Hopes flat­tened by bikes

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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.

River Wye

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

se­ries.

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.

Ox­ford Canal

Where? Kidling­ton AS’s Buller’s Bridge No.227 to Lang­ford

Lane, Bridge No.224, Kidling­ton,

■ All­stars

■ The Turn­ers’ make it a trio of Fi­nals. Paul and Neil, there again.

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