New Fishing Show For Second City?
Birmingham could host a brand new fishing show off the back of the popular National Boat, Caravan and Outdoor Show in February 2010.
The National Exhibition Centre would be the venue for a showcase for new tackle with no retailing other than limited special offers from the manufacturers.
It’s what many in the angling trade have called for, but evidence has suggested that what the buying public actually wants is the chance to snap up tackle at shows at bargain prices.
However, I understand that many of the top names in the tackle trade met organisers Ocean Media last month – Maver, Shimano, Preston, Hardy, Korda, Daiwa and Pure Fishing included.
And even though similar attempts at a showcase only event have failed in the past (I was involved in one myself under the Total Coarse Fishing banner), these companies appear keen to get behind it.
Phil Briscoe of Maver UK told trade magazine ‘Tackle And Guns’: “I am quite excited about getting something like this together once more.”

Easter Extravaganza
Moorlands Farm is running an Easter Extravaganza from Friday April 3rd through to Monday 6th, with some £5,000 of Browning tackle up for grabs.
It’s £20 entry plus £20 pools per match, with any two matches over the period counting and the winner decided on points. 
There was no festival at the Hartlebury venue last year, but over Easter there were winning weights of 131lb, 123lb and 141lb with most fish coming to pellet at 4-8 metres, although if it goes cold, legered corn will play a part. For more details email enquiries@moorlands-farm.co.uk.

Chub For The Tame
The River Tame has been topped up with 52 mature chub from the River Sence following a pollution that killed many fish on the Midlands river last year.
The Environment Agency’s Central Midlands Fisheries Team stocked over 30kg of chub up to 1.5kg. The new chub will supplement the 24,500 barbel, chub, dace and roach from Calverton Fish Farm, near Nottingham, which were released into the Tame last December. A female chub weighing 1.5kg has the potential to produce more than 10,000 eggs.
“Each captured chub has been marked with a spot of blue dye. This leaves a mark that can stay visible for up to two years so we will be able to recognise these fish when we carry out surveys to monitor fish stocks,” said an EA spokesman. “The Sence is run as a trout fishery, and Gopsall Fishing Club gave their consent for us to catch the chub and transfer them to the Tame.”

Great Silvers Catch At Shatterford
Stourbridge angler Mark Bedford won the latest Spring League match held at Shatterford Fishery with a fine weight of over 71lb, especially when you consider there were no carp in his net. Mark fished Stuart’s Lake on the pole with corn and pellet for bream and roach, to win the match by 40lb.

Draycote: Nothing To Cheer About
The saga over the shock closure of Draycote Reservoir to anglers rumbles on. The Angling Trust has just held a meeting with venue owners Severn Trent Plc, expressing its concerns that the decision to ban all angling in 2010 was made without even consulting the local angling club or even its own Conservation, Access, Recreation and Ecology group.
The point the Angling Trust was trying to make was that it could have been easy to reach a compromise to allow limited fishing while the redevelopment work on the visitor centre took place. However, it seems to have all fallen on deaf ears, although the good news is that Severn Trent has put on record that the water will re-open for fishing in 2011. However, I understand that the fishing will be a lot more limited than previously, in line with a slightly worrying new policy to segregate anglers from other users. This policy has already been implemented at Formark Reservoir and has seen bank available to anglers reduced by about two thirds!
Angling Trust chief executive Mark Lloyd said: “Despite all our efforts, the company has given nothing for tens of thousands of anglers who fish at Draycote and a host of local businesses who rely on visiting anglers to cheer about.”

Carp Come Up At Makins
A cracking match at Makins on Sunday saw the top four all weigh in over 140lb. The winner Shaun Clare drew peg A14 on Lake Two, where a warmer spell and a bit of sunshine brought the fish up and he was able to catch on pellet waggler for probably the first time this year. The Dynamite Matchman Supplies Black angler landed carp to 12lb for a 159-0-0 winning bag, but Jim Meakin, Andy Fulleylove and Mark Crewe all ran him close with over 140lb apiece.

Plenty Of Tons At Tunnel Barn Farm
It’s been a good week at Tunnel Barn Farm too with plenty of ton-up weights in the matches and to pleasure anglers. The best match of the week was on Saturday on New and Extension Pools when the top four all weighed in over 100lb. Topping the weights was prolific venue winner Pete Caton, who drew Extension peg 25 and put 110-1-0 on the scales. Red maggot up in the water is working, but paste in the margins is also now starting to catch plenty of fish too.

All White On The Night
The final round of the Sensas Packington Winter League produced an excellent match on Molands, which is fishing particularly well to pellet over micro pellet or groundbait at the moment.
Paul Hunter put plenty of F1s in his net on that method, weighing in 70-7-0 from peg 41. But he was pushed all the way by Packington’s Dave Elliott, who finished just an ounce short of that mark for second. The overall league was won by Kobra Feeders backed angler Steve White, who won £1,000 and a bundle of Sensas tackle. The venue is running open matches on Little Geary’s, Geary’s and Molands over the Bank Holiday coming up – more details on 01676 523833.

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Garbolino Tunnel Barn Farm, Shrewley, Warks
Mon, New Pool: Neil Dean (Maver) 77-10-0, F1s, bream, roach and perch, pole and red maggot at 6m to the island, fished high and low, peg 10; Dave Lightowlers (Central Trains) 71-7-0; Wayne Sweetman (Youngs Tunnel Barn Farm) 71-2-0; Pete Hancox (Birmingham) 70-8-0; Ron Notley (Tunnel Barn Farm Veterans) 61-8-0; Steve Bridley (Jaguar) 59-9-0.
Wed, New Pool: Richard Knowles (MCM) 101-9-0, F1s, bream, roach and tench, pole and pellet at 10m, peg 35; Roger Young (Youngs Tunnel Barn Farm) 95-13-0; Pete Hancox (Birmingham) 75-9-0; Barry Duggan (Warwick Portobello) 74-15-0; Wayne Ainsworth (Mid-City) 61-13-0; Andy Jackson (Redditch) 58-3-0.
Thurs, Canal Pool: Rob Swain (Sensas Tackle-Box) 126-14-0, F1s, pole and white maggot at 6m, fished high and low, peg 20; Bill Evans (Youngs Tunnel Barn Farm) 76-4-0; Roy Winferdale (Stirrup Cup) 64-2-0; Graham Young (Youngs Tunnel Barn Farm) 62-4-0; Mick Marshall (Youngs Tunnel Barm Farm) 38-9-0; Kevin Keasley (Tunnel Barn Farm Veterans) 38-0-0.
Sat, House Pool 2 and New Pool (38 fished): Pete Caton (Dynamite Baits/Banbury Gunsmiths) 110-1-0, carp, F1s, bream and tench, pole and pellet at 14m to the island, peg 21, House Pool 2; Wayne Ainsworth (Mid-City) 107-14-0; Mark Johnson (Daiwa Gordon League) 106-15-0; Dave Ludgate (Cannock) 105-11-0; Jason Shirley (Warwick Portobello) 98-0-0; Wayne Sweetman (Youngs Tunnel Barn Farm) 95-0-0.
Sun, Canal and New Pools (48 fished): Jason Neath (Daiwa Gordon League) 105-12-0, carp to 10lb, F1s and F2s and bream, pole and pellet into the corner at 4m, peg 24, Canal Pool; Pete Rice (Bag Em Baits) 94-14-0; Paul Caswell (Shakespeare) 92-4-0; Paul Bick (Shakespeare) 82-4-0; Paul Newell (Kings Mill Redditch) 79-3-0; Chris Harrison (Warwick Portobello) 76-11-0.

Packington Somers, Meriden, Warks
Wed, Molands Mere: Paul Hunter (Pools Fodder) 83-1-0, F1s, pole and pellet, peg 2; John Burchell (Sensas Packington) 48-2-0; Wendell Ward (Best Baits) 47-0-0; Steve Edwards (Sensas Tackle-Box) 46-4-0.
Sat, Gearys Level: Ms Suzi Smith (Kobra Feeders) 42-0-0, carp, pole and paste, peg 28; Ron Savage (Lanes Baits) 39-3-0; Craig O’Brien (Maver) 31-14-0; Steve White (Kobra Feeders) 31-4-0.
Sun, Molands Mere: Paul Hunter (Pools Fodder) 70-7-0, F1s, pole and pellet, peg 41; Dave Elliott (Packington) 70-6-0; Craig O’Brien (Maver) 64-6-0; Lee Richards (Top Fours/Fosters) 57-15-0.

Dynamite Baits Makins, Phases 1, 2 and 3, Wolvey, Warks
Sun (72 fished) Shaun Clare (Dynamite Matchman Supplies Black) 159-0-0, carp to 12lb, pellet waggler, peg A14, on Lake 2; Jim Meakin (Victoria Tackle) 146-2-0; Andy Fullylove (Dynamite Matchman Supplies Gold) 143-8-0; Mark Crewe (Pools Fodder) 143-4-0; Graham Eden (Mansfield Muleskinners) 81-4-0; Mick Brewster (Dynamite BBJ) 73-4-0.
Teams: Dynamite Baits Makins 6; Charlies Angels, MIRO and Sheeps Head, all had 10; Colins Not Here and Stabba, both had 11.
League: Mansfield Angling Gold and Charlies Angels, both have 57; Dynamite Matchman Supplies Red 58; Derby Lads 59; JDP Developements and Dynamite Matchman Supplies Blue, both have 60.

Dynamite Baits Makins, Wolvey, Warwickshire
Wed, Phase One, Lake Two: Shane Desmond (Dynamite Baits) 77-8-0, 15 carp, legered pellet, peg A20; Mark Griffiths (Ringers Baits) 73-12-0; Geoff Ringer (Ringers Baits) 48-14-0; Ian Maltby (Cats and Dogs) 26-6-0; John Adamson (Kobra Feeders) 23-4-0.
Thurs, Phase Three, Avon Pool: Andy Findlay (Korum/Preston Innovations) 52-10-0, carp, pole and sweetcorn, peg 17; Danny Ross (Wykin AC) 34-0-0; John Adamson (Kobra Feeders) 30-10-0; Ed Warren (Preston Innovations) 23-10-0; Mick Bull (Guru/Shimano/Dynamite) 18-0-0; David Kent (Long Eaton Victoria Angling Society) 14-10-0.

Cornerstone AS, Grand Union Canal, Small Heath, Birmingham
Mal Howard (Cornerstone AS) 8-13-13, roach, pole and punched bread; John Fowler (Sensas Dams and Locks) 7-13-4; Andy Curless (Image Fox Black Horse) 5-13-7; Wayne Shipley (Cornerstone AS) 4-13-10.

Goodyear AS, Shropshire Union Canal, Rye Hill, near Church Eaton,
Malcolm Bethell (Goodyear AS) 4-8-0, roach and perch, pole and caster and punched bread, peg 5; John Benness (Goodyear AS) 3-14-0; Steve Thomson (Goodyear AS) 3-11-0; John Hunter (Goodyear AS) 3-3-0.

Stirrup Cup, Birmingham-Fazeley Canal, Curdworth, Birmingham
Darren Barratt (Stirrup Cup) 11-6-15, five bream, pole, caster and worm, peg 65; Dave Freestone (Three Ems) 7-8-15; John Garbett (Black Country Tackle) 4-2-15; Pete Allwood (Long Eaton Federation) 3-11-12.