River Trent (Viaducts) – 8th September 2019

  1. Phil Aldridge       9lb  5oz
  2. Steve Rutter        7lb 12oz
  3. Ollie Strutt           7lb  7oz

With the sun shining brightly, little breeze and crystal clear water, we all knew that this was going to be a tough match.  That said, it was a great turnout for our first River Trent match this season, with 17 RoTAS Warriors attending.

Phil Aldridge had a comfortable win from peg 10, catching roach and dace by switching between waggler and pole.

Steve Rutter was on peg 1 and fished a small maggot feeder. His catch of 7lb 12oz included a decent bream of about 2lb.

Third place went to Junior member Ollie Strutt, who put in a master class on the whip at peg 5. His net included some lovely plump roach.

Although the weights were generally low, everyone did actually weigh in and the Trent was full of tiny chub and dace. The signs are encouraging and hopefully the fishing will be great in a couple of years.

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Hackett’s Lakes (Big Lake) – 1st September 2019

  1. Andy Kearsley     71lb 12oz
  2. Fred Barry           68lb 11oz
  3. Josh Derry           55lb 15oz

A total of 18 RoTAS warriors turned out to fish the popular Hackett’s Big Lake fishery.  The weather was rather chilly in contrast to the previous week, probably accounting for the fishing being tougher than we had hoped. On the day, the usual fliers (pegs 10-15) did not really perform.

Andy Kearsley took his first club win, catching both carp and skimmers from end peg 41.  ‘Irish’ Fred Barry settled for second spot from next door peg 42, catching carp on the method feeder.

Josh completed the frame, putting in a steady performance from peg 10 to take third place.

Charlotte Baker had a personal best carp with a fine fish of 14lb 10oz from peg 16, accounting for more than half of her 9th placed final weight of 25lb 10oz.

Sunday was the Knock-out Cup final, with Phil Johnson taking on Greg Wain.  As Phil was the first to get to the final it was him to draw first, resulting in Greg fishing the next peg to Phil’s right hand side.  Greg took an early lead and had Phil on the ropes for most of the match, until Phil landed one the resident big carp on his margin pole.  With Greg now knowing his lead was under pressure he just had to hope that Phil wouldn’t get anymore! Thankfully for Greg, Ricky soon called time on the match, giving Greg a narrow victory over Phil to take the KO Cup Trophy.

Rycroft Fishery (Moat Pool) – 21st July 2019

  1. Steve Rutter         58lb 12oz
  2. Mark Baker          53lb 14oz
  3. Martyn Staley       52lb 14oz

An excellent turn-out of 20 anglers fished this match, with Steve Rutter taking the honours in what turned out to be a fairly close battle for the top positions. He caught big carp on short pole from peg 7 to claim his first match win of the season.

Mark took runners up place by catching carp on sweetcorn fished on the long pole, on top of the sunken island at peg 21.

Third place went to Martyn Staley who caught some great lumps down the edge on paste at peg 9.

Decoy Lakes (Yew Pool) – 18th August 2019

  1. Rick Smith        171lb  5oz
  2. Colin Elliott       155lb  4oz
  3. Greg Wain        153lb 11oz

A total of 17 anglers fished this match, returning excellent weights that all exceeded 34lb. It produced the first win of the season for Rick Smith, who dominated the match from peg 20 – catching on bomb and pellet for most of the match, followed by paste in the margins for the last hour.

Colin drew peg 28 and made the most of the spare pegs either side of him. He fished a method feeder to the far bank to amass 155lb 4oz for 2nd place.

Greg Wain struggled for the first half of the match before switching to paste and slaying some margin mud pigs for 153lb 11oz from peg 7.

In the Knock-out Competition, Greg Wain defeated Richard Nickels and he will now face Phil Johnson in the final.

A new record ide was also caught – a specimen fish of exactly 4lb, landed by Mark Baker.

Float Fish Farm (Two Islands) – 4th August 2019

  1. Mark Baker      174lb  15oz
  2. Colin Elliott      132lb 12oz
  3. Greg Wain        132lb  1oz

This was a new venue for the RoTAS Warriors.  In complete contrast to the previous match, the weather was dry and warm with a moderate breeze – which made a welcome change for the 16 anglers who fished the match!

Mark drew peg 5, which gave the option of a cast to the end of one of the two islands.  Mark fished a small hybrid feeder here most of the match to accrue 174lb 15oz and a comfortable win.

Similar to Mark, Colin on peg 8 also had a cast to the end of the other island.  Fishing a feeder to this spot saw him amass 132lb 12oz of carp for second spot, narrowly edging out Greg Wain who put in another great master class on pellet waggler fishing.

In the Knock Out Competition there was a win for Greg Wain, who will now face Richard Nickels in the semi-final at Decoy Lakes.

There were some notable individual fish caught, including a grass carp of 4lb 1oz by Mark Baker, and Richard Nickels had a ghost carp of 13lb 14oz.

Makins Fishery (Phase 1, Lake 2) – 28th July 2019

  1. Greg Wain      91lb   0oz
  2. Colin Elliott     72lb 11oz
  3. Josh Derry       31lb  7oz

The 15 anglers who fished this match experienced some pretty grim weather; the rain literally did not stop all day – in fact, it got harder!

Greg Wain won the match catching from unfancied B7 on pellet waggler.  All credit to Greg as his tactic surprised many, since there were no signs that the carp were up in the water.

Colin drew A4 and caught large carp from the off, casting tight to a cove in the island.

Little John Lakes (Maid Marian Pool) – 7th July 2019

  1. Mark Baker       189lb 10oz
  2. Greg Wain        163lb 10oz
  3. Phil Johnson     117lb 15oz

This match probably turned out to be the best we have known the venue fish.  Conditions were kind and, although overcast weather was forecast, the sun actually stayed out for most of the day. A total of 18 anglers weighed in, with 14 of them putting more than 50lb onto the scales.

Mark secured his first win of the season, weighing 189lb 10oz from peg 2.  Tactics used were hybrid feeder to the corner of the island and maggots in the margin on pole.

Greg also had a great day, securing 2nd place by catching carp all day on top kit plus one down the edge on corn and paste from peg 7.

Phil Johnson, aka ‘Moaning Myrtle’, started off slow but soon bagged up at peg 26 fishing the feeder to the island and pole down the edge.

Makins Fishery (Snake & Reptile Pools) – 23rd June 2019

  1. Colin Elliot      38lb  8oz
  2. Mark Baker    35lb 13oz
  3. Nic Wort         31lb  7oz

A total of 18 RoTAS warriors turned out to fish the first of two matches at Makins, with the club having a return visit at the end of July. On this occasion we were pegged over two lakes, Repile and Snake on Phase 2.

Although conditions looked spot on, the fishing was a little slower than we had hoped.  This was a real shame as the venue looks great, a very mature fishery with good depth and a variety of different fish species.

Colin Elliot (Captain of Team Scotland) took his first win of the season.  Colin fished a feeder into the gap at peg 4 on Snake Pool, catching carp throughout most of the match.  Colin’s weight was also enough to beat Nic Wort in the KO Cup!

Runner up on the day was Mark.  He drew favoured peg 12 in the corner of Snake Pool, returning a weight of 35lb 13oz that consisted of a mix of 50/50 carp and skimmers.

Third place went to Nic Wort with 31lb 7oz, the highest placed angler on Reptile Pool (peg 18).

Although the venue fished hard, the match itself was one of the closest as regards weights, with little more than 10lb separating the top 7 places.

In the Knock Out Competition, successful anglers included Colin Elliot (beating Nic Wort) and Rick Smith (knocking out Shaun Townsend).

Decoy Lakes (Oak Pool) – 9th June 2019

  1. Nic Wort                   99lb 10oz
  2. Bernard Robinson   72lb 12oz
  3. Martyn Staley           56lb  9oz

This was the first time RoTAS has fished Decoy Lakes for at least 10 years.  Upon arrival the owner advised that we would struggle as the fish had just finished spawning . . .  not the kind of news the 17 anglers fishing the match wanted to hear!

Nic Wort took top spot on the day, narrowly missing out on breaking the ton barrier from peg 26.  He caught a few carp on all methods, including pole fished shallow, margins and on the feeder.

Bernard drew peg 11 and had a brilliant start to the match, catching big carp on top kit plus one on the deck.  He was also fishing the Knock Out against Mark Baker and, with 19lb to spare, proceeded to knock Mark out of the cup.

Martyn took third place from peg 3, catching carp on the feeder.  He had his grandson join him for the day and young Keanan put in a great performance, catching 23lb 5oz in his first ever match – not bad for 12 year old!

RoTAS will be returning to Decoy Lakes in August.

Portland Waters (Old Wood Lake) – 12th May 2019

  1. Ray Walker        41lb  8oz
  2. Greg Wain         40lb  5oz
  3. Harry Strutt       40lb  3oz

This match turned out to be remarkable in that only 1lb 5oz separated the first three places. A total of 17 anglers fished the match, with Ray drawing peg 9 to secure his win. Greg was on peg 14 and Harry on peg 18, but it was tough for some people at the other side of the lake. The fish do not seem to have ‘adopted’ the new stretch of bank as yet.

The average weight was only 18lb 12oz but, on a positive note, it was a pleasant, warm and sunny day!