Team Champions – Barnsley & District
Team Champions – Barnsley & District
Despite blazing sunshine and high water temperatures, this match produced six double figure weights for the 40 competitors in the Tyne leg of RiverFest 2018.
The winner with 19-1-0 was Maver Dynamite star Eddie Bridon who produced an awesome display of pole fishing to catch 180 dace and small chub from his peg on Bywell Road.
Fishing at 13 metres, Eddie tackled his 3ft deep swim with 0.1g and 0.3g rigs. He fed six balls of groundbait laced with loose feed to kick start his peg and caught throughout the match on maggot hookbait.
Runner up was DH Angling/ABC Baits angler Pat Adams, who was on the end peg at the Woodyard. Pat fished stick float and maggot to net 100 dace and a bonus 2.5lb chub.
Third place went to Sensas Nomads angler Martin Challenger with 16-4-0. Martin was pegged on the Forge House run off and had an all dace catch, on waggler and maggot.
Fourth was Stu Bell, Cleveland AC with 15-0-0, fifth was Charlie Burnside, Durham with 10-12-0 and sixth was Brian Rigby, Shakespeare with 10-4-0.
1. Eddie Bridon (Maver Dynamite) 19-1-0 (Q)
2. Pat Adams (DH Angling/ABC Baits) 19-0-0 (Q)
3. Martin Challenger 16-4-0
4. Stu Bell (Cleveland AC) 10-8-0
5. Charlie Burnside (Durham City AC) 10-6-0
6. Brian Rigby (Shakespeare) 10-4-0
Qualifiers: Eddie Bridon (Zone B) and Pat Adams (Zone A)
Next qualifier – Bristol Avon, Sunday July 29th
The Dynamite Baits Canal Pairs opening weekend continued on Sunday with a qualifier on the Gloucester canal near Tuffley. Thirteen pairs lined the cuts banks on a bright, still day which in turn led to a slightly patchy affair.
Once again it was the pegs in the 170’s at Rea which provided the main weights. Andy Pollard (Daiwa Gordon League) on end peg 173 took the individual honours, with 21lbs 12oz of bream on open ended feeder, with groundbait and maggot. Second on nearby 177 was Rob Skellett (Daiwa Gordon League) who caught 15lbs 10oz on the same method. Andy Jane rounded out the individual top three with a respectable 10lb 3ozs (Sensas Lobbys).
Looking at the all-important pairs results there were clear winners on the day, Ivan Currie and Chris Hook (Sensas Nomads) stormed the match with just five penalty points. However, it was a much closer affair for the second qualifying spot with a three-way tie! On weight countback it was the Daiwa Gordon League pairing of Charlie Vallender and Andy Pollard that went through, with a superior weight of 24lbs 3oz.
Over the next four months, the canal pairs will visit stretches of the canal all around the British Isles, so if your keen to get in on some great canal action, grab a mate and visit our booking site.
1) Ivan Currie & Chris Hook (Sensas Nomads) – 5 points
2) Andy Pollard & Charile Vallender (Daiwa Gordon League) – 10 points (24lbs 3oz)
3) Paul Waddington & Rob Skellet (Daiwa Gordon League) – 10 points (18lbs 2oz)
4) Mick Nowicki & Steve Long (Garbolino Blackmore Vale) – 10 points (7lbs 15oz)
5) Andy Jane & Andy Richens (Sensas Lobbys) – 12 points
The 60 competitors in this year’s first round qualifier on the River Calder in Mirfield were faced with a tricky river, that was over a foot below seasonal level and running clear.
Chub, roach, and dace were the target species and leading the pack was Nicholas Crooks who caught 13-4-0 of roach on pole and waggler from peg A4 above the weir. This made him the first angler of the series to secure a place in the big money November final.
Joining Nicholas in the final are Ian Courtney who won B zone with 10-15-0 of chub and Andy Dixon came out on top in C zone with 12-2-0 of chub.
England’s lady lions added another significant international victory to their list of honours with a win in the recent Home International Anglo Welsh Cup.
Hosted at CRT Drayton reservoir in Daventry the competition saw carp team England’s lionesses once again prove victorious lifting The Clifford Cup for the third time in a row. Unlike domestic competitions, the event is fished under FIPSed international regulations in preparation for full world championship status next year,
Three pairs from each nation took to the field at Drayton to fish head to head across three sections. England dominated two with Wales taking victory in the third. A total of 81 fish were caught by the ladies with the biggest a 20.02 oz mirror for England’s Lyn Worster and Kellie Margerrison.
“This fixture is absolutely brilliant and is where women’s international competitive carp fishing all started. It’s a historic event now and I’m pleased to say that once again England proved the strongest nation. They have been training well and their tenacity and hard work paid off. The girls were amazing and a credit has to go to the Welsh for their section win on our turf,” announced Carp Team England manager Rob Hughes.
Spodding over zigs during the day and small bags on the deck at night were the successful tactic for both teams but it was England that proved the stronger team winning two of the three sections convincingly to win with 5 points against Wales 4.
A England Kellie Margerrison / Lyn Worster
Wales Emma Dyer / Jackie Potts
B England Tania Williams / Sam Hoskins
Wales Natalie Chapman / Amy Jenkins
C Wales Sioned Weeks / Sam Roberts
England Miranda Brown / Ellen Beedham
England 2.2.1 5 points
Wales 1.1.2 4 points
With less than one week remaining until Fish’O’Mania XXV goes live we’re excited to see who’s going to be booking onto the qualifiers.
Anglers are reminded to check their online accounts, passwords and their membership status with the big launch of the tickets on Monday 29th January at 10.30, see below for further details.
Fish’O’Mania XXV Qualifiers (edited):
Wed 14th March – Viaduct Fishery, Somerton, 130 pegs
Sat 17th March – Tunnel Barn Farm, Shrewley, 160 pegs
Sat 24th March – Heronbrook Fisheries, Eccleshall, 150 pegs
Sat 7th April – Viaduct Fishery, Somerton, 130 pegs
Wed 18th April – Lindholme Lakes, Epworth, 150 pegs
Sat 21st April – Woodland View Fishery, Droitwich, 150 pegs
Wed 25th April – Tunnel Barn Farm, Shrewley, 160 pegs
Wed 2nd May – Heronbrook Fisheries, Eccleshall, 150 pegs
Sat 5th May – Partridge Lakes, Warrington, 180 pegs
Wed 9th May – Larford Lakes, Astley, 130 pegs
Sat 12th May – Tunnel Barn Farm, Shrewley, 160 pegs
Sat 19th May – Monk Lakes, Marden, 130 pegs
Wed 23rd May – Messingham Sands Fishery, Messingham, 150 pegs
Sat 26th May – Colemans Cottage Fishery, Witham, 130 pegs
Wed 30th May – Makins Fishery, Nuneaton, 150 pegs
Sat 2nd June – The Oaks Lakes, Sessay, 160 pegs
Wed 6th June – Boldings Pools, Astley Abbots, 120 pegs
Sat 9th June – Woodland Lakes, Thirsk, 150 pegs
Wed 13th June – Partridge Lakes, Warrington, 180 pegs
Wed 20th June – Lake View Fishery, Melton Mowbray, 100 pegs
Sat 23rd June – Gold Valley Lakes, Aldershot, 100 pegs
Wed 27th June – Lindholme Lakes, Epworth, 180 pegs (Edited)
*akin to Fish’O’Mania 2017 XXIV there will also be international qualifiers TBC*
Saturday 14th July – Fish’O’Mania XXV Final – Hayfield Lakes, Doncaster.
How to Book Tickets
Tickets for the Fish’O’Mania XXV qualifiers will again be sold via the Angling Trust Events booking website HERE. Due to the high demand the Angling Trust has introduced a process that ensures all anglers who want to fish in the competition can book at least one ticket per qualifier.
Ticket prices have once more remained the same at £25 per qualifier.
Please note: Anglers must have individual membership of the Angling Trust available on 0343 5077 006 or on our website. Anglers are also reminded they must be 16yrs and above in order to take part in the Main Event.
Timelines for Tickets
Round One – Monday 29th January – 10:30 until Thursday 8th February – 23:59. Anglers will be able to book a maximum of two tickets during this round.
Round Two – Tuesday 13th February – 10:30 until Monday 25th June – 11:00. There will be no restriction of the number of tickets anglers will be able to book.
Cancellations will be re-listed on the online booking system and sold on a first come first served basis. Any unused qualifying anglers’ tickets will go back on sale the next working day after the qualifier date.
The Angling Trust has a ‘How to Book Fish’O’Mania Tickets’ guide and a short video available on the website. The step by step video provides a detailed guide to navigate members through the booking process.
Anglers are advised to go onto to the online booking system prior to tickets going on sale to check their log in details. Forgotten passwords can be changed through the booking site very quickly, however at peak periods there can be delays, so plan ahead to make sure you can book your tickets. Any issues surrounding the online system can call us on 0115 822 4519/ 0115 822 4532.
Matchroom Multi Sport are delighted to announce that Fish‘O’Mania XXV will take place at Hayfield Lakes in Doncaster on Saturday, July 14 2018.
The annual ‘FA Cup of Fishing’ was staged at Hayfield Lakes on 11 consecutive occasions from 1997 and will return to the Yorkshire venue this summer with a field of 24 anglers, comprising 22 UK qualifiers and two international qualifiers.
Fish‘O’Mania will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2018 with anglers once again competing for the £50,000 winner’s cheque on the Island Lake at Hayfield. The Ladies and Junior tournaments will also be staged on Saturday, July 14 at Hayfield Lakes.
Matchroom Sport Chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are thrilled that Fish‘O’Mania will return to Hayfield Lakes in 2018.
“Fish‘O’Mania is 25 this year and along with the team at Hayfield Lakes and our colleagues at Sky Sports we’re determined to make this the best Fish‘O’ yet.
“Any match angler out there can enter the qualifiers and win through for a chance of landing the £50,000 first prize at the Grand Final in July. Fish‘O’Mania is one of the highlights of the summer and I’m excited to see who will peg it up at Hayfield Lakes in the summer.
“Good luck to all of those entering the qualifying matches, we hope to see you competing at Hayfield in July.”
Robin Goforth, Chief Executive of Hayfield Lakes said: “Maver-Dynamite Hayfield Lakes are delighted to welcome home the FA Cup of Angling, on its 25th anniversary.
“It’s been 11 years since Hayfield Lakes hosted the Fish‘O’Mania Grand Final and we’ve really missed this prestigious event and we look forward to working with Matchroom Multi Sport on bringing Fish ‘O’ back to Hayfield.
“We will work tirelessly to create an unmissable live event for the participating anglers, spectators in attendance and viewers live on Sky Sports.”
Angling Trust Competitions Development Manager James Lewis added: “It’s great to see the continued evolution of Fish‘O’Mania and with the return to Hayfield as the final venue, there’s sure to be an awesome competition for all the finalists.
“We’ve listened to the feedback from anglers last year and have made several changes to qualifier dates, locations and pegging in order to make the matches as fair and competitive as possible.”
Details of the 22 UK qualifying matches will be released shortly. Spectator entry will be free of charge for the Grand Final at Hayfield Lakes, with tickets for free admission to be available HERE from spring 2018. A car parking charge of £5 per vehicle will apply.
With the River Wye at a good seasonal level there was much excitement before the draw for the fifth RiverFest final. There had been some good catches in ‘B’ zone below the old railway bridge in the weeks leading up to the final and many felt this is where the final would be won and lost. ‘A’ zone had also thrown up some decent weights from the swims below the pump house.
The swims immediately above the old railway bridge were included in ‘A’ zone and they had also fished well over the previous week. This is where Mike Bedding and Sam Merry drew and a fascinating duel between the two went largely unnoticed by many of the spectators who had focused their attentions on the swims lower down the river.
Mike was on end peg 77 and Sam was above him on peg 76. Both anglers put most of their faith in a bolo approach with groundbait, caster and loose fed maggots. Mike and Sam were both using maggots on the hook as well and by the end of the five hours there was just 6oz separating them. Mike took top spot with 41-10-0 and Sam recorded 41-4-0. These weights put both anglers in a very strong position for the second day, as they would both be moving to the favoured ‘B’ zone.
The good weights continued with Dan Ashington finishing third from peg 83 with 36-10-0. Pete Morris also put himself in a good position with 36-1-0 from fancied peg 96. Making up the top six were Colin Taylor with 29-10-0 from peg 95 and Alan Henry with 29-7-0 from peg 82.
The upstream pegs in ‘A’ zone had fished much harder, but with those anglers moving to ‘B’ zone on the following day, everyone felt that the competition was wide open in terms of the aggregate two day weights.
An influx of cold water and a slowly rising river saw the weights plummet on Day Two. Most of the anglers who had been at the top end of ‘A’ zone on the first day were struggling again, apart from those who had drawn near to the main A49 road bridge. At peg 94, England International Sean Ashby was into fish from the off. Using bolo tactics and feeding groundbait as well as loose maggots he kept the small chub and dace coming until the end to finish top on the day with 26-10-0.
A few swims above Sean, at peg 91, Deron Harper used stick float and bolo tactics to record a mixed bag of 16-10-0 for runner up. Then followed Mark Halksworth with 15-12-0 from peg 92 and Lee Edwards with 12-14-0 from peg 65. Making up the top six were Ant White with 12-7-0 from peg 93 and Kevin Hall with 11-2-0 from peg 88.
While all this was going on, all eyes were on Mike Bedding and Sam Merry as it soon became clear that one of them was going to take the title. Mike had drawn peg 64, two swims above the rowing club and Sam was three swims above on peg 61. Another close battle ensued with Mike just taking the spoils again with 8-13-0 of perch, dace and bleak. Sam finished 9oz behind this time with 8-4-0.
These results meant it was Mike who took the 2017 title with a total of 50-7-0, ahead of Sam on 49-8-0.
In addition to the main list prizes, 24 six-peg section prizes of £250 were also paid out.
The Angling Trust can confirm that the competition will be on again in 2018 and qualifying venues will be announced in January.
Following qualifiers held across much of the canal network and in Wales, Scotland and Ireland, 56 pairs contested the Angling Trust & Canal and River Trust Pairs Grand Final of this prestigious and unique competition, held on the Erewash canal, Long Eaton on 21st October 2017.
The weather forecast was, for once, pretty accurate so whilst the day remained fairly dry there were strong winds throughout with gusts up to 40 mph. Clearly not good for fishing. However, as the results show the anglers coped extremely well and the canal, hosting its first big match for a decade, produced a really good match. Indeed 1.840 kilos was needed to make the top twenty.
Individually it was Paul Turner from the West Midlands, arguably the most in-form canal angler around at the moment, who took the honours. Paul drew peg A1 below Sandiacre Lock and made no mistake putting a mixed bag of perch, roach and skimmers on the scales for a total of 6 kilos. Indeed A section provided all the top weights with Lancashire angler Daz Shaw taking second with 3.880 kilos and Jason Evans from Bromsgrove finishing third with 3.250 kilos. Fourth was James Carty with 3.050 just shading Ian Freeborn with 2.950.
Of course the Pairs event was the main feature of the day. Stafford anglers David Brown and Robert Lloyd became the 2017 Pairs Champions with a magnificent 105 points out of a possible 112. David scored 50 points in A section whilst Robert scored 55 in B. Runners – up were local angler Tony Barker and his partner Mick Hatchard from Walsall with another great score – 100 points. Third pair were Jason Evans and Mark Robertson from Bromsgrove with 97 points. Two Pairs, individual winner Paul Turner and his brother Neil and Lee Newson and Graham Smith tied for fourth place, but with Paul’s winning weight it was the Turners who secured the final top spot.
Further up the canal near Ilkeston 16 youngsters up to the age of 16 contested the AT/CRT Junior Championship. Again they coped pretty well with the sometimes ferocious winds with the top five all recording very respectable weights.
Champion was Liam Murphy from Liverpool with a particularly good weight of 1.620 kilos from peg 75. Another angler making the long journey, Billy Kirk, narrowly finished second with 1.490 kilos. Billy from West Sussex drew peg 80. Third spot went to another West Sussex lad, Thomas Clark, who weighed 1.290 kilos at peg 89. Fourth was James Peet with 0.900 kilos. Fifth Billy Pitman with 0.750 and sixth was Kieran Woodward with 0.720.
John Weeden, England Manager of the Disabled team will be holding a Disabled International assessment day on the River Soar at Sutton Bonington on Wednesday 25th October 2017. Access is Soar Lane LE12 5PE. The intention is to select a squad of anglers to compete in Croatia next June.
The assessment day will be run to FIPSed International rules with bloodworm and joker allowed. A limit of ½ litre of joker with bloodworm for the hook along with other natural baits up to 1.5 litres will be allowed.
Fishing will be for 3 to 4 hours commencing at 11.00am.
All applicants must have individual membership of the Angling Trust.
Any interested applicants must contact Sandra Johnson, Competitions Manager, email; email@example.com, or telephone; 0115 8224519 of their interest by no later than 14thOctober 2017, and for any questions to contact John Weeden on 07968 050196. John will be able to assess their disability to ascertain how many points that angler would receive under FIPSed rules.
Anyone selected will have to be prepared to pay their international costs to compete in Croatia and to help with any team fundraising.