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West Midlands Angler’s Mail Kamasan Qualifiers for February 16/17, 2013.


*Garbolino Tunnel Barn Farm Winter League, Ninth Round, Sat. House Pools 1and 2, New and Top Pools. 18 teams of four (72). Richard Knowles (MCM Bag ’em’ Baits) 154-0-0, carp and F1s, poled dobbed bread at 14 and 16 metres, peg 13, Club Pool; Nigel Rimmer (Maver Gold Bag ’em’ Baits) 90-10-0; Des Shipp (Barston) 71-9-0; Paul Bick (Match Fishing Drawbags) 57-1-0; Matt Barwell (Maver Gold Bag ’em’ Baits) 50-15-0; Andy Searle (Middy Express) 50-12-0.

Teams: Match Fishing Drawbags 62; Maver Gold Bag ’em’ Baits 60; Middy Express 55; Banbury Gunsmiths 54; Neaths Four 51; Barston 48.

Final League: Match Fishing Drawbags 555; Barston 516; Banbury Gunsmiths 512; Maver Gold Bag ’em’ Baits and MCM Bag ’em’ Baits both 502; Neaths Four 448.


* Preston Innovations Woodland View, Hadley, Worcestershire, Sun. Pairs League, Deans, High and Arles Pools, 56. Connor Plumb (Club Korum) 75-8-0, carp to 9 lb, poled pellet and sweetcorn, High Pool 21; Tony Corbett (Woodlands) 58-10-0; Darren Morgan (Woodlands) 56-0-0; Nigel Plumb (Woodlands) 50-9-0.


* Wye Teams of Six, final round. River Wye at Hereford. Sun. 72. Andy Burt (Wizards) 35-8-0, perch, pole fished worms, peg 75 on the left bank; Colin Harvey (D H Angling) 30-10-0; Richard Weaver (Ludlow) 20-0-0; Steve Jefferies (Ludlow) 19-4-0; Terry Parrott (W B Clarke) 14-12-0; Steve Williams (Shakespeare) 14-4-0. Teams: Wizards 54 points; Woody’s 47; Shakespeare 45; Fox Hereford 41; W B Clarke 39; D H Angling 36. League: Shakespeare 80 points and two wins; Woody’s 80 points and one win; Sensas Nomads 67; Wizards 65; D H Angling and WB Clarke both 62.













Bilston Angling Centre, Shropshire Union Canal, Brewood, Staffordshire, Sun. Round seven, 30. Richard Guest (Maver Midlands) 19-14-6, roach and skimmers, poled caster, peg 12; Steve Lovell (Maver Tipton Van den Eynde) 16-8-9; Rob Lloyd (Maver Tipton Van den Eynde) 12-9-9; John Hall (Bilston Angling Centre) 9-2-0; Tony Eagles (Team GB Four Ashes Aplomb) 8-1-0; Martin Spruce (Bilston Angling Centre) 4-7-8. League: Ben Garbett (Maver Tipton Van den Eynde) 14; Ian Hinngley (Maver Tipton Van den Eynde) 18; Bruce Birch (Team GB Four Ashes Aplomb) 18; Richard Guest (Maver Midlands) 20; Rob Lloyd (Maver Tipton Van den Eynde) 20.

Blackfords Progressive, Kingswood Lake, Cannock, Staffordshire, Sat. 19. Dave Ridgeway (Shifnal) 11-12-0, skimmers to 1 lb 8 oz, feeder fished bits of worm, peg 41; Paul Bucknell (Little Dawley) 10-10-0; Jason Bucknell (Little Bucknell) 10-0-0.


Dog Lane Fishery, Napton, Warks, Widgeon Lake, Sun. 16. Pete Palmer (Dog Lane Fishery) 4-8-0, skimmers, poled fluro pinkies over groundbait, peg 19. Andy Judd (Kings Head) 4-2-0; Phil Porter (Rugby) 4-0-8.

Elmbridge Fishery, Droitwich, Heron Pool, Thurs. 12. Jim Russell (Elmbridge) 67-8-0, carp, wagglered corn and pellet, peg 31. Mick Turberfield (Elmbridge) 42-2-0; Alan Fleet (Taveners) 22-0-0. Sat. 19, Heron Pool. Mark Bradley (M and B Angling Club) 90-10-0, carp, poled pellet and corn, peg 5. Jim Russell (Elmbridge) 83-8-0; Brian Golder (Elmbridge) 60-0-0. Sun. 19, Pheasant Pool. Richard Buxton (Willenhall Angling) 74-4-0, carp, poled corn, peg 6. Keith Perrin (Tipton) 56-4-0; Dave Hodnett (Highley) 39-10-0.

Furnace Mill Fishery, Wyre Forest, Bewdley, Worcestershire, Sun. Mucky Meadow and Mill Pools, 12. Dean Homer (Club 2000) 78-12-0, carp to 6 lb, poled sweetcorn and pellet, Mucky Meadow 32; Iwan Mills (Robin’s Timber) 75-0-0; Steve Harris (Grant Albutt Angling Supplies) 61-2-0; Chris Whitehouse (Furnace Mill) 54-2-0.

Garbolino Tunnel Barn Farm, Shrewley, Warks, House Pool 2, Tues. 19 over 50’s. Barry Duggan (Warwick Portobello) 71-2-0, F1’s to 3lb, poled pellet on the deck at 6m, peg 24. Chris Constable (Tunnel Barn Farm Veterans) 43-15-0; Mike Capewell (Rugeley) 28-8-0; Pete Hancox (Birmingham) 28-3-0. Wed. 17, House Pool 2. Barry Duggan (Warwick Portobello) 49-2-0, F1’s to 4lb, poled pellet on the deck at 6m, peg 21. Pete Rice (Bag ’em’ Baits) 30-0-0; Mark Haycock (Tunnel Barn Farm) 28-9-0; Les Hayes (Kettering) 28-1-0. Thurs. 48 Veterans, House Pools 1 and 2. Roy Sturdy (Tunnel Barn Farm Veterans) 44-7-0, F1’s, roach and skimmers, poled pellet on the deck at 9m, peg 14, House Pool 1. Chris Constable (Tunnel Barn Farm Veterans) 43-10-0; Dave Pope (Tunnel Barn Farm Veterans) 43-2-0; John Berry (Tunnel Barn Farm Veterans) 25-11-0; Alan Dawson (Tunnel Barn Farm Veterans) 20-12-0; Jim Wills (Tunnel Barn Farm Veterans) 16-7-0. Fri. 23, High Pool. James Cook (WB Clarke) 49-9-0, stockies, F1’s and koi, poled maggot at 14m to the island, peg 32. Mark Haycock (Tunnel Barn Farm) 47-7-0; Dave Stratfull (Oakfield) 45-2-0; Charlie McGurrin (Fosters) 31-0-0. Sun. 22, New Pool. Pete Rice (Bag ’em’ Baits) 53-6-0, F1’s, roach and skimmers, poled maggot at 10, 12 and 14m, peg 7. Pete Caton (Dynamite Baits/Banbury Gunsmiths) 44-1-0; Jim Murfitt (Tunnel Barn Farm) 32-14-0; Les Wetton (Tunnel Barn Farm/F1 Baits) 32-4-0.

Goodyear AC, Shropshire Union Canal, Cowley, Gnosall, Stafford, Staffordshire, Sun. 10. Roy Biddulph (Goodyear AC) 1-14-8, roach, poled bread punch, peg 10; Steve Thomson (Goodyear AC) 1-7-6; Michael Thomson (Goodyear AC) 1-3-6.

Hawkesbury Fishery, Bedworth, Warks, Sun. 17. Grant Merritt (Hakesbury) 23-10-0, roach and bream, poled pellet, peg 24. Rolly Sturdy (Hawkesbury/Tetley) 23-5-0; Richard Grant (Hawkesbury/Gillette) 20-6-0; Dennis Saunders (Hawkesbury) 19-0-0.

Holgan Farm, Llawhaden. Sun.18. Richie Hawkins (Bristol) 48-2-0, carp on waggler and pellets fished to the island, peg 16; Mark Close (Haverfordwest) 41-0-0; Scott Odam (Swansea) 36-6-0.

Izaak Walton Fishery, Chebsey, Stafford, Staffordshire, Sat. Middle and Canal Pools, 18. Pete Holmes (Stapely Cudmore) 57-9-0, carp and silvers, poled pellet; Chris Newton (Dolphin Tackle) 28-6-0; Robin Dale (Holts Tackle) 26-7-0; John Wild (Stafford) 24-1-0. Sun. Middle Pool, 12. Andy Cleary (Northwood Inn) 78-4-0, carp, poled pellet; Graham Fox (Northwood Inn) 36-4-0; Malcolm Cooper (Northwood Inn) 30-15-0; Chris Newton (Dolphin Tackle) 20-12-0.

King’s Pools, Shareshill, Staffordshire, Sun. Winter League, all pools, 45. Gary Gollins (Swan Elite) 39-6-0, F1s to 1 lb, poled pellet, peg 12 Carp Lake; Mick Hatchard (Shakespeare Superteam) 37-14-0; Adam Rumble (Swan Elite) 26-6-0. Teams: Swan Elite 13. League: Plan B 72; Never Ever Nomads 79; Short Heath Starlets 85.

Moorlands Farm, Hartlebury, Worcs, Wed. 15, Rover. George Reynolds (Kings Pools) 29-0-0, F1’s, poled pellet down the edge, peg 12, Moors Pool. Mal Watson (Daiwa Gordon League) 28-2-0; Martin Lafevre (Colin Pace Angling Academy) 19-12-0. Sat. 17 pairs, round 5, Silver and Meadow Pools. Lee Harries (Shakespeare) 73-6-0, carp, straight lead and bread, peg 4, Meadow Pool. Mal Watson (Daiwa Gordon League) 51-14-0; Clive Munslow (Moorlands) 49-14-0; Ian Wood (Club 2000) 45-14-0. Pairs: Simon Christian (Match-Box) and Lee Harries (Shakespeare) and Paul Addlington (Club 2000) and Dave Williams (Halesowen Royal British Legion) and Steve Wright and Andy Bayliss (Miracle Baits) and Pete Mace (Moorlands) and Bill ‘Basil’ Rathbone (St Francis All Comedians, Shelfield, Walsall) all had 4pts. League: Dave Williams (Halesowen Royal British Legion) and Paul Addlington (Club 2000) and Colin Pace (Colin Pace Angling Academy) and Mal Watson (Daiwa Gordon League) 22pts; Clive Wright (Mosella) and Clive Munslow (Moorlands) 25pts. Sun. 18, Bank and Moors Pools. Lee Richards (Packington) 118-4-0, carp, straight lead and bread, peg 13, Moors Pool. Richard Kings (Colin Pace Angling Academy) 66-6-0; Dave Williams (Halesowen Royal British Legion) 57-11-0. A ‘Devilish’ note… Richard Kings formally of St Davids, changed teams, and ended up with 66-6-0!!!.. coincidence?.

Mosella Manor Farm Leisure, Harvington, Island Pool, Wed. 16. Trevor Williams (Fishermans Friend) 53-8-0, carp and skimmers, maggot feeder, peg 32. Kevin Giles (Manor Farm Leisure) 25-4-0; Chris Coleman (Broom Angling Club) 20-2-0. Thurs. 21, Island and Middle Pools. John Halfpenny (Manor Farm Leisure) 135-0-0, carp and skimmers, poled pellet and maggot feeder, peg 25, Middle Pool. John Clegg (Browning West Midlands) 55-12-0; Mike Hughes (Leigh Tackle and Bait) 49-4-0; Graham Whitmore (South Redditch) 41-0-0. Sat. 20, Windmill Lake, Boundry and Middle Pools. Rich Hoskins (Daiwa Gordon League) 80-12-0, carp and skimmers, poled pellet and maggot feeder, peg 10, Boundry Pool. Mark Malin (Colmic/Bait Tech) 77-0-0; Richard Merry (Manor Farm Leisure) 73-4-0; Ronnie Biggs (OHMS) 70-0-0. Sun. 42, Island, ash, Middle and Boundry pools and Windmill Lake. Steve Waters (Drennan/Banbury Gunsmiths) 81-2-0, carp and skimmers, poled pellet and groundbait/maggot feeder, peg 34, Island Pool. Tony Shepherd (Banbury Gunsmiths) 68-6-0; Paul Alder (Fishermans Friend) 61-10-0; Rob Avery (Kingfisher Redditch) 48-10-0; Steve Partington (Mosella) 48-0-0.

Newport, Woodstock Pond. Thurs.12. Mike Yandle (Tredegar) 57-0-0, all carp on pole with corn over pellets, peg by car park; Martyn Truman (Newport) 28-9-0; Ashley Cleaves (Newport) 24-0-0.

Packington Somers, Meriden, Warks, Little Gearys, Wed. 13. Adam Wakelin (Preston Innovations) 27-12-0, F1’s, tip and pellet, peg 9. Mark Green (Packington) 21-10-0; Tony Musticone (Alvechurch Fishery) 18-4-0. Sat. 15, Little Gearys. Steve White (Kobra Feeders) 38-13-0, F1’s, tip and pellet, peg 13, £87.00. bonus peg. Danny Tresigne (Packington) 26-0-0; Craig O’Brien (Fast Feeders) 22-3-0. Sun. 28, Molands Mere. Ms Suzi Smith (Kobra Feeders) 50-6-0, mixed, tip and pellet, peg 43. Steve White (Kobra Feeders) 40-4-0; Neil Carless (Ridgemere) 29-10-0.

Patshull Park, Pattingham, Shropshire, Sun. Great Lake, Hotel bank, 19. Kevin Tipton (Sensas) 18-4-0, skimmers to 12 oz, slider and maggot, peg 47; Dave Morris (Blackfords Progressive) 10-14-0; Gary Johnson (Sensas) 10-4-0.

Preston Innovations Boldings Pools, Bridgnorth, Salop, Chestnut and Sycamore Pools, Sun. 17. Dave Barnard (Rod and Gun) 53-3-0, carp to 5lb and skimmers to 2lb, poled pellet at 5m and down the edge, peg 22, Sycamore Pool. Mark Taylor (Shakespeare) 48-11-0; Graham Roberts (Preston Innovations Boldings Pools) 44-5-0. Wed. 12, Sycamore Pool. Brian Clark (Colmic Marukyu) 40-1-0, carp to 3lb, poled maggot at 12m, peg 45. Mick Jameson (Mid-Leisure) 37-3-0; Dave Cole (Bronx) 36-10-0; Gary Morris (Preston Innovations Boldings Pools) 35-2-0. Thurs. 12, Ash and Beech Pools. Mick Jameson (Mid-Leisure) 41-3-0, carp to 5lb, poled maggot at 4 and 10m, peg 16, Beech Pool. Andy Williams (Colmic Vespe) 36-4-0; Frank Mountford (Preston Innovations Boldings Pools) 29-12-0; Terry Edwards (Kings Pools) 22-12-0. Sat. 28, Chestnut and Sycamore Pools. Carl Foster (Preston Innovations Boldings Pools) 54-7-0, carp to 3lb, poled maggot down the edge, peg 16, Sycamore Pool. Steve Roberts (Oakengates Angling Centre) and Matt Stobbs (Oakengates Angling Centre) both 39-9-0. Sun. 33, Ash, Beech and Oak Pools. Andy Kyte (Maver Sonu) 63-1-0, carp to 5lb and perch to 3lb, poled maggot at 7m, peg 16, Beech Pool. Keith Powell (Preston Innovations Boldings Pools) 52-13-0; Kelvin Emlyn (Oakengates Angling Centre) 49-9-0; Dave Emlyn (Oakengates Angling Centre) 45-6-0; Mick Jameson (Mid-Leisure) 43-15-0; Howard Williams (Tri-Cast Weston) 38-6-0.

Preston Innovations Woodland View, Hadley, Worcestershire, Tues. Ghost Pool, 12. Jason Stone (Woodlands) 115-0-0, carp to 8 lb, poled sweetcorn and pellet, peg 17; J. Clegg (Browning) 85-1-0; Phil Bishop (Woodlands) 70-0-0. Sat. Silver Fish League, Arles Pool, 22. Tony Thorn (Frenzee) 17-0-0, skimmers and roach, poled pinkie and maggot, peg 4; Tony Morton (Preston Innovations) 16-4-0; Steve Wilson (Midland Bears) 15-1-0; Gary Kirkham (Browning West Midlands) 13-10-0.

Rhymney, River Wye at Boughrood. Sun.16. Kevin Williams (Rhymney) 4-2-0, one chub on feeder and maggots, peg by bridge; Brian Rees (Rhymney) 3-14-0; Dave Loader (Rhymney) 3-2-0.

Spencer Works, Staunton Court. Sat. 20. Les Turberville (Newport) 87-1-0, all carp on pole with maggots and pellets, peg on jetty; Alan Davies (Trealaw) 79-13-0; Russell Palmer (Cardiff) 74-11-0; Mark Guerra (Newport) 38-15-0.

Staffordshire Individual Championships, Round Three, Shropshire Union Canal, Gnosall, Stafford, Sat. 20. Fred Cheetham (Team Eclipse) 11-3-8, all roach poled punched bread, peg 4 Cowley; Jamie Edgerton (Maver Tipton Van den Eynde) 10-7-2; George Davies (Bilston Angling Centre) 9-8-10; Kevin Perry (Browning Lifestyle) 8-6-8; Bob Edgerton (Goodyear AC) 7-7-13; Paul Murrin (Browning Lifestyle) 6-5-12.

Stirrup Cup, Birmingham-Fazeley Canal, Curdworth, Birmingham, West Midlands, Sun. 8. Ian Haddon (Weddington) 29-8-12, skimmers, roach and perch, poled bread punch, peg 38; Dave Freestone (Three Ems) 25-14-0; Alan Newman (Stirrup Cup) 13-4-4; Graham Massey (Dams and Lock) 11-12-14; Sam Lewis (Three Ems) 10-2-12; Darren Barrett (Coleshill and District) 5-6-4.

TK Grueller Series, Cannock Extension Canal, Cannock, Staffordshire, Sun. 15. Gary Chalk (Cannock) 3-3-8, all roach, poled joker, peg 4; Paul Vernon (Casmore Cracks) 1-13-0; Lee Dorsett (Cashmore Cracks) 1-4-10; Ian ‘Obi’ Kent (Tavern AC) 1-3-4.

White Springs, Pontarddulais. Sat. 18. Andrew Neal (Caerphilly) 66-8-0, carp on long pole and pellets, peg on Old Canal; Matthew Edwards (Swansea) 47-0-0; Andrew Ford (Swansea) 46-12-0; Nigel Morris (Neath) 44-8-0. Sun.16. Matthew Edwards (Swansea) 37-12-0, carp and bream on pole and pellets, peg on Old Canal; Neil Davies (Swansea) 35-1-0; Lee Werrett (Middy Bait Tech) 29-0-0.



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