Angling Times / Van den Eynde Clubman Supercup second round results

The first of the Angling Times/Van Den Eynde Clubman Supercup second round results are in. For a handful of teams their attentions will be turning towards next month and their respective regional Semi Final, a match that could put them within touching distance of lifting the famous silver trophy!

Former champions Spilsby Angling Centre are on their way following victory over Holbeach. Meanwhile in the south, last year’s third-placed team in the final, Kennet Ospreys have also booked their place at Gold Valley, along with another side with plenty of final experience, Bardag, following wins against Orchard Lakes and Lord’s respectively.

But what awaits them? We’ve picked three fisheries that have all hosted Semi Finals before and have a great track record as one of the top waters in their area. They’re full of fish, respond to a number of methods but, more importantly, have the correct stocking to ensure a good team match where not just carp will make the running.

For southern sides, Gold Valley lies in wait with the Syndicate, Middle and Bungalow Lakes in use. The normally- prolific Gold Lake is being rested, with several matches on it in the run-up to the big day on June 4 but fishery boss John Raison is confident that the other three lakes will produce just as well for the 14 teams fishing.

“Syndicate is fishing well all round,” John said. “Bungalow has loads of skimmers, tench, roach and crucians along with the carp, while Middle is a steady water for carp and skimmers. Semi Finals here before have always fished well and while carp will win individually, smaller fish like skimmers and roach will be just as important.”

In the Midlands, Maver Larford Lakes is the host on June 11 and this fishery needs little introduction. Widely reckoned to be one of the best, if not the best commercial in the UK, pretty much any method and bait will catch fish so it’s a case of working out what’s best on the day! Carp, F1 hybrids and masses of bream and skimmers are on offer on all their lakes on site, so there’s no excuse for a dry net!

Finally the Semis come to an end on June 18 with Woodland Lakes near Thirsk, which last hosted way back in 2004. Since then the lakes have gone from strength to strength, with good attendances for opens and a mix of wily old big carp and smaller stockies in among the silverfish. For added spice, fishery manager Craig Kent has included two of the older lakes, Mallard and Swallow in the match.

“Along with Partridge and Skylark, the established match lakes, the older pools will mean different fishing because there’s an island on most pegs and lots of features and cover to fish to,” Craig said. “They’re fishing well and although the stamp of fish is smaller, there are a lot of them.”

From each Semi Final, five teams will qualify for the Tunnel Barn Farm Final on July 10 and as soon as Angling Times receives second round results we’ll post all the details for each team’s Semi Final. This contains all you need to know about the match but to summarise, the key points are listed here.


Date: Saturday, June 4
Venue: Gold Valley Lakes, Aldershot
Lakes in use: Syndicate, Middle & Bungalow
Number of anglers per team: Six
Number of teams fishing: 14
Number of qualifying teams: Five
Draw: 9am
Fish: 11am until 4pm
Pools: £15 per man
Fishery contact: 01252 336333


Date: Saturday, June 11
Venue: Maver Larford Lakes, Stourport
Lakes in use: Match, Specimen & Arena
Number of anglers per team: Six
Number of teams: 15
Number of qualifying teams: Five
Draw: 9am
Fish: 11am until 4pm
Pools: £18 per man
Fishery contact: 01299 829373


Date: Saturday, June 18
Venue: Woodland Lakes, Thirsk
Lakes in use: Skylark, Partridge, Mallard & Swallow
Number of anglers per team: Six
Number of teams: 13
Number of qualifying teams: Five
Draw: 9am
Fish: 11am until 4pm
Pools: £17 per man
Fishery contact: 01845 526110