Ash & Chestnut Lakes (Winter League – Match 1)
- Mark Baker 20lb 14oz
- Bernard Robinson 15lb 1oz
- Colin Elliott 12lb 0oz
With the start of the RoTAS Winter League now underway, a frosty start was always going to make it a difficult day for the 15 anglers taking part. As predicted, weights were relatively low today with Mark Baker on Ash Lake, peg 21, winning by dobbing bread and popping up bread on the tip. Meanwhile, Bernard Robinson drew peg 21 on Chestnut Lake to claim second place with a nice net of crucian carp, and Colin Elliott came 3rd off Chestnut peg 6 with two carp on the tip to weigh 12lb – but failed to put a small skimmer in the weigh sling of about an ounce!
There was a section win (and 4th overall) for Phil Aldridge upon his return to RoTAS, taken from peg 15 (Ash) with 10lb 10oz, whilst John Farrow took the other section win off peg 15 (Chestnut) with one carp of 4lb 8oz.
The Golden Peg this time is drawn at the start of the match (if we remember!) and, if this is not the winning peg, then 2 pegs are drawn after the match to split the winnings between 2 lucky anglers – who turned out to be the two section winners today, Phil Aldridge and John Farrow.
Canal Pool (Fur & Feather)
- Dave Burton 100lb 10oz
- Rick Smith 29lb 13oz
- Steve Rutter 25lb 10oz
With the Fur & Feather concluding the RoTAS Summer League, and with pretty much everything won, this match seemed likely to be almost a dead rubber for the 22 hardy anglers who attended the Portland venue, with just the lower places and the Pairs Cup left to be decided.
With a hard frost overnight, fishing was always going to be hard today with the fish now in winter mode and holed up on the usual pegs. Dave Burton was thankful that all the other anglers had left him peg 24 in the bag, which has good winter form for fish balling on it. Right from the off Dave was catching good size carp and continued all day, dobbing bread, chasing carp up and down the far margin for a convincing win – weighing in a massive 100lb 10oz. Rick Smith drew peg 13 on the ‘cyanide straight’, but caught a respectable 29lb 13oz for second place in the match. Meanwhile, Steve Rutter was on peg 25 and made a great recovery in the afternoon after losing several fish in the morning, earning him 3rd place with 25lb 10oz.
Bernard Robinson was 4th overall and also won Section 2 from peg 18, weighing in with 23lb 10oz after a frustrating day losing quite a few fish in the sticks and round the aerator. Phil Johnson finished up in 5th place, and won Section 1 from peg 8 after landing a huge carp of 13lb 4oz, just 1oz short of the best carp caught this year – set by John Farrow at Barston. Josh Derry won the Mystery Weight prize AGAIN, from peg 19 with 7lb 4oz – enough to earn him 7th place overall in the match.
Nick Wort came 6th on the day with 14lb 7oz, while Ray Walker could only manage 4oz for 15th place. So Nick Wort and Ian Farrow win the Pairs Cup by 7 points over Charlotte Baker and Ray Walker. Six anglers blanked today; Mike Atherton would have avoided this if he had hit the target when attempting to throw a gudgeon in his keepnet, but missed!!
Kingfisher & Buzzard Pools (White Rose Bowl)
- Mark Baker 48lb 9oz
- Colin Elliott 25lb 14oz
- Nic Wort 24lb 4oz
With the RoTAS Summer League almost over, and the weather starting to cool down, this match wasn’t going to be easy. Reports had suggested that Buzzard was the lake to be on, so Mark Baker’s heart sunk when he drew Kingfisher peg 6, especially with Barry Stokes drawing the flier, peg 10 on Buzzard, to contest the Knock-Out cup. But, with a change of wind and fortunes for Mark, the fish were in front of him and Barry had very few to fish for.
Mark opted to use winter tactics of fishing across and dobbing with bread, going on to gain a comfortable victory in both the match itself and also the KO Cup. Colin Elliott had similar fortune to Mark as all the fish had moved onto the back of the wind and were sat to Colin’s right on Buzzard pool, peg 17. So he just picked fish off all day on the tip for team Scotland, netting 25lb 14oz for first on the lake and second overall. League leader, Nic Wort, drew the next peg to Mark Baker (Kingfisher peg 4) in an unfancied area. But he managed to take 3rd place in the match, weighing in 24lb 4oz to seal the League trophy for the first time. Greg Chapman claimed 4th spot in the match with 23lb 6oz from Kingfisher peg 9, and also won Section 1. Although he may have lost out to Mark in the KO Cup, Barry Stokes finished up winning Section 2 with 7lb 14oz – and also claiming the Mystery Weight prize!
All the main trophies have now been decided apart from the Pairs Cup. Ray Walker & Charlotte Baker are currently leading Nic Wort and Ian Farrow by the narrowest of margins, with just 6 points being the difference. This battle is to be concluded on Canal Pool at Portland in the final match of the season.
Robin Hood Pool (Bridgeway Shield)
- Dave Burton 59lb 2oz
- Andy Carr 58lb 10oz
- Nic Wort 53lb 14oz
With only 3 matches to go the pressure is on, especially for Nic Wort who was only 10 points clear of Mark Baker. Could this be the year when we have a newly crowned champion?
With high winds from Hurricane Brian continuing to batter the country, using the pole would be difficult today – but that didn’t stop Dave Burton on peg 26. With his back to the wind, he caught against the lilies at 10 metres on the pole for his first RoTAS win of the season, closely followed by Andy Carr off peg 6 who was only 8oz behind in second spot. Nic Wort completed the frame with 53lb 14oz off peg 19 to earn him an important 28 points, stretching his lead at the top to 20 points over current champion Mark Baker with only two matches to go! Can Nic keep his nose in front or will he fold under the pressure? Game on!
There were section wins for Rich Nickels off the flier peg 9 with 52lb 14oz (and 4th place) and Greg Chapman off peg 21 with 39lb 5oz. The Mystery Weight went to Junior member Josh Derry off peg 25 with 18lb 3oz who, I believe, will be one to keep an eye on next season.
Canal Pool (Delegate’s Shield)
- Steve Rutter 69lb 4oz
- Chris Smith 65lb 8oz
- Rick Smith 60lb 4oz
With the weather starting to cool off, fishing is starting to get harder generally. But with poor water quality associated with green algae in the lake, this made fishing very difficult here today for the 21 anglers who fished the match.
Fish didn’t really want to feed but, with three great anglers on pegs 17-19, these guys managed to catch a few! Steve Rutter topped the frame, taking 69lb 4oz from peg 18 – closely followed by Chris Smith off peg 17 with 65lb 8oz for second spot. Ricky Smith completed the frame off peg 19 with 60lb 4oz for third.
Dave Burton won Section 1 with 27lb 13oz from peg 4 and Martin Staley won Section 2 with 51lb 13oz off peg 28. Mystery weight went to Dan Farrow off peg 24 with 20lb 7oz, and new Junior member Josh Derry had a good day weighing in 32lb 5oz for 7th place overall. Phil Bridges nearly went for a swim when his box collapsed and fell in, much to Nic’s amusement off the next peg!
Big Lake – both banks (Malcolm Whitehead Trophy)
- Mark Baker 77lb 11oz
- Charlotte Baker 53lb 5oz
- Ian Farrow 45lb 4oz
With it being a warm and calm September day, a good day’s fishing looked on the cards. However, things didn’t work out quite like that and most struggled – but not the Bakers! ‘Next peg buddies’ for the day, they managed to take the top two frame positions – 1st from peg 10 for Mark with 77lb 11oz and 2nd from peg 11 for Charlotte with a solid 53lb 5oz.
Ian Farrow was on peg 15 and managed to claim third on the day with 45lb 4oz. Barry Stokes from peg 40 (“rubbish area of the lake”, according to Barry!) rained 8mm pellets over his waggler like a mad man for two hours and managed to winkle out 3 quick carp and one late on for 32lb 8oz to claim the Section 2 win. Great angling Baz! Meanwhile, Andy Carr has now sneaked up the table to 3rd overall with 18lb 13oz and the Section 1 win from peg 18. New Junior member Josh Derry, fishing from peg 13, managed to claim the Mystery Weight prize.
Maid Marion Pool (Earl of Chesterfield Cup)
- Jamie Rawlins 85lb 0oz
- Dave Burton 80lb 11oz
- Nic Wort 78lb 8oz
With 19 anglers fishing the match, pegging was tight, so drawing a good peg would be key. Nic Wort and Mark Baker drew in a favoured area (pegs 24 and 25 respectively), with Mark’s peg winning the last match on this lake. So Nic was making his excuses before the match had even started, complaining of a bad back! Meanwhile Jamie Rawlins drew unfancied peg 8, which turned out to be one of the golden pegs – so the prize money of over £250 looked safe for another week!! Or was it?
With the ‘all in’, fish were being caught all over the lake so it was difficult to see who would come out on top. At the weigh-in Jamie weighed in a sound 85lb, with all other weights pulling up short. Jamie had done it, not only winning the match but the GOLDEN PEG too! His wife will have fun spending this when she finds out about it?!! Or will she?
Second place was well fought out between a number of pegs, with Ian Farrow, Dave Burton, Nic Wort, Rick Smith and Rich Nickels all catching well all day. In the end, Dave won the battle from peg 1, taking his fish on the tip to claim 2nd place. Nic Wort on peg 24 sneaked into 3rd spot, extending his lead at the top of the league table and completing the frame. Ian Farrow was 4th on the day and also the Section 2 winner with 76lb 8oz, whilst Rick Smith was the Section 1 winner with 73lb 6oz and 5th overall.
The Mystery Weight went to Martin Staley from peg 15 with 25lb 3oz and Rich Nickels beat Phil Johnson in the KO Cup, so he will now meet Mark Baker in the semi-final. All 19 anglers weighed in, and even the lowest couple of weights were very close to 20lb.
Hawthorn & Chestnut Lakes (Howard Trophy)
- Andy Carr 74lb 0oz
- Barry Stokes 54lb 3oz
- Nic Wort 35lb 5oz
With a high turnout again of 24 anglers, this match was run over two of the pools at Willow Lakes – Chestnut and Hawthorn. Chestnut Lake is not considered to be as strong as Hawthorn, so only 8 anglers were placed on Chestnut.
Andy Carr drew next to the flier on Hawthorn so he was always in with a chance of framing today but, when a carp snatched his top two out of his hand, Andy wasted no time in jumping off his box and chasing the carp round the lake on foot till he got to Colin Elliot’s peg. Colin retrieved it and gave Andy his top two back – for a small fee we believe?!! Back at his peg, Andy put his pole away, got his tip out and caught well all day, netting 74lb of carp off peg 16 for the win. Meanwhile on Chestnut Lake, Barry Stokes got off to a flier on fancied peg 10 catching 30lb in the first hour. He then latched into a duck on the feeder, spooking all the carp in his swim, but still managed to weigh in a net of 54lb 3oz for second in the match.
Nic Wort was on unfancied peg 9 on Hawthorn and had a next peg tussle with Craig Foulds on peg 10. Nic just managed to sneak in front with a double figure carp to beat Craig by 1½ pounds and so secure third place.
Sections were won by Dave Burton on Chestnut peg 6 with 25lb 5oz and Craig Foulds on Hawthorn peg 10 with 33lb 13oz
Nic Wort also beat John Farrow in the KO cup to face either Barry Stokes or Gary Pilsworth in the semi-final.
Big Lake – both banks (Spall Cup)
- Mark Baker 86lb 7oz
- Barry Stokes 79lb 11oz
- Malcolm Clark 77lb 8oz
With the passing of two members during the last week, Vincent Ciampoli and founder member Charlie Brown, today’s match was about remembering two individuals who were not only long-serving officials of RoTAS but also great friends to everyone in the club. We marked this sad occasion with a two minute silence before the start of the match.
The match itself involved a change of venue from the scheduled program, with Portland Old Wood Lake being unavailable. But Mark wasn’t complaining about this when he drew peg 47 and, after a few casts on the waggler, decided to go on the feeder at distance and caught good size carp and a few good size skimmers for his impressive winning weight. Barry ‘waggler’ Stokes on the opposite bank, with the wind in his face at peg 14, wasn’t able to use his favoured method today so also switched to the feeder. He finished up with a good net of carp, falling less than 7lb short for a close second. Next door to Barry, Malcolm Clark was on peg 13 and just missed out on the second spot by about 2lb, so completing an excellent frame.
Martyn Staley landed 74lb 13oz from peg 19 to take 4th spot and also Section 1, whilst Rick Smith caught 72lb on paste and the feeder in the edge for 5th place (and Section 2) from peg 44. A total of 27 anglers fished the match and Charlotte managed to bag the Mystery Weight prize again. John Farrow is through to the next round of the KO Cup with a win over Kevin Elliot, as is Phil Johnson after beating Billy Campbell.
River Trent, Radcliffe Viaducts, pegs 1 – 48 (Frank Richmond Trophy)
- Gary Pilsworth 26lb 13oz
- Mike Atherton 17lb 10oz
- Graham Skinner (visitor) 15lb 10oz
Match 8 in the RoTAS calendar was one of our annual trips to the mighty River Trent. These days, matches on the river are normally not that popular but, with 25 anglers turning up, we had to double the stretch we had booked!
The weather was set fine and bright and, with the Trent running slow and low, it wasn’t looking that good for river fishing. But Gary obviously hadn’t read the rule book as he smashed it with 26lb 13oz of mainly good sized roach, caught on hemp for the win from peg 3. Mike Atherton had drawn peg 34 in the ‘poor’ section but still caught 17lb 10oz on the stick float for second place. In third place on the day was guest angler Graham Skinner, with a good net from peg 43. That meant that Nic Wort completed the RoTAS frame, taking 11lb 14oz from peg 20.
As we approach half way into the Summer League campaign Nic Wort is still at the top with a comfortable lead. He looks set for the title, or is he?!
Colin Elliott won Section 1 with two good sized bream for 9lb 11oz from peg 12, and Mark Baker won Section 2 from peg 45 with 10lb 12oz. In the KO Cup Mark also beat Ray Walker, which puts him into the semi-final of the competition.