Hopes flattened by bikes
IWAS looking forward to competing in the Angling Trust Canal & River Trust Canal Pairs Champs qualifier, on the Staffs-Worcs Canal at Awbridge and Wombourne, with my
Four Ashes AC team-mate Mel Wood, but at the last minute the match was changed to the day before because of the Birmingham Vélo cycling event.
That meant I couldn’t take part because of work, and many businesses lost custom and local services were disrupted, though the event did raise lots of money for charity.
Team-mate Dave Holbrook
have been catching carp to 19 lb. Tactics? This is a slow river that has been a little low recently. Pole is most popular, but waggler overdepth is also effective. Pinkies, maggots and worms most popular. Carp gear with lobworms and boilies for the carp.
Where? Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 6AD (parking and access). Day tickets £7, from the bailiff on the bank. Ross-on-Wye AC membership £60 plus a £20 joining fee; Aramstone £15, stood in for me, and the match was won by Cambridge rod
Len Stephens with half a dozen chub to 2 lb 8 oz for 12 lb 5 oz.
Congratulations to Paul and Neil Turner (Wolverhampton AA VdE), who qualified for the
parking behind pegs; Wyelea £15; Forest of Dean AC £10; Newport AC Symonds Yat £7; Monmouth AC and Worcester AC Bishopswood £10, all from Wye Angling, HR9 7AB. Worcester AC, Bishopswood day tickets also from Alan’s Tackle, Worcester, WR2 4LG.
Tel: Wye Angling on 01989 566986 or Alan’s Tackle, Worcester, on 01905 422107. What’s being caught? Barbel to 9 lb, chub of 5-6 lb, bleak, dace and chublets caught recently, and a 27 lb pike came out at Hereford a couple of weeks ago.
Lots of anglers will have been inspired to plan a trip to the wonderful River Wye after seeing these two anglers, Dean
Macey and Adam Rooney, in chub and barbel action on telly recently for ITV4’s Fishing
The incredible and scenic river is one of Steve Cope’s selections here, and also falls into the boundary of Ron Cousins, AM’s Welsh correspondent. third year running by topping the pairs with 6 points, and all the best to the other qualifiers, Tony Barker & Mick Hatchard; Dave Lloyd & Richard Guest; Dave Brown & Robbie Lloyd, who will join them.
Tactics? Hair-rigged corn is working well for the barbel, or pellet feeder and boilies. Pellet feeder and legered luncheon meat are attracting the chub. Stick float and maggots for the small silver fish. Lures and shopbought deadbaits for the pike. Where? Beeston Lock to Aqueduct 1, Nottingham, NG9 1NG (parking at canal side).
Day tickets £3, on the bank. Nottingham AA membership £46, from local tackle shops, nearest Gerry’s of Nottingham, NG7 3BN. Tel: 01159 199500. What’s being caught? Good recent match weights up to 31 lb of bream from 3-4 lb. Roach to 1 lb, skimmers, a few chub to
4 lb, with carp and pike out lately to doubles.
Tactics? Pole and pinkies, maggots and casters over groundbait for the silver fish. Chopped worm down the track or across to any features for the perch and chub. Lures and shop-bought deadbaits for the pike. Bloodworm and joker allowed from October 1 until March 31.
Where? Kidlington AS’s Buller’s Bridge No.227 to Langford
Lane, Bridge No.224, Kidlington,
■ The Turners’ make it a trio of Finals. Paul and Neil, there again.