Janson Fishery – 9th September 2018

Match Lake

  1. John Farrow       290lb  1oz
  2. Rick Smith          244lb  6oz
  3. David Burton      220lb  4oz

13 RoTAS warriors (and 3 visitors) turned up to fish the Match Pool – it would seem that quite a few of the club regulars were not keen to fish this once popular venue choice.

John Farrow was on peg 10 and smashed the previous record, held by Mike Atherton from the same venue, with an impressive 290lb 1oz. All of John’s fish were taken down the margin. Rick Smith had a great day too, also beating Mike’s previous record with 244lb 6oz, with all his fish on paste in the margin. Third spot went to David Burton with another weight that beat Mike’s record. In fact, 9 RoTAS anglers (as well as all 3 visitors) weighed in more than 100lb.

The Knock-out Competition on the day involved Bernard Robinson against Phil Johnson, with Bernard going through to face Andrew Paton (‘Cupcake’) in the next round.

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Hackett’s Lakes – 12th August 2018

Big Lake

  1. Mark Baker       139b 11oz
  2. Josh Derry        120lb  0oz
  3. Andy Patton     115lb  0oz

19 Radcliffe legends headed over to Hackett’s Big Lake for the second time this season. On arrival at the venue, it was soon realised that the day was not going to run as planned. Having agreed to have the same pegs as in our previous match (which was a success), we were greeted by a bunch of ‘bank tramps’ who had set up camp in some of the allocated pegs!

Following the pegging out, early indications were that the majority of the lake’s carp were holed up in the main basin (pegs 11–16). On the draw, it was easy to see that it would be the same old faces that would be blessed with these pegs. Having finally kicked off, it soon became apparent that being pegged at the top end of the lake wasn’t such a good draw. Poor Nic Wort found himself acting as target practice for an unruly carp angler and his spod!! Barry Stokes, who was also pegged at the top end of the lake also had unwanted company as he was faced with 6 carp rods directed at his swim (grrrr . . . !!)

Events of the day continued to unfold with Brian Devlin (on peg 26) almost being knocked off his chair as a 4oz lead hurtled passed his swim. Fair to say there was more bankside entertainment than fishing at the top end of the lake today!!

Meanwhile, at the civilised end of the lake, Mark Baker, Josh Derry, Andrew Patton, Phil Aldridge and several others were smashing the place to bits. As the match came to a conclusion, the results were nearly as dramatic as the unexpected events that had unfolded at the top end of the lake, with Mark Baker (on peg 12) taking 1st place with an astounding weight of 139lb 11oz. Second place went to an unlucky Josh Derry who, unfortunately, had gone over the weight limit of 60lb in both of his nets and would otherwise have left Mr Baker standing. Third place went to Andrew Patton who also went over in one of his nets, giving a finishing weight of 115lb.

Angler of the day went to Nic Wort for keeping his cool in an otherwise hellish situation!

Lake View Fishery – 29th July 2018

River & Stream Pools

  1. Dave Burton     63lb  7oz
  2. Mark Baker       58lb  7oz
  3. Josh Derry

19 Radcliffe anglers turned out for this latest match at Lake View. It soon became apparent that the match was going to be won on the draw, as the end pegs on both lakes seemed to be producing the majority of the fish. Mark Baker, Josh Derry and Nic Wort were all left grinning after the draw.

The match kicked off on time with Mark Baker and Josh Derry finding some early fish. Mark demonstrated some skills by landing a lot of his fish on the pole – but using the method feeder. However, this would be a match with a twist . . .
Dave Burton, who had been fishing the venue quite regularly with his Bennett’s team, worked his peg (16 on River) really well, catching on corn over groundbait, on the pole.

The match closed with Dave Burton being rewarded with his first match win of the season and a final weight of 63lb 7oz. Second place went to Mark Baker with a weight of 58lb 7oz and 3rd went to junior angler, Josh Derry – well done Josh, another great result!

Angler of the day went to Bernard Robinson who, having forgotten his pole and borrowing a top kit from Mark Baker, still managed to land an impressive 34lb of fish!

Hackett’s Lakes – 15th July 2018

Big Lake

  1. Phil Johnson     80lb  4oz
  2. Andy Patton      69lb  3oz
  3. Colin Elliott       55lb  3oz

A total of 23 Radcliffe warriors turned out for this match at Hacketts’ Big Lake, with the venue having been swapped from the unfishable Grantham Canal. Early indications were that a lot of the resident carp were holed up in the top bay. For the first time, we had pegs all along the roadside and across the top bank, so attitudes were looking positive and there were hopes for a good day’s fishing.

At the draw, Nick Martin drew favoured peg 31, along the top bank. Meanwhile, Mark Baker (who had said that he’d ideally like peg 14, in the main basin) surprised everyone (not really) as his luck came through and he drew 14!

As the match kicked off (on time), early indications were that the pegs in the top bay were producing some good early fish as expected. Phil Johnson (on peg 26) found some nice lumps down the side, fishing paste. Andrew Patton (on peg 25) also found some early fish, fishing the waggler and a short feeder line.

By the end of the match, Mark Baker had finally found some fish in the main basin and the lads along the top bank were now all steadily catching carp. The match finished with Phil Johnson taking 1st place with an impressive weight of 80lb 4oz, followed by Andrew Patton who came in 2nd weighing 69lb 3oz. Third place eventually went to Colin Elliott, who pipped Mark Baker to the post by 3oz, finishing with a total weight of 55lb 3oz.

Angler of the day went to Phil Johnson – nice to see the old dog’s still got it!

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!

Janson Fishery – 27th May 2018

Match Lake

  1. Mark Baker        122lb 10oz
  2. Nic Wort            114lb  7oz
  3. Andrew Patton    89lb  2oz

23 Radcliffe hopefuls turned out to fish the Match Lake at Janson’s Fishery. At the draw, everyone was hoping for peg 12 or a peg in the 30’s. However, ‘true to style’, it was Mark Baker who finally drew peg 12!

The match got under way and it soon became obvious that the lake was not going to fish as everyone had hoped for. Nic Wort got off to a good start catching shallow on maggots, before switching to fishing down the edge. Mark Baker eventually took a hard-earned victory, catching on worm with a final weight of 122lb 10oz. Nic Wort came in second overall with 114lb 7oz and Andrew Patton fished a good match to finish third with a weight of 89lb 2oz.

Angler of the day went to Phil Bridges who had a fantastic net of skimmers – well done Phil!

Aldercar Lakes – 20th May 2018

Acorn Pool

  1. Andrew Patton     82lb  6oz
  2. Barry Stokes         66lb 11oz
  3. Josh Derry            65lb 12oz

A total of 17 Radcliffe legends made the long trip out to Aldercar Lakes. Ray, however, found himself sitting in the café at Hemmington Lakes, amazed at the poor turnout! Once Ray joined the rest of the club at Aldercar the draw got off on time. With everyone hoping to draw the end pegs on Acorn Lake, it was Nick Martin and Greg Chapman who drew the favoured corner pegs.

The match kicked off with Nick Martin finding some early carp. Andrew Patton also found some early fish, fishing caster shallow. Meanwhile, last year’s lake winner, Nic Wort, seemed to be having a rather frustrating day being pegged alongside Barry Stokes and ‘Cupcake’ and clearly feeling the pressure.

As the match progressed, Andrew caught carp steadily, as did Barry Stokes, but it was Andrew Patton who went on to win the match with a weight of 82lb 6oz, leaving Barry to take second place with a weight of 66lb 11oz.

Young Josh Derry, fishing a combination of the pole shallow and the feeder over to the island, fought well to finish third overall with a weight of 65lb 12oz.

Angler of the day went to Josh Derry for his impressive performance, which was eventually rewarded with a well-deserved third place.

Hackett’s Lakes – 13th May 2018

Big Lake

  1. Phil Aldridge         63lb  0oz
  2. Ian Farrow             24lb  0oz
  3. Charlotte Baker     18lb  0oz

Twenty-four Radcliffe superstars rocked up ready, hoping for glory – unfortunately, the weather had other plans! With the fish spawning for most of the week and temperatures reaching up to 25°C, it proved to be a challenging day on the bank.

Mark Baker was soon into a decent carp fishing the pellet waggler, and Phil Aldridge (on peg 36) also found some nice carp on the wag, but for the majority of those fishing there would be more sun caught than fish!

Phil Aldridge took a well-earned victory, with a winning weight of 63lb; Ian Farrow (on peg 31) came in second with 24lb and Charlotte Baker worked hard to come in third with a weight of 18lb.

Angler of the day went to Charlotte Baker for her perseverance, which was eventually rewarded catching three decent carp in the later stages on the method feeder.