Winter League R6

Winter League, 6,  Sunday 11th February:

An icy northerly wind with wintry showers made for tough conditions, especially for those drawing the Lower Basin.  The match itself was effectively decided in the first and last 30 minutes of the contest.  Paul Braund was off to a flyer on end peg 26, landing an 8lb carp from his second cast of the day.  That fish was winning the contest until Matt Sampson, fishing the other end of the section on peg 33 netted a 1olb carp with just 30 minutes to go.  The only other fish to come out of the Second Basin was a 9oz skimmer caught early doors by Tony Hillas.  The other 5 anglers in the section blanked although Rob Fuller did briefly have a carp on at the end of the match but his light tackle was no match and he lost the fish trying to ‘bully’ it to the net under the 15 minutes landing rule.

Trevor Vernalls was the only angler to find the silvers in any numbers and he battled the Lower Basin  strong wind to bag nearly 4lbs on the long pole to finish third.  Steve Whithouse did manage to net a 3lb slab to take the section win.

With Simon Allen blanking (I think Tony Hillas reminded Si throughout the 5 hours), the top of the winter league has closed up with 4 anglers in the frame, latest odds from Braundy Betting:    Simon Allen 5/9,  Peter Slade 1/1, Tony Hillas 3/2, Adrian Hill 100/30.

May you all draw lucky.

Pos: Angler Lbs ozs Peg No. Pts
1 Matt Sampson 1olbs 33 16
2 Paul Braund 8lbs 7oz 26 15
3 Trevor Vernalls 3lb 14oz 15 14
4 Steve Whitehouse 3lbs 8oz 17 13
5 Mark Gratton 10oz 13 12
6 Tony Hillas 9oz 31 11
7 Peter Giles 4oz 14 10
=8 Ady Larkins 2oz 18 8.5
=8 Peter Slade 2oz 19 8.5
10 Kevin Hill 1oz 15 7
Adrian Hill 20
Rob Fuller 27
Dave Allen 28
Simon Hockaday 29
Len Hancock 30
Simon Allen 32
Winter League Table
Pos: Angler No. Matches Fished Pts
1 Simon Allen 6 94
2 Peter Slade 6 92.5
3 Tony Hillas 6 90
4 Adrian Hill 6 89
5 Kevin Hill 5 63.5
=6 Len Hancock 5 63
=6 Steve Whitehouse 6 62
8 Paul Drissell 5 56.5
9 Nathan Underwood 3 56
11 Rob Fuller 4 54
10 Matt Sampson 6 53.5
12 Ady Larkins 4 50
14 Paul Braund 5 41.5
13 Mark Gratton 4 41
15 Jean Bowden 5 40
16 Dave Allen 4 39.5
20 Trevor Vernalls 3 39
17 Dick Turner 4 35
18 Simon Hockaday 5 33.5
19 Mike Bowden 5 30.5
21 Guy Pessell 1 24
22 Peter Giles 4 22
23 Jim Escott 2 17
=24 Wayne Burnard 2 13
=24 Ian Croxton 2 13
26 Steve Palmer 1 11
27 Tony Johns 2 8.5
28 Dean Ferris 4 7.5
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Canal Fish Stocking

Canal Fish Stock 2018

Guy and Steve Supervise

You possibly wonder what your rod license pays for these days so I am happy to report that Courtesy of the Environment Agency we received a delivery of fish from their Calverton Fish Farm.  We received:    500 Roach, 500 Rudd, 500 Tench, 500 Bream and 100 Crucians.

Tench Silvers Being Stocked

You will see from the photo’s they were good sized (bigger than last year) healthy fish and I am happy to report all swam away with no casualties.

Bigger than last Year!

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Winter League R5

Winter League, Fur and Feather Round 5,  Sunday 14th January:

At least no one could complain about the weather this time around.  A bumper turnout on a cold but sunny day, the only thing that was missing were the roach, not even the eyes seemed interested (red fined ba***rds!).

With nothing happening on peg 1, and contemplating a cast into the river for a bass, Simon Allen decided to go down the edge for the carp instead.  Using pop up boilee and casting towards the Lock he tempted two lumps for a combined weight of 13lb 7ozs, winning the match and the biggest fish prize with a 7lb 5oz common.  London Tone on peg 2 could only watch in dismay as he saw his league lead disappear along with his £5 bet* with Si, he asked for a £3 cash out option after Si’s first carp, but Si refused.

Meanwhile on pegs 25 and 26 Guy Pessell and Ady Larkins were going skimmer for skimmer throughout the match.  In the end Guy attracted a better stamp of fish, mostly taken on double red,  and edged past Ady by 2ozs with a 5lbs 13oz net for second place, pushing Ady into third.

There were section wins for Rob Fuller who did consistently find a few roach in the Second Basin for a 3lb return, Adrian Hill who banked over 2lbs of silvers to win the Lower Basin section, and Tony Hillas (aka London Tone) who’s 1oz was enough to win the narrows section courtesy of Simon Allen’s win.

Apologies for the lack of peg numbers in the results below, I will try and rectify this asap.  I am still trying to figure out how I managed to blank and ended up in biscuit territory!

*Please note, on bank betting is not condoned by the Association and is undertaken entirely at the anglers own risk.

Pos: Angler Lbs ozs Peg No. Pts
1 Simon Allen 13lbs 7oz 1 25
2 Guy Pessell 5lbs 13oz 25 24
3 Ady Larkins 5lbs 11ozs 26 23
4 Rob Fuller 3lbs 7oz 22
5 Adrian Hill 2lbs 6oz 15 21
6 Shaun Stenton 2lbs 4oz 20
7 Matt Sampson 2lbs 19
8 Dave Allen 1lbs 10oz 18
9 Kevin Hill 1lbs 6ozs 17
10 Peter Slade 1lbs 5oz 16
11 Len Hancock 1lbs 4oz 15
12 Nathan Underwood 1lbs 3oz 14
13 Steve Whitehouse 8oz 13
=14 Paul Drissell 7oz 11.5
=14 Simon Hockaday 7oz 28 11.5
16 Mark Gratton 4oz 10
17 Tony Hillas 1oz 2 9
=18 Mike Bowden 1/2oz 7
=18 Tony Johns 1/2oz 7
=18 Paul Attenborough 1/2oz 7
=21 Dean Ferris
=21 Jean Bowden
=21 Ian Croxton
=21 Peter Giles
=21 Paul Braund 27
Winter League Table
Pos: Angler No. Matches Fished Pts
1 Simon Allen 5 93
2 Adrian Hill 5 88
3 Peter Slade 5 84
4 Tony Hillas 5 79
5 Len Hancock 4 62
6 Kevin Hill 4 57.5
7 Paul Drissell 5 56.5
8 Nathan Underwood 3 56
9 Rob Fuller 3 53
10 Steve Whitehouse 5 49
11 Ady Larkins 3 41.5
12 Jean Bowden 5 40
13 Dave Allen 3 38.5
14 Matt Sampson 5 37.5
15 Dick Turner 4 35
16 Simon Hockaday 4 32.5
17 Mike Bowden 5 30.5
18 Mark Gratton 3 29
19 Paul Braund 4 26.5
20 Trevor Vernalls 2 25
21 Guy Pessell 1 24
22 Jim Escott 2 17
23 Wayne Burnard 2 13
24 Ian Croxton 2 13
=25 Peter Giles 3 12
=25 Steve Palmer 1 11
27 Tony Johns 2 8.5
28 Dean Ferris 4 7.5
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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 35
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 23
=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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