Erewash Canal (Lamcote Cup) – 18th June 2017

Joe Marston Shield for RoTAS members

  1. Craig Foulds               1lb  8oz
  2. Bernard Robinson          12oz
  3. Dave Burton                    11oz

This was the annual Lamcote Cup match involving a number of local clubs, which RoTAS won last year when it was held on the Trent. So the pressure was on to retain this prestigious trophy!

On a scorching hot day with temperatures into the 30’s, and with tench spawning in the gin clear water, this was always going to be a very hard match.

A Barnstone member won the match overall with a 40lb net of bream from peg 50, but all other weights were well under 6lb.

Radcliffe ran our own match for the 8 members who were fishing within the inter-club event, which gave new member Craig Foulds his first win. He had drawn an end peg and managed to winkle out 1lb 8oz of bits in the early part of the match, mugging small perch with worm.

Bernard Robinson drew the golden peg and was looking to have a great pay-day if he could only manage to snare one of the tench or bream that were scurrying up and down the canal all day! But alas, he had to settle for second with just 12oz of bits. Dave Burton completed the RoTAS frame, catching all his fish in the first 15 minutes of the match, mugging perch on worm for third place – just an ounce behind Bernard.

Jansons Match Lake is our next stop; should catch a few more fish there??!

Barston Lakes – 4th June 2017

Big Lake, pegs 4 – 38   (C. Whittaker Trophy)

  1. Daz Tate                43lb  2oz
  2. Charlotte Baker    37lb  9oz
  3. Mark Baker           32lb  1oz

This was the first time RoTAS had visited Barston Lakes, and a total of 25 anglers made the trip out to the West Midlands for the match.  We had been pegged on the bank alongside the river, between pegs 4-38.  New member Daz Tate won his first match for the club, fishing a feeder at 50 yards on peg 30 and catching skimmers and two carp.

Charlotte put in another great feeder performance, taking carp on the pellet feeder from peg 18, and relegating Mark to 3rd place. In fact, Mark didn’t have the best start to the day, snapping the tip off his long feeder rod. However, he did go on and catch 5 carp, casting over 80 yards to find the fish at peg 28.

In the KO Competition, Richard Nickels, Charlotte Baker and John Farrow all progressed to the next round.

RoTAS Spring Festival, 27th & 28th May 2017 – Westwood Lakes

Hawk Pool   (Day One)

  1. Bernard Robinson       114lb  4oz
  2. Dave Burton                   67lb  9oz
  3. Mick McLoughlan           64lb  1oz

With such a great weekend last year at our first Westwood Lakes Festival, expectations were high for this year’s visit, and we were not disappointed with weather set for a warm, sunny weekend.

Upon arrival on Friday fish seemed to be spawning, so we were hoping Saturday would be back to normal.

Saturday started well with a warm easterly wind blowing down to pegs 10 and 11, so these looked to be the favoured pegs today. Vince was placed on peg 1 to give ease of access for his wife and daughter to be able to assist with his day’s fishing.

As expected, from the start the anglers drawn on the mid to high numbers were catching steadily. Just as last year (when he won the second match from the same peg) Bernard had drawn peg 17. When he went on his short line the fish were there again, and he continued to catch well for the rest of the match to win with an impressive 114lb 4oz.

Dave was next door on peg 18. He started on his short line but the fish were not feeding with any vigour. So he went on his track line and caught steady for a couple of hours on worm and expander, before going long and catching barbel shallow for second place. Later in the match the wind switched round and started gusting, making everyone’s fishing difficult.

Mick had drawn peg 14 and he also fished down the track before going over shallow later on after the barbel. In the end he just missed out on second and had to settle for a respectable third.

There was also a creditable performance from Vince, landing 15lb 9oz and beating three anglers to place him 15th.

After a great day fishing, most ended up in the pub for half a shandy and a bit of hip shaking. Pete Marston was showing the young ’uns how to groove, after which a select few were invited back to Mark and Charlotte’s hot tub!!

Hawk Pool   (Day Two)

  1. Bernard Robinson       96lb 15oz
  2. Dave Burton                 91lb  2oz
  3. Mark Baker                   66lb 11oz

With the wind switching round to a warm westerly, and in slightly overcast conditions, the other end of the lake looked most favourable on pegs 1 and 20.

With the draw done, peg 1 was left in the bag for match secretary, Dave who was quietly please with this! There were three fewer fishing today so more space was available on the less favoured side of the lake.

Bernard Robinson on peg 3 hit the ground running and was catching from the off. He caught steady all day down the track on dead reds and worm head, catching carp and good ide before switching to down the edge late on for another excellent match winning weight.

Dave on peg 1 struggled for an hour and a half, trying to get the carp going on shallow caster – but failed! So, out came plan ‘B’ with the tip, and he then caught well for the rest of the match on this method. Despite putting the odd lump in the net from down the margin in the last half hour, Dave wasn’t quite able to catch Bernard.

Mark Baker had decided only to fish top 4 today as he broke his No.5 section in the wind the day before. So, to catch 66lb 11oz from unfancied peg 12 was quite an achievement, helping him to complete the frame on the day.

With Bernard Robinson winning on both days it meant that he won the 2017 ROTAS Spring festival with ease. Also, with Dave coming second on both days this tied up the top two positions! For third place overall, both Nic Wort and Mark Baker were on 8 points, so it all came down to weight. With Nic totalling 122lb 7oz and Mark 121lb 13oz, the decision went to Nic by just 10oz!

With the individual title wrapped up it now came down to the pairs, which was very close as just six points covered the top 5 pairs. But Dave Burton & Charlotte Baker just sneaked it from Bernard Robinson & John Burton by just 3 points, with some excellent pin-point tip work from Charlotte helping to make up those precious points needed to take herself and Dave over the line for the win.

Finally, a big thanks to Mark Baker and Charlotte Baker for organising this year’s festival. Everyone who attended this year’s Festival is already looking forward to next year’s weekend away with RoTAS.

Grantham Canal – 21st May 2017

Owthorpe  stretch, pegs 13 – 33   (Stanley Trophy)

  1. Nic Wort            6lb  8oz
  2. Barry Stokes     6lb  4oz
  3. Ray Walker        5lb  8oz

It was a lovely day to be out, sunny and warm, but alas the fishing did not prove to be so prolific as there were not many fish caught.

The two end pegs caught, together with one peg in the fancied area.

Nic Wort continues on his march for the title with a win off end peg 33. His 6lb 8oz included a couple of bream and a few bits, whilst Barry Stokes was the bridesmaid yet again after falling short by just 4oz. He drew peg 22 and had a net which consisted of a pike, a small tench and some bits – but he lost an eel at the net which would have won him the match. Completing the frame was Ray Walker, taking 5lb 8oz from the other end peg (16) with a nice tench and some bits. Another 1lb and Ray could have stolen the Golden Peg Pools.

In the KO Cup, Ray Walker eliminated Steve Rutter and will now take on Pete Marston or Charlotte Baker in the next round.

With 4 of the 14 anglers who took part not bothering the scales, and 5 other anglers only catching ounces, it was overall quite a disappointing day.

Aldercar – 23rd April 2017

Acorn Pool   (Spall Shield)

  1. Nic Wort                  90lb  0oz
  2. Mick McLaughlan   67lb 12oz
  3. Mark Baker              57lb  4oz

18 Anglers turned up to fish the 40 peg venue, which meant that everyone had a spare peg either side of them.

Nic Wort was on peg 39 and put together an awesome weight of both carp and silvers.  He caught ide and skimmers on a maggot line and then later took good sized carp down the edge.

Mick drew peg 25 and unfortunately fell foul to the 50lb net limit, weighing 59lb of carp in one net.  This meant Mick’s weight was knocked back to 50lb for that net.

Mark (peg 3) drew next to his wife, Charlotte (peg 5), who was beating him up until the final hour . . .    good old margin fish!

Hackett’s Lakes – 7th May 2017

Big Lake – both banks (President’s Shield)

  1. Chris Smith          52lb  4oz
  2. Barry Stokes        38lb  3oz
  3. Richard Nickels   37lb  2oz

A northerly wind made the fishing difficult, with a cold overcast morning greeting the excellent turn-out of 27 anglers – although it did brighten up in the afternoon.

New member Chris Smith won on his debut after drawing favoured peg 13, even though he only caught two skimmers in the first 3 ½ hours of the match. When when he saw fish rolling in front of him he wasted no time in switching from the method feeder to the pellet waggler to accumulate a winning weight of just over 52lb. Barry Stokes drew end peg 36 down wind and bagged up on 31lb of skimmers and one carp for his second place, also seeing off Mick McCloughlin in the knock out cup.

Rich Nickels was on peg 18 and completed the frame, falling just 1lb short of Barry’s weight.

Also well done to Charlotte Baker who is continuing her good run of matches, not only beating Dave Burton in the KO Cup but more importantly extending her lead to 17 points over husband Mark Baker. Who could be the dark horse for this year’s title?!

Little John Lakes – 9th April 2017

Friar Tuck Pool (R. Chapman Trophy)

  1. Colin Elliott         89lb 11oz
  2. Andy Gammon   63lb  9oz
  3. Charlotte Baker  53lb  6oz

What a day! We arrived at the fishery to find the gates locked and the owner nowhere to be seen.  After 45 minutes of waiting, Mark Baker contacted a local angler who knew where the owner lived – so they drove round and woke him up! The delay forced the match to be reduced from the normal six hours to five. On a positive note, the weather was sunny and glorious, with a mild but strong wind.

A total of 21 anglers fished the match, which was dominated by new members. Colin Elliott fished the method feeder all day from peg 22 to amass a decent 89lb 11oz for his match win.  Andy Gammon, another new member, fished for silvers most of the day at peg 19, catching ide, skimmers and carp to weigh 63lb 9oz.

Club secretary Charlotte Baker put in a great performance, catching on top kit plus one on meat, and also on banjo feeder with banded pellet, to finish with 53lb 6oz from peg 6. It would be impolite not to mention that Mark could only manage 12th place with less than half her weight!!

Early KO Cup results included wins for Steve Rutter, Colin Elliott, Gary Pilsworth, Kevin Elliott and Phil Johnson.

Portland Waters – 12th March 2017

Old Wood Pool  (Winter League – Match 10)

  1. Barry Stokes           18lb 14oz
  2. Greg Chapman       10lb  7oz
  3. Dave Burton             9lb  2oz

Ten members and two guests fished this final match in the RoTAS Winter League series, and all but one weighed in.

After the warmer weather during the previous few days, and with a couple of club members catching during practice in the week, optimism was high for a good day’s fishing – but alas, this wasn’t to be.

Dave Burton, the incoming Match Secretary, took the reins for this match. He was quietly pleased after following Mark’s normal habit of letting every other angler take all their pegs, to leave the flier in the bag for him!

But on the ‘all in’, it was clear from the start that the carp were not feeding. Barry ‘catch-and-release’ Stokes on Peg 2 lost one fish early on and was soon on his short line after the silvers. He caught steadily all day in patches for the win. Greg Chapman was on Mark’s favourite peg 24 and was also quickly on the silvers on a short line. He then hooked into a beast in the afternoon which took him half an hour to land but, with it earning him 2nd place, he wasn’t complaining! What about Dave Burton on the FLIER?? He had plenty of advice on how to fish peg 21 but, after catching a small F1 in the first 3 hours, he went on his short line for the last 2 hours and caught good size roach to settle for 3rd place.

Well done to Mark Baker (4th on the day with 8lb 3oz from peg 34), as he had already won the Winter League series despite others thinking he could be caught.

Thank you to all members for turning out this winter for RoTAS’s first Winter League and supporting your club.

Janson Fishery – 5th March 2017

Doughnut Pool  (Winter League – Match 9)

  1. Nic Wort                45lb 15oz
  2. Richard Nickels     29lb  8oz
  3. Mike Atherton       24lb  6oz

Only five anglers fished this latest round of the RoTAS Winter League. The weather was a bit cooler after the warmer weather of the last couple of weeks; it was windy and rained for most of the day too!

Still, with only five fishing the match each angler had plenty of water – even though the bailiff fished on peg 4 for the day.

The match started a bit slow for everyone, with odd fish being caught dobbing, but a lot of foul hooking was going on again as the carp were not really feeding.

Nic struggled in the morning on peg 13, foul hooking a few but catching the odd fish. He also fed a line down the track with pellet and corn and went on this line for the last hour and a half, catching carp consistently for the rest of the match for the win.

Rich drew peg 7 (as Mark was not there to draw it!!) and fished down the track to catch a good net of silvers, together with a few small carp dobbing over, for his 2nd place.

Mike was on peg 1 and had 5 pegs to fish in, but caught mainly down towards Nic on 13, dobbing, to complete the frame.

Janson Fishery – 19th February 2017

Doughnut Pool  (Winter League – Match 8)

1=  Mike Atherton   29lb  6oz
1=  Mark Baker        29lb  6oz
3.   Dave Burton       28lb  1oz

Possibly for only the second time in RoTAS history, there was a tie for first place in this latest Winter League match.  Nine people took part and Mark drew favoured peg 7, (much to the disgust of his angling peers).  However, it was soon apparent that the fish were not holed up there like they had been over the cold winter months.  So, after foul hooking a couple, Mark decided to focus on fishing the deck and feeding little.  This resulted in a steady net of fish, all hooked in the mouth.

Meanwhile, Mike Atherton was on peg 13 and fished dead-depth down the track to catch a couple of decent carp, up to 9lb in weight.

Dave Burton had a frustrating day on peg 6.  He drew on some fish, but countless foul hooking of the fish soon moved the shoal of fish on . . .    into Mark’s swim next door!