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.

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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.

Portland Waters (Four Islands Pool) – 6th May 2018

  1. Ricky Smith       126lb  0oz
  2. Nick Martin         89lb  0oz
  3. 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.

Lake View Fishery – 22nd April 2018

Serpent & Lagoon Pools

  1. Nic Wort                71lb 11oz
  2. Barry Stokes         44lb  6oz
  3. 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.

Makins Fishery – 8th April 2018

Snake & Reptile Pools

  1. Mark Baker            75lb  4oz
  2. Phil Aldridge          64lb 10oz
  3. 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.

Willow Lakes – 26th November 2017

Ash & Chestnut Lakes  (Winter League – Match 1)

  1. Mark Baker                 20lb 14oz
  2. Bernard Robinson     15lb  1oz
  3. 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.

Portland Waters – 19th November

Canal Pool   (Fur & Feather)

  1. Dave Burton      100lb  10oz
  2. Rick Smith            29lb  13oz
  3. 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!!