OUR PICK OF THE WEEK
ANGLING TRUST AVON VALLEY WINTER LEAGUE (SUN) Wey Navigation Canal, Parvis Bridge Blackboys Bridge (80 pegs)
Drennan Bordon Angling further tightened their grip on the league as they won with 64 points to now go five clear at the top – and they had the day’s best weight too. That was from Brett Cooper, who drew below the Scout Hut. Long pole and breadpunch tactics gave him 11-1-0 of roach, and a similar approach saw Steve Beeby of Tubertini Apollo finish second on 6-8-0, another roach net.
Result: 1 B Cooper, Drennan Bordon Angling Centre, 11-1-0; 2 S Beeby, Tubertini Apollo, 6-8-0; 3 K Chubb, Homestores Mosella, 6-4-0; 4 M Ellyatt, Drennan Bordon Angling Centre, 5-3-0; 5 D Pool, Homestores Mosella, 4-11-0; 5 J Brownlie, Browning Crowsports, 4-11-0.
Teams: 1 Drennan Bordon Angling Centre, 64pts; 2 Arun MG, 57; 3 Homestores Mosella, 51; 4 Tubertini Apollo, 46; 5 Sensas Oakwood Angling, 43; 6 Browning Crowsports, 42.
League: 1 Drennan Bordon Angling Centre, 4pts; 2 Homestores Mosella, 9; 3 Arun MG, 14; 4 Sensas Oakwood Angling, 15; 5 Browning Crowsports, 22; 6 Tubertini Apollo, 23.
ANGLING TRUST SOUTH WEST WINTER LEAGUE (SUN) Kennet & Avon Canal, Melksham (40 pegs)
Fourth on the day saw Mosella Bathampton’s title charge falter a little as Sensas Nomads won the round. The league now has Preston
Innovations Thatcher’s two points clear of Mosella with a round still to go. Nomads also had the day’s winner in Geoff Sibley who from the King’s Arms section fished dead maggot over groundbait at 13m to weigh in 4-1-0 of small skimmers. Thatcher’s rod Tony Gilbert also fished maggot and groundbait for 3-13-0 of skimmers on the same section to take second.
Result: 1 G Sibley, Sensas Nomads, 4-1-0; 2 T Gilbert, Preston Innovations Thatcher’s, 3-13-0; 3 S Townsend, Mosella Bathampton, 3-3-0; 4 I Currie, Sensas Nomads, 2-14-0; 5 S Caswell, Amalgamation, 2-13-0; 6 L Braddell, Preston Innovations Thatcher’s, 2-10-0.
Teams: 1 Sensas Nomads, 13.5pts; 2 Preston Innovations Thatcher’s, 29; 3 Amalgamation, 24; 4 Mosella Bathampton, 22; 5 Gerry’s Angels, 23.5.
League: 1 Preston Innovations Thatcher’s, 8pts; 2 Mosella Bathampton, 10; 3 Sensas Nomads, 14; 4 Gerry’s Angels, 20; 5 Amalgamation, 27
ANGLING TRUST UPPER THAMES WINTER LEAGUE (SUN) Kennet & Avon Canal, Pile-Seend Park (48 pegs)
Second on the day was enough for Devizes MG to maintain their lead at the top, and they are now two points in front of Daiwa Gordon League. Matrix Talisman won the day and had top individual in John Williams. He drew on the new marina and took skimmers to 1lb fishing worm and maggot over groundbait at 13m to weigh in 11-8-0, just ounces in front of Blackmore Vale’s Mike Berntsen, who replied with 11-3-0 of skimmers and perch fishing pinkie and maggot on the long pole from the wides section.
Result: 1 J Williams, Matrix Talisman, 11-8-0; 2 M Berntsen, Garbolino Blackmore Vale MG, 11-3-0; 3 J Rock, Browning Andover MG, 11-0-0; 4 P Passmore, Devizes MG, 8-7-0; 5 P Townsend, Matrix Talisman, 8-3-0; 6 A Chatterley, Garbolino Blackmore Vale MG, 7-8-0.
Teams: 1 Matrix Talisman, 34pts; 2 Devizes MG, 29; 3 Sensas Lobby’s Tackle, 28 (section wins); 4 Daiwa Gordon League, 28; 5 Garbolino Blackmore Vale MG, 26; 6 Browning Andover MG, 23.
League: 1 Devizes MG, 8pts; 2 Daiwa Gordon League, 10; 3 Sensas Lobby’s Tackle, 13; 4 Matrix Talisman, 14; 5 Garbolino Blackmore Vale MG, 15; 6 Browning Andover MG, 24.
BAIT-TECH VIADUCT FISHERY (THURS) Campbell & Cary Lakes (35 pegs)
The first real frosts of the winter saw weights drop drastically. Terry Leney needed only 57-2-0 to win from peg 124 on the Campbell Lake, catching carp to 8lb on waggler and corn. The same approach saw Dave Romaine into second on peg 115 of the same lake with 48-14-0 of fish to 6lb.
Result: 1 T Leney, Sillybait, 57-2-0; 2 D Romaine, Viaduct, 48-14-0; 3 L Pesticcio, Mosella, 41-5-0; 4 S Shaw, Mosella, 40-4-0; 5 P Bowyer, HLS, 36-9-0; 6 B Chivers, HLS, 27-4-0. Top silverfish weight: D Sullivan, Maver, 13-7-0.
KENT WINTER LEAGUE PRACTICE (SUN) Royal Military Canal (36 pegs)
Three pegs in a line at Seaview won the main money in this practice, and Browning SE’s John Pantry led the way with 10-1-0 of skimmers and roach on pinkie and maggot fished at 13m. Grenville Weston, at the peg next door, had 9-2-0 of roach and skimmers, and Kevin Carter was third on 6-13-0.
Result: 1 J Pantry, Browning SE, 10-1-0; 2 G Weston, APR, 9-2-0; 3 K Carter, Maver Coleman’s Bait & Tackle/ Matchpack, 6-13-0; 4 I Germaney, Preston Innovations Delcac, 5-12-0; 5 K Dyer, Preston Innovations Delcac, 5-7-0; 6 A Ellis, Maver Cardinals, 5-4-0.
LAKE JOHN (WEDS) Top Lake (16 pegs)
Kicking off at 12m with dead
maggot over groundbait from peg 9, Rob Dean soon changed to a shorter line at 6m and found the skimmers lined up. The local rod netted fish to 2lb steadily to win with 85-0-0 at the scales. Second place was shared by Martin Amos on peg 5 and Trevor Stanley on peg 29, with 58-8-0 apiece.
Result: 1 R Dean, Lake John, 85-0-0; jt2 M Amos and T Stanley, both Lake John, both 58-8-0; 4 M Scanlon, Oakwood Angling, 57-0-0; 5 S Crawley, Lake John, 44-8-0; 6 D Lipscombe, Oakwood Angling, 42-4-0.
OCKENDON BAIT & TACKLE (SUN) Puddledock Farm, Snake Lake (42 pegs)
A tight finish was edged by Gary Rolfe with 71-12-0 of carp to 9lb. The Ockendon Bait & Tackle man drew peg 75 and caught on pellet fished to the far bank at 13m and then down the track. His final score put him just 12oz in front of team mate Tony Todd on peg 63, where he used pellet and maggot at 11m to bag a level 71-0-0 of carp to 6lb plus a few skimmers.
Result: 1 G Rolfe, Ockendon Bait & Tackle, 71-12-0; 2 T Todd, Ockendon Bait & Tackle, 71-0-0; 3 D Harold, Ockendon Bait & Tackle, 70-8-0; 4 R Harold, Matrix, 60-8-0; 5 G Hughes, Ockendon Bait & Tackle, 55-12-0; 6 J Penhaligan, Ockendon Bait & Tackle, 54-8-0.
OXFORDSHIRE WINTER LEAGUE PRACTICE (SUN) Kennet & Avon Canal, Upper Dunmill (40 pegs)
Big perch figured in the leading weights in this practice match, and winner Geoff Lewendon netted a 2lb 8oz fish backed by smaller fish on long pole and lobworm backed by roach on squatt from his peg on the big tree above the lock to weigh in 8-14-0. Martin Kirk took two big perch on lobworm plus roach on squatt from the end peg for second on 8-5-0.
Result: 1 G Lewendon, Drennan Oxford, 8-14-0; 2 M Kirk, Sensas A4, 8-5-0; 3 J Beesley, Drennan Oxford, 6-6-0; 4 K Holmes, Sensas A4, 6-3-0.
SSP TYLER’S COMMON (SAT) Horseshoe Lake (24 pegs)
The cold weather has finally made its mark on the weights, and although a ton was needed to win, the backing weights were well down. Graham Dack led the way with 122-0-0 of carp to 8lb plus skimmers off peg 14, fishing maggot at 13m and in the side. Micky Hood on peg 26 followed with 67-8-0 of carp, perch and skimmers to claim second.
Result: 1 G Dack, Maver/SSP Baits, 122-0-0; 2 M Hood, SSP Tyler’s Common, 67-8-0; 3 J Hunt, Ockendon Bait & Tackle, 66-8-0; 4 G Forman, Maver Coleman’s Bait & Tackle/Matchpack, 65-4-0; 5 G Burton, SSP Tyler’s Common, 61-8-0; 6 J Eldrid, SSP Tyler’s Common, 57-0-0.
STAFFORD MOOR SILVERMANIAC QUALIFIER (SAT) Tanner’s, Pines, Oak & Woodpecker Lakes (56 pegs)
The race was on to bag a qualifying spot for Sunday’s £1,000 winner-takes-all final, and Andy Griffiths ensured his name was first on the list after winning the whole match with 18-7-0 from peg 36 on Tanner’s Lake. Long pole tactics with red maggot saw him land skimmers, roach and a bonus tench. Andy finished well in front of second-placed Rob Henrick, who took 13-11-0 from peg 4 on the same lake.
Result: 1 A Griffiths, Cheltenham, 18-7-0; 2 R Henrick, Long Eaton Victoria, 13-11-0; 3 S Clark, Stafford Moor, 12-6-0; 4 A Marshall, Banstead, 11-2-0; 5 P Randell, Sensas, 10-2-0; 6 A Lee, Preston Innovations Delcac, 9-12-0.
needed just 10-5-0 to win.