Winning Starlets Going For Gold
Birmingham’s Starlets AS impressed with a stunning performance in winning the third ‘Preston Innovations World Club Classic’ and will now represent England at the World Club Championships in Italy next year.
The top ten teams from the Angling Trust’s Division One National Championships battled it out in a two-day event fished to FIPSed international rules on the River Trent’s Newark Dyke, with a fantastic £7,000 first prize donated by the sponsors.
Heavy rain meant that 40gr flat floats were still needed in some sections to present a bait, but it also meant the big bream and barbel fed with worm the key hook bait, Starlets finishing in second spot both days with a 44.5 overall total to just pip Barnsley AS.
Starlets also had the individual winner, Ade Whittle winning his section both days for a 7.710kg total. An English team has not won gold at the World Club Championships since Essex won the event on the River Arno in 1982.
Tackle & Guns 2012
This weekend sees the annual tackle trade show run by magazine publisher DHP Ltd taking place at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire. It’s been a tough year for the trade with a double whammy of poor weather and a recession hitting tackle shop turnover, and the manufacturers. But there are still over 100 exhibitors attending including the likes of Nash, Akios, Daiwa, Fox, Hardy Greys, Marukyu, Lynx, Maver, Preston Innovations, Pure Fishing, Shimano, Wychwood and for the first time Old Ghost, a Chinese firm who happen to be the biggest manufacturer of fishing baits in the world. I’ll be there both days.
Carp On The Stick Float
A few carp have been caught lately from stretches of water run by the Birmingham Anglers Association where you might not expect them. Andy Keen found himself in a right old battle on the River Severn at Ladyham when he hooked a fish on the stick float on a size 18 hook and 1.7lb hooklength that took him all over the river. After a 45 minute battle, he slipped the net under a 9lb common carp, the first one he’s had in over 40 years of fishing the river. Meanwhile on the association’s stretches of the Worcester Canal, some quality carp have been caught by design, topped by a fine 19lb mirror to Jonathan Albutt.
Cullen At The Double
Steve Cullen has become the first angler to win both the Grafham Trophy, for being top English rod in the Home International, and the UK National Championship in the same season. The Midlands based rod achieved the remarkable feat after romping to victory in the National Championship at Bewl Water.
Garner Joins Pure Fishing
Angling Writer Paul Garner has joined tackle firm Pure Fishing UK as a lure fishing consultant to promote and develop the company’s range of predator fishing products. Paul, 41 from the West Midlands, who is already sponsored by Nash Tackle's Peg One, Fish Frenzy and Bait Box predator baits, is a regular columnist in several UK and European magazines.
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Angling Trust Warwickshire Winter League, Round Two, Birmingham Fazeley Canal, Minworth, Sun, Round Two (40 fished)
Carl Smith (Browning Central) 11-9-3, a 4lb tench and perch, pole, caster and chopped worm, peg 85; Jason Cunningham (Shakespeare Superteam) 11-4-8; Dave Berrow (Dams and Lock) 8-10-12; Andy Beasley (Burton Shop B) 8-7-4; Barry Astbury (Burton Shop B) 8-1-0; Ted Yearby (Dams and Lock) 7-11-12.
Teams: Dams and Lock 20; Shakespeare Superteam 22; Browning Central 24; Burton Shop B 25; Burton Shop A 28. League: Dams and Lock and Shakespeare Superteam both 3; Browning Central 7; Burton Shop B 8; Burton Shop A 9.
Garbolino Tunnel Barn Farm, Shrewley, Warks
Mon, Bottom Pool: Kevin Folwell (Drennan Oxford) 86-5-0, carp, pole and pellet at 4m, peg 32; Pete Hancox (Birmingham) 73-15-0; Malcolm Jones (Banbury Gunsmiths) 55-12-0; Dave Chapman (White Hart Coventry) 48-11-0.
Tues, 30 over 50s, New Pool: Chris Constable (Tunnel Barn Farm Veterans) 64-15-0, F1s, roach and skimmers, pole and pellet at 6m and down the edge, peg 7; Ron Notley (Tunnel Barn Farm/Starlet Veterans) 64-1-0; Ken Turner (Barford) 61-12-0; Tony Maquire (Tunnel Barn Farm Veterans) 58-14-0.
Thurs, 63 Veterans, House Pools 1 and 2 and New Pool: Reg Davis (Tunnel Barn Farm Veterans) 68-3-0, carp, F1s, roach and skimmers, pole-fished banded pellet at 6m, peg 18, House Pool 1; Dave Chapman (White Hart Coventry) 64-8-0; Jimmy Hill (Tunnel Barn Farm/Starlet Veterans) 63-5-0; Chris Constable (Tunnel Barn Farm Veterans) 59-13-0; Ron Notley (Tunnel Barn Farm/Starlet Veterans) 58-12-0; Paul Lewis (Tunnel Barn Farm Veterans) 56-0-0.
Fri, Top Pool: Paul Ainsworth (Mid-City) 103-1-0, F1s, roach and skimmers, pole and pellet at 6m and down the edge, peg 5; Les Wetton (Tunnel Barn Farm/f1 Baits) 93-8-0; Pete Rice (Bag ‘em’ Baits) 91-12-0; John Harrison (Newdigate) 89-12-0.
Sat, House Pool 2: Matt Djukic (Shimano) 113-3-0, F1s, roach and skimmers, pole and pellet at 6m and 10m, peg 13; Joe Carrass (Match Fishing) 106-14-0; Richard Knowles (Shakespeare) 98-7-0; Ricky Small (Allens Fishing Tackle) 94-12-0.
Sun, New Pool: Stu Palser (Middy/Banbury Gunsmiths) 115-15-0, carp, F1s and mixed silvers, pole-fished pellet at 8m and 16m, peg 16; Pete Rice (Bag ‘em’ Baits) 97-15-0; Darren Bolton (Mosella) 93-8-0; Gary Cook (Mosella) 90-12-0; Mark Malin (Bait Tech) 89-1-0.
Maver Solihull Angling Centre, Packington Somers, Meriden, Warks, Molands Mere
James Hipkiss (Ridgemere) 73-14-0, F1s, pole and pellet, peg 56; Martin Wood (Solihull Angling Centre) 45-12-0; Steve Edwards (Packington) 42-11-0.
Moorlands Farm, Hartlebury, Worcs
Tues, Silver Pool: Ken Sherriff (Kidderminster Angling) 80-14-0, F1s, pole-fisehd pellet at 4m, peg 28; John Cockayne (Maver) 57-6-0; Keith Wright (Colin Pace Angling Academy) 57-5-0.
Wed 50s, Bank and Moors Pools: Neil McMillan (Colin Pace Angling Academy) 64-13-0, carp, pole-fished pellet at 10m, peg 8, Bank Pool; Kevin Rodderick (Moorlands) 64-4-0; Keith Wright (Colin Pace Angling Academy) 54-0-0.
Thurs, Meadow and Island Pools: Harry Ward (Starlet Veterans) 95-12-0, carp, pole-fished pellet down the edge, peg 7, Meadow Pool; Ray Phillips (Moorlands) 80-6-0; George Reynolds (Kings Pools) 77-2-0; Tony Stead (West Midlands Police/Maver) 70-15-0.
Sat, Meadow, Middle and Silver Pools: Ian Wood (Club 2000) 95-0-0, carp, pole-fished pellet down the edge, peg 15, Meadow Pool; Colin Pace (Colin Pace Angling Academy) 92-8-0; Iwan Mills (Robins Timber) 87-12-0.
Sun, Meadow, Moors, Middle and Silver Pools (45 fished): Richard Cooksey (Stourport) 175-9-0, carp, pole-fished pellet at 11m fished shallow, peg 11, Meadow Pool; Richard Kings (St Davcids Angling Club) 126-0-0; Chris Hill (Mosella) 124-0-0; Ray Lamb (Maver Midlands) 120-6-0; Sean Smith (Club 2000) 119-6-0; Ian Wood (Club 2000) 119-0-0; Brett Wilkes (Maver) 113-10-0; Colin Pace (Colin Pace Angling Academy) 105-10-0; Iwan Mill (Robins Timber) 105-2-0.
Packington Somers, Meriden, Warks
Sat, Little Gearys: Craig O’Brien (Fast Feeders) 33-5-0, carp, Method and pellet, peg 10; Steve Edwards (Packington) 32-2-0; Ian Coxon (Packington) 29-13-0.
Sun, Gearys Level: Wayne Carter (Packington) 52-7-0, carp, straight lead and pellet, peg 19; Ron Savage (Lanes Baits) 50-3-0; Phil Hull (Lanes Baits) 43-13-0.
Preston Innovations Woodland View, Hadley, Worcestershire
Tues, Ghost Pool: Barry Duggan (Peg One Woodlands) 131-4-0, carp to 10lb, pole-fished sweetcorn and pellet, Ghost Pool, 15; Steve Middleton (Browning Spa) 81-2-0; Mark Owen (Bilston Angling Centre) 78-0-0.
Sun, Deans Pool: Paul Sibley (Mosella) 93-0-0, carp to 8lb and silvers, pole-fished sweetcorn, Deans Pool 7; C Plumb (Club Korum) 76-8-0; A Parkes (Woodlands) 70-4-0; R Pembleton (Woodlands) 66-12-0; Nigel Plumb (Peg One, Woodlands) 66-8-0.
Stirrup Cup, Birmingham-Fazeley Canal, Curdworth, Birmingham
Pete Hatton (ZLT) 7-13-4, skimmers to 10oz, roach and perch, pole-fished maggot or caster, peg 61; Darren Barratt (Coleshill and District) 6-12-4; Alan Homer (Dudley Bait and Tackle) 4-7-8; Graham Massey Dams and Lock) 2-13-14; Sam Lewis (Three Ems) 2-12-4; Alan Newman (Stirrup Cup) 2-11-8.