OUR PICK OF THE WEEK
BANNISTER HOUSE FISHERY Match Canal (31 pegs)
Jim Holland worked the margins throughout the match to the tune of 144-2-0. Corn just inches from the nearside bank of peg 20 helped the Macey’s angler find carp to 7lb. Paul Bottomley was next in line with 109-12-0.
Result: 1 J Holland, Macey’s, 144-2-0; 2 P Bottomley, Coppell’s Angling, 109-12-0; 3 M Ballcock, Ted Carter Preston, 103-0-0; 4 S Shepherd, Ted Carter Preston, 90-0-0; 5 M Goulding, Matrix Leigh Tackle & Bait, 87-0-0; 6 P Beardsworth, Bannister, 76-8-0.
HAPPY LEAGUE River Trent, Holme Marsh (64 pegs)
Paul Goulding showed no mercy for his rivals as he put together an incredible 80-500 for a very easy victory. The Daiwa Dons rod found himself drawn on a huge shoal of bream that were in peg 6 in the weir field. He used the feeder with worm and caster for dozens of slabs to 5lb. If it hadn’t been for a snag that he lost numerous hook-lengths and fish on, he would almost certainly have broken the river record. Weights then dropped right off to more normal levels, with Jan Stephenson taking the runner-up spot with 13-250 from peg 10.
Result: 1 P Goulding, Daiwa Dons, 80-500; 2 J Stephenson, Normanton, 13-250; 3 J Cameron, Normanton, 8-200; 4 T Goldby, Hull, 6-450; 5 D Scales, Mosella, 6-280; 6 J Goodwin, Tri-Cast Calder, 4-850.
ISAAK WALTON BROWNING LIFESTYLE SUMMER LEAGUE Shropshire Union Canal (70 pegs)
Chris Gorrell was top rod on the day after he put together the only double-figure catch on show. Using pole and caster on the long pole from peg B1, the Ted Carter Southport rod found a few skimmers to 2lb for a 10-9-14 win. Sam Rushden went down the same route from peg B11 and finished up with 9-6-4. Shakespeare are currently topping the league with 110 points.
Result: 1 C Gorrell, Ted Carter Southport, 10-9-14; 2 S Rushden, Sensas Black Country, 9-6-4; 3 A Marsden, Wigan, 9-2-2; 4 J Cunningham, Shakespeare, 8-14-0; 5 L Kenyon, Browning Lifestyle, 8-4-8; 6 I Morrison, Ted Carter Southport, 8-2-8. Teams; 1 Sensas Black Country, 22pts; 2 Ted Carter Southport, 25; 3 Wolves, 26. League: 1 Shakespeare, 110pts; 2 Wolves, 112; 3 Browning Lifestyle Red, 128.
MIRFIELD AA CALDER LEAGUE River Calder, Mirfield (65 pegs)
James Vickerman had a bite almost every run through the swim and ended up with 20-12-0. Using the stick float and maggot from his peg at Sams Lane, he kept the dace and roach coming throughout the day. Punkies 8 were the top team on 46 points, with Bradford No1 not far behind on 40.
Result: 1 J Vickerman, Bradford, 20-12-0; 2 S Foster, Bradford, 15-6-0; 3 D Armitage, Cleckheaton, 15-4-0; jt4 S Clegg, Punkies 8 and S Thompson, Punkies 8, both 14-4-0; 6 M Highe, Mirfield, 14-0-0.
Teams: 1 Punkies 8, 46pts; 2 Bradford No 1, 40; 3 Mirfield, 39.
NORTHALLERTON AA River Swale, Northallerton (38 pegs)
Kevin Moore ended the match on almost double that of the nearest chaser. The AIreborough angler used the waggler and maggot approach from peg 15 and took 27-4-0 of chub to 4lb. Nick Smith was on peg C3 and used the same tactics for 14-14-0 of chub.
Result: 1 K Moore, Aireborough, 27-4-0; 2 N Smith, Aireborough, 14-14-0; 3 G Hull, Northallerton, 14-2-0; M Allinson, Washington, 13-12-0.
PARTRIDGE LAKES OAP & DISABLED Covey Canal Lakes (67 pegs)
Nobody broke triple figures in this contest, but that didn’t bother Eddie Battersby one bit as he took an easy victory with 92-3-0. Pellet and caster both got the F1s biting from peg 100, with fish to 3lb going into his keepnets. The winner had almost 20lb to spare on the runner-up, with Kenny Ogden taking that accolade with 73-0-0 from peg 45.
Result: 1 E Battersby, Partridge, 92-3-0; 2 K Ogden, Partridge, 73-0-0; jt3 S Bryan & D Shaw, both Partridge, both 64-2-0; 5 D Olly, Olly Motors, 63-3-0; 6 J Wilson, Partridge, 61-14-0.
PARTRIDGE LAKES Covey Canal Lakes (84 pegs)
There were a few 100lb-plus catches and Craig Ebbrell’s 126-2-0 was the best of them. Maggot over groundbait down the edge of peg 149 helped the Tricast Highfield man find F1s to
3lb along with the odd bonus carp. Paul Jones rotated between 6m and 13m pole lines with pellet from peg 42 to take the runner-up spot with 105-14-0.
Result: 1 C Ebbrell, Tri-Cast Highfield, 126-2-0; 2 P Jones, Partridge Lakes, 105-14-0; 3 F Wright, Patricroft, 105-0-0; 4 S Openshaw, Lingmere, 101-2-0; 5 C Weeder Jnr, Maver North West, 100-15-0; 6 H Billing, Garbolino, 94-14-0.
TIDAL TRENT CHALLENGE River Trent (85 pegs)
A patient approach on the feeder paid off for Richard Jackson as he put 20-15-0 on the scales. The Maver NW angler sat it out with a large pellet hookbait in search of the odd barbel from peg 30 at Laughterton and was rewarded with specimens to 9lb. Steve Hemingray found two barbel that went 17-8-0 at the weigh-in.
Result: 1 R Jackson, Maver NW, 20-15-0; 2 Steve Hemingray, Starlets, 17-8-0; 3 N Parkinson, Spalding, 15-13-0; 4 M Godfrey, Drennan Barnsley, 15-7-0; 5 A Henry, Dynamite Shimano, 14-4-0.
WIGAN DAA Leeds/Liverpool Canal, Saracens Head (33 pegs)
The canal fished rock hard for everyone and Gordon Houlibeg weighed just 3-13-12 for victory.
Fishing at 11m on maggot fooled a few small roach and a 1lb-plus hybrid, with worm at 9m fooling the occasional eel.
Result: 1 G Houlibeg, Bolton, 3-13-12; 2 B Meadows, Chorley, 3-3-0; 3 K Garry, Hindley MG, 2-15-8; 4 B Platt, Chorley, 2-15-0; jt5 B Moors, Bolton and K Stothers, Gidlow both 2-3-8.
WOODLAND LAKES Curlew, Kestrel, Partrisge & Wagtail Lakes (50 pegs)
The fishery’s great form continued as Dean Smith gained the bragging rights thanks to a 160-9-0 catch. Curlew and Partridge were heavily fancied at the draw, but the champion worked his magic from peg 4 on Wagtail Lake. He used long pole and pellet, before coming down the edge to take fish to just shy of 18lb.
Result: 1 D Smith, Bait-Tech, 160-9-0; 2 S Kean, Woodlands Tackle, 155-6-0; 3 L Hawksworth, Colmic Woodlands Tackle, 134-11-0; 4 R Pickles, Woodlands Tackle, 125-12-0; 5 G Malman, Malman Floats, 109-2-0; 6 P Fletcher, Woodlands Tackle, 105-0-0.