Winter League R4

Winter League Round 4,  Sunday 26th November:

It looked like a day for the bread punch early doors as only tiny roach were coming over the bank.  However, it was the anglers sticking to the maggot who were eventually rewarded, picking up the larger fish.  Peter Slade fished red maggot over ground bait at 9 meters to slowly put a 6lbs winning bag of silvers together.  It was a very slow start but Pete held his nerve whilst all around him anglers were catching the small roach.

It was a similar story in the Lower Basin  with Tony Hilias netting 4 1/2lbs of silvers to take second place, and move 2 points clear at the top of the league table. Len Hancock was close to 4lbs to take third place, demonstrating the punch was not the way to go.

There were section wins for Jean Bowden (Lower Basin) and Adrian Hill (Second Basin), both with 3lb+ nets of silvers, largely taken on the maggot.

The best punch bread bag was Simon Allen with 2lbs 9ozs of the miniature red fins, and the hard luck story goes to Tony Johns who held onto a carp for some time before losing what would have been a match winning fish.


Pos: Angler Lbs ozs Peg No. Pts
1 Peter Slade 5lbs 13oz 31 20
2 Tony Hilias 4lbs 7oz 20 19
3 Len Hancock 3lbs 14ozs 15 18
4 Adrian Hill 3lbs 12oz 25 17
5 Jean Bowden 3lbs 1oz 17 16
6 Simon Allen 2lbs 9oz 33 15
7 Simon Hockaday 2lbs 7oz 19 14
8 Paul Drissell 1lbs 15oz 26 13
9 Dick Turner 1lbs 14ozs 30 12
10 Mike Bowden 1lbs 9oz 32 11
11 Jim Escott 1lbs 7oz 16 10
12 Wayne Burnard 1lbs 6oz 29 9
13 Ian Gray 1lbs 2oz 28 8
14 Paul Braund 1lbs 27 7
=15 Dave Allen 15oz 13 5.5
=15 Kevin Hill 15oz 18 5.5
17 Dean 13oz 35 4
18 Steve Whitehouse 12oz 34 3
=19 Matt Sampson 4oz 14 1.5
=19 Tony Johns 4oz 12 1.5
Winter League Table
Pos: Angler No. Matches Fished Pts
1 Tony Hilias 4 70
=2 Simon Allen 4 68
=2 Peter Slade 4 68
4 Adrian Hill 4 67
5 Len Hancock 3 47
6 Paul Drissell 4 45
7 Nathan Underwood 2 42
8 Kevin Hill 3 40.5
9 Jean Bowden 4 39
10 Steve Whitehouse 4 36
11 Dick Turner 4 33
12 Rob Fuller 2 31
13 Paul Braund 3 25.5
14 Trevor Vernalls 2 25
15 Mike Bowden 4 23.5
16 Simon Hockaday 3 21
17 Dave Allen 2 20.5
18 Mark Gratton 2 19
=19 Ady Larkins 2 18.5
=19 Matt Sampson 4 18.5
21 Jim Escott 2 17
22 Wayne Burnard 2 13
23 Ian Croxton 1 12
=24 Peter Giles 2 11
=24 Steve Palmer 1 11
26 Dean 3 6.5
27 Tony Johns 1 1.5
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Winter League R3

Winter League Round 3,  Sunday 12th November:

Apologies for the late posting, have been bashing the barbel and chub in France!

Pos: Angler Lbs ozs Peg No. Pts
1 Kevin Hill 6lbs 13oz 20 17
2 Adrian Hill 6lbs 12oz 15 16
3 Tony Hilias 4lbs 14ozs 17 15
4 Len Hancock 4lbs 7oz 16 14
5 Steve Whitehouse 3lbs 15oz 18 13
6 Rob Fuller 3lbs 5oz 28 12
7 Simon Allen 3lbs 1oz 26 11
8 Peter Slade 2lbs 13oz 13 10
9 Tony Johns 2lbs 6ozs 33 9
10 Paul Drissell 2lbs 3oz 27 8
11 Trevor Vernalls 2lbs 2oz 32 7
=12 Matt Sampson 1lbs 13oz 31 5.5
=12 Ady Larkins 1lbs 13oz 29 5.5
14 Jean Bowden 1lbs 12oz 14 4
15 Mark Gratton 1lbs 11oz 34 3
16 Mike Bowden 9oz 30 2
17 Dick Turner 19
Winter League Table
Pos: Angler No. Matches Fished Pts
1 Simon Allen 3 53
2 Tony Hilias 3 51
3 Adrian Hill 3 50
4 Peter Slade 3 48
5 Nathan Underwood 2 42
6 Kevin Hill 2 35
7 Steve Whitehouse 3 33
8 Paul Drissell 3 32
9 Rob Fuller 2 31
10 Len Hancock 2 29
11 Trevor Vernalls 2 25
12 Jean Bowden 3 23
13 Dick Turner 3 22
=14 Paul Braund 2 18.5
=14 Ady Larkins 2 18.5
16 Matt Sampson 3 17
17 Dave Allen 1 15
18 Mike Bowden 3 12.5
19 Ian Croxton 1 12
=20 Peter Giles 2 11
=20 Steve Palmer 1 11
=22 Jim Escott 1 7
=22 Simon Hockaday 2 7
24 Wayne Burnard 1 4
25 Dean 2 2.5
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Winter League R2

Winter League Round 2,  Sunday 29th October:

Pos: Angler Lbs ozs Peg No. Pts
1 Nathan Underwood 13lbs 13oz 15 20
2 Simon Allen 8lbs 15oz 14 19
3 Peter Slade 8lbs 16 18
4 Adrian Hill 6lbs 15oz 13 17
5 Mark Gratton 6lbs 12oz 19 16
6 Tony Hilias 4lbs 14oz 32 15
7 Steve Whitehouse 4lbs 12oz 29 14
8 Ady Larkins 4lbs 9oz 28 13
9 Paul Drissell 4lbs 5ozs 34 12
10 Steve Palmer 4lbs 2oz 26 11
11 Dick Turner 3lbs 13oz 18 10
=12 Paul Braund 3lbs 8oz 33 8.5
=12 Matt Sampson 3lbs 8oz 27 8.5
14 Len Hancock 2lbs 9oz 43 7
15 Peter Giles 2lbs 7oz 46 6
16 Simon Hockaday 2lbs 6oz 17 5
17 Kevin Hill 2lbs 4oz 44 4
18 Jean Bowden 2lbs 30 3
=19 Mike Bowden 15oz 31 1.5
=19 Dean 15oz 45 1.5
Winter League Table
Pos: Angler No. Matches Fished Pts
1 Simon Allen 2 42
2 Nathan Underwood 2 42
3 Peter Slade 2 38
4 Tony Hilias 2 36
5 Adrian Hill 2 34
6 Paul Drissell 2 24
7 Dick Turner 2 22
8 Steve Whitehouse 2 20
=9 Rob Fuller 1 19
=9 Jean Bowden 2 19
11 Paul Braund 2 18.5
=12 Trevor Vernalls 1 18
=12 Kevin Hill 1 18
=14 Len Hancock 1 15
=14 Dave Allen 1 15
15 Ady Larkins 1 13
16 Ian Croxton 1 12
17 Matt Sampson 2 11.5
=18 Peter Giles 2 11
=18 Steve Palmer 1 11
20 Mike Bowden 2 10.5
=21 Jim Escott 1 7
=21 Simon Hockaday 2 7
23 Wayne Burnard 1 4
24 Dean 2 2.5
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Cormorant Watch

CormorantWatch 2

The Angling Trust has called on the government to do more to protect rivers and lakes from fish-eating birds.

In a letter to Fisheries Minister George Eustice, the Angling Trust is demanding a doubling of the number of cormorants licensed to be shot in England annually to 6,000. It also calls for the relaxing of the requirement for evidence that goosanders are damaging fisheries before a licence will be issued.

The Angling Trust says the new measures are needed to halt the decline in coarse and game fish in England, particularly endangered salmon and eels which are now at critically low levels nationally.  Other species such as roach, dace, trout and barbel have also seen numbers fall in many rivers and lakes.

The letter coincides with the launch of Cormorant Watch 2– a website where members of the public can record sightings of cormorants, goosanders, red-breasted mergansers and their roost locations.  Over 120,000 sightings of birds were recorded when the first edition of Cormorant Watch was launched in 2012, which helped the Angling Trust make the case for the introduction of Area-Based Licences (ABLs) for lethal control of birds, which have reduced bureaucracy and costs for hard-pressed fishery managers and angling clubs.

Visit www.cormorantwatch.com to record your sightings

Pressure from angling organisations and angling-related businesses initially saw a previous government introduce a limit on cormorants licensed to be shot of 2,000, with a temporary increase to 3,000. Since then, the work of the Angling Trust has led to fishery managers applying for a far greater number of cormorant licences.

Despite this progress, angling’s representative body believes that a new annual limit of 6,000 for cormorants and a simpler process for licensing the control of goosanders to enable far more than the 283 shot last year are both required. The low number of goosander licences issued is despite the fact that fisheries have put in a huge amount of volunteer time and effort to provide evidence by organised bird counts to prove to Natural England that larger numbers are needed to protect fisheries. Natural England have rejected several strong cases for goosander licences on the basis of insufficient evidence of need for lethal control.

The Minister promised in a letter to the Angling Trust in 2013 that he would review the upper limit of cormorants licenced to be shot if there was evidence of demand. After two winters of licences exceeding 3,000 birds, the Angling Trust believes that this condition has now been met.

Similar demands will be developed in Wales and Scotland based on the results of Cormorant Watch 2 over the next six months.

The Angling Trust continues to believe that the best outcome would be for cormorants to be included on the general licence as long as the conservation status of the birds is not threatened. However, we have not been able to persuade ministers to adopt this approach which is why we are pressing for the best possible outcomes within the licensing framework.

The angling community invests many thousands of hours in volunteer time in using non-lethal means to deter cormorants from their fisheries but lethal control is needed when other means have been exhausted.

More than one million people fish in rivers and lakes in England and Wales, and the freshwater angling industry employs 30,000 people, generating billions for the economy each year.

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust & Fish Legal said: “Stocks of salmon, eels and many river coarse fish have declined dramatically in the past couple of decades and predation from cormorants and goosanders is a key factor in the context of widespread pollution and loss of habitat. UK anglers would like to see governments in England, Wales and Scotland protect threatened fish stocks by allowing fishery managers greater freedom to control cormorants and goosanders, the population of which would not be at all endangered by our sensible proposals.  We urge all anglers to record sightings of these birds and their roosts on our easy-to-use Cormorant Watch 2 web site so that we can have the evidence to change policy and the way it is implemented throughout the UK.”

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Winter League R1

Winter League Round 1,  Sunday 15th October:

Pos: Angler Lbs ozs Peg No. Pts
1 Simon Allen 11lbs 1oz 30 23
2 Nathan Underwood 9lbs 11oz 13 22
3 Tony Hilias 7lbs 11oz 14 21
4 Peter Slade 6lbs 12oz 26 20
5 Rob Fuller 6lbs 9oz 32 19
6 Trevor Vernalls 6lbs 6oz 18 18
7 Adrian Hill 6lbs 5oz 28 17
8 Jean Bowden 6lbs 1oz 20 16
9 Dave Allen 5lbs 15ozs 3 15
10 Kevin Hill 5lbs 10oz 33 14
=11 Paul Drissell 5lbs 6oz 2 12
=11 Dick Turner 5lbs 6oz 19 12
=11 Ian Croxton 5lbs 6oz 17 12
14 Paul Braund 4lbs 8oz 15 10
15 Mike Bowden 4lbs 3oz 31 9
16 Len Hancock 3lbs 10oz 29 8
17 Jim Escott 3lbs 9oz 5 7
18 Steve Whitehouse 3lbs 4oz 16 6
19 Peter Giles 3lbs 2oz 27 5
20 Wayne Burnard 2lb 9oz 34 4
21 Matt Sampson 1lb 5oz 7 3
22 Simon Hockaday 13oz 4 2
23 Dean 11oz 6 1
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Pairs League R8 (Final)

Pairs League Round 8 (Final Round)

Sunday 1st October 2017

The New Halwill Hustlers ended the season as league champions with a win in the final pairs match of the season.  It was a case of good, but not section winning bags from both Nathan Underwood and Ian Gray that tipped the balance in the Hustler’s favour as other teams failed to get their acts together.  Tony Johns did take a side bet of £2.47 off Nathan, winning the Whalesborough Lake section with an exhibition in waggler fishing and near 11lb bag.  Unfortunately for Tony, Braunder finished last in the Stock Pond section so the Tiscott Boys failed to podium and ended up fourth in the league.

A Carp taken on the tip with 20 minutes to go propelled Tacker Giles up the results sheet and when combined with a steady result from Adrian Hill it gave the Bude Bay Pirates second place on the day.

Steve Whitehouse won the Pond section with 12lbs of carp for the Lynstone Lads but Simon Hockaday could not find the bonus fish from the Lake so they ended joint third with the Lager Louts.  The Lager Louts were living up to their name and the celebrations of the previous evening may have played a part in preventing Ady Larkins finding the additional 5 ounces required to back up Kevin Hills second place on the Lake and take third place outright.

Results (Whalesborough Lake  Section Angler 1)

Team Angler 1 Weight 1 Peg Angler 2 Weight 2 Peg Pts
1 New Halwill Hustlers N Underwood 10lb 10oz 17 I Gray 6lb 13oz 8 16
2 Bude Bay Pirates A Hill 8lb 1oz 11 P Giles 4lbs 12oz 5 14
=3 Lynstone Lads S Hockaday 1lb 11oz 6 S Whitehouse 12lb 11ozs 10 13
=3 Lager Louts K Hill 10lb 11ozs 5 A Larkins 1lb 14oz 3 13
5 Tiscott Boys T Johns 10lb 15oz 15 P Braund 3oz 4 12
=6 Me and My Boy A Allen 6lb 9ozs 3 D Allen 4lb 7oz 7 11
=6 New Team Faint Heart D Turner 7lb 14oz 19 P Slade 2lb 2oz 9 11
8 Mr & Mrs M Bowden 2lb 9oz 13 J Bowden 1lbs 11oz 11 7
9 Brendon All Stars P Attenborough 1lb 9oz 2 M Sampson 1lbs 5ozs 6 4
10 Old Guys Rule G Pessell 11oz 8 1

Pairs League (No. of Matches in Brackets)

Pos. Team Points
1 New Halwill Hustlers (8) 70
2 Me and My Boy (8) 63.5
3 The Lager Louts (8) 50.5
4 Tiscott Boys (8) 50
5 New Team Faint Heart (8) 48
6 Lynstone Lads (8) 42
7 Bude Bay Pirates (7) 38
8 The Brendon all Stars (8) 34.5
9 Old Guys Rule (8) 22.5
10 Cosmic Angling (3) 15
11 Carp or Bust (1) 11
12 Mr & Mrs (5) 10.5
13 P Att (1) 10
14 JIM (1) 3
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