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Sunday, 26 October 2014

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Wilson clinches Crofton League title with match to go

Pete Wilson has an unassailable lead in the Crofton Winter League, the last match of which is on Sunday (9am draw, fish 10-3).

Although he failed to frame in the fifth match of the series last Sunday, with five results to count from six Pete has it all wrapped up.

But the battle is on for the runners-up slot with Pete Brown and Martin Chandler both scrapping it out.

Neil Rudd won last Sunday’s match with a net of 14lbs 11oz, mostly skimmers taken on the tip from peg 19.

Brown was second on the next peg, 20, and had a similar bag for 11-15, while Chandler weighed in with 4-5 for third from peg 42.

Section winners were Andy Davidson and Tony Harrison.

The next Carlisle and District Coarse Angling Club Winter League match takes place at the club’s Crofton Lake on Sunday week (Dec 18). The winner will claim the prestigious CADCAC Christmas Trophy. The draw takes place at 8:45am.

The stormy weather has continued over the last week and river levels all round the region remain high ruling out grayling fishing, the River Nith suffered particularly badly during the recent spates with flooding at Dumfries and further upstream as well as damage to floodbanks in some areas.

I have heard very little from stillwater anglers and it would seem that it is only the sea anglers who are enjoying any sport at the moment.

Those brave enough to face the elements have reported codling up to 2lb, small whiting and the occasional small bass in between storms over the last week, which is good news for tomorrow’s Tarnside and Whitehorse Sea Angling Club’s Open match.

The match organised to raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution is being fished on Whitehaven piers on Saturday 10th December.

Anglers can register from 7:45am at the Whitehaven Sea Cadets, Training Ship Bee, Old New Quay, Whitehaven (between The Beacon and West Pier Lighthouse).

Fishing is from 9am to 1pm and as well as pools prizes there are special prizes for the top lady and top junior anglers. The match is £12 all in.

With little news coming in I have decided to take a look back through the archives.

This week in 2004 Carlisle angler Dave Taylor capped a productive months fishing in style, having landed a new personal best chub of 6 lb 6 oz and carp of 20lb 12oz. and 19lb 13oz, Dave set his sights on a big bream from Longtown’s West Pond and after two overnight sessions he was not disappointed having landed seven double figure bream including a new venue record at 14 lb 10oz.

This week 2006 Then Carlisle and District Coarse Angling club chairman Dave Gillies drew peg 20 and won a club match at Crofton Lake with an 8lb 6oz net of mainly roach.

Dave started off fishing the near shelf tactics that had seen him catch some big perch in recent weeks. But after trying worm and not getting a bite, then seeing a switch to maggot only produce four small fish, Dave switched tactics fishing to the far shelf using 13 metres of pole.

Alternating between maggots and casters fished on the bottom in five feet of water Dave started to get a fish a cast and apart from a quiet spell between 1pm and 2pm it carried on that way until the end of the match.

Dave landed a ½lb skimmer bream, a small perch, eight carp of around 4oz apiece and the rest of his winning catch was made up of roach mainly in the 3 to 7oz class. Another angler getting among the roach on the day was Sean Corless of Carlisle.

Sean fished the waggler across to the shallow water on peg 17 and apart from an odd gudgeon and small perch his 5lb 11oz second place net was made up mainly of roach.

Carlisle’s Bernard Irving was one of the few anglers fishing the match to land one of the bigger perch. Bernie included a 1lb perch in his 2lb 15oz third place catch.

This week 2007 saw 29 seniors and 5 juniors braved heavy squally showers and fished on into darkness in Tarnside Sea Angling Club’s Christmas Open Match on the North and West Piers at Whitehaven and the beach between Tom Herds Rock to Whitey Rock last Saturday night. Local rod ‘Cliffy’ from Whitehaven won the match with 4lb 4oz.

Tarnside’s Heather Rimmer was second with a 3lb 4oz bag that included a codling , a rockling and the heaviest flat fish of the day a 1lb 4oz flounder.

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