Hackett’s Lakes – 25th November 2018

Big Lake  (Pegs 36-54)

  1. Josh Derry      106lb  4oz
  2. Nic Wort          28lb 12oz
  3. Ray Walker      26lb  3oz

A total of 7  RoTAS members and 1 visitor turned up to our first Winter League match of the 2018/19 season.

Mark had decided to peg the far bay as the wind would be off our backs . . .   but it would appear that Mark needs to go back to Weather School as the wind was blowing directly into our faces!

Josh drew the peg that all the anglers wanted (peg 49) and made no mistakes.  He was set-up to fish for skimmers, but soon realised that he was sat on a shoal of carp.  Hybrid feeder tactics saw Josh catch throughout the day for a very comfortable win.

Runner up was the lovely Nic Wort who also fished a hybrid feeder all day at peg 42, often leaving the feeder out there for over 20 minutes at a time.  Nic had 4 carp in total.

Ray Walker took third spot from peg 36, catching just 2 carp to weigh 26lb 3oz.

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Portland Waters (Canal Pool) – 18th November 2018

  1. Mark Baker      50lb  9oz
  2. Nic Wort          36lb 14oz
  3. Rick Smith        32lb 12oz

This was Radcliffe’s final match of the season and was also their annual Fur and Feather match. The water level on the Canal Pool was massively down, as it was on the whole complex – approximately 2.5 feet on all the lakes.

But, in this match everyone’s a winner, with the club providing prizes for all members after the match.  The club also arranged for a buffet supper; the fish may not have been very hungry, but we were!

Lucky Mark took the last peg in the bag, which just happened to be the flier – peg 17 in the corner.  Nevertheless, it took over an hour for Mark to get his first bite, before steadily continuing to catch carp for the rest of the match, dobbing bread 10 inches deep.

Runner up was Nic Wort who had arrived at the match ready to do battle with ‘Cupcake’ in the KO Cup.  Sadly, Cupcake didn’t turn up and, with Nic catching, it guaranteed that he secured the KO Cup.  Nic caught on sweetcorn, fishing at peg 5.

Third place when to Rick Smith who dobbed bread near the aerator on peg 18 to catch carp throughout the match.

Little John Lakes – 4th November 2018

Robin Hood Pool

  1. Mark Baker     120lb  0oz
  2. Josh Derry        98lb  5oz
  3. Ray Walker       80lb 13oz

It was pleasing to see a good attendance of 15 anglers, with surprisingly decent weights being caught for the time of year.

Mark won the match catching steadily all day from peg 8.  He started on banded 6mm pellet on the pole at 7m before following the fish out to 13m as they backed off.  Then, a chuck to the island with a couple of hours to go and he didn’t really look back, with a steady flow of decent carp coming to the net.  Mark actually weighed 131lb 13oz but, as he went over the net limit of 66lb in his nets, he was subsequently knocked back to 120lb.

Josh put in yet another awesome performance for 2nd place.  He caught on the pole at peg 23, but took the majority of his catch on the tip to the island.

Ray had a lovely day’s fishing to end the match in third place.  He was drawn on peg 1 and caught on the short pole throughout the match.

Willow Lakes – 28th October 2018

Ash Lake

  1. Mark Baker       27lb 12oz
  2. Barry Stokes     22lb  4oz
  3. Josh Derry          7lb 12oz

This match was scheduled to be fished over both Ash and Hawthorn Lakes.  However, upon arrival we were met by another club who had also booked Hawthorn.  Following a quick discussion with the owner, they admitted to a booking error! RoTAS were now forced to hold our match on Ash Lake only, as Chestnut only had approx. 6-12 inches of water in it.

Pegging was clearly going to be tight, with Barry and Mark pegging it as best they could. Weather wise it was a cold and damp day with the odd cold shower thrown in.

Mark took the last peg in the bag, which just happened to be peg 1.  Although not usually the best peg on the lake, with 14 anglers around the lake this particular draw did benefit from some space.  Mark dobbed bread around his peg before locating a few small carp in the margins for a win.

Barry drew 5 peg and secured second place by catching three decent carp for 22lb on the deck, using maggots on the hook.

Josh struggled for most the match with only a couple of silvers.  He didn’t give up, however, and was rewarded with a carp and third place.

‘CupWasp’ didn’t turn up to the match, the draw of his new girlfriend (Hornet) proving to be just too strong.  This meant that the final of the KO Cup will either be next week at Little John or at the Fur and Feather at Portland.

Hackett’s Lakes – 21st October 2018

Big Lake

  1. Colin Elliott       89b  7oz
  2. Barry Stokes     85lb  9oz
  3. Mark Baker       80lb  2oz

This was Radcliffe’s final match at Hackett’s for this club season.  It was decided to peg the match on both banks and focus the pegging around the bay.

As the weights showed, and with the weather cooling down now, the carp seemed to be shoaled up off the back of the wind, on the far side of the bay.

Colin Elliott took his first win of the season catching carp throughout the match on the Method feeder at 30 yards on peg 49.  Barry Stokes on the next peg (48) had a slow start before switching to pellet waggler and catching a succession of decent carp,  but also losing a few also along the way.

Mark drew peg 10 and had a carp first cast – before proceeding to catch nothing until the final hour and a half!  A chance cast on the pellet waggler brought 7 double figure carp to his net.  This side of the lakes certainly fished hard, however club President Greg Chapman put in a good performance to comfortably secure a section win with 24lb 1oz from peg 17.

Nic Wort caught a few carp and skimmers mid-way through the match to weigh in 35lb 11oz and knock Nick Martin out of the KO Cup semi-final.  Nic will now face Andy ‘CupWasp’ Patton in the final next week at Willow Lakes.

River Trent, East Stoke – 7th October 2018

  1. Barry Stokes     30lb  9oz
  2. Andy Paton        7lb  4oz
  3. Colin Elliott        6lb 12oz

This was the club’s first visit to this particular stretch of the Trent.  We were greeted with a sharp frost on Sunday morning, and a rising river.  In fact, the river rose a further 6″ throughout the match.

Information was that Peg 1 was the one to draw, this peg having won the Trent National for the last two years with chub and barbel.

On the day, Barry Stoke was the lucky angler to draw peg 1 and he made no mistakes, taking a comfortable win.  Barry fished a hemp and caster feeder tight to the bushes on the far bank, with maggot on the hook to catch 7 barbel.

Andy ‘Cupwasp’ Paton took 2nd spot from peg 12.  He put 4 large feeder loads of groundbait on the far side and then fished double halibut pellet.  After 13 minutes his tip bent round and he successfully landed a 7lb barbel.

Colin Elliott completed the frame, taking 3rd place from peg 2 after catching chub late on in the match. Mark Baker on the end peg (16), insisted that it felt like 100 miles from the car park, but he managed to catch some small silvers on the stick float for 3lb 5oz and 4th place.

Barston Lakes – 23rd September 2018

Big Lake

  1. Mark Baker      62lb 14oz
  2. Josh Derry        58lb  8oz
  3. Andy Patton     58lb  5oz

There was a great attendance for a match venue that was over an hour away from Radcliffe.  The weather started off cold and rainy, though this soon cleared up and left for a fairly bright afternoon – great for plane spotting, what with Birmingham Airport being so close!

The match fished harder than we had hoped, with the famous Barston carp not really wanting to play. Overall it was a very close match, with just one carp needed to win between the top four anglers.

Mark won the match from peg 48, catching small skimmers and F1’s. But he only just sneaked the win due to catching two bonus carp and three decent bream in the last hour.

Josh Derry, now of age to enter the pools, fished a great match. He alternated between rod and pole to catch steadily throughout the match. Josh is clearly hungry to win some money now, and he’s certainly going to!

Third place went to Andy Patton (‘Cupwasp’) who caught skimmers and F1’s all match – even though he claimed, “I just couldn’t get a bite”.  Andy also went through in the KO Semi-Final against Bernard Robinson.

A mention should also go to Harry Strutt who struggled to start, before getting his head down and catching a string of decent F1’s.

Lindholme Lakes – 2nd September 2018

Beeches Lake

  1. Mark Baker       148lb  8oz
  2. Andy Paton       137lb  0oz
  3. Craig Foulds     134lb  4oz

Only 13 Radcliffe Warriors turned up to fish our first club match at Lindholme Lakes.  The club had booked 23 pegs on the lake and as such needed to pay an extra £80 to make up the shortfall.

Beeches Lake actually has 37 pegs and we were given the whole lake to fish.  The owner pegged the lake, giving all anglers plenty of room and the promise of a great day’s fishing.

The lake itself is a former trout lake, and as such there is some good depth in open water.  The lake is also overgrown and wild and we were warned that the fish run into doubles and scrap well. This certainly proved to be the case!

Winner on the day was Mark Baker who started on the bomb and pellet tactics, before picking a few more fish up on the pellet waggler.  Mark then switched to banded pellet to his right margin and caught steadily throughout the day.  His left margin had been primed with groundbait and maggots and this came alive in the last hour.

Runner-up was Andy Paton (Cupcake) who started on long pole, picking off fish steadily, before focusing on his left margin.  Cupcake ended up fishing tight red Hydro elastic just to stand a chance of preventing the fish getting into the snags.

Craig Foulds made a rare appearance and took third place.  Craig found a flat area in his left margin where it ended up being a decent carp every put in . . .   if only he’d found it earlier!

Barry Stokes drew famous peg 1 – famous for holding larger fish that live in the stick-ups.  Unfortunately, on this peg you need seriously heavy equipment to stand a chance of getting the fish out.  It was an early bath for Baz who sadly snapped his no4 section and top kit, plus lost lots of other tackle in his bid to stop them getting in the sticks.

All the anglers that turned up to fish Beeches thoroughly enjoyed the day.  This is certainly one to discuss regarding future bookings.

Boddington Reservoir – 1st July 2018

  1. Mark Baker           127lb 14oz
  2. Charlotte Baker    121lb 11oz
  3. Josh Derry             101lb 14oz

Fifteen Radcliffe early birds made the long trip out to Boddington Reservoir and we were greeted with a stunning, yet intensely warm morning, with early indications showing that the carp were amassed between pegs 1 and 8, along the dam wall. Excitement grew in the car park as to who would end up on the favoured pegs.

The draw was a little late as team Super Cooper had suffered navigational issues en route, but joined the rest of us before too long. On the draw, Charlotte Baker gleamed as she drew favoured peg 3. As per normal, Mark Baker also drew well to end up in the ‘hot zone’ on peg 6.

As the match got started, the favoured pegs seemed to be catching steadily, meanwhile Barry ‘sunstroke’ Stokes and new superstar Andrew Patton struggled on, having drawn the middle pegs. As the match progressed, early indications were that Charlotte Baker was emptying the place, fishing the feeder, with Mark Baker also catching well and junior angler Josh Derry finding some good, early fish. As temperatures rose and the day went by it was easy to see that Barry Stokes’ frustrations were also on the rise, with young Harry Strutt on peg 11 being set a new challenge – dodging Barry’s wayward carp!

Junior angler Oliver Strutt also had some bad luck after a carp dragged his rod out into the lake, but never one to be defeated, top man Martyn Staley soon stripped down to his pants and dived in, reclaiming the rod for Oliver – well done Stal!

Andrew Patton caught two very large carp fishing the bagging waggler, but bites were hard to come by. In the end, 1st place went to Mark Baker (127lb 14oz), with Charlotte Baker (121lb 11oz) chasing his heels to come in 2nd – a fantastic performance and her first 100lb plus weight; well done Mrs B! Another fantastic weight of 101lb 14oz helped young Josh Derry to claim 3rd place overall – again, well done Josh!

Angler of the day this week goes to two equally deserving anglers who demonstrated top skills and were rewarded as a result – Charlotte Baker and Josh Derry.

River Trent, Fiskerton & Rolleston – 17th June 2018

  1. Mark Baker          18lb  3oz
  2. Barry Stokes          6lb  8oz
  3. Greg Chapman      2lb  9oz

With it being the first match of the year on the River Trent, anticipation levels were high as the Lamcote Cup came around once again. Nine Radcliffe legends were to take part, dividing into teams red and black. Team Black captain, Mark Baker, had high hopes when he drew out famous barbel peg 22 at Fiskerton. For the rest of the Radcliffe legends it would be a game of chance and hope.

The match kicked off on time, with the river looking low, moody but also exciting. Two hours in and rumours began to circulate up and down the bank that Mark Baker had already had an 11lb barbel. Meanwhile, Barry Stokes on peg 18 at Rolleston, who had spent two hours on the feeder trying to catch bream with no success, had now switched to the waggler and was catching roach at a steady pace.

Greg Chapman, captain of Team Red and also pegged at Rolleston, was finding some quality roach on the feeder.
As the day drew on the low river conditions made for a challenging match for all taking part, with Radcliffe’s Team Black finally finishing 4th overall and remaining in strong contention right to the final whistle – well done lads!

On a Radcliffe note, Mark Baker continued from his early lead, taking a clear 1st place with an impressive river weight of 18lb 3oz. Barry Stokes then came in 2nd with a hard-earned 6lb 8oz and Greg Chapman fishing hard to the last took 3rd with 2lb 9oz.

Angler of the day has to go to Mark Baker with his impressive 11lb barbel.

Roll on to next year’s cup when ‘Super Cooper’ will be stepping up to captain a new team!