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Due to Covid19 restrictions matches are currently on hold. However, following the announcements on February 22nd and if government targets are met we should, hopefully, be able to resume match angling from March 29th.
With this scenario and a final confirmation from the Angling Trust it is hoped that our next match can take place in April. Venues may be limited for a short while and the current Covid guidance as stated below must be adhered to until further notice.
As soon as circumstances are confirmed a date and venue for resumption of our matches will be published with also the possibillity of Clubman Points being reinstated.
Once again after their enforced closure please support local tackle shops.
Do not attend if you have Covid-19 symptons.
Travel to the match under Covid-19 restrictions, ie individually or with member of household.
All attending will be required to self regulate and adhere to the 2 metre social distancing.
Please bring and use hand sanitizer.
No physical greeting at match , ie hand shakes or hugs!
No sharing of fishing tackle.
Entry fee to be dropped into the entry fee bucket, no change will be available therefore please ensure you deposit the correct fee of £10.
The organiser will make the draw and the angler must go straight to their peg.
Match cards will be provided but only the card holder must complete showing the adjacent anglers catch, cards must not be passed between anglers, ie the angler takes the fish to be recorded to the angler on the right and shows the fish on the measure at a 2m distance and then returns the fish. The card holder records the length of the fish next to the anglers name. End peg angler goes to the left.
At the end of the match all cards to be handed in to the organiser.
Please do not congregate at the end. Winnings will be paid out at the next match.
A crowded venue meant a switch from our intended match length of the Town Hall to Kingslake where the fishing could only be defined as "dire". The run of poor form from the river this winter meant several anglers failed to catch, while others had just one fish with the remainder catching upwards to a maximum of five fish.
With the format being each angler's best flat and round added together, plus the pairs coupling, it gave respite from the lack of numbers of fish and made the match open to the winners until the final whistle.
However, it transpired only two anglers had fulfilled the original criteria, namely Steve Bonner and Phil Simpson, giving them first and second individual place respectively. This meant it was down to the single longest fish to formulate third individual place which went to Heather Lindfield.
Factoring in the pairs gave Mike Flanagan and Phil Simpson first place, Heather and Jamie Pickup 2nd, with third going to Nigel Conlon and Mark Roberts.
Steve also took the species category.
As deemed prior to the event no Clubman Points awarded until further notice. Thank you to all who took part.
Vale Park over high water was the setting for our final match of 2020. The customary format for this match is total bag length with all fish over 18cm to count with prizes for the longest flat and longest round fish. Once again, there were mixed fortunes throughout the field with some anglers not recording any fish to several pegs producing some good catches.
Whiting were the dominant fish with dabs also showing. Steve Crowder had the most species, counting amongst others a dog of 58cm and also one of the most ancient vertebrates to swim - a lamprey of 19cm.
It was a fair assumption that the higher number pegs would produce the best, and this was proved with the top three all coming in this sector. The winner was Steve Moffat with a total length of 233cm, Steve Crowder was second with 229cm, whilst 3rd place went to Phil Simpson with 228cm.
There were cash prizes down to eighth position, plus payouts for best flat and round.
Steve's dogfish not only helped him to second overall but gave him the longest round fish prize. Gary Tull took the longest flat fish with a dab of 24cm.
Thank you to all who took part.
The consensus was that our final Clubman Points match of this year would be a scratchy affair. This rang true with the final result after several anglers failed to record any fish. Other pegs produced one of two, with only one excelling at the number of fish caught.
However, as the match format was set at each angler's longest two fish added together, (plus there was a pool for the longest flat fish) numbers of fish wouldn't matter.
Catches consisted of small whiting and dabs with nothing substantial caught. With cards checked, the final winner was Jamie Pickup with his two best fish totalling 56cm. Ian Brookes took second, with third place going to local tackle dealer Paul Bonner.
There were cash prizes for the top four and for the longest flat fish, which was shared by Paul and Dave Vernon who both had a dab of 25cm. Clubman Points were awarded to the top 10, results table below.
Check out the Points Table for the final totals and placings for 2020. To see your points throughout the years click here Thank you to all that took part.
With the format of the match set at each angler’s best flat and round added together, the key to success and a guaranteed top 10 place was going to be catching a flat fish.
Heather Lindfield kicked off proceedings landing a 30cm flounder within minutes. Not to be outdone, husband and fellow England International Bill soon followed with a dab. Other anglers were catching but it was mainly small whiting and not, perhaps due to an influx of freshwater, into the estuary, in the numbers or sizes expected for the time of year.
Dave Evans was the only other angler to have a flatfish and showed his prowess with two dabs on consecutive casts. Best fish of the night was a dog of 53cm for Steve Moffat. Despite reports of conger and cod starting to show there were no other species caught other than the aforementioned.
Therefore it was a top three finish for Heather, Bill and Dave consecutively. Steve's dog gave him 4th position with the rest of the top 10 decided by their best whiting.
There were cash prizes for the top five and Clubman Points for the top 10. Thank you to all who took part.