Yearly Archives: 2020

Winter League Round Three

Round three saw us back fishing Privates pond and the Canal and yet again we faced poor fishing conditions.  With heavy rain leading up to the match water levels were up a foot and very coloured.

So far in the league it doesn’t seem to matter where you draw as winning weights have been coming from all over our waters, which makes for a great match.

Adam Logan has had a fantastic start to the Winter League, having two section wins already.  This week saw him on Peg 5 on Privates – this peg didn’t fish well the the last match with only 7oz coming off it.  Adam was still confident of catching and fished two lines, ground bait at 12m and casters at 5m, and after a slow start he was soon catching quality Roach and skimmers to win his third section in a row.

Jim Mercer drew Peg 12 on Privates pond and having won his section on the pond last time out he was full of confidence going into the match.  Jim fished pinkies over ground bait and had a lovely day, catching small Skimmers and Roach to win his section for the second week running.

Young Olly Flindall was on Peg 22 on the road side of the pond, and was eager to make amends for a bad result the previous week.  After speaking to a few “in the know” he put a plan together.  Olly fished ground bait and maggots at 11m and casters at 5m and it worked a treat as he won his section and beat his Dad again…

The first section on the Canal – Pegs 13 to 17 – saw five very good Canal anglers pegged together.  Ade Knighton drew end Peg 12 and showed his class, experience and knowledge (squashing the rumors he’s past it) – he fished casters down the track and had a great day catching a Roach a chuck.  Craig Logan was on Peg 16 and decided to target the Bream which nearly worked, catching two over 3lb and a few skimmers.

The second Section on the canal was on the Stock Pond – Pegs 23 to 27.  Only one person caught from this section the previous match so expectations were low.  However, as it turned out this section fished the best, with all anglers catching well.  Coming out on top was Carl Wilson with an excellent 15lb, to not only win his section but also the match.  Carl made the decision to fish for bonus fish, fishing soft pellets and caught 3 Carp.  Well done Carl!

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New Fish 2020

The Committee are pleased to announce we have stocked our waters over the past month with over 5000 fish.

The stocking has been split between the Canal and Privates pond, and a topping up of Roughs pond.

Stocked fish include Roach, Bream, Chub, Tench, Common Carp, Mirror Carp and Crucian Carp.

Happy Fishing.

December 20th – Beechwood Kingfisher

This week saw us fishing the Kingfisher pond at Beechwood.  The weather forecast must have been good as Craig Radford graced us with his presence…  Luckily for the rest of us Craig is allergic to the cold and normally doesn’t fish in the winter months, giving the rest of us a chance 😉.

The pond has had winning weights from all areas throughout the year and as it’s been a few weeks since we last fished Kingfisher nobody could predict which area of the pond would fish best.  Ade Knighton on Peg 12 was giving a master class in feeder fishing, casting a feeder to pin point accuracy across to the far bank – it’s a shame this was the only area of his Peg with no fish in!  It still looked good Ade.  Mick Burke was trying not to be out done on Peg 11 but failed miserably by spending more time casting into the trees on the far bank than in the water.  This worked well for both Craig Logan and Olly Flindall as this meant the Carp moved into their Pegs and they both made the most of it.  After a slow first hour, a change to dobbing bread at 14m saw both catch Carp up to 10lb.  Tony Males on Peg 6 was also catching steadily, fishing the pole long to the island.  Sue Reid was catching yet again on peg 20.  Sue fished pole and pellets, catching Carp up to 10lb which proved too much for her son Danny off the next Peg, who decided to call it a day with 3hrs to go.

Ade, Craig and the committee would like to thank you all for your support this year.  It’s been a difficult time organizing the matches and complying with Covid rules and we appreciate everyone making the most of a bad situation.

1st  Craig Logan – 161lb 5oz

2nd  Olly Flindal – 96lb 12oz

3rd  Tony Males – 60lb 13oz

Section 1  Sue Reid – 41lb 40z

Section 2  Ian Bradley – 39lb 11oz

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Aggregate League Winner

Congratulations to Ian Bradley on winning this years Aggregate League.  Ian has been close to winning this for a number of years and well deserves the title this year.

1st  Ian Bradly

2nd  Craig Logan

3rd  Ian Shaw

Winter league Round Two

This was the second round of the Winter League.  Sections were split over two waters with two sections on the Canal and three on Privates pond.

The weather conditions could not have been worse leading up to the match, with freezing temperatures and lots of rain – the waters were incredibly cold and colored.

Canal pegs 21 – 28 seemed the place most competitors wanted to draw, with a few having a practice in the week leading up to the match and catching quite well.

The fishing turned out to be incredibly hard going, with all anglers struggling for bites.  But this also meant that everyone had a good chance of section points with only ounces separating competitors by the end of the match.

Canal section 1 – won by Ray Agent on Peg 14.  Ray fished maggots catching small roach, beating Pete Beard on the next peg by 1oz

Canal Section 2 – won by Ian Shaw on Peg 23.  Ian was the only one to catch in his section.  Ian fed a few maggots at a time with maggots on the hook.  Mick Burke did catch a small Roach but missed his keepnet with the pressure and excitement of catching a fish…. 😂

Privates Section 1 – won by Jim Mercer on Peg 2.  Jim fished pinkies up to the island and caught two Tench, a small Carp, plus a few small Roach, to not only win his section but the match overall.  Well Done Jim.

Privates section 2 – won by club favorite Craig Logan on Peg 12.  Craig fed ground bait at the start and fished pinkies over the top, catching small Roach and skimmers.

Privates section 3 – won by Adam Logan on Peg 23.   Adam fished pinkies over ground bait catching small Roach and a bonus Perch.

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December 6th – Robinswood Lake 2

This is the first match after the latest lockdown and even with the appalling weather, all competitors couldn’t wait to get back fishing a match.  As always, thank you to everyone for complying with the Covid Restriction rules that are in place.

The match got underway with Sue Reid on Peg 13 catching the first Carp and quickly followed by two more.  Sue was fishing pole at 12m, feeding micros with soft pellet on the hook.  Second to catch was golden oldie Dave Harris.  Dave came into this match full of confidence after winning his last match.  Dave drew Peg 18 and fished his margin from the off – after a slow start he started to catch Carp regularly, feeding micros with corn on the hook. Dave Perry was also putting the odd Carp in the net fishing opposite Harris on Peg 15, again fishing his margins.  Ian Shaw was having a nightmare on Peg 11 losing his first 5 Carp until a change in tactics saw him put 5 Carp in the net in the last two hours.  As time was called Dave Harris estimated he had 37lb 🤔 and looked to had done enough to win but it was too close to call for 2nd and 3rd.

1st  Dave Harris – 56lb 11oz

2nd  Sue Reid 24lb 13oz

3rd  Ian Shaw 23lb 6oz

Section 1  Mick Burke – 1lb 5oz

Section 2  Dave Perry – 23lb 2oz

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Winter League News

We have rearranged the cancelled November match to Sunday 13th December.  The match will be held on the Canal – Pegs 13 to 28 – and Privates Pond.  Can all competitors please let Craig or Ade know if you are able to attend.


Match Fishing

Following the governments (Coronavirus, Restrictions) club matches have been cancelled. 5th November – 2nd December 2020

The winter league match on the 15th November will be rearranged.

Angling Trust (coronavirus fishing Restrictions)

Fish safely, locally and respect the ‘rule of two’ during lockdown

Having now examined the government’s new Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations the Angling Trust is pleased to be able to offer some initial guidance and interpretation to anglers and fishery providers. Our formal guidelines will be published following further consultation with colleagues at Sport England and DCMS once Parliament has debated the regulations today and passed them into law.

Overall the Angling Trust is pleased that ministers have recognised the value of allowing angling and some other forms of outdoor recreation to continue through the forthcoming lockdown period. However, the new rules are more complicated than we had hoped and anglers should be fully aware of what we can and can’t do in the next 28 days.

How to Fish

The regulations are clear and you can only leave home to fish with members of your own household, your support bubble or with one other individual. The Rule of Six is now effectively the Rule of Two for most of us. The tightening of the rules on ‘gatherings’ means that match fishing or any other organised fishing event is prohibited by law during lockdown. However, competitive fishing will be able to resume once there is a return to the three tier system of restrictions.

On this basis we can announce that all Angling Trust competitions are suspended for the period covering 5th November – 2nd December 2020.

Where to Fish

Angling is deemed a permissible form of ‘outdoor recreation’, and a lawful reason to leave home. It can take place, without time limits, within the provision allowing people  “to visit a public outdoor space for the purposes of open air recreation”.

A ‘public outdoor space’ is defined as an ‘outdoor place to which the public have, or are permitted, access (whether on payment or otherwise).’ We believe this clearly includes riverbanks, towpaths, beaches and stillwaters that can either be accessed freely or on the payment of a day ticket or subscription levied by the owner or leased to a publicly available fishing association. The government clearly intends for people to be able to take their outdoor exercise and recreation in the form of angling and these regulations allow this to occur.

Fisheries are not on the published list of businesses that the government has ordered to close and there is no reason that they should do so providing that they operate in accordance with the rules

It does not permit club outings or organised amateur sporting activities of any sort. All indoor or social facilities in any way connected with a fishing venue must close or refer to the relevant Government guidance. Fishing tackle shops, whether onsite or not, can only operate a ‘click and collect’ service.

Travelling to fish

Whilst the government have chosen not to write their travel guidance into law we are urging anglers to respect the advice which states that it is permissible to travel in order to:

“to spend time or exercise outdoors – this should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space)”

Put simply, you can travel to go fishing but long journeys should be avoided ‘wherever possible’. Sea anglers should focus on their local beaches and fishing marks and freshwater anglers should not be travelling hundreds of miles in search of fishing during lockdown. It is up to the individual to apply common sense and act within the spirit of the government’s guidance. You absolutely cannot leave home to fish if you have Coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating.

How long to fish

There are no limits on the time that can be spent on outdoor recreation which means that anglers are able to continue fishing into and through the hours of darkness providing the other rules are observed.

Fishery Management

Essential fishery management work, which clearly cannot be undertaken from home, can continue as can any necessary, socially distanced working parties fall within the provisions for ‘voluntary work’. Appropriate risk assessments must be in place and numbers should sensibly managed.


This is going to be an extremely difficult period for everybody and as anglers we must recognise that we are fortunate that our chosen form of recreation can continue even though there are restrictions on what we can do. The Angling Trust made the case for fishing based on the health and wellbeing benefits that angling offers coupled with the importance of reducing pressure on other open spaces by allowing us to continue to safely enjoy the social isolation and peace that fishing brings. It is incumbent on us all to continue to act responsibly and to fish safely, fish locally and respect the Rule of Two.


“We are obviously pleased that fishing can continue during lockdown even with the restrictions that are in place which have to temporally suspended match fishing. Angling has conducted itself safely and responsibly throughout this pandemic and the Angling Trust is determined to ensure that our chosen form of outdoor recreation remains part of the solution rather than the problem. To do this anglers must continue to fish safely, locally and responsibly. “ Jamie Cook, Angling Trust CEO

1st November – Robinswood Lake 2

Another fantastic turn out this week, which is amazing considering the awful weather.  As always, the banter on the bank was good but then it’s easy to take the mick out of our lot… 😂

It was blowing a gale down the pond, making fishing the long pole impossible on most pegs.

First to catch was Sue Reid on Peg 9, quickly followed by Tony Males on Peg 1.  However, it was a very slow start for most.  As the match progressed it looked like the Carp had moved into the shallow end of the pond out of the cold wind because most of the anglers pegged at that end of the pond were now catching.

Ian Bradley on Peg 5 was fishing pole, catching odd Carp on 8mm hard pellets.  Jim Marcer on Peg 31 was catching Carp down his margins, feeding casters with maggots on the hook.  Ian Shaw was also catching well on Peg 24 – Ian was fishing meat down his margin and two plus two and kept rotating both lines.

In the final hour the wind started to calm down giving anglers a chance to present a bait properly and as a result the odd Carp was starting to be caught from other areas of the pond.  Alas, it was too late to make an impact on the final weights.

1st  Ian Shaw – 58lb 4oz

2nd  Jim Marcer – 47lb 1oz

3rd  Ian Bradly – 42lb 9oz

4th  Tony Males – 28lb 9oz

Section 1  Sue Reid – 16lb 15oz

Section 2  Dave Meakin – 15lb 7oz