Willow Lakes – 28th October 2018

Ash Lake

  1. Mark Baker       27lb 12oz
  2. Barry Stokes     22lb  4oz
  3. Josh Derry          7lb 12oz

This match was scheduled to be fished over both Ash and Hawthorn Lakes.  However, upon arrival we were met by another club who had also booked Hawthorn.  Following a quick discussion with the owner, they admitted to a booking error! RoTAS were now forced to hold our match on Ash Lake only, as Chestnut only had approx. 6-12 inches of water in it.

Pegging was clearly going to be tight, with Barry and Mark pegging it as best they could. Weather wise it was a cold and damp day with the odd cold shower thrown in.

Mark took the last peg in the bag, which just happened to be peg 1.  Although not usually the best peg on the lake, with 14 anglers around the lake this particular draw did benefit from some space.  Mark dobbed bread around his peg before locating a few small carp in the margins for a win.

Barry drew 5 peg and secured second place by catching three decent carp for 22lb on the deck, using maggots on the hook.

Josh struggled for most the match with only a couple of silvers.  He didn’t give up, however, and was rewarded with a carp and third place.

‘CupWasp’ didn’t turn up to the match, the draw of his new girlfriend (Hornet) proving to be just too strong.  This meant that the final of the KO Cup will either be next week at Little John or at the Fur and Feather at Portland.


Hackett’s Lakes – 21st October 2018

Big Lake

  1. Colin Elliott       89b  7oz
  2. Barry Stokes     85lb  9oz
  3. Mark Baker       80lb  2oz

This was Radcliffe’s final match at Hackett’s for this club season.  It was decided to peg the match on both banks and focus the pegging around the bay.

As the weights showed, and with the weather cooling down now, the carp seemed to be shoaled up off the back of the wind, on the far side of the bay.

Colin Elliott took his first win of the season catching carp throughout the match on the Method feeder at 30 yards on peg 49.  Barry Stokes on the next peg (48) had a slow start before switching to pellet waggler and catching a succession of decent carp,  but also losing a few also along the way.

Mark drew peg 10 and had a carp first cast – before proceeding to catch nothing until the final hour and a half!  A chance cast on the pellet waggler brought 7 double figure carp to his net.  This side of the lakes certainly fished hard, however club President Greg Chapman put in a good performance to comfortably secure a section win with 24lb 1oz from peg 17.

Nic Wort caught a few carp and skimmers mid-way through the match to weigh in 35lb 11oz and knock Nick Martin out of the KO Cup semi-final.  Nic will now face Andy ‘CupWasp’ Patton in the final next week at Willow Lakes.

River Trent, East Stoke – 7th October 2018

  1. Barry Stokes     30lb  9oz
  2. Andy Paton        7lb  4oz
  3. Colin Elliott        6lb 12oz

This was the club’s first visit to this particular stretch of the Trent.  We were greeted with a sharp frost on Sunday morning, and a rising river.  In fact, the river rose a further 6″ throughout the match.

Information was that Peg 1 was the one to draw, this peg having won the Trent National for the last two years with chub and barbel.

On the day, Barry Stoke was the lucky angler to draw peg 1 and he made no mistakes, taking a comfortable win.  Barry fished a hemp and caster feeder tight to the bushes on the far bank, with maggot on the hook to catch 7 barbel.

Andy ‘Cupwasp’ Paton took 2nd spot from peg 12.  He put 4 large feeder loads of groundbait on the far side and then fished double halibut pellet.  After 13 minutes his tip bent round and he successfully landed a 7lb barbel.

Colin Elliott completed the frame, taking 3rd place from peg 2 after catching chub late on in the match. Mark Baker on the end peg (16), insisted that it felt like 100 miles from the car park, but he managed to catch some small silvers on the stick float for 3lb 5oz and 4th place.

Barston Lakes – 23rd September 2018

Big Lake

  1. Mark Baker      62lb 14oz
  2. Josh Derry        58lb  8oz
  3. Andy Patton     58lb  5oz

There was a great attendance for a match venue that was over an hour away from Radcliffe.  The weather started off cold and rainy, though this soon cleared up and left for a fairly bright afternoon – great for plane spotting, what with Birmingham Airport being so close!

The match fished harder than we had hoped, with the famous Barston carp not really wanting to play. Overall it was a very close match, with just one carp needed to win between the top four anglers.

Mark won the match from peg 48, catching small skimmers and F1’s. But he only just sneaked the win due to catching two bonus carp and three decent bream in the last hour.

Josh Derry, now of age to enter the pools, fished a great match. He alternated between rod and pole to catch steadily throughout the match. Josh is clearly hungry to win some money now, and he’s certainly going to!

Third place went to Andy Patton (‘Cupwasp’) who caught skimmers and F1’s all match – even though he claimed, “I just couldn’t get a bite”.  Andy also went through in the KO Semi-Final against Bernard Robinson.

A mention should also go to Harry Strutt who struggled to start, before getting his head down and catching a string of decent F1’s.

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.

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.