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*Angling Trust Winter League, Warwickshire Division, Coventry Canal. Sun. Round Two. 50. Darren Lewis (Shakespeare Superteam) 13-6-3, roach to 1 lb, pole, caster and bloodworm, Matlock Road Bay; Alex Powell (Browning Central) 11-10-0; Ian Crossman (Browning Central) 11-4-4; Jason Cunningham (Shakespeare Superteam) 9-10-0; Carl Daley (Dams and Lock) 9-9-0; Mick Hatchard (Shakespeare Superteam) 7-10-0. Teams: Shakespeare Superteam 18; Dams and Lock 24; Browning Central 31; Atherstone 38; Measham 39. League: Shakespeare Superteam 2; Browning Central and Dams and Lock both 5; Atherstone 8; Measham 10.

*Dynamite Baits Makins, Wolvey, Warwickshire. Sun. Round Three, Phases 1, 2 and 3. 15 teams of six (90). Colin Perry (Mansfield Angling Gold) 127-4-0, carp to 15 lb, straight lead and pellet at 30 yards, peg 6A Lake 2; Andy Findlay (Preston Innovations/Korum/Team Makins) 126-0-0; Steve Smedley (Rivendale Black) 83-4-0; Ian Hughes (Attleborough Sports Veterans) 79-4-0; Lee Westwood (Knob Rods) 77-9-0; Graham Eden (Dr Jamies) 69-4-0. Teams: Dr Jamies 18; Mansfield Angling Gold, Knob Rods and Dynamite Matchman Supplies all 20; Ringer Baits 21; Swann Baits 22. League: Matchfishingscene.com 54; Mansfield Angling Gold 57; Knob Rods 62; Dynamite Matchman Supplies 63; Team Makins 72; Ringer Baits 75.

*Hereford Winter League, Round Two, River Wye at Hereford. Sun. 64. Hadrian Whittle (Woody’s) 38-4-0, dace and bleak on stick float and maggots with whip and pole, peg 76 behind railings at Belmont; Steve Sadler (Fox Match) 33-13-0 all-perch on stick float and maggots, peg 34 above railway bridge; Clive Branson (Cardiff Nomads) 31-6-0; Ian Winter (Dave Harrell Angling) 29-10-0; Andrew Murphy (Wizards) 27-12-0; Darren Harper (Academy) 27-8-0. Teams: Wizards 47; Fox Match 46; W.B. Clarke 45; Dave Harrell Angling 42. League: Wizards and W.B. Clarke both 18 points; Woody’s and Cardiff Nomads both 16; Fox Match 14 points.

*Packington Somers, Individual Winter League, Round One, Molands Mere. Sun. Anniversarys and Willow Pools. 54. Steve Edwards (Packington) 54-7-0, carp on pole and pellet, peg 6 Willow Pool; Lee Richards (Top Fours/Packington) 41-9-0; Max Higgott (Rod and Reels Hinkley) 36-13-0; Paul Cetti (Best Baits) 30-2-0; Simon Christian (Fosters) 23-11-0; Dave Elliott (Packington) 23-8-0.


Aberglais, Turley Court. Sun. 18. Mark Williams (Merthyr) 229-13-0, all-carp on corn using top two, half way along deep bank; Gary Miles (Merthyr) 166-11-0; Terry Jones (Merthyr) 133-7-0.

BAA, River Severn, Arley. Tue. Float only. 16. Steve Maher (WB Clarke) 25-7-0, barbel and dace, bolognese and maggot, Hextons; Des Phillips (Birmingham) 16-0-0; Trevor Chalk (Evesham) 11-11-0; Dave Foxall (Stourbridge) 6-1-0.

Beechdale AC, Larford Lakes, near Stourport, Worcestershire. Sun. Match Lake. 10. Dave Ball (Beechdale AC) 128-6-0, carp to 7 lb, pole and pellet, peg 1; Linden Pickett (Beechdale AC) 98-15-0; Martin Whittaker (Beechdale AC) 89-8-0.

Bilston Angling Centre, Individual Winter League, Round One, Staffs-Worcs Canal, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton. Sun. 30. Dave Lloyd (Maver Tipton Van den Eynde) 7-9-0, roach, gudgeon and perch, pole, squatt and pinkie, peg 2; Dave Richards (Four Ashes AC) 5-15-4; Dennis Kneller (Anglers Peg) 5-13-7; Richard Guest (Maver Tipton Van den Eynde) 5-5-0; Dave Hughes (Maver Tipton Van den Eynde) 4-14-14; Dave Holbrook (Four Ashes AC) 4-6-7.

Browning Spa MG, Birmingham Worcester Canal, Stoke Works, Warwickshire. Sun. 44. Tony Hamilton (Harris MG) 7-9-8, three skimmers and 16 roach, pole and punched bread, peg 21; Richard Hicklin (Mill Tackle) 3-14-0; Steve Middleton (Browning Spa MG) 3-1-12; Luke Price (Worcester) 3-1-0; Mark Roberson (Browning Spa MG) 2-15-12.

Buckley Over-50s, Trap Pool, Buckley. Thurs. 12. Steve Martin (Buckley) 9-10-0, crucians, perch and ide on waggler and double maggot, peg 16; Pete Evans (Buckley) 8-1-0; Brian Plumridge (Buckley) 6-12-0.

Elmbridge Fishery, Droitwich. Thurs. Heron Pool. 20. Alan Mason (Elmbridge) 78-10-0, carp, pole and pellet, peg 5; Tony Cook (Royal Oak) 56-6-0; Sid Toroni (Maver Solihull Angling Centre) 29-6-0. Sat. Peacock Pool. 17. Martyn Guest (Specialist Bait Suppliers) 39-10-0, carp, pole and pellet, peg 12; Tom Cooksey (Horsley Piggot) 29-0-0; Bob Williams (Specialist Bait Suppliers) 28-1-0. Sun. Heron Pool. 18. Sid Wilkes (DB Tackle) 50-10-0, carp, pole and pellet, peg 35; Neil Gater (Bateman Vine) 39-6-0; Keith Malpass (Phoenix Angling Club) 38-6-0.

Furnace Mill Fishery, Wyre, Bewdley, Worcestershire. Sun. Mucky Meadow and Furnace Pools. 18. Chris Whitehouse (Mosella Black Country) 112-10-0, carp, pole and pellet, maggot and caster, peg 45; Martyn Guest (SBS) 107-8-0; Iwan Mills (Robin’s Timber) 99-15-0.

Garbolino Tunnel Barn Farm, Shrewley, Warkwickshire. Mon. Club Pool. 20. Chris Neale (Rutlanders) 117-14-0, F1s, roach, bream, perch and rudd, 7 m pole and maggot high and low, peg 21; Pete Hancox (Birmingham) 99-1-0; Ade Mansfield (Maver Tipton) 89-3-0; Chris Constable (Tunnel Barn Farm Veterans) 81-13-0. Wed. House Pool 2. 18. Steve Townsend (Drennan Oxford) 67-7-0, F1s, 14 m pole and maggot, peg 37; Pete Hancox (Birmingham) 62-3-0; Pete Caton (Dynamite Baits/Banbury Gunsmiths) 61-1-0; Chris Neale (Rutlanders) 60-10-0. Thurs. Canal Pool. 20. Pete Hancox (Birmingham) 92-5-0, F1s, F2s, barbel, roach and bream, 6 m and 8 m pole and pellet with slop, peg 1; Rob Kite (Marsden Green Tavern) 77-13-0; Chris Neale (Rutlanders) 77-1-0; Malc Jones (Tunnel Barn Farm) 74-10-0. ThursVeterans, House Pools 1 and 2. 47. George Harrison (Warwick Portobello) 48-4-0, F1s and bream, 10 m pole and pellet, peg 16 House Pool 1; Chris Constable (Tunnel Barn Farm Veterans) 48-1-0; Alan Heening (Starlet Veterans) 43-13-0; Roger Martin (Coventry) 37-3-0. Fri. Canal Pool. 17. Pete Hancox (Birmingham) 92-5-0, F1s, F2s, barbel, roach and bream, 6 m and 8 m, pole and pellet with slop, peg 1; Ron Kite (Marsden Green Tavern) 77-13-0; Chris Neale (Rutlanders) 77-1-0; Malc Jones (Tunnel Barn Farm) 74-10-0. Sun. New Pool and House Pool 2. 35. Matt Stockton (Mosella) 97-14-0, F1s, bream and tench, 8 m pole and pellet with slop, peg 23 New Pool; Stu Palser (Shakespeare) 85-11-0; Ronnie Biggs (OHMS) 81-7-0; Darren Bolton (Maver Tipton) 63-14-0; Mark Prosser (Maver Tipton) 62-14-0; Pete Rice (Bag’em Baits) 60-8-0.

Good Intent Autumn League, Staffs-Worcs Canal, Hinksford, Wolverhampton. Sun. Final Round. 19. Mick Sztybel (Good Intent) 6-12-0, roach, perch and gudgeon, pole, squatt and pinkie, peg 10; Alec Biles (Mallards AC) 5-15-8; Martin Baker (BAA) 5-11-0; Dave Pinches (Goldthorn Social) 5-10-0; Trevor Wills (Good Intent) 5-2-0. Final league: Alec Biles (Mallards AC) 18; Martin Yarsley (Halesowen Royal British Legion) 19; Paul Skidmore (Good Intent AS) 22; Gary Owen (Good Intent AS) 36.

Goodyear AC, Curborough Fishery, Lichfield, Staffordshire. Sun. Canal Pool. 14. Colin Upton (Goodyear AC) 35-8-0, silver fish and small carp, pole and maggot, peg 5; Bob Cook (Goodyear AC) 35-4-0; Sean Smallman (Goodyear AC) 27-12-0.

Hawkesbury Fishery, Bedworth, Warwickshire. Thurs. 13. John Kidd (Hawkesbury) 44-7-0, carp, pole, meat and corn, peg 20; Ms Suzi Smith (Kobra Feeders) 35-14-0; Richard Grant (Hawkesbury/Gillette) 30-5-0. Sat. 15. James Rock (Army) 31-9-0, one carp with roach, pole and caster, peg 38; John Kidd (Hawkesbury) 29-12-0; Craig Kidd (Hawkesbury) 27-15-0. Sun. 21. Grant Merritt (Hawkesbury) 33-7-0, mixed catch, pole, maggot and caster, peg 30; Richard ‘Jacko’ Jakymowytsh (Elephant and Castle) 32-14-0; John Kidd (Hawkesbury) 30-7-0.

Iffers, Gloucester Canal at Hempsted. Sun. 22. Nick Probert (Iffers) 15-10-0, bream on feeder and double caster, peg 46 on Hempsted Bend; Gordon Hemms (Iffers) 15-3-0; Mark Wellington (Iffers) 12-8-0; Mitch Hudson (Iffers) 5-0-0.

King’s Pools, Shereshill, Staffordshire. Wed. Big Match Pool. 24. John Cockayne (Wednesfield Angling Centre) 46-12-0, carp to 5 lb, pole and sweetcorn; Mattie Stockton (Mosella) 36-12-0; Terry Edwards (Swan Elite) 36-4-0. Sat. Carp Pool. 22. Phil Rhodes (Wolves Post Office) 66-8-0, carp to 1 lb 8 oz with small tench, pole and maggot, peg 18; Andy Jenkins (King’s Pools) 66-6-0; Terry Edwards (Swan AC) 55-0-0. Sat. New Match Pool. 22. Dave Doughty (King’s Pools) 52-2-0, carp to 5 lb, pole and sweetcorn, peg 9; Jordan Hall (Allen’s Tackle, Worcester) 45-10-0; Mattie Stockton (Mosella) 39-8-0. Sun. Big Match Pool. 34. Rich Maynard (King’s Pools) 65-12-0, carp to 11 lb, pole and meat; John Cockayne (Wednesfield Angling Centre) 48-0-0; Bob ‘Who?’ Marklew (King’s Pools) 38-3-0.

Kobra Feeders, Dynamite Baits Makins, Wolvey, Warwickshire. Wed. Phase One, Lake 2. 19. Phil Hull (Lane’s Baits) 72-2-0, carp, Method feeder or straight lead and pellet, peg A6; Phil Jarram (Dynamite Baits) 49-0-0; John Adamson (Kobra Feeders) 48-14-0. Thurs. Reptile and Snake Pools. 18. John Adamson (Kobra Feeders) 57-6-0, carp, long pole and pellet, peg 16 Reptile Pool; Lee Westwood (Litchfield) 50-8-0; Wendell Ward (Best Baits) 44-2-0.

Lydney, Hartleton Lake, Ross-on-Wye. Sun. 25. Mark Annis (Lydney) 15-10-0, skimmers on small groundbait feeder and dead maggots two rods out, peg 46 in the wood; Terry Simmonds (Butcher’s Hook) 12-10-0; Kevin Barwell (Butcher’s Hook) 12-4-0; Chris Peters (Butcher’s Hook) 10-4-0.

Merthyr Tydfil, Penywern Middle Pond. Sun. 18. Peter O’Sullivan (Merthyr) 36-10-0, five carp on legered meat, peg 1; Steve Hall (Merthyr) 9-12-0; John Clegg (Merthyr) 6-15-0; Dave Couzens (Merthyr) 2-3-0.

Merthyr Tydfil Ladies, Cyfartha Park Lake. Sat. 8. Dawn Sayce Jones (Merthyr) 1-8-0, small roach and perch on whip and maggots; Janice Farr (Merthyr) 0-8-0; Kath Brown (Merthyr) 0-6-0.

Monk Hall Fishery, Monkhopton, Salop. Sat. Lark and Owl Pools. 12. Brian Emms (Monk Hall) 37-10-0, carp and mixed silver fish, pole and corn, peg 48, Lark Pool. Keith Perrin (Tipton) 26-8-0; Bill Stone (Monk Hall) 24-13-0. Sun. Swallow Pool. 12. Brian Emms (Monk Hall) 41-12-0, carp, pole and corn, peg 12; Keith Perrin (Tipton) 27-13-0; Nigel Gartenfeld (Bromiden) 22-4-0.

Moorlands Farm, Hartlebury, Worcestershire. Tues. Bank and Moors Pools. 17. Trevor Burton (Baggeridge Brick Angling Club) 92-4-0, carp, 5 m pole and pellet, peg 16 Moors Pool; Phil Moore (Litchfield) 89-8-0; Harry Page (Moorlands) 62-10-0. Wed. 20 over 50s, Silver and Middle Pools. Mal Watson (Daiwa Gordon League) 92-0-0, F1s, 5 m pole and pellet, peg 17 Silver Pool; Terry Homer (Club 2000) 69-0-0; Martin Lafevre (Moorlands Gold) 59-9-0. Thurs. Meadow Pool. 15. Paul Foster (Starlet Veterans) 110-0-0, carp to 10 lb, 5 m pole and pellet or down the edge, peg 20 Meadow Pool; Martin Lafevre (Moorlands Gold) 79-10-0; Paul Cartwright (Moorlands) 70-2-0. Sat. Meadow and Moors Pools. 28. Mal Watson (Daiwa Gordon League) 143-3-0, carp to 10 lb, 10 m pole and pellet or down the edge, peg 12 Meadow Pool; Richard Kings (St Davids Angling Club) 81-2-0; Keith Wright (Moorlands) 69-15-0. Sun. Meadow and Bank Pools. 20. Ian Wood (Moorlands) 107-8-0, carp to 12 lb, pole and paste down the edge, peg 5 Bank Pool; Albert Jones (Moorlands) 97-12-0; Colin Pace (Colin Pace Angling Academy) 78-4-0.

Mosella Manor Farm Leisure, Harvington. Wed. Island Pool. 12. Tony Knights (Littleton Angling Club) 60-12-0, carp and tench, pole and pellet with groundbait feeder, peg 12; Steve Rich (Cotswold Angling) 60-8-0; Norman Finch (Platt Bridge) 52-8-0. Thurs. Middle Pool. 14. Chris French (Swindon) 91-0-0, carp and tench, pole, pellet and groundbait feeder, peg 12; Phil Tipton (Duke of Edinburgh) 86-8-0; Chris Telling (Vespé) 53-4-0. Sat. Middle Pool. 12. Gary Waldron (Harris Match Group) 103-10-0, carp and tench, pole, pellet and groundbait feeder, peg 25; Chris Telling (Vespé) 69-8-0; Mike Pollard (Lobbys Mosella) 65-0-0. Sun. Island Pool. 23. Tony Davis (Gloucester Angling Centre) 90-0-0, carp and tench, Method feeder, peg 6; Colin Woodward (Smithy’s Tackle) 59-4-0; Sam Hughes (Bait-Tech) 54-10-0.

Newport, Woodstock Pond. Sun. 16. Rob Sims (Garry Evans Tackle) 29-2-0, carp and bream on pole and paste, peg 24; Ian Driscoll (Spencer Works) 24-15-0; Martyn Truman (Newport AA) 23-10-0; Gary Martin (Glamorgan Rebels) 19-2-0.

Packington Somers, Meriden, Warwickshire. Wed. Molands Mere. 13. Derek Hartshorne (Swann Baits) 49-10-0, carp, Method and meat, peg 46; John Burchell (Packington) 41-4-0; John Adamson (Youngs Tunnel Barn Farm) 36-14-0. Sat. Gearys Level. 22. Andy Findlay (Preston Innovations/Korum) 61-7-0, carp and skimmers, Method and meat, peg 21; Ray Quinney (Starlet Veterans/Packington) 52-3-0; Steve Chester (Top Fours/Packington) 50-3-0.

Patshull Park, Pattingham, Shropshire. Sun. Great Lake. 29. Pete Cartwright (Wolverhampton) 18-3-0, five bream to 3 lb with skimmers and eels, slider and feeder fished worm, peg 45; John Taylor (Preston Innovations) 17-5-0; Nigel Ball (Wednesfield Angling Centre) 16-2-0. Sun. Widnes DAC, boats. 12. D. Johnson (Widnes DAC) 34-9-0, bream and skimmers, feeder and worm, peg 54; A. Hartley (Widnes DAC) 22-13-0; C. Doran (Widnes DAC) 19-9-0; S. Wright (Widnes DAC) 17-12-0.

Preston Innovations Boldings Pools, Bridgnorth, Salop. Mon. Chestnut Pool. 10. Harry Colley (Preston Innovations Boldings Pools) 142-11-0, carp to 9 lb and bream to 3 lb, pole and meat or pellet down the edge, peg 40; Eric Bancroft (Rod and Gun) 106-1-0; Graham Evason (Preston Innovations Boldings Pools) 73-1-0. Wed. Beech and Hawthorn Pools. 10. Brian Clark (Marukyu Vespé) 87-14-0, carp to 8 lb, 5 m pole and pellet or down the edge, peg 5 Beech Pool; Tony Foster (Preston Innovations Boldings Pools) 71-0-0; Jeff Harston (Weston Pools) 67-0-0. Thurs. Chestnut Pool. 10. John Wild (Stafford) 64-5-0, carp to 5 lb, pole and pellet to the island and close in, peg 21; Eric Bancroft (Rod and Gun) 61-13-0; Mick Keen (Maver Total Angling) 60-13-0. Sat. Sycamore and Chestnut Pools. 22. Sean Barber (Maver) 97-10-0, carp to 6 lb, 13 m pole and pellet, peg 31 Sycamore Pool; Dave Brown (Maver) 95-14-0; Matt Stobbs (Oakengates Angling Centre) 78-15-0; John Francis (Rod and Gun) 67-9-0. Sun. Sycamore Pool. 10. Mark Lloyd (Oakengates Angling Centre) 64-15-0, carp to 6 lb, 5 m pole, pellet and paste or down the edge, peg 47; Chris Hyde (Sedgley) 60-13-0; Dave Matson (Rod and Gun) 58-11-0.

Preston Innovations Woodland View, Hadley, Worcestershire, Tues. Ghost Pool. 18. Mark Owen (Bilston Angling Centre) 84-15-0, carp to 10 lb, pole and pellet, peg 9; D. Roberts (Woodlands) 64-15-0; M. McCabe (Woodlands) 64-10-0; Jim Greenaway (Dudley Bait & Tackle) 63-8-0. Sat. Dean’s Pool. 25. Chris Noyce (Woodlands) 48-12-0, carp to 5 lb, pole and pellet, peg 58; M. Ellis (Woodlands) 37-12-0; Graham Collett (Starlets Veterans) 21-10-0; A. Esprey (Woodlands) 21-2-0. Sun. Dean’s and High Pools. 30. A. Taylor (Lobby’s Tackle) 67-1-0, carp, pole and pellet, High 14; S. Martin (Woodlands) 54-2-0; Ronnie Phero (Woodlands) 37-4-0; Danny Ludgate (Woodlands) 36-3-0; Chris Senter (Alan’s Tackle, Worcester) 32-14-0; Tim Guise (Starlets Veterans) 30-12-0.

Redhill Fishery, Monmouth. Wed. Pole only. 12. Chris Shepherd (Sirhowy) 149-12-0, carp on pole and pellets close in, peg 16 on Molly’s Pond; Steve Shaw (Marukyu) 143-12-0; Howard Green (Green’s Tackle) 134-0-0.

Sirhowy, Redhill Fishery, Monmouth. Sun. 19. Steve Shaw (Marukyu) 133-3-0, carp to 8 lb on long pole and pellets, peg 33 on Penny’s Pond; Brian Protheroe (Merthyr) 104-4-0; Tony Summers (Wye Angling) 108-0-0; Alan Davies (Trealaw) 94-0-0.

Spencer Works, Cefn Mably Lakes. Sat. 20. Phil Weaver (Newport) 90-7-0, carp and bream on long pole and casters, peg 15 on Bridge Pool; Mitchell Weaver (aged 13) (Newport) 76-8-0; Les Turberville (Newport) 72-14-0; Gary Fisher (Newport) 49-7-0.

Stirrup Cup, Birmingham-Fazeley Canal, Curdworth, Birmingham. Sun. 18. Dave Sheaf (Black Country Tackle) 3-15-12, a 1 lb skimmer, gudgeon and roach, pole and punched bread; Graham Massey (Dams and Lock) 3-14-14; Dave Reaney (Attleborough Sports) 3-13-2; Martin Lane (Browning Lifestyle) 3-9-4; Pete Cuddy (Stirrup Cup) 2-14-0; Dave Freestone (Three Ems) 2-11-0.

WFCA Veterans Welsh National, Redhill Fishery, Monmouth. Sat. 22. Tony Summers (Cardiff Nomads) 91-8-0, carp to 7 lb on 14 m pole and maggots, Penny’s Pond; Peter Meese (Penarth) 71-7-0; Jon Taylor (Glamorgan AC) 67-10-0; Brian Protheroe (Merthyr) 61-4-0.

White Springs, Pontarddulais. Sun. 16. Chris Wells (Burry Port) 75-8-0, carp and bream on pole and pellets, Match Lake; Chris Oag (Burry Port) 70-4-0; Steve Davies (Llanelli) 66-2-0.

Wolverhampton Over 60s, Staffs-Worcs Canal, Cross Keys, Penkridge, Staffordshire. Wed. 19. Dave Pinches (Golthorn Social) 8-0-0, four chub and perch, pole, caster and worm, peg 9; Terry Blyde (Lazy Hill AC) 4-14-9; Dave Rayson (Bridgtown) 2-15-4.

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