- Phil Aldridge 63lb 0oz
- Ian Farrow 24lb 0oz
- 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.
- Ricky Smith 126lb 0oz
- Nick Martin 89lb 0oz
- Andrew Patton 75lb 0oz
Twenty-three Radcliffe hopefuls turned up for the latest RoTAS match, which was held at Portland Fisheries on Four Islands. We were greeted by a lot of fish showing on the surface so were expecting a good day’s sport.
The match kicked off on time, with Andrew Patton on favoured peg 5 getting off to an absolute flier, catching carp shallow, on the pole.
As the weather warmed up, it proved hard fishing for some of the ‘hemmed in’ pegs, but Ricky Smith (on peg 1) made good use of the space around him, catching carp initially by dobbing to the island and then later on catching on paste, fishing long and short. Rick went on to win the match with an impressive final weight of 126lb, giving him his first RoTAS win of the season.
Nick Martin took second off peg 25, catching 89lb of carp, shallow, on the pole.
Andrew Patton then took third place, with a finishing weight of 75lb.
Angler of the day went to Lee Coxon, fishing on peg 28, who had an incredible last two hours amassing an overall weight of 61lb – well done Lee!
Nic Wort put in a fine performance to overcome Mark Baker in the knock out cup.
Serpent & Lagoon Pools
- Nic Wort 71lb 11oz
- Barry Stokes 44lb 6oz
- Mike Atherton 32lb 1oz
Twenty-one Radcliffe legends made the trip up for this week’s match at Lake View. The match was to be fished over two lakes – Lagoon & Serpent. After waiting over an hour to be served for breakfast, the match finally began 15 minutes later than planned!
Nic Wort drew favoured peg 4 on Lagoon and made it count by catching carp and F1’s shallow on the pole; he went on to weigh an impressive 71lb 11oz for a match win.
Over on Serpent, Barry Stokes and Ian Farrow were both catching very small F1’s from the word go. Barry eventually managed to find some bigger bonus carp in the later stages of the match to finish up in 2nd place overall with a final weight of 44lb 6oz.
‘Superstar’ Mike Atherton also caught well on Serpent after his practice session earlier that week, amassing a weight of 32lb 1oz and taking 3rd place.
Phil Aldridge, also on Serpent, narrowly missed out on 3rd, finishing with a weight of 31lb 2oz and taking 4th place.
Mark Baker, fishing on ill-favoured Lagoon peg 19, put in a strong last hour to weigh 26lb 6oz and finish second on the lake, narrowly beating Fred Barry in the Knock Out cup.
Snake & Reptile Pools
- Mark Baker 75lb 4oz
- Phil Aldridge 64lb 10oz
- Andrew Patton 43lb 8oz
After an initial abandoned draw, the match got underway on time, with Mark Baker and Phil Aldridge drawing the fancied pegs 10 and 11 on Snake. Charlotte Baker got off to a flying start on Snake, 23 (a corner peg), landing her first carp only minutes into the match. From then on, however, it became quite clear that the fish were down in the fancied pegs, with Mark Baker and Phil Aldridge catching steadily throughout the day.
Meanwhile, on Reptile Pool, David Burton was catching a few fish, as was new club member, Andrew Patton.
The match finished with Mark Baker taking overall 1st, off Snake peg 10, weighing in 75lb 4oz, caught down the side on the pole and over to the ‘famous’ snags. Phil Aldridge also caught on the pole to finish 2nd with a final weight of 64lb 10oz.
New member Andrew Patton, fished well on Reptile 18, to finish overall 3rd with a final weight of 43lb 8oz.
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.