Un­ex­pected prize catch

Anglers Mail - - Where To Fish -

AFEW weeks ago I fished the An­gling Star con­trib­u­tors re­union match, and in­stead of big pools money we had a small pool and brought prizes, the win­ner get­ting first choice, and so on.

I was lucky enough to scrape into sec­ond place, so got a good choice from the ta­ble. I love read­ing and love fish­ing books, so when I saw a book on the ta­ble cov­ered with a few floats and lures, I thought I had to have it.

I put it on my book shelf and thought no more about it un­til ear­lier this week, when I de­cided to have a look at it.

I was shocked to find it was York­shire leg­ends Dave Tip­ping and Tim Ridge’s The Still Wa­ter An­gler, a book I’d heard great things about when it was re­leased in 2011.

I’d bid for a copy on eBay many years ago, but lost out by be­ing too tight-fisted, and haven’t seen it any­where since.

I shouldn’t have been that shocked, as both Dave and Tim were at the match, but I have to say it was the best and most gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tion to the prize ta­ble there was – it made my of­fer­ing of a rod feel a bit tight!

What re­ally shocked me, though, was that when I opened it I found it was a first edi­tion signed by the au­thors and il­lus­tra­tor.

Best of all, it was a great read, writ­ten by two an­glers who re­ally put across what it is like to be ad­dicted to this great pas­time we are all hooked on. No rig di­a­grams or shot­ting pat­terns, but a gen­uine, thought-pro­vok­ing ex­pres­sion of their love of fish­ing, which I read at a sin­gle sitting. I loved it, and if you ever see a copy on eBay or in a sec­ond­hand shop, buy it. You won’t be dis­ap­pointed.

The Still Wa­ter An­gler, by Dave and Tim – worth much more than a few quid in pools pay­out.

over the same line if bites dry up. Cage feeder with liq­uidised bread and flake or crust on the hook worth a try for the chub. Lob­worms work when there’s a bit of colour in the wa­ter.

River Ouse

Where? Naburn Lock, Naburn, York, YO19 4RU. Day tick­ets £3. Naburn Lock Car­a­van Park.

Tel: 01904 728697.

What’s be­ing caught? Some ex­cel­lent bream sport re­ported in re­cent weeks, from the pegs just be­low the weir. Aim to fish as it’s back­ing up or from high tide, as this is when it colours up and the bream start feed­ing. Tac­tics? Open-end feeder with ground­bait and plenty of chopped worm and cast­ers, with mag­gots or worms on the hook.

River Wharfe

Where? Bos­ton Spa town cen­tre, West York­shire, LS23 6HD. Day tick­ets £4, from the vil­lage newsagents. Tel: Acomb Tackle on 01904 785237. What’s be­ing caught? A good stretch for win­ter fish­ing, with plenty of grayling to tar­get, as well as dace, chub and bar­bel. Tac­tics? Stick float and mag­gots for a full day’s sport and plenty of bites. Bomb or feeder with meat, pel­lets, bread or lob­worms to try to pick out bet­ter spec­i­mens. S65 4TE. Day tick­ets £6 on Horse­shoe Lake; £8 on Carp Lake; £15 for 24 hours. Night fish­ing by prior ar­range­ment only. Tel: 07944 505798. What’s be­ing caught? F1s, carp, tench, roach, perch, skim­mers and chub feed­ing well on Horse­shoe Lake, 82 lb win­ning the first win­ter league match of the year. Carp Lake pro­duced a 28 lb fish re­cently, as well as some pike to dou­bles. Tac­tics? Pole or feeder for the most fish, with pel­lets best for the carp and F1s or cast­ers. Worms or mag­gots best for mixed bags. On the Carp Lake, boilies best for the carp, or dead­baits for the pike.

Kip­pax Park Fish­ery Where? Off Brigshaw Lane, Kip­pax, Leeds, West York­shire, WF10 2HR. Day tick­ets £6; £4 for mem­bers of Leeds & District ASA. Mem­ber­ship £57.

Tel: 01132 482373.

What’s be­ing caught? Af­ter the re­cent KHV scare, the fish­ery is now open again, with plenty of carp feed­ing. Osprey Lake has given the best sport, with plenty of 100 lb-plus match bags, topped by a 169 lb catch. Skim­mers roach and ide also feed­ing, bags to 20 lb re­ported. Tac­tics? Pole for the best bags, with pel­lets, corn and cat food. Bomb and small Method feed­ers also catch­ing plenty. Fish mag­gots for the sil­ver fish.

Lodge Farm Fish­ery Where?

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