Monster perch from underfished canal stretch

Targeting overhanging vegetation on his local section of canal worked a treat for Matthew Perring when he netted this 3lb 3oz perch.

The Banbury based, Marukyu and Deeper sponsored angler roved a relatively under-fished section of the Oxford Canal using white coloured, three inch Ecogear Bug Ant lures. 

In just a few hours he had netted a total of six perch and one zander including a 2lb 6oz stripey. All the fish were caught using a 3-12gram Tronix Rockfish Pro jig rod with 10lb braided mainline and 8lb Berkley flourocarbon hooklink and a size two, five gram jig head.

Andy Power takes All-Winners Final title

Andy Power triumphed at Viaduct Fishery.

Andy Power triumphed at Viaduct Fishery.

It’s been another golden summer for the aptly-named Somerset bagger Andy Power.

Old Ghost UK Angling Champs glory was swiftly followed up with another £1,000 being added to his bank balance when the Preston Innovations star took the annual All-Winners Final event at Bait-Tech Viaduct Fishery.

Fished by winners of open matches throughout the spring and summer at the Somerton complex, 68 anglers turned out for the straight shoot-out.

And Andy, who lives in Wells but has an enviable big match record around the UK, tipped a double ton on to the scales to take the cash.

From peg 105 on Cary Lake, Andy went down the meat route, fishing it on the long pole on the deck to pick off 23 carp well into double figures to finish with 226-11-0.

That gave him a winning margin of over 33lb from Steve Shaw’s 193-6-0 of carp off peg 115 on Campbell Lake.

Twenty four hours later it was the turn of the silverfish anglers to see what the fishery could produce with the opening round of the Silverfish Winter League. Sport was just as good from the roach and skimmers, Bobby Gullick opening up with 40-14-0 off peg 124 for victory on Campbell Lake.

That was a net of big skimmers plus roach on chopped worm and caster with groundbait at 14.5m. The same tactics gave Frenzee man Dan Squires second on 38-14-0 and frame weights were good too, with 32-10-0 needed to make the top six.

Elsewhere, the RiverFest bandwagon rolled on as the Trent at Burton hosted another big match, won by Bait-Tech’s Richie Reynolds with 19-5-0.

Two bream backed by roach on polefished maggot booked him a place in next month’s final. 

Second in the frame was England boss Mark Downes with 10-12-0 of small roach although, unfortunately for him, he was in the same zone as Richie and so missed out on the final!

Marsh Farm crucian scales exactly 4lb

This pristine 4lb crucian put a smile on Chris Petter’s face during a visit to the UK’s most famous venue for the species.

Godalming Angling Society’s Marsh Farm Fishery has provided countless visiting anglers with their fish of a lifetime.

Hampshire angler Chris spent a day on Johnson’s Lake, where he fished an imitation caster on a size 16 Drennan Super Specialist hook in conjunction with helicopter rigs and 4lb hooklinks. 

Sellout predicted for new £50,000 winner-takes-all series

The creator of a big-money match series has set his sights on a sellout after hundreds of tickets were snapped up within days of the official launch.

Angling entrepreneur Phil Briscoe gave the angling calendar a major boost last month when he unveiled the brand new Golden Reel tournament, promising that the champion would walk away with a minimum £50,000 first prize.

With several other established big-money events such as Fish O’Mania and Maver Match This already on the agenda, question marks arose as to whether there was room for another competitor – but those doubts have been instantly quashed.

Early ticket sales have shocked the organisers, and Larford Lakes boss Phil told Angling Times: “We always expected the event to be popular but we never thought we’d sell as many tickets as we have in the first few days.

“The response has been fantastic and it’s clear that the Golden Reel has created a lot of excitement.

“I think we can surprise a few people and quickly become the number one tournament on offer in the UK.

“It’s early days yet, but I see no reason why the competition won’t be a sellout.”

The grand final will be staged at Larford Lakes on Saturday, August 19, 2017, with the winners of the 24 qualifiers battling it out for the title. Plans have also surfaced for a separate one-off contest to take place on the Sunday of the same weekend.

“We are planning a tackle village where the top manufacturers can display their latest gear, and those exhibitors will have the chance to enter a special four-man team event,” added Phil.

For details or to buy tickets visit