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Forthcoming angling events

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Peterborough & District AA Open Match

PDAA are running an open match on Wednesday 26 July 2017 at Ferry Meadows in Nene Park, Ham Lane, Peterborough PE2 5UU. Pools £15, peg fees £5. Draw 8:45am. Baiting up from 10:15am. Fishing 10:30am to 3:30pm. Please have a minimum of two keepnets. For more information or to book in please email mikethefish30@gmail.com or phone 07749 904318. All welcome!

 The 21st Gillingham AA Annual Three Day Festival

Gillingham & District AA are running their 21st Annual Three Day Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend from 26 to 28 August 2017. The venues are the Dave Hillier Lake at Lodden Lakes, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4SR and the Hillview and Whitepost Lakes at Todber Manor Lakes, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 1JB. This is a 66peg event. £50 entry plus £15 pools per day and £5 to enter the infamous ‘Chancy Pairs’. Draws for sections on Friday 25 August 2017 at 6:00pm at Todber Manor. Draw each day at 9:00am at The Dolphin Inn, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4HB (breakfast and refreshments available). For further information and to book in contact Simon Hebditch on 01747 821218 or 07990 690613, Todber Manor Fisheries Shop 01258 820384 and Wiltshire Angling 01225 763835. All welcome.

Nottingham Federation Open

Notts. Fed are holding their next open match on the River Trent at Radcliffe Viaducts in Nottinghamshire NG12 2LD on Saturday 12 August 2017. For further information or to book in contact David Allen on 07790 089180. All welcome.

Wreake AC Summer Canal Open

Wreake AC are running their Summer Canal Open on Sunday 30 July on the Grand Union Canal between Market Harborough and Foxton Locks, Leicestershire LE16 7RA. For further information and to book in, contact Bobby on 07746 171667. All welcome.

 Gillingham AA

The evening series at Lodden Lakes in Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4SR will commence on 28 June 2017. Draw 5:00pm, fishing 6:00pm to 9:00pm, cost is £15. For more information or to book in, contact Michael Hunt on 01747 841075 or 07522 466937.

The next match of the Summer Series will be held at Witherington Farm, Downton, Salisbury, Wilts. SP5 3QT, 2 July 2017. For more information or to book in, contact Dave Sealey on 01747 823159.

Nottingham Federation Open Matches Season 2017 (remaining dates)

Nottingham Federation / Matchman Supplies, Tuesday evening summer league

This is the seventh year we have run this popular series of evening matches alternating between Clift Bridge Water and the Radcliffe Viaducts.

The pools are £10 plus a £5 optional, the draw is at 5.00pm, fishing from 6.oopm to 9.00pm.

The Summer League Winner is decided by the best four weights from the six match series with a £15 entry fee. 100% payout with a Tackle Voucher to the overall winner. However, entry to the evening matches is open to everyone regardless of whether they join the League or not.

To book in or for further information please contact 0115 9813834. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Matchman Supplies Proprietor Tim Aplin for his continued Sponsorship of this series.

Match dates

Tuesday 18 July Radcliffe Viaducts
Tuesday 25 July Clifton Bridge
Tuesday 1 August Radcliffe Viaducts

Radcliffe Viaducts Saturday opens (remaining dates)

  • 12 August
  • 9 September 
  • 7 October

Draw takes place at 9.00am at The Dales Side Road Cafe NG2 4DH.

Fishing from 10.30 till 3.30pm.

Pools and Peg Fee £15.00.

For Further information and to Book in please contact

David Allen on 07790089180.

The Nottingham Federation, the Middle Trent Team / individual championships

This will be run as a team event with the match winner being crowned as the individual champion.

Entry will be £120 per Team of six and the result will be decided by points, 1 for a Section Win down to 10 points for last place. Team Captains to make 6 draws for his team plus a number from 1 to 10 before the draw to ascertain Drawing Order.

Team Result on points with weight deciding in the event of a tie.

To be fished on the Radcliffe Viaducts and Clifton Bridge & Power Gen Waters on Saturday September 23rd.

Draw at 9.00am in the Daleside Road Cafe NG2 4DH, fishing from 11.00am till 4.00pm with the result and pools pay out at the Poppy & Pint Pub NG2 5DX.

For further details and to Book in please contact

Matchman Supplies on 0115 9813834.

Senior citizens match to be fished on Four Islands Lake at Portland Waters Fishery, Sibthorpe, Wednesday 2 August

Cafe open at 7.30 for Breakfasts & Beverages, Draw at 8-15 to 8-30, Fishing from 9.45 to 3pm. Pools £10-00 100% Pay out as the Federation are paying for the pegs.

To qualify to enter you need to be 60 years of age and a current Federation Year Book Holder, to Book in please contact Mr Brian Cross on 0115 9275980.

Dams & Lock Teams of Four Summer League 2017 (remaining dates)

The Dams & Lock Teams of Four Summer League 2017 will take place on the club’s Waters of the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal.

The dates which are all Sundays are as follows:

  • 23 July
  • 6 August
  • 27 August

Entry fee will be £40 per team (peg fees) then £15 per match pools.

Draws will now take place at the Minworth Club & Lodge B76 9BB, breakfasts available from 7:00am. Draws will be at 8:00am, fishing between 10:00am and 3:00pm. For further information or to book in, contact Darren Massey on 07885 666078. All welcome.

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

The Soar Summer Team Cup 2017 In association with Soar Tackle & Colmic UK (remaining dates)

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


  • 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

Lancaster Canal Tuesday Evening Series 2017 (remaining dates)

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

  • 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) update as of 23-4-2017

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.

Team Captains & Managers,

Things have been moving along in preparation for the Div 1 National, set for August 19th on the Shropshire Union Canal, hosted by Hodnet Angling Club. The Open matches were all sold out within a month of going to press, which created a few moans from teams that did not realise the popularity of this venue. With the demand so great, it was decided to run two extra Opens, with teams on the reserve lists to be offered first chance for bookings. These will be held on Saturday June 17th on G Section, and on Sunday July 30th on G, H & J Sections. These new matches are also now fully booked together with reserve lists.

Any teams wishing to practice in line-ups or individually would be advised to get in touch with me, either by phone (07725556159) or Email (dgwatkins@sky.com) as to the availability of any of the sections that are intended to be fished. I have a list of dates that sections will be available and will take team bookings on a first come, first served basis, and will be able to direct you to your chosen spot. If you are planning two or more visits, I recommend that you think about the Canal Rover Tickets, which will save your team money. They can only be purchased from myself (Dave Watkins), priced at £10 per individual with savings being made for team purchases. All the pegs have been marked and anglers are asked to practice on the pegs marked with blue paint, (yellow paint on K Section). At the moment there are 50 pegs per section, the minimum distance between the pegs is 22 metres, which will be used in all the matches, including the National. We would be very grateful if after finishing your session, you either take any excess bait or groundbait home or throw it away in the hedgerow or field and NOT IN THE CANAL.

All Open Match draw venues will be open from 7-30am, and breakfasts will be available on request. The pools for all matches will be £15 all in, with a rolling draw from 8-30am onwards allowing time to travel to the sections. Fishing will be from 11am, with the all-out at 4pm. Unfortunately, in some sections, anglers will have a brisk walk to their pegs due to there being very limited accesses to the countryside venues. Safe parking will be available in all sections.

On close inspection I found fault with some of the Sat Nav readings on the maps provided by the Canal & River Trust which were distributed with the first newsletter. These have now been amended and taken from the canalplan.org.uk/gazetteer website, and are as follows;



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 (ST20 0RH)

D Br 48 (ST20 0RH) to Br 51 (TF9 2NB)

access drive from Br 52 (TF9 2SD)

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

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

Br 55 (TF9 2LP)

BR 65 (TF9 4BH)

G Br 64 (TF9 1RL) to Br 66 (TF9 3TR)

H Br 66 (TF9 3TR) to Br 69 (TF9 3TN)

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

Br 69 (No bridge parking available)

J Br 72 (TF9 3TJ) to Br 74 (CW3 0DS)

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.

Here is a warning and advice to all teams and individuals who are travelling on the weekend of the big match to be aware of traffic problems around the approach of the M54 junction on the M6. It is the weekend of the “V” Music Festival at Weston Park, where horrendous queues build up from Thursday onwards. This will involve teams coming from the South, South West, East Anglia, and the West Midlands. My advice would be to continue up the M6 to junction 15 and proceed to Market Drayton via the A53 road, (signed for Shrewsbury). The draw venue is just off the A53 road.

We at Hodnet Angling Club are looking forward to hosting the forthcoming events, and Terry and myself are always ready to answer any of your queries.

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.

Here is a final update of all the proposed Open Matches (remaining dates)

Sat July 22nd Open Match on A, B & C Sections. Draw at Knighton Social Club, ST20 0QH

Contact and bookings to Terry Nutt on 07970181824

Sun July 30th Open Match on G, H & J Sections, M Drayton. Draw at Hippodrome M Drayton TF9 1PS

Details and Bookings to Dave Watkins on 07725556159

Sat Aug 5th Canal & River Trust Pairs. C & D Sect, Park Heath.

Draw at Castle Hotel, Bletchley TF9 3RZ

Contact, Angling Trust

Fri Aug 11th Drennan RAF Team Challenge. A & B Sect, High Offley & Shebdon.

Draw at Knighton Social Club ST20 0QH

Contact Ben Jackson on 07979527662.

Sat Aug 12th Individual National. E,F,G Sect, Goldstone & Market Drayton.

Draw at Barbers, Market Drayton Livestock Auction, (Sat Nav TF9 3SW).

Contact, Angling Trust

Sun Aug 13th Canal & River Trust Pairs, H & J Sect Adderley.

Draw at Castle Hotel, Bletchley TF9 3RZ

Contact, Angling Trust

Sat Aug 19th Division 1 National

Draw at Barbers, Market Drayton Livestock Auction, (Sat Nav TF9 3SW).


Sat Oct 7th 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


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 

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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