dockholme Lock, made up of a trio of bream, the best being over 3lb, together with some useful perch, roach and rudd, taken mainly on poled caster. Nigel Ellis (Matlock AC) pegged immediately below Derby Road Bridge had a mixed bag of rudd, roach and perch for second with 9-7-0. Shakespeare Superteam/Bait-Tech’s Alistair Chisholm was match third with 8-13-0. However league leader Dave Fowler (Matlock AC) couldn’t be stopped, although he was on holiday and missed the final and he topped the league with 6 points, leaving Will Sully (Long Eaton Fed.) in league second on 7 points.
Four Ashes AC anglers filled the frame on the Cables Section at Sunday’s Stafford Izaak Walton Open on the Shropshire Union Canal at Little Onn, Church Eaton, Staffordshire. Brownhills' Dave Holbrook trounced his teammates on peg 9 with an impressive 17-13-4 top weight of caster and worm-enticed chub to 2½lb and bream to 3lb. Runner-up, Walsall’s Steve Cope used the same bait approach on peg 8 where he banked a brace of quality chub, the largest being 4½lb, plus a 1½lb skimmer, together with perch and hybrids for 10-10-8, leaving Wednesfield rod, team captain Mel Wood in third with 7-6-13, made up of a 3lb caster-tempted chub and mixed pinkie and squatt-caught silvers from peg 10. Completing the Four Ashes AC coup was Wolverhampton’s Dave Richards with 7-0-8 of perch and skimmers, to poled caster at peg 6. The photo shows Mel Wood with his 3lb chub.
Stirrup Cup’s own Alan Price headed Sunday’s Stirrup Cup Open on the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal in Curdworth, Warwickshire. Drawn on peg 5, on the small bush, Alan pole-fished caster to net four bream to 2lb, together with lots of little hand skimmers and a few roach for a 10-1-7 top catch. Pole-fishing squatt off ‘form’ peg 12, Graham Massey (Dams & Lock) bagged four big skimmers to 1¼lb plus little roach, perch and gudgeon for a level 6-0-0, leaving Mick Connell (Stirrup Cup) in third with mostly red maggot-tempted roach to 3oz for 2-15-8 at peg 1.
Crewe rod Lewis Kenyon (Browning Lifestyle) notched up a victory at Sunday’s 29-entry Hodnet AC Open staged on the Hinstock Wood section of the Shropshire Union Canal in Soudley, Shropshire. Pole-fishing maggot and pinkie off peg 14, Lewis returned 10-4-0 of skimmers and roach. Teammate Paul Dobing did the same on next peg 15, to scale like-fish for 8-14-0, leaving Warrington AA’s Jeff Shaw in third with 8-11-8 of mainly maggot-enticed skimmers at peg 25.
Browning Lifestyle’s Paul Dobing grasped the glory by less than one ounce at Saturday’s 18-peg Stoke City DAA Open, held on the 2nd Aqueduct length of the Shropshire Union Canal at Norbury Junction, Staffordshire. Some healthy roach weights were recorded and pole-fishing caster and hemp off peg 104, Paul tipped 8-6-2 of all redfins onto the scales. Hot on his heels was local rod Eric Gardner (Team Eclipse) who poled bread punch and hemp at peg 110, for 8-5-6 of again all roach, ahead of Derek Hicklin (Long Eaton Fed./Stirrup Cup) drawn on peg 117, where he pole-fished red maggot for 6-5-0 of roach and perch.
The Rodbaston stretch of the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Staffordshire saw action during Wednesday's 18-entry Wolverhampton Over 60’s Club Open and Phil ‘Fizza’ Blakemore (Bridgtown Social AC) ran out a clear winner on end peg 19, with an 11-5-0 top catch, comprising of one 3lb chub, bolstered by roach and gudgeon, gathered on pole-fished caster and pinkie. Bilston Angling Centre’s Wilf Kneller came second with a trio of good chopped worm-enticed perch plus roach and gudgeon to poled pinkie for 6-2-0 from peg 16. Colin Tillet (Bridgtown Social AC) slotted into third with 5-12-15 of roach, perch and gudgeon, caught on poled maggot at peg 7.
Dudley-based Steve Robson (ZLT Angling Products) led the way at Sunday’s 23-peg Woodside AA Open on the Link 51 Section of the Dudley No.1 Canal in Merry Hill, Dudley, West Midlands. Drawn on peg 22, match organiser Steve bagged two good caster-tempted chub of 3lb and 3½lb, backed up by some hemp-roach and a few mixed silvers for 9-1-0. Mick Howell (Sensas Black Country) followed on peg 13, which he has uncannily drawn for the last three matches, where he poled worm over chopped worm and caster to net one chub around the 3lb mark, a couple of skimmers alongside roach and perch to scale 8-14-3, leaving Pete Hatton (ZLT Angling Products) in third with 7-13-13, consisting of 2lb of roach and hybrids which he had on poled bread punch in the first hour, before switching to worm and pinkie for perch, skimmers and more roach at peg 6.
Bridesmaid at last week’s match Keith Marshall (Tri-Cast Calder) went one better to nail Saturday’s Thornhill AC Open on the Calder & Hebble Canal in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. Warm and sunny but breezy conditions greeted the anglers and drawn on peg 89, Keith poled maggot and caster at 8 and 12 metres to slide 7-10-0 of roach, perch, skimmers and chub to 6oz into his keepnet. Dino Floats’ Luke Wroszek secured second with a pinkie and maggot-tempted 6-6-0 of roach, perch and skimmers to 6oz, edging Neal Pickett (Thornhill AC) into third with another mixed bag for 5-12-0.
Last week saw seventy eight anglers take part in the Kidderminster & District AA Bewdley Angling Festival 2016. The three day event was staged on the River Severn in Bewdley, Worcestershire. Monday’s day one was a hard but tight match with sixteen double figure weights being returned. Venue expert, Geoff Brierley (Willow Creek) stole the show with a cracking 25-1-0 net of dace and perch to whip and waggler tactics at peg 50. Runner-up was Kingswinford’s in-form Jez Williams (KDAA) who bagged a trio of meat-tempted barbel plus silvers for 23-6-0 from peg 72. Jez went one better at Wednesday’s day two to land the match with 26-6-0 of barbel, snared on the pellet feeder at peg 73. Droitwich rod Bob McAulay secured second with four barbel, three to pellet and one on meat for 25-0-6 from peg 32. Fourteen double figure weights were scaled. Friday’s final day three went to Halesowen’s Andy Patchett when he tipped 23-5-0 of feeder-caught chub onto the scales at peg Gm1. Earlswood’s Barry Cheese followed on peg 4, where he netted two pellet-tempted barbel, boosted by dace on the stick for 20-13-0. However, Jez Williams could not be thwarted and topped the festival overall with a combined weight of 57-1-0. Jez’s teammate Steve Rowen was runner-up with 55-5-0. The best barbel prize went to Barford’s Mal Williams who scaled a 9lb 12oz whiskers.
The River Trent at Burton-on-Trent, East Staffordshire was at normal summer level and sport was improving with several double figure nets of roach being returned also some good top section weights at Sunday’s latest 69-entry Drennan Coors Trent Masters 2016 Qualifier. Doncaster rod Harvey Clapham (Coors AC) who has already qualified, topped the match with 14-9-0, caught on the waggler and bolo with maggot at Andressey peg 5. Runner up on Golf Course peg 30, was Fishermania’s Mick Cobb who booked his place in the 25th September final with 13-13-0 to whip and waggler tactics. The third spot went to Tony Marshall (Shakespeare Superteam/Bait-Tech) who finished one ounce shy of Mick with 13-12-0 which fell to poled maggot at Golf Course peg 22. The other qualifiers are Sean Ashby, Anthony White, Rich Reynolds, Dave Limbert, Pete Salt and Jason Fell.
The River Severn was low and clear for Sunday’s 40-entry Bridgnorth AS Open on the Linley Bank stretch in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, nevertheless some substantial weights were returned. Throwing up its first winning weight for some time, was former famed peg 47 at Johnny Bright’s Ford when Gornal’s Colin Jones deployed the pellet feeder, to net half a dozen barbel, the largest of which was 6lb plus four chub and mixed silvers for an admirable 39-1-0. The next two framers chose the same approach and Severn veteran, Smethwick’s Graham Wade had another six barbel, the biggest being 8lb, alongside three chub to scale 33-1-0 at peg 49, below the winner. Richard Duke (Middle Severn Angling) also had six barbel and three chub to record 25-5-0 at peg 29, in the island bay for third. Bridgnorth AS chairman and team captain Brian Preece banked the largest barbel caught in a match so far this season, weighing in at 9lb 14oz, part of his fifth-placed 21-9-0 from peg 64, on the fallen ash. The photo shows winner Colin Jones with his match catch.
Thirty anglers contested Saturday’s Barford AA Open on the Warks. River Avon in Barford, Warwickshire. The river was at summer level and there were plenty of dace feeding. Attleborough’s Craig Harrison was drawn on peg 63, above Barford Bridge, where he fished both the pole and stick float with maggot for a match winning 23-9-0 of chub and dace. Below the bridge on peg 70, Paul King (Sensas Portway) ran him close with 23-5-0 of small barbel, chub and dace, taken on the stick float, ahead of Tony Marshall (Shakespeare Superteam/Bait-Tech) who was midway along the stretch on peg 85, where he brought 20-0-0 exact of chub and dace to the scalesman, all caught on poled maggot.
Sunday’s cooler weather certainly improved sport during round four of the Oxford Teams of Six Summer League staged at Medley and Sandford on the River Thames in Oxfordshire, where plenty of double figure weights of predominantly roach were returned from all sections. Dan McDonald (Devizes MG) headed the 42-strong field, taking the individual honours on the green bank at Medley with a rewarding 20-10-0 top net, consisting of one bream caught on poled worm, the remainder being a bag of quality roach, attracted on pole-fished tares over hemp feed, presented at 13 metres. Next came Gary Pook (Drennan Oxford Blue) who drew at Sandford where he had four decent perch and a plethora of small redfins on a 5 metre whip with maggot over groundbait for 18-13-0, leaving John Williams (Matrix Talismen) in third, in the same area as the winner, with 16-9-0 of chiefly roach to poled caster over hemp feed. On the team front, Drennan Oxford Yellow stretched their league lead with another win to end the day on 39 points, taking them to 151 in the league. Devizes MG took team second on the day, just behind with 38 points. Drennan Oxford Blue are currently second in the league on 137 points.
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