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!
Overall, this was a disappointing match for the 18 anglers who made the trip to Barston Lakes, and certainly the lowest weights we’ve recorded at the venue. Overnight rain had chilled the water and clearly put the fish off feeding.
Top spot on the day went to Bernard who caught steadily throughout the match from peg 28, catching skimmers on the pole, feeding casters.
Martyn drew end peg 41 and soon adopted the same tactics as Bernard, also catching a lovely net of skimmers.
Mark opted for an all out carp attack at peg 18 – and this nearly backfired, however he did manage to catch a couple at long range to secure third spot.
In the Knockout Competition, Charlotte Baker was knocked out by Andrew Kearsley, Ollie Strutt was knocked out by Mark, and Steve Aylward was knocked out by Josh Derry.
Dave Burton put in a great performance to win the match, which was spread across Serpent and Lagoon Pools. Dave was on peg 14 in the far corner of Serpent Pool and caught on expanders over micro pellets. Top Tip: Dave rotated swims, feeding whilst resting the area to keep bites coming.
Bernard also put in a great performance, catching plenty of small carp throughout the day from peg 19 – also on Serpent Pool.
Greg Wain was top rod on Lagoon, fishing from peg 11 he just managed to pip Richard Nickels by 4oz.
In the KO CUP, Phil Johnson beat Brian Devlin and will now face Harry Strutt. Greg Wain knocked Fred Barry out and will face Greg Chapman.
This was the final Winter League match of the series and saw 8 brave anglers turn up to Portland Waters to fish Long Island pool.
Josh put in another great performance, fishing a small pellet feeder tight to the island at peg 7. This win secures Josh the title of Winter League Champion 2019.
Runner up was Mark who drew fancied peg 10. He opted not to get the pole out due to the horrendous weather forecast and instead fished a simple two rod match. Mark caught small stockies on a mini hybrid feeder tight against the island.
Completing the frame was venue regular Barry Stokes, who also caught tight to the island at peg 3.
A thank you to all the 19 RoTAS members who participated in this year’s Winter League. It’s great to see we have so many anglers who enjoy fishing our club matches all year long.
With the weather forecast promising a wet and windy day, the brave RoTAS 12 turned up ready to do battle with the elements. As it was, the wind was not too bad, although the same couldn’t be said for the rain . . .
The top three weights all came from the same end of the lake, an area sheltered a little more from the wind than the rest of the pool. Dave Burton came out on top, catching small carp against the island from peg 3, fishing a feeder with punched bread on the hook.
Second and third places went to son and father double act, Ian and John Farrow who, despite struggling throughout most of the match, found a couple of lumps late on down the edge.
Current league leaders Josh Derry and Nic Wort both lost a few decent fish at the net which could otherwise have put them near the top on the day.
It’s all to play for in the final Winter League match, to be fished at Portland Waters on Long Island.
A quick glance at the winning weights and the results from this match speak for themselves. It was a very tough day’s fishing, with the two best weights coming from the car park end of the lake. Half of the 10 anglers who fished the match either didn’t bother the scales or had less than 1lb.
As it was, Nic took top spot from peg 4, catching small F1’s from both sides of his margin.
Bernard was on peg 25 and his 2nd place weight was helped by landing a 5lb carp which he foul hooked in the tail – but they all count!
Josh took third place after landing just one F1 – which was also foul hooked!
Overall, it was undoubtedly a frustrating day as the lake looked good for a few bites. There was a good shade of colour to the water and most pegs had 5ft of water down the track. But that said, where were the fish?
This was the first time that the club had fished Aubrey’s Lake, which only opened towards the back end of last year. We were advised by the owners to call by the tackle shop before we left to use the jet wash – and they weren’t joking! The newly laid path around the lake left all 17 anglers covered in mud and clay!!
We were hopeful for plenty of bites as the lake is stocked with chub, ide, skimmers, barbel and carp. Bingham’s Russ Attewell took the top spot on the day, catching carp around the 1.5lb mark from end peg 12. Close on his heels was another Bingham angler, Paul Edwards, who also caught carp fishing up the far slope on pellet at peg 6.
Radcliffe’s Josh Derry put in another great performance to complete the frame. Fishing from peg 20, he caught silvers and carp by dobbing maggots on the far side.
Seven brave Radcliffe anglers turned up for the 6th round of the Winter League, joined by four equally hardy Bingham anglers.
Although the temperature was predicted to be as low as -6 degrees, we were assured by the fishery owner that his spinners would keep the lake ice free . . . ! Sadly, this was not the case and upon arriving we were greeted with the owner frantically boating around the lake breaking the ice. But the match went ahead, with some anglers having more ice-free water to fish than others.
Mark won the match after a few carp moved into his peg (number 10) after a couple of hours of nothing. He dobbed bread to the island, fishing about a foot off the deck. Things did get a bit tricky after he hooked a carp at the precise moment that a huge piece of ice drifted into his swim. But, after a lot of pole manoeuvring, the fish was safely landed!
Barry made a rare appearance and took second place from peg 18. He caught in the final two hours on the bomb, cast into the gap between two islands.
Visitor Dale was on peg 9 and caught three carp at 7 metres on the deck, with one of these carp estimated at 12lb.
On a windy, cold day, nine hardy anglers turned up to fish this latest round of the RoTAS Winter League, which saw Mark take his first win of this series from favoured peg 49. He had five carp and five skimmers, all on the hybrid feeder. Most bites came between 25-35 minutes after each cast. Harry was on peg 52 and had three carp and a skimmer, all taken on yellow Wafters and by casting long into the basin. Nic battled hard to secure third spot from peg 36. He had two skimmers and a few bits.
Nic drew the much unfancied peg 15 down at the far end of the lake. He may (or may not!) have moaned a little about this draw but Nic fished a great match. He caught a carp on maggot and short pole straight from the ‘off’, before opting to fish long on corn skins to build his match winning weight.
Craig fished into the stick-ups which ran along the bank from his peg (number 12) to the next. This area certainly held a few fish, which Craig slowly extracted throughout the match to secure second place.
Bernard drew peg 21 and had a quick flurry of skimmers on maggot over pellet before switching to fish against the aerator. He fed some liquidised sweetcorn and this resulted in two quick carp.
It was an expensive day for John Farrow, who had very briefly left his rod unattended whilst he moved his pole sections. Needless to say, the motionless rod suddenly sprung into life and was soon dragged in and lost by a sneaky carp.