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Forthcoming angling events

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Contact details: 01922 640247 or steve.cope@hotmail.com

The Grant Marshall Memorial Match

Marston Green Tavern Angling Club will be holding a Charity Match on Engine House Lake at Earlswood Lakes in Earlswood, Solihull, West Midlands B94 5JH. The event is in memory of their member Grant Marshall who sadly passed away following a serious illness earlier this year. The Grant Marshall Memorial Match will be held on Sunday 9 July 2017 with the draw at Lady Lane Wharf Club in Earlswood B94 6AH at 8:30am where breakfasts will be available from 7:30am. Full entry fee including breakfast and a charitable donation is £20. Fishing from 10:00am to 3:00pm. All donations will go to the Marie Curie Charity. For further information and to book in, contact Steve Eaton on 07811 952935.
Email: steveeaton59@gmail.com

All are welcome to attend.

Redditch Federation Open

The next Redditch Federation Open will be held at Arrow Valley Lake, Redditch, Worcestershire, B98 0LJ on Saturday 22 April. For further information or to book in, contact John Bushell on 07879 624248.

Poole Hall Update

Contrary to any false rumours you may have heard on social media or anywhere else. No fish of any type have been sold to anyone from Poole Hall Fisheries in Dodds Green, Alveley, nr. Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6JD. So please come along and have some good sport, fishing for our huge catfish, stunning carp and all the other species. Night fishing, match bookings and day tickets available to all.

Tel: 01299 861458.

Upper Trent Teams of Four 2017

We are not taking entries for the Upper Trent, Teams of Four. It’s limited to 20 teams and its £100 per team. Cheques made payable to Burton River Match ASAP to Fishermania, 5 Eton Business Park, Derby Road, Burton-on-Trent, DE14 1RR. Tel: 01283 540433

Towpath Match Anglers HanKat Teams of Three Spring League

The league will be held on the Dudley No.1 Canal & Stourbridge Canals in the Merry Hill area of Dudley, West Midlands.

The dates are as follows and are all Sundays:

  • 7 May
  • 21 May
  • 4 June
  • 18 June
  • 2 July
  • 16 July

£36 per team up front. 20 Teams Maximum. No pike, no bloodworm or joker. For further information or to book in, contact Lee Woodhouse 07757 513137, Micky Howell 07985 590457 or Steve Robson 07786 002531.

Gillingham & District AA Junior Instruction Course 2017

Gillingham & District Angling Association are running their junior instruction course again this year. If you are aged between 8 and 12 years old, then come and join us at Lodden Lakes in Gillingham for lessons with some of the club’s best anglers.

The course will start on Saturday 6 May at 10.00am for two hours then again for the next two weeks and will end with a small match on Saturday 27 May between the course members.

All parents are welcome to stay and watch during all instruction lessons and it is all free.

If you are interested, then give John Collings a ring on 01747 821301 and come and join us and have a fun time learning to fish.

The Soar Summer Team Cup 2017 In association with Soar Tackle & Colmic UK

Fishing the natural river will see 10 teams competing against each other over six rounds to become over all winners of the Soar Summer Team Cup 2017 with a further £1,000 in price money for the winning team, plus pay outs for individual section wins what are you waiting for*.

With a new and exciting way of choosing sections to mix things up a bit more. The Soar Summer cup will mean no matter what your teams ability you will have chance to mix it with the big names. Sections include: Leicester Mal, Quorn, Long Eaton Fed, Long Eaton Vic and Lough Soar. Concentrating on the more natural areas of the river Soar.

How to enter your team: Teams will be made up of 10 anglers, allowing teams to field five out of their chosen 10.

Entry fee for each team is £60

Team places will be sold via Soar Tackle in Kegworth, meaning you can register on-line or in their Kegworth store.

Register your team: Registration window opens 18 March and closes 20 May

To register on-line go to the link above. Fill in all your teams details nominating your five 1st choice anglers and your two reserve anglers. We will then forward you a copy of your team sheet and your teams allocated drawing letter.

Unable to register on-line then call in to Soar Tackle in Kegworth fill in the relevant form and we will then forward you a copy of your team sheet and your teams allocated drawing letter. Please note register in store is cash only.

The event will be run on 10 sections drawn randomly from a pool of 16. Sections will be drawn randomly after each match for the following date. EG Sections for the match dated 23 July will be drawn at the section winners presentation of match dated 2nd July.

Match fee’s £20 (£100 per team)

Each match will be five hours.

8am draw fish 10am – 3pm                  

Draw venue to be confirmed


  • 18 June     
  • 2 July    
  • 23 July       
  • 13 August       
  • 3 September       
  • 17 September


Section maps coming soon.


Match secretary: 01509 670436

Email: soarcup@soartackle.co.uk

*£1,000 price fund based on full allocation of tickets

The Bridgnorth & District Angling Clubs Presentation Evening

The annual Bridgnorth & District Angling Clubs Presentation Evening will take place on Saturday 20 May at Bridgnorth British Legion Head Quarters, 6 Bridge Street, Low Town, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6AF. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Phone Rosa Bailey on 01746 766774 or 07772 800647 

Thank you from all at Woodside Fishery.

Lancaster Canal Tuesday Evening Series 2017

The dates for the Lancaster Canal Tuesday Evening Series 2017 are as follows:

  • Tuesday 23 May, Nateby Crossing Lane, draw at Bridge 64
  • Tuesday 30 May, Dimples Lane-North, draw at Bridge 58
  • Tuesday 6 June, Dimples Lane-South, draw at Bridge 58
  • Tuesday 13 June, Park Lane (Cockerham Road), draw at Bridge 69
  • Tuesday 20 June, Nateby Crossing Lane, draw at Bridge 64
  • Tuesday 27 June, Stubbins Lane, draw at Bridge 51
  • Tuesday 4 July, Dimples Lane-North, draw at Bridge 58
  • Tuesday 11 July, Park Lane (Cockerham Road), draw at Bridge 69
  • Tuesday 18 July, Dimples Lane-North, draw at Bridge 58
  • Tuesday 25 July, Nateby Crossing Lane, draw at Bridge 64

Draw at 17:15. Fishing from 18:00 to 21:15 or 21:30.

Entry fee £10 per match + Optional Pool £5.

Bloodworm and joker are barred.

For further information or to book on contact Steve Wilson on 07708 572363. Alternatively see Facebook Group ‘Lancaster Canal Match Series’. Good payouts on each match on 1st, 2nd, 3rd. Two section winners (by default) on each match. Cash and vouchers to series 1st, 2nd & 3rd.

Sponsored also by the PAC.

Angling Trust Division 1 National Newsletter 2017 (courtesy of Dave Watkins and Terry Nutt)

Mr Captain / Team Manager,

We welcome you to Shropshire and the Division 1 National, which will be held on the Shropshire Union Canal on August 19 2017. My name is Dave Watkins and I will be the joint organiser along with Terry Nutt of the event. Having organised Angling Times semis and big events in the past, we are very keen for this match to be a showpiece for Hodnet Angling Club and the North Shropshire area. The draw headquarters will be at Barbers, Market Drayton Livestock Auction, situated just off the A 53 Market Drayton bypass, (Sat Nav TF9 3SW).The match length will start at High Offley (Sat Nav ST20 0NG) and run through Market Drayton ending up at Coole Pilate (CW5 8AU). All teams must be aware that all the sections are in open countryside and accesses are very limited. They involve driving down narrow country lanes where one could meet heavy agricultural machinery and especially milk lorries, taking up most of the road. Parking for practice will be available at most of the road bridges, but anglers must keep all drives and gateways clear at all times.


Bold denotes a Road bridge

A Section Br 42 (ST20 0NG) to Br 44 (ST20 0PT)

B Br 44 (ST20 0PT) to Br 45 (ST20 0QH)

C Br 46 (ST20 0QH) to Br 48 (TF9 2NR)

D Br 48 (TF9 2NR) to Br 51 (TF9 2NB) access drive from Br 52

Br 52 (TF9 2NB)

E Br 51 (TF9 2NB) to Br 53 (TF9 2ED)

F Br 53 (TF9 2ED) to Br 56 (TF9 2LW)

Br 55 (TF9 2LP)

BR 65 (TF9 4BH)

G Br 64 (TF9 1RE) to Br 66 (TF9 3SS)

H Br 66 (TF9 3SS) to Br 69 (TF9 3TN) (No bridge parking available)

Access to Br 67 from A529 road via farm drive (Lees Farm)

J Br 70 (TF9 3TN) to Br 72 (TF9 3TJ)

K Br 82 (CW5 8AU) to Br 84 (CW5 8AU)

The Shropshire Union Canal has an average width of 13 metres with approximately four to four and a half feet of depth in the centre track. The main flow on sections A to G is from right to left, however on section H, bridge 67, which is known locally as the crossover bridge, the towpath is on the other side meaning that the canal will tow from left to right for the remaining sections. There is no ban on the use of catapults, but anglers must be aware in the sections where boats are moored opposite, not to catapult bait to close or onto the boat.

Day tickets will be available on the bank in all sections from a water bailiff priced at £4. A special Canal Rover ticket can also be obtained, enabling an angler to practice anywhere on the match length for unlimited times. Canal Rover tickets can be bought individually or by any team on block, there being a special deduction for team tickets. Please ring or text for details.. These tickets priced at £10 will only be available from myself (Dave Watkins) by request e.g. Phone 07725556159, Email dgwatkins@sky.com or Text prior to fishing. They will run from 1 April until 13 August and must be produced to a water bailiff on request. Any team wishing to practise in a group in a specific area would be advised to contact me to find out the availability of the area, before fishing. Any areas of the match length may be pre-booked on a first come, first served basis. The pegging on the match length for practise purposes will be determined by white painted canes behind each peg on every section, (until they get nicked).These 50 pegs will be used in all Open Matches leading up to and including the main event. Anglers wishing to practice on H Section must call at the farmhouse (Mr Brindley) on arrival to see about the availability of the driveway to Bridge 67. This is the only access to this section and must not be abused. It will probably be fully available from mid May onwards, with an honesty box in place to cover parking (£1 donations going to charity). Every effort has been made to ensure that all the pegs are fair, equidistant and safe and clear of wires and other obstructions.

Bait bans

Bloodworm and Joker and any form of pellets are banned on the entire match length.

There will be no bait available at the draw headquarters and it is advisable that all teams bring ample supplies with them as there are no tackle shops local to the Market Drayton area.

Local tackle shops in the area include:

  • Crewe Match, Crewe. Tel: 01270 588466
  • Tilley’s Tackle, Crewe. Tel: 01270 255277
  • Daves of Middlewich. Tel: 01606 833853
  • Pickerings of Burslem Tel: 01782 814941
  • Ians Fishing Tackle, Penkridge Tel: 01785 715755
  • Rod and Gun, Dawley,Telford Tel: 01952 503550
  • Oakengates Angling Centre, Telford Tel: 01952 616054
  • Jaynes Fishing Tackle, Wellingtn, Telford Tel: 01952 257400
  • Total Angling, Shrewsbury. Tel: 01743 462699

Accommodation in the area

Limited to small B & B’s notably:

  • Offley Grove Farm, Adbaston, Staffs. Tel: Margaret on 01785280205 (Ideal for A, B & C sects)
  • Castle Inn, Bletchley, Market Drayton. Tel: 01630 638246
  • Raven Hotel, Prees Heath Tel: 01948 663223
  • Tern Hill Hall Hotel, Tel: 01630 638310

Towns within a 20 mile radius of the draw headquarters are:

Crewe, Newcastle Under Lyme, Stoke, Stafford, Newport, Telford, Shrewsbury & Whitchurch.

Open match dates

There will be at least one open on every section involved in the National:

Sun 21 May - Open Match on D Sect. Draw, Hippodrome (Wetherspoons) M Drayton TF9 1PS. Contact Brian on 07847628442 or Steve on 07576039169.

Sat 27 May - Open Match on J Sect. Draw, Hippodrome (Wetherspoons) M Drayton TF9 1PS. Contact and bookings to Bob Yeomans on 07931555958.

Sun 28 May - Open Match on H Sect. Draw, Hippodrome (Wetherspoons) M Drayton TF9 1PS. Contact and bookings to Bob Yeomans on 07931555958.

Sun 11 June - Open Match on K Sect, Coole Pilate. Draw at the Overwater Marina CW5 8AY. Contact Paul Harding on 07504346883 (Match limited to 50 pegs).

Sat 24 June - Open Match on E & F Sect, Goldstone. Draw at Hippodrome M Drayton TF9 1PS. Details and bookings to Dave Watkins on 07725556159.

Sat 1 July - Open Match on G Sect, Market Drayton. Draw at Hippodrome M Drayton TF9 1PS. Details and bookings to Dave Watkins on 07725556159.

Sun 9 July - Open Match on B & C Sections. Draw at Knighton Social Club, ST20 0QH. Contact and bookings to Terry Nutt on 07970181824.

Sun 16 July - Open Match on D Sect, Draw, Draw at Hippodrome M Drayton TF9 1PS. Contact Brian on 07847628442 or Steve on 07576039169.

Sat 22 July - Open Match on A & B Sections. Draw at Knighton Social Club, ST20 0QH. Contact and bookings to Terry Nutt on 07970181824

Sat 5 Aug - Canal & River Trust Pairs. C & D Sect, Park Heath. Draw at Castle Hotel, Bletchley TF9 3RZ. Contact, Angling Trust

Fri 11 Aug - Garbolino RAF Teams of 5. A & B Sect, High Offley & Shebdon. Draw at Knighton Social Club ST20 0QH. Contact Ben Jackson on 07979527662.

Sat 12 Aug - Individual National. E,F,G Sect, Goldstone & Market Drayton. Draw at Barbers, Market Drayton Livestock Auction, (Sat Nav TF9 3SW). Contact, Angling Trust.

Sun 13 Aug - Canal & River Trust Pairs, H & J Sect Adderley. Draw at Castle Hotel, Bletchley TF9 3RZ. Contact, Angling Trust.

Sat 19 Aug - Division 1 National. Draw at Barbers, Market Drayton Livestock Auction, (Sat Nav TF9 3SW).


Sat 7 Oct - Canal & River Trust Pairs, Welsh Qualifier, Llangollen Canal, Whixall. Area around bridges 43, 44, 45, 46. Draw at the Raven Hotel, Prees Heath, SY13 2AF. Match to be organised by Terry Nutt & Dave Watkins. Contact, Angling Trust.

I hope you all have a pleasant time on your excursions around North Shropshire and the Market Drayton area, and find the fishing to your liking. If you have any queries regarding the venue etc, I or Terry will only be too pleased to help. We wish all the competing teams the best of luck, and hope that we may be asked to stage the event in the future. It would be appreciated if you could text or email to me, to say that you have received this newsletter.

Ps. I may not be available to answer queries between 7 & 9 pm on a Tuesday and Friday due to my Crown Green bowling commitments, but will be available before and after.

Tight Lines

Dave Watkins

Joint Match Organiser.

River Thames Festival 5 to 7 Semptember

Paul Glenfield is organising another Thames Festival in September.
This three-day event has become a really popular competition and it will place again on the excellent stretches at Abingdon, Culham and Appleford.
For starters, Paul is inviting everyone who fished last year but there are always a few drop outs for whatever reason so if you want to fish, get your name on the waiting list. You can do this by emailing Paul with your contact details. His email address is: pgglenfield@gmail.com

Curborough Fishery, Lichfield, Staffs. 

Provisional notice of our Teams of 3 and Teams of 4 matches

It’s time to start thinking about who will fit into your team/s. On Sunday 23 April 2017 we will be running a teams of 3 competion, (1 on Swan, 1 on Canal and 1 on New) then on Saturday 29 April 2017 a teams of 4 contest (1 on Swan, 1 on Oak, 1 on Canal and 1 on New)

For both of these events the entry fee will be £20 per angler, phone John for more information and to book your teams place. (07415 859271)

Daiwa Gordon League Gloucester Canal teams of four Spring league 2017 (remaining dates)

Contact for all matches: Mark Treasure 07590862484

Draw for all matches: Gordon League Club (GL2 5JN)

Entry fee £80 per team, monies paid out to teams at end of series, exact amount and places dependent on entry numbers.

£20 per person per match, monies cover peg fees etc and paid out as individual and section prizes.

  • Round 2 Sunday 30 April Castle Up & Down, Saul Junction
  • Round 3 Sunday 7 May Splatt, Cambridge and Purton
  • Round 4 Sunday 28 May Rea to Pilot

Overall series 

  • 16 teams at £80 = £1280
  • First team = £500
  • Second team = £380
  • Third team = £250
  • Fourth team = £150

Payout on match days

  • 64 anglers at £20 = £1280
  • Pegs, parking and admin = £240
  • 4 off first in section at £90 = £360
  • 4 off second in section at £70 = £280
  • 4 off third in section at £40 = £160
  • First in match = £140
  • Second in match = £100

(note: individual winners will not pick up section money.)

Sensas Kennet & Avon Teams of Four Spring League 2017 (remaining dates)

Date / venue:

  • 23 April Marlborough A.A – Wooton Rivers to competition
  • 14 Mat Marlborough A.A – Great Bedwyn to Little Bedwyn
  • 21 May Hungerford A.A – Hungerford

League team entry fee is £100, payout to top four teams based on points. Pools each match of £20.00 (incl. £5.00 match fee)

Team payout based on 24 teams of four (£2400):

1st £1,000. 2nd £800. 3rd £400. 4th £200

Individual payout based on 96 anglers is (£1440):

12 x 8 peg sections paying £40 a section (£480).

Top 6 individuals on the day (£960):

  • 1st: £240
  • 2nd: £200
  • 3rd: £160
  • 4th: £140
  • 5th: £120
  • 6th: £100

Maximum number of teams is 25 and payout will increase or decrease in-line with teams entering.

For further information and to book teams, please contact Simon Hebditch on (07990)690613 or (01747)821218 or email at ditch@ham5.fsnet.co.uk

Monkhall Fisheries Wednesday affordable & Thursday over 50's opens

Monkhall Fisheries in Monkhopton, nr. Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 6XF are introducing Wednesday Affordable and Thursday Over 50's Opens starting Wednesday 18 January and Thursday 19 January  2017. The prices for both matches are £15 all in.

Winter times: Draw 9:00am at the onsite café. Fishing 10:30am until 3:30pm.

Summer times: Draw 10:00am at the onsite café. Fishing 11:30am until 4:30pm.

Breakfasts are available from 8:00am. Please phone to book in prior to the events. Call: Ben Stanford on 01746 785481 or 01746 785482. All welcome.

Night fishing at Poole Hall

New night fishing sessions have now started for the first time ever this autumn at Poole Hall Fisheries in Alveley, nr. Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6JD. Book in advance by phone (call: 01299 861458) beforehand as price rates vary on the length of session you require and amount of anglers in your party.  

Silver fish only opens at Meadowlands

Meadowlands Fishery in Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Warwickshire, CV8 3EG are running Saturday Silver Fish Only Opens from Saturday 5 November 2016 until further notice, weather permitting. If you are interested and want further information, please contact Ray on 07834 191460. All welcome!

Poole Hall update

Contrary to the odd false rumour in current circulation, Poole Hall Fisheries in Dodds Green, Alveley, nr. Bridgnorth, Shrops, WV15 6JD is and always has been open for business as usual for pleasure and match anglers alike. The big catfish are also now showing for the specimen hunters out there. The day tickets are £6 per angler, £7 on the specialist Abbey Pool. Daily, including the weekend, concessional rates for Senior Citizens, disabled and under sixteen year olds cost £5 per angler. For further information, contact Jill or Syd Matthews on 01299 861458. All welcome.

Fishermania River Trent Wednesday opens

John Harper of Fishermania is running regular Wednesday opens on the River Trent in Burton-on-Trent, East Staffordshire starting Wednesday 6 July 2016 until further notice. The draws will be at Watson's Street car park (DE14 3RG) at the back of Tesco, by the pump house at 9:00pm and sport will be between 10:30am and 3:30pm. The price is £15 all in. The match on the 27 July will be on the Branston Golf Course stretch, Burton upon Trent, DE14 3DP, draw 8:30am at the Golf Course. For further information or to book in, call John on 07519 305224. All welcome!

Wassell Grove news

Wassell Grove Fisheries in Hagley, Worcs. are running weekly Saturday open matches. The draws will be the on-site café at 9am and fishing will be between 10:30am and 3:30pm. £21 all in. Breakfasts available from 7:30am onwards. The fishery also offers special, concessional £4.50 day tickets on Wednesdays to Senior Citizens and ‘Dads & Lads’ joint tickets for £10, available from Monday to Friday. For further information or to book in, contact the fishery on 07967 556673. All welcome.

Poole Hall

Poole Hall Fisheries in Dodds Green, Alveley, nr. Bridgnorth, Shrops., WV15 6JD run weekly Sunday open matches on their well-stocked Heron and Kingfisher Pools. The draws are at 9;00am at the on-site café and sport is between 10:00am and 3:00pm. For further information or to book in, contact Syd and Jill Matthews on 01299 861458. All welcome.

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