It's the BIG Christmas issue of Angler's Mail magazine, in shops from Tuesday this week spanning the period December 17-31. Including Tips of the Year pullout, Best Gear of the Year, Dick Clegg interview, Images of the Year and lots, lots more!
It’s the BIG Christmas issue of Angler’s Mail magazine, in shops from Tuesday this week spanning the period December 17-31. Including Tips of the Year pullout, Best Gear of the Year, Dick Clegg interview, Images of the Year and lots, lots more!


Preston Innovations Matchman of the Year qualifiers

* Avon Valley WL, Basingstoke Canal, Heathvale Bridge to Farnborough, Hants. Sun, 70.Alex Clements (Drennan Bordon) 19-3-0, and 18 lb 4 oz carp plus bits, poled worm; Mick Abbott (Shakespeare Hansfords) 5-12-0;John Brownlie (Browning Crowsports) 5-12-0;Paul Gibson (Arun Angling) 5-5-8;Rob Deacon (Drennan Bordon) 5-4-8;Alan Hillman (Shakespeare Hansfords) 3-11-0. Teams: Drennan Bordon, Arun Angling andTubertini Apollo all 45; Browning Crowsports 41. Final League: Drennan Bordon 16; Arun Angling 18;Shakespeare Hansfords 20; Browning Crowsports 21; Tubertini Apollo 22; Allans Marine 35; Bordon AC 38.

* Bait-Tech Viaduct, Somerton, Somerset. Sun, 48, Silver Fish League, Campbell, Cary and Lodge. Steve Tucker (Garbolino) 21-10-0, one tench plus skimmers, maggot/caster, 14.5m, peg 110 Campbell; Bob Gullick (Garbolino BVMG) 20-13-0; Paul Greenwood (Bait Tech Viaduct) 17-4-0; Mash Masheder (Bait Tech Viaduct) 17-0-0; Andy Power (Preston Innovations Thatchers) 16-12-0; Ian Didcote (Bait-Tech) 16-10-0. Final League: Tony Rixon (Mosella Avon Angling) 5; Bob Gullick 6; Mark Brennan (Preston Innovations Thatchers) and Lee Werritt (Middy Bait-Tech) both 7.

* Dynamite Oakfield/Alders WL, Pines and Ash Lakes, Oakfield, Bucks. Sun, 40. Tony Grigorjevs (Poles Apart) 119-15-0, carp to 6 lb, pellet, 14m, Pines peg 19; Matt Grant (Potter’s Wizards) 104-7-0; Myles Phillips (GOT Baits Red) 91-12-0; Wayne Shepperd (Ringer’s Green) 87-10-0; Josh Blavins (GOT Baits Red) 86-12-0; Phil Bardell (Allsorts) 84-3-0. Teams: GOT Baits Red 29; Middy 29; GOT Baits Black 26; Potter’s Wizards 26. League: GOT Baits Black 147; Potter’s Wizards 138; Chiltern MG 129.

* Kent WL, Monk Lakes, Staplehurst, Kent. Sun, 50, Lakes 1/2/3. Robert Williams (Sensas South East) 104-6-0, all carp, pole and pellet; Mark Richardson (Sensas South East) 76-2-0; Paul Lamb (Sensas South East) 73-7-0; Lee Pollard (Maver Cardinals Red) 71-10-0; Graham Docker (Advanced Pole Repairs) 69-8-0; Jim Sene (Maver Cardinals Red) and Ian Germaney (Maver Cardinals Black) both 59-8-0. Teams: Sensas South East 41; Maver Cardinals Black 33; Advanced Pole Repairs 32; Maver Cardinals Red 27; Matt’s Tackle 12. Final League: Sensas South East 10; Maver Cardinals Black 10 (lower points countback); Advanced Pole Repairs 19; Maver Cardinals Red 26; Matt’s Tackle 26.

* London WL, Grand Union Canal, Milton Keynes, Ducks. Sun, 50.Simon Colclough (Maver Image) 13-12-0, roach and perch, poled bloodworm and jokers; Andy Curless (Garbolino Black Horse) 8-10-0; Chris Vandervleit (Maver Image) 7-11-0; Mick Shepherd (Sensas Oakwood) 7-9-0; Bill Mariner (Sensas Oakwood) 6-12-0; John Davies (Sensas Oakwood) 6-2-0. Teams: Sensas Oakwood 38; Maver Image 36; Garbolino Black Horse 34. Final League: Sensas Oakwood 10; Maver Image 12; Garbolino Black Horse 14; Browning Northants 26; Team Raiders 28.

* Ockendon Bait and Tackle, Puddledock Farm, Upminster, Essex. Sun, 40. Steve James (Ockendon Bait and Tackle) 230-4-0 carp to 9 lb, maggot just off bottom, 16m, Snake peg 11; Dave Jennings (Ockendon Bait and Tackle) 137-0-0; Alan Tuck (Angling Direct Suffolk) 65-12-0; Steve Mould (Ockendon Bait and Tackle) 63-10-0; Tony Smith (Ockendon Bait and Tackle) 47-4-0; Tony Todd (Ockendon Bait and Tackle) 45-5-0.
* Oxford WL, Oxford Canal, Wolvercote to Walton Well Road. Sun, 36. Richard Head (Drennan Banbury Gunsmiths) 10-13-0, perch to 2 lb, lob over chop and joker, two above Aristotle Bridge; Matt Herbert (Drennan Banbury Gunsmiths) 7-12-0John Haseler (Isis) 7-1-0; Gary Barclay (Drennan Banbury Gunsmith) 6-10-0;

Darren Wright (Sensas A4) 6-1-0. Teams: Drennan Banbury Gunsmiths 36; Sensas A4 31; Abingdon 30. Final League: Drennan Banbury Gunsmiths 15; Sensas A4 16; Isis 22. Individual winner:  Mick Denton 37.

* Rushmoor WL, Gold Valley, Ash, Hants. Sun, 70.Will Raison (Daiwa Dorking) 78-8-0, carp, big waggler & pellets; Dave Guntrip (Daiwa Dorking) 63-14-0; Robbie Taylor (Preston Innovations Delcac) 44-0-0; Jamie Maddox (KC Angling) 43-0-0; Ian Chatfield (Springlakes) 38-14-0; Ian Harper (Springlakes) 36-12-0. Teams: Daiwa Dorking 56; Preston Innovations Delcac 44; KC Angling 23. Final League: Daiwa Dorking 10; Preston Innovations Delcac 12; Farnborough 23; Gold Valley 23; Springlakes 28; KC Angling 30; Rushmoor 38. Individual: John Light 39.

* Wiltshire Angling Xmas, Bristol Avon, Melksham and Barton Farm. Sun, 48. Stuart White (Premier Angling) 15-4-0, one skimmer plus roach, poled maggot over groundbait, Forest peg at Melksham; Liam Braddell (Preston Innovations Thatchers) 13-8-0; Sean O’Neill (Wiltshire Angling) 12-2-0; Mike Withy (Sensas Wiltshire Angling) 11-12-0; Rob Kepner (Devizes MG) 11-10-0; Mark Woolbridge (Premier Angling) 11-9-0.






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Smaller fishing match results


Avon Angling. Chilton Trinity, Somerset. Wed, 14. Kev Molten (Avon Angling) 71-7-0, carp to 9 lb, poled corn and maggot in margins, peg 15; Tony Rixon (Mosella Avon Angling) 62-10-0; Martin Lenaghan (Avon Angling) 34-1-0; Chris Fox (Sensas Thyers) 33-8-0; Matt Tomes (MFS) 28-3-0; Tim Pallent (Maver Veals) 22-7-0.

Bathampton AA Over 55’s and Disabled, Hunstrete Bridge Pool, Somerset. Thurs, 28. Mike Nicholls (Silver Fox) 40-7-0, four carp and 5 lb of silvers, poled caster, peg 18; Bob Price (Bristol) 35-12-0; Terry Bruton (Thatchers Tackle) 35-10-0; Charlie Barnes 25-1-0; Paul Dicks (Bristol) 24-9-0; Dave Poole (Bath) 17-14-0. Silvers: John Smith (Bristol) 14-4-0.

Colemans Cottage, Witham, Essex. Tues, 19. Jim Trew (Colemans Bait and Tackle) 94-0-0, carp, Wood Lake peg 38; Gavin Bridge (Cariers) 86-0-0; Pat Cooper (Cariers) 85-0-0; Trevor Hayden (Colemans Bait and Tackle) 74-0-0; Jim Barrowman (PW Angling) 66-0-0; Frank Thomas (Browning Wickford) 59-0-0.
Essex Veterans, Oakford Farm, Chelmsford. Wed, 14, Middle Lake. Tony Cheeseman (Colmic) 32-8-0, carp, maggot to island, peg 7; Jim Hannington (Braintree) 16-4-0; Maurice Southall (Cariers) 16-0-0; Barry Bennett (Wass Tackle) and Ralph Larkin (Cariers) both 13-0-0.
Gillingham AA Christmas Match. Dorset Stour, Deepwater, Highbridge and Stour Provost. Sun, 29. Adie West (Gillingham AA) 6-14-0, roach to stick and maggot plus two bream on feeder, peg 11 Highbridge; Rob Manns (Sensas Wiltshire Angling) 6-3-0; Mike Hunt (Gillingham AA) 5-3-0; Pat Smith (Gillingham AA) and John Moody (Garbolino BVMG) both 4-1-0; John Collings (Gillingham AA) and Malc Winters (Gillingham AA) both 4-0-0.

Gwinear, Newquay, Cornwall. Sun, 10. Harry Billing (Garbolino) 35-2-0, carp, Method and pellet, peg 33; Andy Partridge (Spro) 30-12-0; Chris Hancock (Sensas/Gwinear) 30-4-0; Andy Patterson (White Acres) 27-4-0; Roger Baker (Sensas Thyers) 22-0-0.

Ilminster AA Royal Oak WL, River Isle, Somerset. Sun, 6. Jamie Rich (Against Men and Fish/Burt Baits) 19-14-0, roach, dace and gudgeon, poled caster, peg 128 Isle Brewers; Bruce Hunt (Tiverton) 14-4-0; Rob Cox (Ilminster AA) 12-10-0. League: Jamie Rich 5; Bruce Hunt and Robin Cox both 7.


Be sure to read the Dick Clegg interview in Angler's Mail magazine (on sale from Tuesday, Dec 17 to 31)
Be sure to read the Dick Clegg interview in Angler’s Mail magazine (on sale from Tuesday, Dec 17 to 31)



Monk Lakes, Marden, Kent. Wed, 28, Lake 1. Derek Gladwin (Preston Innovations Delcac) 103-0-0, carp, long poled maggot, peg 40; Mark Allingham (Nick’s Tackle) 74-8-0; Brian Bathie (Medway Tackle) 33-0-0; Jim McDowell (Monks MG) 31-0-0; Fred Brown (Sensas SE) 28-0-0.More House Farm, nr Haywards Heath, E. Sussex. Sat, 13, Sidewinder Lake. Mark Standen (Haywards Heath) 25-12-0, pole and maggot, peg 44; Robert Harman (More House Farm) 22-0-0; Stuart Williamson (More House Farm) 19-6-0; Ray Warren (Leatherhead) 14-10-0. Sun, 12. Stuart Williamson (More House Farm) 67-2-0, all carp, pole and maggot, peg 20; Matt Hooper (Hassocks) 47-6-0; Robert Harman (More House Farm) 41-0-0.

Royal Marines, Bait Tech Viaduct. Wed, 16, Silver fish, Spring Lake. Adam Palmer (Maver Royal Navy) 19-8-0, skimmers, long pole and caster, peg 16; Craig Tucker (Royal Marines) 18-11-0; Andy Baststone (Maver Royal Navy) 18-9-0; Stu Woods (Maver Royal Navy) 17-1-0.

Sensas Commercial House Xmas, Kennet and Avon Canal, The George section. Sat, 21. John Harvey (Cardiff Nomads) 8-0-0, two skimmers plus roach, poled bread punch, peg 25; Liam Braddell (Preston Innovations Thatchers) 7-5-0; Sean Townsend (Maver Bathampton) 5-9-0; Mike Williams 5-8-0; Rich Lacey (Maver Bathampton) 5-7-0; Vince Lunn (Sensas Cardiff Nomads) 4-15-0.

Shiplate Farm WL, Weston Super Mare, Somerset. Sun, 20, Hawthorn and Westpool. Russ Peck (Thatchers) 47-8-0, carp, poled maggot, peg 12 Westpool; Steve Howell (Shiplate) 42-0-0; Dean Malin (Shimano Dynamite Baits) 38-9-0; Andy France (Maver Cadbury Angling) 38-9-0; Jason Bird (Frys) 28-14-0; Alan Healey and Tom Light both 28-1-0.

Tillingbourne Lakes, Gomshall, Surrey. Tues, 15.Brian Green (Willingshurst) 27-6-0, carp, poled corn; Nick Stunt (Apollo) 18-2-0; Alan Furlong (Weybridge) 12-2-0.

Tylers Common, Brentwood, Essex. Sat, 22. Graham Dack (Middy) 167-8-0, 41 carp, maggot, 16m, Horseshoe peg 23; Paul Beck (Ockendon Bait and Tackle) 137-2-0; Eddy Feavor (Ockendon Bait and Tackle) 111-5-0; Mick Hood (Bowlers) 73-10-0; Gary Ford (Ockendon Bait and Tackle) 56-0-0; Geoff Forman (JP Tackle) 54-8-0.

White Acres Silverfish League, Newquay, Cornwall. Wed, 15, Pollawyn and Jenny’s. Andy Dare (Garbolino Bolingey) 53-0-0, skimmers, roach and perch, poled caster and maggot, peg 25 Pollawyn; Harry Billing (Garbolino) 45-4-0; Mark Charnell (White Acres) 38-8-0; Andy Partridge (Spro) 34-10-0; Brian Loader (Gwinear) 21-8-0; Stewie Lister (Spro) 19-12-0.

Willow Park, Ash, Hants. Wed, 17, over-50s. Rod Carroll (Farnham AS) 12-4-0, F1s and carp, poled maggots; Adrian Hoyle (Willow Park) 9-2-0; Eddy Rippon (Willow Park) 8-8-0. Sat, 8. Chris Love (Willow Park) 31-4-0, carp and skimmers, poled pellets.

Wylands, Battle, East Sussex. Sun, 25, Old Snake Lake. John Oliver (Wylands) 65-0-0, all carp, maggot and corn to weed patch; Bill Postlethwaite (Matrix Invicta) 53-4-0; Keith Axell (Wylands) 50-8-0; Paul Lawton (Wylands) 47-4-0; Mark Mitchell (Cranbrook) 41-0-0; Tim Relf (Clive Vale) 34-4-0.



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