Willow Lakes – 13th August 2017

Hawthorn & Chestnut Lakes  (Howard Trophy)

  1. Andy Carr           74lb  0oz
  2. Barry Stokes      54lb  3oz
  3. 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.

Hackett’s Lakes – 30th July 2017

Big Lake – both banks (Spall Cup)

  1. Mark Baker          86lb  7oz
  2. Barry Stokes        79lb 11oz
  3. 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) – 16th July 2017

River Trent, Radcliffe Viaducts, pegs 1 – 48  (Frank Richmond Trophy)

  1. Gary Pilsworth                   26lb 13oz
  2. Mike Atherton                   17lb 10oz
  3. 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.

Janson Fishery – 2nd July 2017

Match Lake  (President’s Cup)

  1. Mark Baker           203lb  0oz
  2. Dave Burton         152lb  7oz
  3. Jamie Rawlinson   152lb  6oz

Match 7 at Janson was always going to be a highlight in the RoTAS calendar for high weights, and so it proved. With 11 anglers catching over 100lb, the average weight caught per angler was also over 100lb!! A total of 22 anglers fished the match.

Mark Baker has found his mojo again, Charlotte will be pleased to hear, with Mark not only winning this match but also beating his PB match weight with a staggering 203lb from peg 34.

Dave Burton came a distant second but with a PB match weight too. He weighed in with a solid 152lb 7oz from peg 30, narrowly beating the paste master Jamie Rawlinson by a mere 1oz, who was on peg 33.

With the net limits at Janson now being 60lb, anything over this weight in one net will be rolled back to 60lb. Bernard Robinson made the schoolboy error of going over in one net by 7lb, which cost him dearly as he would have otherwise weighed 153lb to finish second. Instead the penalty caused him to drop back to 5th place, allowing Barry Stokes to sneak one pound in front for the section win along with Nick Martin for the other section win.

Bad luck to Charlotte Baker who was knocked out of the KO cup by Ray Walker by a close 5lb, but at least she won the mystery weight prize!

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?!