One of the UK’s premier commercial fisheries has banned a bait because the angler using it was winning too many matches.
Matchman Paul Newell has won hundreds of open competitions at Tunnel Barn Farm thanks to his prowess with a simple ‘bread slop’ feed. But now the venue has outlawed the approach following complaints from other competitors, resulting in a drop in attendances.
The move has angered Redditch, Worcestershire-based Paul to such a degree that he is now boycotting the venue, which he has visited every week for the past 16 years.
He told AT: “When fish are coming in for the bread slop it’s awesome, and it can seem like every carp in the lake comes into your peg. But some of the other regulars think of themselves as ‘purists’ and like to poke their poles to islands and pot in small amounts of bait. If I didn’t keep winning money they wouldn’t be bothered how I was fishing. These same backstabbers have now convinced the owner that my results are keeping people away and hitting him where it hurts, in his pocket.”
“In truth other anglers do just as well as me fishing worms, maggots, pellets and groundbait, so that tells you that bread is just another bait that works - it’s not the be all and end all,” he added.
A statement from the fishery confirmed that they have taken the decision because of ‘the number of anglers who do not like the method’. It also claimed that competitors have gone elsewhere, presenting a ‘significant drop in revenue to Tunnel Barn Farm’. Fishery representative Sarah
Hamlington said some midweek matches had seen nobody turn up at all.
“Paul may feel victimised but it’s nothing against him personally, it’s purely because anglers don’t like what he’s doing and they’re voting with their feet. It’s put us in a difficult situation and it’s not a decision we’ve taken lightly. We don’t like to restrict anglers and we pride ourselves on the minimal amount of rules we have here,” she said.
DAN LANKESTER got his winter campaign on Suffolk Water Park’s Specimen Lake off to a flying start, landing a trio of carp during a 48 hour session.
The highlight of the trip was a 34lb 4oz mirror which the 35-year-old gardener backed up with a common of 25lb 2oz and a small stockie of around 9lb.
All three of his fish were taken from close to an overhanging tree on the far margin at 100 yards range near a sandy plateau where he’d seen fish moving.
“On the second morning I had an occurrence on one rod - the bobbin pulled up tight but when I picked up the rod there was nothing attached,” the Ipswich-based carper told Angling Times.
“Within 10 minutes of putting it back out on the spot it screamed off and this time I successfully landed a 25lb 2oz common.”
This was followed by the smallest fish of the trip before his new personal best slipped up early in the evening. “I’ve never had a fight like it – it just kept stripping line and I just had to hold on until it tired itself out.”
Dan’s successful setup consisted of a Frank Warwick Baits Fruit Smoothie bottom bait and pop-up fished snowman style on a JRC Cocoon hooklink and a size 8 Nash Fang Twister hook.
A SHORT evening session on the River Thames resulted in this personal best 16lb 11oz barbel for Ian Brooker.
With the waterway fining down and still holding plenty of colour the Oxfordshire-based Drennan International employee knew there was a strong possibility of getting a bite from one of the venue’s elusive specimens.
Arriving at a local stretch just after dusk he cast out two large glugged pellet hookbaits in conjunction with a PVA bag of freebies just a couple of rodlengths from the bank. To hold bottom in the strong flow he had to use a 5oz lead and kept a large bow in the line.
“Because of the pace and the amount of rubbish coming down the river I was only able to keep my rig in position for about 40 minutes before it began to move,” the 28-year-old told Angling Times.
“It wasn’t that long in to the session when it started to slowly bounce round again and I was about to reel in to recast when I received quite a subtle bite. I struck into it and knew immediately that I was into a good barbel. I thought it was probably a low double but because it was dark and the water was so coloured I didn’t actually see the fish until I lifted it out of the water – I then realised my initial estimation was a little on the low side.
“The stretch only holds a handful of big barbel but it does get very busy so I’ve only managed about six sessions on there. Before this I’d managed barbel to 12lb from it along with a few chub and bream so I was delighted to break my old pb with this 16lb 11oz specimen.”
Ian, who presented his hookbait on a size 8 ESP T6 hook and a 4ft 10lb fluorocarbon hooklink, has now turned his attentions to specimen perch for the rest of the winter.
“So far I’ve managed perch of over 3lb from a local commercial stillwater and another from a southern river,” he added.
LUKE Church has enjoyed short-session success with a string of recent captures taken during the daylight hours.
The 23-year-old has banked five fish to over 30lb in just 12 hours of fishing spread across two days.
Topping the winter haul was this 33lb 10oz mirror from a venue near his home in King’s Lynn, Norfolk.
Luke, who won the British Carp Angling Championship in 2010, said: “It was caught along with a 22lb 14oz mirror during an eight-hour day session at a local day-ticket fishery.
“I was fishing at around 70 yards in between a channel of two islands and used 12mm CC Moore Secret Obsession pop-ups with a small PVA mesh bag of the CC Moore Active Feast bag mix.
Luke than managed three other fish, including mirrors of 23lb 1oz and 17lb, on a four-hour afternoon session at Narborough Lakes in King’s Lynn.
He said: “I was casting across to the far bank at around 80 yards and walking round to bait up with 2mm trout pellets provided. The hookbait was an 8mm Mini Bitez from CC Moore.”
Luke’s end tackle featured an eight-inch Gardner Sly Skin hooklink in 15lb breaking strain attached to a size-10 Covert Mugga hook with 12lb GT80+ mainline.
A CARP fishing trip on the river Ebro threw up a big surprise for fishery manager David Coleman when he struck into this huge albino catfish.
Weighing in at 195lb the fish took over two hours to be hauled aboard the boat from which he was fishing from.
Using light carp gear on a 3.25lb test curve rod it was a boilie hookbait on a size 6 hook which fooled the fish unexpectedly much to the delight of Coleman:
“We must have ended up a mile or so downstream from where I first hooked the beast and we struggled to get it in the boat once it had tired. It was so big it nearly snapped our rods when we finally hauled it aboard the boat,” he said.
The fish capped off a fine trip for the Esthwaite Water manager who also caught carp to 47lb.
Acorn Fishery Tuesday Tenner (Tues)
Paddock Lake (14 pegs)
Result: 1 L Tucker, Clevedon, 39-13-0; 2 A Guard, Alcove AC, 32-12-0; 3 R Bazeley Over 50’s, 25-3-0; 4 M Wilson, Bristol PSV, 17-10-0; 5 D Wride, Sensas Thyers, 14-12-0; 6 C Szakacs, Bristol PSV, 14-10-0.
Top silverfish weight: 1 C Davies, Acorn, 7-14-0.
Avon Angling (Weds)
Landsend Fishery (14 pegs)
Result: 1 T Rixon, Mosella/Avon Angling, 77-10-0; 2 M West, Somerset Carpentry, 77-4-0; 3 P Harding, Avon Angling, 46-10-0; 4 M Poppleton, MFS, 44-11-0; 5 M Alexander, Over 55’s, 44-5-0; 6 A Britnell, Stoutshill, 40-2-0.
Top silverfish weight: A Jeffery, Avon Angling, 9-3-0.
Coleman’s Cottage Fishery Costcutter (Tues)
Wood Lake (26 pegs)
Result: 1 J Church, Matchpack/Angling Direct, 103-0-0; 2 J Cousins, Cariers RAPS, 77-0-0; 3 R Latham, Team Raiders, 73-0-0; 4 T Wallis, Coleman’s Cottage, 68-0-0; 5 L Goulding, Bait-Tech, 64-8-0; 6 A King, Vange & Pitsea, 60-0-0.
Dynamite Baits Oakfield Fishery (Weds)
Swallow & Red Kite Lakes (17 pegs)
Result: 1 J Brewster, Dynamite Oakfield, 69-13-0; 2 M Worrall, Dynamite Oakfield, 54-7-0; 3 F Parker, Dynamite Oakfield, 44-13-0; 4 R Page, Dynamite Oakfield, 14-12-0; 5 P Alland, Dynamite Oakfield, 6-6-0; 6 S Rich, Cotswold Angling, 4-6-0.
Dynamite Baits Oakfield Fishery
Swallow Lake (14 pegs)
Result: 1 T Michael, Steeple Claydon, 29-8-0; 2 M Stimson, Didcot Angling, 21-0-0; 3 P Alland, Dynamite Oakfield, 20-12-0; 4 P McLoughlin, Dynamite Oakfield, 16-1-0; 5 G Worrall, Dynamite Oakfield, 15-11-0; 6 G Keetley, J&K Tackle, 15-8-0.
Framfield Fishery (Weds)
Spring Lake (16 pegs)
Result: 1 L Perry, Faulkners, 154-0-0; 2 B Scott, Hemming’s Tackle, 99-1-0; 3 M Woodington, Framfield, 93-4-0; 4 C Dimmock, Hemming’s Tackle, 92-5-0; 5 N Greenwood, Isfield AC, 86-9-0; 6 R Liddell, Wylands, 43-11-0.
Gold Valley Lakes (Weds)
Gold Lake (10 pegs)
Result: 1 J Light, Springlakes, 24-2-0; 2 D Coulter, Springlakes, 16-0-0; 3 L Musson, Reigate, 14-2-0.
Guildford Angling Centre (Weds)
Furnace Lake (18 pegs)
Result: 1 J Bullard, Daiwa Dorking, 28-4-0; 2 S Gardner, Milo, 23-10-0; 3 S Williams, Morehouse Farm, 19-10-0; 4 G Barbato, Guildford Angling Centre, 17-4-0.
Bottom Lake (15 pegs)
Result: 1 M Amos, Sensas/Angling Direct, 82-8-0; 2 R Makins, GOT Baits, 37-8-0; 3 K O’Brien, Lake John/Quad Box, 35-0-0; 4 G Whiting, Lake John, 26-0-0; 5 T Stanley. Lake John/Quad Box, 25-8-0; 6 P Dunn, J&B Tackle, 22-0-0.
Lake John (Weds)
Top Lake (19 pegs)
Result: 1 S Bracey, Shimano/Dynamite Baits, 57-4-0; 2 M Amos, Sensas/Angling Direct, 30-8-0; 3 S Clark, Maver Image, 28-4-0; 4 K Farrell, Lea Valley Angling, 27-4-0; 5 C Vandervliet, Bowler’s/Bait-Tech, 25-12-0; 6 P Reddy, Lake John/Quad Box, 25-8-0.
MBK Leisure (Thurs)
Coloured Ponds (14 pegs)
Result: 1 I Dixon, Milo Bordon Angling, 111-8-0; 2 J Light, Springlakes, 46-0-0; 3 D Smith, MBK, 30-4-0; 4 D Steer, MBK, 21-8-0; 5 D Johnson, matchangler.com, 13-12-0.
Monk Lakes Silverfish Only (Weds)
Bridges Lake (16 pegs)
Result: 1 G Vallance, Preston Innovations Delcac, 34-12-0; 2 M Leask, Anchor Croydon, 31-12-0; 3 S Clifford, Preston Innovations Delcac, 29-0-0; 4 J McDowell, Monk Lakes/Hemming’s Tackle, 28-8-0; 5 C Lovell, Preston Innovations Delcac, 27-14-0; 6 D Price, Sport One, 27-10-0.
Ash & Willow Lakes (24 pegs)
Result: 1 B Reynolds Jnr, Bait-Tech, 92-4-0; 2 G Manoli, Bowler’s, 90-4-0; 3 S Copping, Ockendon Bait & Tackle, 85-8-0; 4 S James, Ockendon Bait & Tackle, 81-0-0; 5 M Hood, Bowler’s, 77-0-0; 6 W Reynolds, Bait-Tech, 76-8-0.
Viaduct Fishery (Weds)
Campbell Lake (12 pegs)
Result: 1 B Bentley, Browning Andover MG, 75-12-0; 2 D George, Browning Andover MG, 62-14-0; 3 S Dabbs, Browning Andover MG, 39-8-0.
Top silverfish weight: S Dabbs, Browning Andover MG, 15-3-0.
Viaduct Fishery (Thurs)
Campbell Lake (12 pegs)
Result: 1 R Lucas, Wilts Angling, 97-6-0; 2 P Greenwood, Viaduct, 62-14-0; 3 M Lenaghan, Avon Angling, 60-11-0.
Willow Park Over 50’s (Weds)
Middle Lake (10 pegs)
Result: 1 D Graves, Willow Park, 41-9-0; 2 C Love, Willow Park, 31-4-0; 3 E Rippon, Willow Park, 13-4-0; 4 I McLaren, Guildford Angling Centre, 13-0-0; 5 D Steer, MBK, 11-0-0; 6 I Turner, MOD, 8-8-0.
Alders Farm Winter League (final round)
Pines & Ash Lakes (40 pegs)
Result: 1 G Kaye, Vauxhall, 148-7-0; 2 M Greene, GOT Baits Black, 133-1-0; 3 T Wynnick, Tubertini, 117-0-0; 4 S Edwards, GOT Baits Red, 107-1-0; 5 M Dickens, Chiltern Baits, 102-0-0; 6 N Darke, GOT Baits Black, 86-0-0.
Teams: Jt1 GOT Baits Black and GOT Baits Red, both 30pts; 3 Tubertini, 29.
Final league: 1 GOT Baits Red, 182pts; 2 GOT Baits Black, 169; 3 Tubertini, 151.
Angling Trust Sussex Winter League (final round)
Orchard Place Farm (36 pegs)
Result: 1 R Berryman, Garbolino Apollo, 91-0-0; 2 C Lawson, Garbolino Apollo, 81-12-0; 3 J Wilson, Sussex Roachers, 79-14-0; 4 S Wilson, MFS, 72-6-0; 5 D Wynn, Garbolino Apollo, 69-11-0; 6 R Blackburn, Browning Wickford Angling, 64-2-0.
Teams: 1 Garbolino Apollo, 22pts; 2 Browning Wickford Angling, 21; 3 Sussex Roachers, 20; 4 MFS, 15.
Overall final league: 1 Browning Wickford Angling, 9pts (aggregate points); 2 Garbolino Apollo, 9; 3 Sussex Roachers, 20; 4 MFS, 22.
Chiltern Trinity Lakes (20 pegs)
Result: 1 M McMahon, Carpenters Arms, 66-10-0; 2 R Wootten, Clevedon AC, 50-14-0; 3 M West, Somerset Carpentry, 48-15-0; 4 T Rixon, Mosella/Avon Angling, 45-0-0; 5 K Molton, Avon Angling, 43-12-0; 6 D Evans, Dynamite Fry’s MG, 42-12-0.
Top silverfish weight: A Hembrow, Chiltern Trinity, 8-8-0.
Dynamite Baits Oakfield Fishery
Red Kite Lake (13 pegs)
Result: 1 D Howe, Browning Crowparts, 41-2-0; 2 A Foulkes, Dynamite Oakfield, 29-10-0; 3 N Read, Dynamite Oakfield, 28-4-0; 4 C Timms, Cotswold Angling, 27-14-0; 5 M Sawyer, Dynamite Baits, 22-5-0; 6 J Price, Red Lion, 17-7-0.
Gold Valley Lakes
Middle & Bungalow Lakes (42 pegs)
Result: 1 L Neale, Reading Angling Centre, 127-2-0; 2 A King, Milo Bordon Angling, 101-0-0; 3 B Leach, Daiwa, 76-0-0; 4 M Levy, Milo Bordon Angling, 62-8-0; 5 B Gibbons, Milo Bordon Angling, 61-14-0; 6 P Hiller, Daiwa Dorking, 45-0-0.
Lake John/Angling Direct Winter League (round two)
Top Lake (27 pegs)
Result: 1 M Amos, Sensas/Angling Direct, 35-4-0; 2 K Farrell, Lea Valley Angling, 33-10-0; 3 C Clark, Maver/Angling Direct, 32-0-0; 4 S Bracey, Shimano/Dynamite Baits, 30-4-0; 5 A Gregory, Milo Bordon Angling, 29-4-0; 6 P Law, Garbolino/Apollo, 28-8-0.
League: 1 A Gregory and P Reddy, 81pts; 2 P Hyde and P Law, 79; 3 C Clark and R Grimes, 72.
Ockendon Bait & Tackle
Puddledock Farm, Snake Lake (56 pegs)
Result: 1 I Nash, Ockendon Bait & Tackle, 112-2-0; 2 A Bowers, Ockendon Bait & Tackle, 69-12-0; 3 J Collins, Browning Wickford Angling, 66-8-0; 4 S Copping, Ockendon Bait & Tackle, 62-10-0; 5 M Higginbottom, Ockendon Bait & Tackle, 55-8-0; 6 G Rolfe, Ockendon Bait & Tackle, 46-0-0.
Lake Daisy (12 pegs)
Result: 1 S Phung, Bowler’s, 8-8-0; 2 P Grant, Redbridge, 7-8-0; 3 P Toye, Redbridge, 5-12-0; 4 M Linford, Redbridge, 3-10-0; 5 G Bullock, Redbridge, 3-8-0; 6 J Hornsby, Redbridge, 3-4-0.
Sensas Commercial House
Kennet & Avon Canal, Bathampton (27 pegs)
Result: 1 A Power, Preston Innovations Thatcher’s, 15-10-0; 2 T Ford, Preston Innovations Thatcher’s, 9-4-0; 3 V Lunn, M&N Services, 7-15-0; 4 C Dance, Preston Innovations Thatcher’s, 6-9-8; 5 G Hunt, Maver Bathampton, 5-13-8; 6 N Sanders, Sensas Wiltshire Angling, 5-13-8.
Campbell Lake (12 pegs)
Result: 1 R Lucas, Wilts Angling, 86-10-0; 2 T Pallant, Veal’s Tackle, 56-10-0; 3 P Cardwell, Viaduct, 54-13-0.
Top silverfish weight: J Green, Thatcher’s Tackle, 21-1-0.
Cross Drove Fishery (Weds)
Hockwold (11 pegs)
Result: 1 R Finch, Deben, 12-7-0; 2 B Mason, Guru/Ringer Baits, 12-3-0; 3 P Hendy, Browning Hot Rods, 5-10-0; 4 S Easey, Stanjay Tackle, 4-6-0; 5 T Howard, Cross Drove, 2-14-0; 6 B Vinten, Cross Drove, 2-10-0.
Cross Drove Fishery
Hockwold (11 pegs)
Result: 1 V Easey, Stanjay Tackle, 35-0-0; 2 M Pollard, Shimano/Stanjay Tackle, 15-0-0; 3 J Cartwright, Stanjay Tackle, 12-8-0; 4 T Hall, Chestnut Pool, 10-14-0; 5 R Heath, Chestnut Pool, 3-8-0; 6 N Parkinson, Dynamite Baits, 3-2-0.
Daiwa Hallcroft Fishery Veterans (Mon)
Croft Pool (10 pegs)
Result: 1 G Hiley, Peg One Angling Centre, 18-9-0; 2 R Holmes, Notts AA, 6-0-0; 3 T Furby, Notts AA, 5-12-0; 4 N Wood, Hallcroft, 5-4-0; 5 D Farr, Hallcroft, 5-2-0.
Daiwa Hallcroft Fishery Veterans (Thurs)
Bridge Pool (17 pegs)
Result: 1 A Payling, Peg One Angling Centre, 45-0-0; 2 A Sellars, Bankside Tackle, 38-2-0; 3 R Holmes, Notts AA, 29-14-0; 4 D Downes, Killamarsh, 20-0-0; 5 P Bagshaw, Ultimate Barnsley Blacks, 18-10-0.
Daiwa Hallcroft Fishery
Moat Pool (12 pegs)
Result: 1 D Boswell, Bryden AC, 59-14-0; 2 P Bagshaw, Maver, 30-8-0; 3 A Sellars, Bankside Tackle, 26-2-0.
Decoy Lakes (Tues)
Beastie Lake (19 pegs)
Result: 1 B Mason, Guru/Ringer Baits, 69-12-0; 2 N Baxter, Bag ‘Em Baits, 63-15-0; 3 S Dow, Decoy, 36-5-0; 4 J Smalley, Decoy, 33-7-0.
Beastie Lake (22 pegs)
Result: 1 J Richardson, Decoy, 84-13-0; 2 J Whincup, Bait-Tech, 64-9-0; 3 J Broughton, Hinderclay, 55-4-0; 4 N Baxter, Bait-Tech, 49-0-0.
Janson’s Fishery (Tues)
Match & Munroes Pools (20 pegs)
Result: 1 G Woodcock, Middy, 84-7-0; 2 K Wakefield, Janson’s, 56-11-0; 3 C Cox, Janson’s, 50-7-0; 4 S Draper, Lakeview Select, 48-10-0; 5 H Smith, Janson’s, 47-13-0; 6 B Sandom, Janson’s, 40-0-0.
Little John Lakes (Tues)
Robin Hood Lake (15 pegs)
Result: 1 G Bennett, MAP Mansfield, 24-11-0; 2 G Westwater, MAP/Marukyu, 19-3-0; 3 S Beard, Little John 19-0-0; 4 P Tatley, MAP Mansfield, 17-13-0; 5 M Smith, Church Warsop DAA, 17-5-0; 6 S Greatorex, Little John, 16-10-0.
Little John Lakes Vets (Fri)
Friar Tuck Lake (18 pegs)
Result: 1 G Bennett, MAP Mansfield, 63-7-0; 2 S Beard, Little John, 39-11-0; 3 M Smith, Church Warsop DAA, 29-6-0; 4 G Eden, Mansfield, 24-1-0; 5 T Glover, Little John, 19-12-0; 6 M Thompson, Wickersley Angling, 19-0-0.
Little John Lakes Fur & Feather
All lakes (25 pegs)
Result: 1 S Butler, Notts AA, 53-15-0; 2 G Westwater, MAP/Marukyu, 52-9-0; 3 C Greensides, Woodseats Angling, 33-8-0; 4 G Turner, Mosborough Tackle Box, 21-15-0; 5 P Tatley, MAP Mansfield, 18-0-0; 6 K Charlton, Little John, 16-12-0.
Manor Farm Leisure (Weds)
Island Pool (12 pegs)
Result: 1 H Davis, Smithy’s Angling, 97-12-0; 2 M Russell, Banbury Gunsmiths, 66-14-0; 3 C Telling, Colmic, 51-12-0.
Manor Farm Leisure (Thurs)
Island Pool (15 pegs)
Result: 1 S Rich, Cotswold Angling, 44-12-0; 2 N Hancock, Breakingstone AC, 40-8-0; 3 J Halfpenny, Manor Farm Leisure, 37-0-0.
Manor Farm Leisure
Island Pool (16 pegs)
Result: 1 M Russell, Banbury Gunsmiths, 45-0-0; 2 S Hemming, Alcester Sports & Tackle, 39-0-0; 3 A Grimes, Manor Farm Leisure, 24-8-0.
Maver Classic Qualifier
Maver Larford Lakes, Match Lake (17 pegs)
Result: 1 M Johnson, Maver, 59-4-0; jt2 C Bradney and M Churchill, both Maver, both 54-4-0; 4 R Breeze, Maver, 46-11-0; 5 P Goulding, Woody’s Angling, 38-15-0; 6 P Sheehan, Garbolino, 37-11-0.
Moorlands Farm (Tues)
Meadow Pool (16 pegs)
Result: 1 P Little, Colin Pace Academy, 33-8-0; 2 B Drew, Starlets Vets, 31-11-0; 3 C Bennett, Colin Pace Academy, 28-8-0.
Moorlands Farm (Weds)
Moors, Middle & Bank Pools (15 pegs)
Result: 1 M Lefevre, Moorlands Gold, 63-8-0; 2 G Reynolds, King’s, 39-2-0; 3 M Watson, Daiwa Gordon League, 25-4-0.
Moorlands Farm Fur & Feather (Thurs)
Silver Pool (21 pegs)
Result: 1 C Newton, Smithy’s Angling, 64-15-0; 2 P Little, Colin Pace Academy, 46-7-0; 3 J Newton, Smithy’s Angling, 43-4-0.
Moorlands Farm Winter Pairs (round two)
Meadow & Silver Pools (34 pegs)
Result: 1 L Richards, Packington, 69-7-0; 2 D Hill, Foster’s, 56-11-0; 3 D Parry, Stourport, 51-15-0; 4 M Henshall, Foster’s, 51-2-0; 5 C Bennett, Worcester, 49-14-0; 6 D Williams, Halesowen RBL, 49-8-0.
Pairs: Jt1 A Wyatt and D Parry, C Wright and C Munslow and M Lefevre and M Henshall, all 3pts.
Overall pairs: 1 C Wright & C Munslow, 5pts; 2 M Watson and C Pace, 8; 3 C Bennett and P Little, 9.
Packington Somers (Weds)
Little Geary’s Lake (14 pegs)
Result: 1 S White, Kobra, 27-7-0; 2 S Smith, Kobra, 12-9-0; 3 J Adamson, Packington, 12-0-0.
Packington Somers Vets (Thurs)
Molands Mere Pool (29 pegs)
Result: 1 R Atkins, Maver Solihull Angling, 25-14-0; 2 E Keene, Packington Vets, 24-1-0; 3 R Savage, Lane’s Bait, 22-13-0; 4 B Wooding, Packington Vets, 20-0-0.
Molands Mere Pool (16 pegs)
Result: 1 J Adamson, Packington, 53-14-0; 2 D Hartshorn, Swan Baits, 49-12-0; 3 K Wooding, Maver Solihull Angling, 33-14-0; 4 P Canning, Packington, 31-11-0; 5 S Smith, Kobra, 27-6-0; 6 D Parsonage, Beaufort 21 AC, 19-4-0.
Preston Innovations Boldings Pools (Mon)
Beech & Hawthorn Lakes (13 pegs)
Result: 1 C Reynolds, Bilston Angling Centre, 39-7-0; 2 G Wood, Matrix Total Angling, 24-0-0; 3 M Jameson, Mid Leisure, 23-13-0; 4 E Bancroft, Rod & Gun, 17-11-0.
Preston Innovations Boldings Pools (Weds)
Larch & Chestnut Pools (15 pegs)
Result: 1 M Jameson, Mid Leisure, 49-8-0; 2 K Humphreys, Oswestry, 35-15-0; 3 C Wynn, Tri-Cast Weston, 21-11-0; 4 B Clark, Marukyu/Colmic, 19-1-0.
Preston Innovations Boldings Pools (Thurs)
Oak & Beech Lakes (16 pegs)
Result: 1 E Bancroft, Rod & Gun, 43-1-0; 2 G Morris, Boldings, 29-4-0; 3 T Foster, Boldings, 19-7-0; 4 M Jameson, Mid Leisure, 19-1-0.
Preston Innovations Boldings Pools
Sycamore & Ash Lakes (20 pegs)
Result: 1 A Kyte, Maver Midlands, 50-13-0; 2 M Jameson, Mid Leisure, 43-1-0; 3 K Powell, Boldings, 36-0-0; 4 C Wynn, Tri-Cast Weston, 33-14-0.
Santa Redwood’s Christmas Cheer (Weds)
Janson’s Fishery, Match, Munroes & Doughnut Pools (30 pegs)
Result: 1 M Straw, Janson’s, 60-2-0; 2 I Foulds, Newark, 54-12-0; 3 M Fielding, Janson’s, 50-9-0; 4 T Deabill, Nottingham, 37-1-0; 5 S Draper, Lakeview Select, 36-15-0; 6 E Waterfall, Carlton Herons, 31-11-0-0.
Sherwood Forest Fishery (Weds)
Holmedale Lake (17 pegs)
Result: 1 P Ellis, Sherwood Forest Fishery, 13-7-0; 2 M Langton, Sherwood Forest Fishery, 11-1-0; 3 P Hodgetts, Sherwood Forest Fishery, 6-10-0; 4 C Brown, Sherwood Forest Fishery, 5-8-0; 5 G Mawby, Gateford Angling Supplies, 4-10-0; 6 L Hassett, Gateford Angling Supplies, 4-8-0.
Sherwood Forest Fishery (Tues)
Sherwood Lake (13 pegs)
Result: 1 D Round, Woodhouse Angling Centre, 12-12-0; 2 J Wooff, Mansfield Busmen AC, 7-15-0; 3 J Slinn, Woodhouse Angling Centre, 7-2-0.
Starlets Northfield Veterans AS (Weds)
Preston Innovations Woodland View, Arles & High Pools (35 pegs)
Result: 1 D James, Great Barr, 23-12-0; 2 D Lodge, Bewdley, 20-0-0; 3 B Startin, Cofton Hackett, 16-8-0.
Starlets Vets Winter League (Tues)
Packington Somers, Geary’s Level & Little Geary’s Lakes (44 pegs)
Result: 1 R Quinney, Packington, 19-7-0; 2 P Bird, Coventry, 16-4-0; 3 N Davies, Packington Vets, 11-14-0; 4 D Suckling, Ridgemere AC, 11-11-0.
Tunnel Barn Farm (Mon)
Extension Pool (19 pegs)
Result: 1 D Callaghan, Measham Redfins, 29-15-0; 2 D Chapman, Coventry, 24-4-0; 3 S Birch, Northfield, 16-1-0; 4 J Rock, Hawkesbury, 12-6-0; 5 D Lutwyche, Hawkesbury, 11-3-0; 6 G Young, Young’s MG, 10-7-0.
Tunnel Barn Farm Over 50’s Club (Tues)
New Pool (32 pegs)
Result: 1 J Berry, Coventry, 33-13-0; 2 P Bailey, Ridgemere AC, 32-6-0; 3 G Harrison, Tunnel Barn Farm Vets, 18-10-0; 4 R Notley, Tunnel Barn Farm Vets, 16-15-0; 5 D Chapman, Coventry, 16-13-0; 6 C Perry, Mansfield Angling Centre, 14-4-0.
Tunnel Barn Farm Vets (Thurs)
Extension & House Pools (38 pegs)
Result: 1 P Lewis, Tunnel Barn Farm Vets, 49-4-0; 2 J Stockton, Barford AA, 46-6-0; 3 C Constable, Tunnel Barn Farm Vets, 28-9-0; 4 R Sturdy, Tunnel Barn Farm Vets, 26-10-0; 5 D Chapman, Coventry, 23-14-0; 6 G Harrison, Tunnel Barn Farm Vets, 19-5-0.
Tunnel Barn Farm (Fri)
Jenny’s & Canal Pools (28 pegs)
Result: 1 A Wakelin, Preston Innovations, 83-4-0; 2 P Rice, Bag ‘Em Baits, 75-8-0; 3 S Huggins, Dynamite Baits, 68-8-0; 4 W Ainsworth, Mid City, 64-13-0; 5 A Wilson, Tunnel Barn Farm, 60-6-0; 6 S Conway, Lichfield, 58-5-0.
Tunnel Barn Farm
Extension Pool (22 pegs)
Result: 1 P Caton, Banbury Gunsmiths, 83-0-0; 2 A Wakelin, Preston Innovations, 73-12-0; 3 J Stockton, Barford AA, 72-10-0; 4 P Rice, Bag ‘Em Baits, 62-11-0; 5 M Barwell, Maver Gold/Bag ‘Em Baits, 53-5-0; 6 B Stanford, Bilston Angling Centre, 52-15-0.
Westwood Lakes Rover (Tues)
All lakes (12 pegs)
Result: 1 P Oglesbee, Liam’s Elite, 50-8-0; 2 G Shinn, Liam’s Elite, 43-8-0; 3 R Roberts, Westwood Lakes, 39-10-0.
Willow Lakes (Weds)
Match Lakes (11 pegs)
Result: 1 A Quick, Mansfield AA, 28-8-0; 2 G Eden, Mansfield, 23-4-0; 3 P Arndt, Grantham, 21-8-0.
Match Lake (14 pegs)
Result: 1 I Bellaby, Coalville, 22-0-0; 2 J Woodland, Sherwood Forest Fishery, 21-0-0; 3 J Berry, Mansfield, 13-12-0; 4 R Bellaby, Coalville, 12-8-0; 5 A Birklin, Phil’s Bait & Tackle, 11-0-0; 6 P Morris Snr, Nottingham Disabled, 9-0-0.
Bateman’s Westwood Lakes Winter League (round three)
Skylark Lake (24 pegs)
Result: 1 M Rodger, Middy/Bag ‘Em Baits, 39-6-0; 2 M Stamp, Sonu Baits, 34-12-0; 3 D Gowshall, Westwood Lakes, 30-9-0; 4 B Kilner, Army AA, 24-12-0.
Browning West Midlands
Birmingham/Worcester Canal, Stoke Works (29 pegs)
Result: 1 S Ward, Browning West Midlands, 6-15-15; 2 P Bick, Shakespeare, 5-4-11; 3 T Hamilton, Barley Mow, 4-8-11; 4 G Kirkham, Browning West Midlands, 4-7-9; 5 B Jarvis, Cornerstone AC, 3-14-0; 6 R Quinn, Shakespeare, 3-1-8.
Daiwa Hallcroft Fishery
Moat Pool (25 pegs)
Result: 1 G Hiley, Mansfield, 45-2-0; 2 A Kinder, Maver/Marukyu, 38-6-0; 3 S Richards, Mansfield, 28-1-0; 4 D Boswell, Bryden AC, 25-14-0; 5 A Sellars, Bankside Tackle, 19-1-0.
Six Island Lake (21 pegs)
Result: 1 R Bond, Bury St Edmund’s, 72-1-0; 2 N Adcock, Browning Hot Rods, 63-3-0; 3 J Whincup, Bait-Tech, 61-8-0; 4 P Jones, Decoy, 60-3-0.
Spalding (14 pegs)
Result: 1 T Edwards, Lake Ross, 74-4-0; 2 P Harsley, Dave’s Peg, 57-13-0; 3 D Cochrane, Sensas, 56-9-0; 4 S Spinks, Westwood Lakes, 53-13-0; 5 N Parkinson, Dynamite Baits, 43-9-0; 6 C Williams, GOT Baits, 42-2-0.
Manor Farm Leisure
Island & Windmill Lakes (26 pegs)
Result: 1 A Mansfield, Maver Gold/Bag ‘Em Baits, 86-4-0; 2 C Cameron, Middy, 77-2-0; 3 A Hicks, Colmic, 53-0-0; 4 R Pharoah, Mosella, 52-4-0.
Old River Nene (60 pegs)
Result: 1 J Bates, Sensas Mark One, 14-6-0; 2 J Price, Sensas Mark One, 11-8-0; 3 R Reynolds, Shakespeare, 10-12-0; 4 D Rawlings, Stanjay Tackle, 10-9-0; 5 R Hewison, Sensas Mark One, 8-11-0; 6 M Caldecote, Stanjay Sports, 8-5-0.
Maver Classic Qualifier
Maver Larford Lakes, Arena Lake (18 pegs)
Result: 1 M Churchill, Maver, 91-0-0; 2 P Briscoe, Maver, 89-0-0; 3 J Brogden, Ted Carter Southport, 67-14-0; 4 P Cook, Maver, 61-7-0; 5 L Webster, Larford Lakes, 32-5-0; 6 P Sheehan, Garbolino, 25-13-0.
Meadow, Island & Middle Pools (22 pegs)
Result: 1 M Watson, Daiwa Gordon League, 82-8-0; 2 R Kings, St David’s, 55-7-0; 3 C Pace, Colin Pace Academy, 47-4-0; 4 C Hill, Mosella, 45-8-0; 5 M Henshall, Foster’s, 44-13-0; 6 A Gethin, Club 2000, 43-6-0.
Molands Mere Pool (33 pegs)
Result: 1 J Walkden, WB Clarke, 56-8-0; 2 L Richards, Packington, 51-5-0; 3 M Wood, Maver Solihull Angling, 39-4-0; 4 S White, Kobra, 36-3-0; 5 S Chester, Mosella, 35-14-0; 6 D Hartshorn, Swan Baits, 26-9-0.
Preston Innovations Boldings Pools
Larch, Sycamore & Beech Pools (45 pegs)
Result: 1 K Miller, New Willenhall, 52-14-0; 2 C Reynolds, Bilston Angling Centre, 47-14-0; 3 M Skelton, Oakengates Angling Centre, 46-13-0; 4 D Brown, Maver Midlands, 38-15-0; 5 C Wynn, Tri-Cast Weston, 34-11-0; 6 A Kyte, Maver Midlands, 34-5-0.
Tunnel Barn Farm
House & Extension Pools (42 pegs)
Result: 1 S Palser, Middy/Banbury Gunsmiths, 100-15-0; 2 B Stanford, Bilston Angling Centre, 81-1-0; 3 W Ainsworth, Mid City, 70-4-0; 4 P Caswell, Alcester Sports & Tackle, 67-4-0; 5 S Conway, Lichfield, 64-3-0; 6 R Knowles, Shakespeare, 61-7-0.
Blundell’s Fishery Rover (Weds)
All lakes (23 pegs)
Result: 1 G Whalley, Bait-Tech, 74-9-0; 2 M Harris, Miracle Baits, 49-3-0; 3 M Rogerson, Drennan NW, 43-3-0; 4 L Thornton, Middy/Bag ‘Em Baits, 40-13-0; 5 J Hughes, Maver/Bag ‘Em Baits, 38-13-0; 6 I Burley, Leigh Tackle & Bait, 36-2-0.
Blundell’s Fishery Rover
All lakes (29 pegs)
Result: 1 L Addy, Drennan NW, 49-4-0; 2 I Ridgeway, Rochdale Angling Centre, 47-4-0; 3 L Thornton, Middy/Bag ‘Em Baits, 41-4-0; 4 G Whalley, Bait-Tech, 38-0-0; 5 K Rich, Daiwa, 33-2-0; 6 M Harris, Miracle Baits, 32-12-0.
Brookside Fisheries (Thurs)
Snake Lake (17 pegs)
Result: 1 D Pollitt, Hirst Tackle, 33-2-0; 2 T Dewhurst, Premier Driveways, 31-2-0; 3 J Wilson, JW Pole Repairs, 30-2-0; 4 D Bibby, Cheshire Angling, 28-4-0; 5 J Kelly, Ray’s Tackle, 27-4-0; 6 L Brookhouse, Brookside, 26-10-0.
Snake Lake (27 pegs)
Result: 1 J Battersby, Garbolino Elton, 52-12-0; 2 J Jones, Garbolino Elton, 40-6-0; 3 D Edwards, NW Baits, 35-0-0; 4 C Taylor, Gilder’s Tackle, 31-10-0; 5 M Tighe, Medlock Bridge, 31-2-0; 6 C Ruscoe, Rod ‘n Reel, 30-4-0.
Highfield Fishery Over 60’s & Disabled (Weds)
Oak Lake (18 pegs)
Result: 1 T Clark, Ted Carter Preston, 14-3-0; 2 B Martin, Highfield, 12-0-0; 3 A Connell, Highfield, 9-6-0.
Highfield Fishery Over 60’s & Disabled (Fri)
Oak Lake (18 pegs)
Result: 1 R Lister, Ted Carter Preston, 29-6-0; 2 M Brady, Ted Carter Preston, 25-10-0; 3 J Coles, Highfield, 19-6-0; 4 T Clark, Ted Carter Preston, 19-0-0.
Meadow View Fisheries OAP & Disabled (Tues)
Lark Pool (16 pegs)
Result: 1 D Ockwell, Leigh Tackle & Bait, 58-12-0; 2 R Davies, Meadow View, 53-12-0; 3 R Peet, Oldham Owls DAA, 32-0-0; 4 P Norfolk, Yorkshire Tykes DAA, 20-8-0.
Meadow View Fisheries
Lark Pool (16 pegs)
Result: 1 S Woodward, Meadow View, 63-0-0; 2 D Catterall, Meadow View, 32-0-0; 3 S Barwell, Meadow View, 27-8-0; 4 P Chung, Matrix Tameside, 24-0-0.
Messingham Sands Silverfish Only
Oak Tree Pond (14 pegs)
Result: 1 K Johnson, Messingham, 40-7-0; 2 M Chadwick, Hull, 36-11-0; 3 D Pattinson, Grimsby, 24-9-0; 4 D Rawcliffe, Grimsby, 23-4-0; 5 N Vessey, Scunthorpe, 22-8-0; 6 S Ellis, Scunthorpe, 21-11-0.
Messingham Sands (Weds)
Oak Tree Pond (12 pegs)
Result; 1 M Chadwick, Hull, 22-1-0; 2 A Gregory, Scunthorpe, 19-12-0; 3 K Pacey, Gainsborough, 16-15-0.
Match Lake (15 pegs)
Result: 1 A Johnson, Majestic garage, 27-4-0; 2 S Holmes, Majestic Garage, 22-10-0; 3 M Heptonstall, Moorfields, 16-8-0.
Mosborough Tackle Box
Barnburgh Lakes, Bottom & Middle Lakes (24 pegs)
Result: 1 P Gosney, Intake Angling, 68-12-0; 2 A Schupak, Intake Angling, 45-12-0; 3 C Bacon, Ken Ward Sports, 43-4-0; 4 N Staniland, Intake Angling, 35-0-0; 5 D Hooper, Mosborough Tackle Box, 34-4-0; 6 I Haywood, Intake Angling, 31-0-0.
Oaks Lakes (Tues)
Alders Lake (10 pegs)
Result: 1 A Stock, Cleveland Angling Centre, 34-14-0; 2 C Kendall, Middy, 20-14-0; 3 P Whale, The Oaks, 13-4-0; 4 C Hall, The Oaks, 6-15-0.
Oaks Lakes (Weds)
Ash & Beech Lakes (10 pegs)
Result: 1 C Kendall, Middy, 55-8-0; 2 I Bailey, Woodland Tackle, 54-13-0; 3 D Smith, Matrix/Bait-Tech, 52-6-0; 4 M Calvert, Garbolino Elton, 48-2-0.
Cedar Lake (12 pegs)
Result: 1 I Exley, Daiwa Dons, 25-12-0; 2 C Hall, The Oaks, 21-7-0; 3 M Dunlop, Browning Quaker, 19-3-0; 4 M Calvert, Garbolino Elton, 15-12-0; 5 R Singh, Garbolino Elton, 14-5-0; 6 S Hawkins, The Oaks, 9-6-0.
Partridge Lakes OAP & Disabled (Mon)
Spey & Marsh Canal Lakes (20 pegs)
Result: 1 P Stead, Izaak Walton Leigh, 32-4-0; 2 C Weeder Snr, Leigh Tackle & Bait, 29-5-0; 3 R Powell, Partridge Lakes, 29-2-0; 4 D Blair, Dave’s Tackle, 27-14-0.
Partridge Lakes Rover (Tues)
All lakes (29 pegs)
Result: 1 S Rimmer, St Helen’s Angling, 45-0-0; 2 D Pollitt, Hirst Tackle, 26-10-0; 3 S Hall, Middleton Carp & Angling, 21-11-0; 4 G Whalley, Bait-Tech, 21-5-0.
Partridge Lakes OAP & Disabled (Weds)
Covey Canal Lakes (47 pegs)
Result: 1 S Bryan, Warrington, 23-2-0; 2 T Aspinall, Dave’s Tackle, 21-9-0; 3 G Wyatt, Oldham Owls DAA, 14-7-0; 4 R Powell, Partridge Lakes, 13-3-0.
Partridge Lakes (Thurs)
Covey Canal Lakes (20 pegs)
Result: 1 M Reed, Garbolino Elton, 30-3-0; 2 I Burley, NW Baits, 27-9-0; 3 L Addy, Drennan NW, 25-0-0; 4 P Keeley, Drennan NW, 24-4-0.
Covey Canal Lakes (52 pegs)
Result: 1 W Kearney, Tri-Cast Rochdale, 55-6-0; 2 C Mayor, Drennan NW, 53-4-0; 3 B Conroy, Bailey’s Tackle, 46-2-0; 4 L Breeze, Drennan NW, 45-14-0; 5 A Geldart, Garbolino/Dynamite Baits, 44-12-0; 6 I Leach, Saints, 43-7-0.
St Helen’s AA (Mon)
Carr Mill Dam (14 pegs)
Result: 1 G Rigby, St Helen’s, 11-6-0; 2 G Holgan, St Helen’s, 10-4-0; 3 K Hall, Swinton, 6-11-0; 4 P Swift, St Helen’s, 4-15-0.
Calder & Hebble Canal, Dewsbury (11 pegs)
Result: 1 S Campbell, Trabucco Halifax, 2-8-0; 2 H Lodge, Wakefield AC, 2-7-8; 3 J Sedgwick, Tri-Cast Calder, 2-3-8; 4 J Holdsworth, Maver NW, 2-2-0; 5 K Marshall, Tri-Cast Calder, 1-10-8; 6 B Kellett, Thornhill AC, 1-8-0.
Wigan DAA (Weds)
Leeds-Liverpool Canal, Adlington Marina (20 pegs)
Result: 1 D Wells, Tri-Cast Rochdale, 3-10-12; 2 C Whalley, Sam’s Tackle & Bait, 3-9-8; 3 A Whalley, Sam’s Tackle & Bait, 2-15-8; 4 D Trafford, Ted Carter Preston, 2-6-4.
Leeds-Liverpool Canal, Leyland Mill (21 pegs)
Result: 1 D Trafford, Ted Carter Preston, 4-9-0; 2 S Wharton, Sam’s Tackle & Bait, 3-9-0; 3 A Crook, Maver NW, 2-0-0; 4 T Fairhurst, Lostock Tackle Box, 1-14-8; 5 D McGuinn, Tri-Cast Rochdale, 1-13-8; 6 D Wells, Tri-Cast Rochdale, 1-13-8.
Woodland Lakes Over 50’s (Mon)
Kestrel & Curlew Lakes (16 pegs)
Result: 1 G Poole, Team Woodland Whites, 31-14-0; 2 P Fletcher, Team Woodland Whites, 23-10-0; 3 K Golightly, Shotton MG, 22-11-0; 4 S Richards, Team Woodland Whites, 19-0-0.
Woodland Lakes (Weds)
Kestrel & Curlew Lakes (23 pegs)
Result: 1 P Fletcher, Team Woodland Whites, 40-5-0; 2 G Horrocks, Woodland Tackle, 36-6-0; 3 I Melton, Sensas Walton, 32-3-0; 4 B Poole, The Oaks, 28-7-0; 5 A Jackson, Woodland Tackle, 25-13-0; 6 J Murray, Woodland Tackle, 22-11-0.
Curlew & Kestrel Lakes (16 pegs)
Result: 1 P Fletcher, Team Woodland Whites, 36-6-0; 2 A Melton, Sensas Walton, 30-0-0; 3 G Horrocks, Team Woodland Whites, 29-14-0; 4 R Jones, Woodland Tackle, 29-3-0; 5 G Poole, Team Woodland Whites, 16-3-0; 6 F Hardcastle, Woodland Tackle, 14-3-0.
Bannister Farm Fishery
New Match Canal Lake (25 pegs)
Result: 1 P Hart, Ted Carter Preston, 35-0-0; jt2 S Eccleshall, Bolton, S Burgess, Garbolino Elton, and P Banks, Tri-Cast Highfield, all 25-12-0; 5 J Vernon, Garbolino Elton, 22-8-0; 6 J Raby, Leigh Tackle & Bait, 21-8-0.
Blundell’s Fishery Rover
All lakes (46 pegs)
Result: 1 L Clancy Leigh Tackle & Bait, 71-4-0; 2 B Bush, Lingmere Tackle, 34-8-0; 3 M Rudd, Rochdale Angling Centre, 30-7-0; 4 S Norris, Edgeley Sports, 29-5-0; 5 T Jackson, Rod ‘n Reel, 29-3-0; 6 M Hassell, Stalybridge Angling Supplies, 29-0-0.
Snake & Willow Lakes (38 pegs)
Result: 1 S Conroy, Kamasan/Sensas, 35-0-0; 2 P Jones, Bait-Tech, 32-10-0; 3 S Birchall, Cheshire Angling, 28-8-0; 4 F Staniuszko, Garbolino Elton, 25-4-0; 5 B Johnson, Widnes Angling Centre, 24-2-0; 6 J Battersby, Garbolino Elton, 23-4-0.
Bethany’s Lake (11 pegs)
Result: 1 S Wagstaffe, Sonu Baits, 38-12-0; 2 L Bramham, Otley, 20-4-0; 3 N Dixon, Goes Under Floats, 20-0-0; 4 A Flescher, Langwith, 18-10-0; 5 J Barker, Langwith, 5-2-0; 6 L Smith, Leeds, 4-1-0.
Leigh Tackle & Bait Winter League (round five)
Partridge Lakes, Pine, Willow, Spey & Marsh Canal Lakes (52 pegs)
Result: 1 W Kearney, Partridge Lakes, 34-15-0; 2 A Howarth, Patricroft AC, 23-6-0; 3 A Moran, Vine Baits, 22-14-0.
Teams: Jt1 Patricroft AC and Leigh Tackle & Bait Platinum, both 10pts; 3 Vine Baits, 12.
Meadow View Fisheries
Lark Pool (19 pegs)
Result: 1 D Hancox, Cheshire Angling, 128-8-0; 2 V Trees, Gilder’s Tackle, 53-0-0; 3 J Devine, Meadow View, 50-0-0; 4 D Catterall, Meadow View, 19-8-0.
Tripp Lake (10 pegs)
Result: 1 G Hansford, Grimsby, 43-1-0; 2 A Gregory, Scunthorpe, 34-12-0; 3 N Vessey, Scunthorpe, 33-2-0; 4 S Ellis, Scunthorpe, 25-14-0.
Ash & Beech Lakes (19 pegs)
Result: 1 C Watson, The Oaks, 50-11-0; 2 D Hudson, Woodland Tackle, 46-6-0; 3 C Hall, The Oaks, 35-8-0; 4 S Keane, Woodland Tackle, 34-10-0; 5 R Sowerby, Knaresborough, 29-11-0; 6 S Stott, Starbeck AC, 29-5-0.
Covey Canal Lakes (45 pegs)
Result: 1 S Parry, Daiwa/Guru, 67-13-0; 2 B Bennett, Garbolino Elton, 46-10-0; 3 P Keeley, Drennan NW, 43-0-0; 4 D Shaw, Maver NW, 40-5-0; 5 R O’Connor, Drennan NW, 38-15-0; 6 N Pickford, Elton Tackle, 36-6-0.
Rosemary Wood Fishery
Island Pool (28 pegs)
Result: 1 P Haines, Rosemary Wood, 76-1-0; 2 P Dewhurst, Rosemary Wood, 72-10-0; 3 R Meredith, Rosemary Wood, 66-10-0; 4 M Woolvine, Ted Carter Southport, 63-11-0; 5 B Lloyd, Liverpool AS, 55-7-0; 6 D Cheetham, Burscough Angling Supplies, 49-2-0.
St Helen’s AA
Carr Mill Dam (40 pegs)
Result: 1 J Evans, Garbolino, 6-3-0; 2 D Taylor, Saints, 6-1-0; 3 M Webb, Saints, 5-11-0; 4 S Clegg, Saints, 5-0-0.
Leeds-Liverpool Canal, Parbold (25 pegs)
Result: 1 S Wharton, Sam’s Tackle & Bait, 3-9-0; 2 G Falconer, Hindley MG, 3-7-0; 3 G Marchant, Mosella NW, 2-7-0; 4 T Prescott, Chorley Socials, 2-6-0; 5 K Gillett, Mosella NW, 2-1-0; 6 J Walker, Bolton, 2-0-0.
Skylark & Wagtail Lakes (19 pegs)
Result: 1 G Poole, Team Woodland Whites, 34-10-0; 2 M Longhirst, Woodland Tackle, 24-9-0; 3 J Taylor, RSPS, 21-8-0; 4 S Newbury, Woodland Tackle, 17-9-0; 5 J Murray, Woodland Tackle, 16-7-0; 6 K Golightly, Shotton MG, 15-4-0.
Woodland Lakes Silverfish Only
Curlew, Kestrel & Partridge Lakes (20 pegs)
Result: 1 P Close, Browning Quaker, 40-5-0; 2 C Gowling, Browning Quaker, 35-10-0; 3 S Rambow, Darlington Angling Centre, 32-7-0; 4 M Lovelass, Browning Quaker, 30-14-0; 5 D Harris, Cleveland Angling Centre, 30-2-0; 6 D Basnett, Cleveland Angling Centre, 23-5-0.
LUKE Edwards enjoyed an action packed session at Domaine le Ribiere in France, landing no less than 74 carp topped by a 69lb mirror.
The Wolverhampton-based rod’s staggering haul also included two other sixties, weighing 64lb and 60lb, seven fifties and 15 forties.
“The sport was non-stop throughout the trip and I even had to reel in for a few hours each day just so I get some sleep,” the 31-year-old told Angling Times. “I’d spent a fair bit of money on bait and took around £500 of Mainline Baits MK1 boilies, maggots, casters, hemp, sweetcorn, maize and parti-mix with me. The more bait I put in the more fish I caught and when I slipped the net under the bigg’un I couldn’t have cared less about the cost of the bait,” he added.
Luke tackled the French stillwater with double MK1 10mm boilie hookbaits tipped with fake maggots.
These were fished blow-back style on a Fox Kuro S3 hooks and 12lb Illusion Fluorocarbon hooklinks. Illusion Fluorocarbon mainline and Captive Backleads were also used to ensure everything was pinned down and out of the way of the carp.
“The rig proved to be devastating and my hook holds were at times up to two inches back in the carp’s mouth.”
WARREN Broadhurst caught his first carp over the 30lb barrier and broke his personal best in the process with this 38lb mirror from The Monument in Shropshire.
Faced with a strong northerly wind and plummeting temperatures the 37-year-old from Telford hadn’t seen any fish showing so cast his rigs towards the centre of the water where he thought the carp might be holding up.
Maggots have accounted for a number of big fish from the venue in recent weeks, but to give his baits an extra kicked he coated them in a dusting of Retro Baits garlic powder the night before his session.
“On the first morning my mate had a 31lb mirror on a pop-up boilie but I decided to stick with the maggots,” Warren told Angling Times. “I kept putting a couple of Spombs of bait out every two hours and the next day I started getting a few liners which eventually turned into a screaming take.”
Warren’s winning presentation consisted of a couple of real maggots popped-up with a piece of red foam on a Gardner Talon Tip hook and a Korda IQ Super Soft fluorocarbon hooklink. This was cast out in conjunction with a PVA bag of maggots.
“This was the first time I had fished The Monument and I couldn’t have asked for a better start – a new personal best and my first ever UK thirty. The fish looked stunning in its winter colours and hopefully I’ll manage a few more from the lake over the next few months.”
WHEN Barry Cook returned to fishing after a 20-year absence and tackled up for zander for the very first time he would have been hard pushed to predict the results that would follow.
During a day’s fishing on the Old Lake at Bury Hill Fishery in Surrey, Barry banked seven zeds topped by this 14lb specimen.
Under the guidance of resident predator tutor Eric Bailey, Barry fished legered roach and mackerel to land five zander over 7lb 8oz.
He said: “I enjoyed the personalised and informative tuition in a relaxed atmosphere and we really had a great day."
The River Wye often gets praise for its immense stocks of chub and barbel but it was perch that dominated in the latest event with Tom Lane needing 42lb 1oz of them to win.
After drawing the favoured peg 75 on the Belmont stretch at Hereford, the Shakespeare backed rod – who is grandson to the legendary Billy Lane – used worms on the pole to take fish to 3lb at regular intervals during round three of the team event.
Wizards ace Andrew Murphy took second spot with 34lb 4oz, while W B Clarke man Terry Parrott completed the frame with 32lb 4oz.
THE RIVER Lea can be a tough nut to crack, but Keith Little proved the rewards are there for those who put the effort in when he caught this 14lb 1oz barbel.
After setting up in a noted hotspot on the Fishers Green stretch close to his Waltham Abbey home, the venue regular legered a large lump of meat over a handful of pellets.
Within two hours of casting out a 10lb fish had fallen to the trap and shortly afterwards he received a second bite which, following a short battle, resulted in his biggest barbel from the waterway this season.
Keith said: “The venue has a lot of crayfish in and a large chunk of meat is something they will struggle to eat quickly and this gives the barbel more time to find it.”
WHEN Dan Richards paddled off in his kayak from Sandgate Beach near Folkestone the last thing he expected was to return a UK record holder.
Well that’s exactly what happened to the 38-year-old from Kent when he landed this superb 29lb 10oz cod and smashed his previous best by more than 20lb.
Kayak fishing is a method many anglers dare not attempt and the fact that Richards paddled a staggering two miles off-shore where he landed the giant fish in nearly 80ft of water made it even more impressive.
Fishing with two rods, Richards tempted the beast – the biggest caught from a kayak in this country - using a Pennel rig. This was held tight to the bottom with a 12oz lead and a 60lb hooklink with a size 7/0 hook baited with cuttle fish stuffed with lugworm.
“When I first struck into the fish I just thought I had snagged the bottom, because when fishing at that depth it is often hard to tell,” he told Angling Times. “But then it started stripping line off my reel and that’s when I knew it was a big fish. It was like reeling a sack of spuds up through the depths but never in my wildest dreams did I expect it to be that big,” he said.
He then had to haul his catch aboard his tiny boat and with no room aboard for the giant fish, the keen sea angler had to continue fishing with his catch lying between his legs before paddling back to shore.
“I tried putting it on the back of the boat but with all my gear it was impossible so I packed up one of the rods and carried on fishing with the other. I would have been happy to come in with a fish like that but I had to stay out longer as my friend had caught nothing and had travelled a long way to get here. Everyone has been congratulating me but it is yet to sink in” he added.
THE BIGGEST ever carp landed by a female angler has been caught by Lizette Beunders in the form of this 84lb 5oz mirror from Abbey Lakes in France.
The Dutch angler landed the fishery’s biggest resident, known as Shoulders, during a session on Heron Lake which also saw her land four other carp to 50lb and a 27lb 5oz sturgeon.
Her successful tactics consisted of an 18mm Mainline Baits Cell boilie hookbait offered on a 7ins 25lb Fox Coretex hooklink and a size 6 Kuro S4 XS hooks with a Fox Line Aligna Adaptor pushed over the eye. This was cast out with a PVA bag filled with pellets over a bed of groundbait, chick peas, crushed hemp, sweetcorn and halibut pellets.
Lizette said: “On the last night of the session my alarm burst in to life once again. The fish was clearly not in the mood to be caught and did everything in its power to get rid of the hook. My partner Bianca eventually netted it for me and in the moonlight we could make out the contours of the fish but I still couldn’t believe that I’d caught shoulders. We celebrated this amazing catch with a good bottle of champagne and the next morning I was informed that it was a new world record carp for a lady - incredible!”
Lizette’s catch beats the previous record which was held by British angler Jo Green who caught The Brown Fish from Les Graviers at 84lb in May this year.
ONE OF the biggest barbel of the season has been caught by Neill Stephen – this 17lb 5oz specimen from a southern river.
The London-based former Drennan Cup holder found the waterway rising rapidly and while most other anglers had resorted to the comfort of local stillwaters, he embraced the challenge and freelined a piece of homemade paste.
After allowing it to trundle downstream towards a series of tree roots, the tip twitched slightly and seconds later the hook had been set.
The specimen then plodded around slowly on the bottom and minutes later it was in the net.
“I couldn’t see how big it was because of the dark but when I lifted the net out I saw the girth and size of its head and realised I’d landed something very special,” explained Neill, who used 25lb PowerPro braid, a small lump of Plasticine moulded around a float stop and a size 6 Drennan Super Specialist Barbel hook.
JON TAYLOR has caught his eighth forty of the season in the form of this 42lb 4oz mirror from the Manor Farm syndicate in Essex.
The Benfleet-based Sticky Baits-backed rod tempted the sought-after specimen known as the Big Lin during a 24 hour session on the famous big fish venue.
Fishing at around 20yds range on the marginal shelf, he offered a 16mm Buchu-Berry pop-up on a size 7 Nash Fang Twister hook and a 20lb Missing Link hooklink over a scattering of Vor-Tex free offerings.
ADAM Perna’s successful year shows no sign of slowing down with this 3lb 11oz perch the latest specimen to grace his net.
The 27-year-old Oxfordshire-based all-rounder has already banked roach to over 3lb, pike over 29lb and numerous specimen perch and zander in the past 12 months.
His latest predator fell to running-leger tactics from a small tributary of the Ouse.
“This fish was caught a bit further down from a near-bank slack and took a legered lobworm tipped with the trusty red maggot,” said Adam.
“This time I was on the tip due to the river carrying a bit of extra water and the bait was presented over a scattering of maggots and chopped worm. The fish look very colourful and in fine condition at this time of year.”
Adam used an 8lb mainline to a 2ft fluorocarbon hooklink with a 0.5oz running lead and a size 6 Drennan Super Specialist hook.
TIM WILKS showed the deadly power of maggots as a cold-water bait with a five-fish haul from the Monument.
The Warrington-based rod fished a one-night session on Rob Hales’ Shropshire water and banked two twenties and two thirties, topped by a new personal best in the shape of this 37lb 7oz mirror.
Fishing mag-aligner rigs in conjunction with inline maggot feeders, the 30-year-old also had a 10lb fish during his two-day session.
He said: “It was a great session. I had both twenties on the Thursday and the two thirties the following day. On both days the bites all came between 1pm and 2pm so this was obviously the feeding time.
“The biggest one fought really well and although the 31lb fish came in a bit easier it still ran me ragged in the margins.”
The brewery technician, who topped up the swim with red and white maggots about once an hour, added: “I fished mag-aligners with two or three maggots on a size-10 hook and cast 40 yards to a firm spot.
“I normally do a few sessions on the Monument in the winter when my syndicate slows down, and as soon as they allow maggots I book in. You can’t beat them!”
THIS brace of 3lb-plus perch were the highlight of a productive days fishing on an East Anglian stillwater for Phil Spinks.
The Norfolk-based all-rounder caught the fish, along with numerous other specimens between 2lb 4oz and 3lb 4oz, while shooting a feature for Angling Times Predator magazine.
“I made an early start arriving at the lake at 9am, but the conditions looked far from ideal as it was a sharp frosty morning with clear skies,” said Phil. “I always prefer overcast mild days for perch fishing this time of year and in the back of my mind I was worrying the perch wouldn't play ball – I needn’t have worried though!”
His successful tactics consisted of air-injected lobworms popped-up on size 6 Korum Xpert Specialist hooks and 4lb Power Mono hooklinks.
CHRIS Rampling has caught his second forty in six months in the form of this 40lb 12oz mirror from Emperor Lakes in Devon.
The venue regular set up his stall in a swim known as the Dead End on the complex’s Syndicate Lake and tempted the impressive specimen with an ACE Baits boilie hookbait.
He said: “I caught the same fish earlier in the year at 37lb so it is great to see that the carp in the venue are piling on the weight.”
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MAGGOTS are regarded as one of the best winter carp baits – and Jon Ogan can certainly pay testament to this after breaking his personal best with this 41lb 4oz mirror known as Nige’s Fish during a 48 hour session at Yateley Sandhurst Lake.
When he arrived at the venue, the West Sussex-based rod found the majority of anglers set up at one end of the lake, and with no fish showing he decided to get away from the angling pressure and headed to the far end of the water.
“I’d fished the swim previously and soon had my rods out over a deep silt gulley at 60yds,” said Jon. “I put a dozen or so Spombs of maggots out that had been coated in Sticky's Pure Krill Powder and fished a bunch of maggots over the top.”
The first night passed without event but the following afternoon, just as he was thinking about moving swims, a fish crashed close to his spot.
“I quickly re-baited my spots with another dozen Spombs of the krilled maggots before landing two rigs right on the money. Everything was looking good and a couple of hours later my right hand indicator pulled up tight and the clutch started to give a little line.
“I lifted into the fish which stayed low and a slow fight ensued, I had a feeling it was a good fish and I was praying that my hook wouldn't pull out as it plodded up and down the margin. All the time I was expecting the fish to wake up properly and give me a pasting but my luck held and she popped up and I scooped her up quick and easy.”
Jon’s winning maggot presentation consisted of a 5ins 10lb Daiwa Sensor hooklink knotless knotted to a size 8 hook with a PVA bag of maggots.