Nov 10, 2019

Reading Chronicle Thursday 10 th November 2019

Following the recent rainfall and the very high river levels some Clubs cancelled their matches on RDAA but some were booked on Canals that were fishable.

The Canal at Froxfield provided a lot of small pike to hinder the catches.but ten Reading Fishing Club  anglers still caught 56lbs 7ozs between them for a reasonable days fishing. Terry Littlewood fished the groundbait feeder in the lock of the short pound for first place with skimmer bream and perch for 10lbs 9ozs. In second spot. was Bill Tucker with 9lbs 12ozs of mainly perch. Bill was pegged above the short pound middle lock.and in third place was Malcolm Vigor on the first lock peg who had an all  roach catch on the whip/pole.

The local Angling Trust British Pike Championship Qualifier was held last Sunday on RDAA venues Farnham Flint and Englefield Lagoon Lakes. Nineteen anglers fished the match where the weather was bright with a cool breeze blowing across the lakes.

The total match weight was 83lbs 14ozs and the match was won by Ian Quinn with seven pike for 60lbs 14ozs (new match venue record). In second place was Owen Finneymore with two pike for 16lbs 14ozs and completing the top trio was Jason Newman with one fish that totalled 5lbs 4ozs.

Tilehurst Royal British Legion fished their stretch of the Thames at Hardwick. With the river carrying extra water and rising as the day went on a tough day was expected. Six anglers fished and a total of 39lbs 14ozs was put on the scales. In top spot on the day was Fred Jones with 12lbs. Fred's catch consisted of a bream of 7lbs 15ozs and the rest were roach. In second spot was Simon Couling who had 8lbs 5ozs of roach and dace. In third place was placed was Tony Tibble who had 6lbs 12ozs of roach.


  

Nov 09, 2019

Reading Chronicle Thursday 3 rd November 2019

Last Sunday saw our November Association match fished on Beats 4 & 5 on the River Kennet in Reading. The prize for the winner was the Association Shield trophy.

Thirty Anglers were booked in for this match with four pegs remaining in the draw bag. The match day weather was mainly dry, overcast, cool and with a slight, cool breeze blowing. The River Kennet had a strong colour and was flowing strongly due to recent rain. Total match weight on the day was 27lbs 0ozs, (at an average weight of 1lb per angler).

The top three teams on the day were TRBLAS with 13lbs 3ozs, Reading Civil Service with 3lbs 12ozs and Reading Fishing Club with 2lbs 11ozs.

Many thanks to all those that turned out on the day and who had to endure a tough five hours fishing.

The Match was won by Andy Chapman of TRBLAS. Fishing on the "concrete blocks" peg on Beat "5A" section, Andy banked two chub, (including a fine personal best specimen of 6lbs 7ozs), and roach during the course of the match.fishing bolo float tactics, with single and double red maggot on the hook, over maggot feed, to record a weight of 10lbs 4ozs.

Phil Allen of Reading Civil Service was second overall. Fishing on the first peg upstream of the "holy brook" on Beat 5B section, Phil banked one chublet and roach during the course of the match. fishing a combination of bread feeder and stick float tactics, with single and double red maggot on the hook, over maggot feed, to record a weight of 3lbs 12ozs.

Mick Donohoe of Kennet Ospreys was third overall. Fishing on the first peg downstream of the "concrete blocks" on Beat "5A" section, Mick banked five chublets and perch, fishing waggler tactics with single and double red maggot on the hook, over groundbait and maggot feed, to record a weight of 2lbs 9oz.

The section weights were” A” section (Beats 4A & 4B) 3lbs 10ozs, “B” section (Beat 5A),15lbs 4ozs, and “C” section (Beat 5B) 7lbs 8ozs.

This was the last match of the current RDAA season to be held on the Kennet and from December all matches will move to FGroxfield on The Kennet & Avon Canal.

Reading Fishing Club top the Championship table with 102lbs 9ozs with TRBLAS in second place with 85lbs 13ozs. Terry Littlewood tops the weight table with 38lbs with n Mick Donohoe in second place with on 20lbs 3ozs. The Points table is tied between Mick Donohoe and Phil Allen both with 30 points each who all have 22 points.

RDAA FISHERIES FORUM

7.30pm Wednesday 13th November,  Tilehurst British Legion, Downing Rd. RG31 5BB.

ALL WELCOME - COME AND HAVE YOUR SAY AND GET INVOLVED.

We have recently agreed to establish a new Fisheries Management Committee (FMC) under the chairmanship of our President, Martin Salter. The FMC is tasked with developing strategies and plans to increase volunteer engagement from the wider membership in support of the Fisheries Officer in the management, maintenance, care and promotion of the RDAA fisheries and to look for new opportunities and collaborations as a means of improving the quality of fishing available to members. They will be announcing some exciting new developments at the meeting. They want to hear members’ views on how our fisheries can be improved and developed. Please come along and do spread the word to others.


  

Oct 23, 2019

Reading Chronicle Thursday 24th October 2019

As the autumn weather starts to come in we can expect more rain which should liven the rivers up. Last weekend there were four Clubs out on RDAA waters with two on the Thames and two on the Kennet & Avon Canal.

Prestcold held their match on the little used stretch of the Thames at Northmoor which is near Witney. The river was only just fishable with floodwater but the roach still fed with Geoff Eley taking the honours with 6lbs 2ozs. The runner up was Match Secretary Mick Sheasby with similar species to the winner with 3lbs 4ozs. Completing the top three was John Main with 1lb 15ozs.

Also on the Thames but at Mapledurham were Reading Civil Service where roach again were the prominent species. Phil Allen took the top spot with 5lbs 11ozs. In second place was Richard Munday with the usual roach net that weighed in at 4lbs 5ozs and in third spot was Alan Tucker with 3lbs 9ozs that included a roach of 1lb 4ozs.

Newtown AC moved their match from Wallingford to Froxfield where thirteen anglers all managed to catch. Leading the way was Alan Powell with 5lbs 14ozs of all silver fish.John Clements claimed second spot with 5lbs 4ozs of 2silvers” and with a mainly perch net in third spot was Terry Smith 4lbs 3ozs.

Midgham Canal was the venue for Pangbourne & Whitchurch.where again every angler caught fish but Paul Booth took 4lbs14ozs of “silvers” to the scales to take the top place. Mick Major claimed the runner up spot with 4lbs 8ozs and Mark Holmes completed the tyrio with 4lbs 5ozs.

Reading Fishing Club fished their match on Child Beale lake where the bream were enjoying the coloured water. Dave Bosher took the honours with44lbs 14ozs of the species. In second place was George Callaghan with 43lbs 14ozs and in third spot was Steve Lewis with 42lbs 11ozs.

This coming weekend will see an additional RDAA match to be held on Beats 4 & 5 of the Kennet. Please book in with Mick Sheasby on 0780 241 4317.


  

Oct 16, 2019

Reading Chronicle Thursday 17th October 2019

Last weekend saw two Clubs on RDAA waters with Tilehurst Royal British Legion on Beat 5 of the Kennet and Prospect on the Sonning River section of the Thames.

TRBLAS fished Beat 5 for their round 5 of the Points Trophy. The odds were stacked against the anglers as the river was colouring up and rose slowly during the course of the day. Taking the top spot was Simon Couling who drew the concrete blocks swim and had 18 fish for 9lbs 14ozs which included a barbel of 7lbs 2ozs. In second place was Andy Chapman who was drawn on the sedges peg just below Berkeley Avenue bridge. Andy had 3lbs 12ozs of roach and perch and caught on the feeder or the float. In third spot place was Chris Humphreys who was the peg above the bridge and had 3lbs 9ozs of “silvers” caught also on the float and feeder.

Prospect’s visit to Sonning found the river with some flow back in it and the anglers were hoping for a fruitful day. Colin Day their Match Secretary took the honours with 8lbs 11ozs of roach, perch and skimmers. Second spot was claimed by Mick Simmons who had a mainly quality roach net that consisted of fish up to 12ozs to weigh in 6lbs 14ozs. Completing the top trio was Gerry Lucas with 3lbs 12ozs of “silvers”.

Away from RDAA waters Reading Fishing Club fished their section of the Thames at Child Beale and used the top field section of the venue. George Callaghan won his first Club match of the season with 14lbs 12ozs. Steve Lewis tok second place with 13lbs 14ozs. Richard Rosinski was third with 11lbs 8ozs.


  

Oct 10, 2019

Reading Chronicle Thursday 10th October 2019

Last weekend saw the River Kennet Teams of Four Championship held on Beats 4 & 5. Nine teams, making a total of thirty six anglers plus two individual were booked in for this
match. The match day weather was dry, overcast, and warm, and with a strong and gusty
wind blowing. The River Kennet had a good colour and was flowing moderately. Heavy overnight rain on the Saturday preceding the match had significantly lowered the water temperature by a few degrees. 
Total match weight on the day was 120lbs 2ozs, (at an average weight of 3lbs 2ozs per angler).

The winning team was Reading Fishing Club’s Boshers Boys (Dave Bosher, Joe Baker,
Richard Rosinski and Mick Stanley) with 24 points. Second place was shared between three
teams Courage A, Yotac/21 Club and Tilehurst Royal British Legion who each had 21 points but Courage taking it on superior weight.

Individually the match was won by Richard Rosinski of Reading Fishing Club & Boshers Boys. Fishing on the 2nd peg below the & white bridge on Beat & 5A & Section, Richard banked mainly roach with a few perch and dace fishing pole tactics with single caster on the hook, over hemp and caster feed to record a weight of 17lbs 7ozs. John Jackson fishing as an individual f was second overall. Fishing on the & straight at the back of the houses on Beat & 5A & section, John banked mainly roach with a few perch and bleak fishing a combination of stick float and waggler tactics, with single and double red maggot on the hook, over hemp, caster and maggot feed to record a weight of 10lbs 8ozs.

Paul Wilding of Adventure Prestcold "A" & was third overall. Fishing the first peg below & Rosekiln Lane road bridge on Beat & 4B Section, Paul banked mainly roach with a few perch and gudgeon, fishing stick float tactics with single caster on the hook, over hemp and caster feed, to record a weight of 8lbs 5ozs.

Nine anglers turned out for Bracknell Avocets match on Sonning River hoping it would fish better than our last visit, and it did. The heavy rainfall overnight gave the river colour and reasonable flow down the middle Unfortunately this was the same day all the boats come out of the marina sailed upstream turn round and sailed back in one continuous line. The winner was Robin Reynolds with 8lbs 7ozs. In second place was Terry Smith with 6lbs 3ozs and just an ounce behind was Dave Brooks with 3lbs 9ozs.


  

Oct 02, 2019

Reading Chronicle Thursday 3 rd October 2019

Eighteen anglers were booked in for this additional RDAA match. The match day weather was overcast with rain at times, cool and with a strong wind blowing. Total match weight on the day was 88lbs 1ozs, (at an average weight of 4lbs 14ozs per angler).

The Match was won by John Jackson of Courage. Fishing the second peg upstream of Rosekiln Lane road bridge on the "stallions" on Beat & 4B section, John banked mainly roach and perch fishing stick float tactics, with single and double red maggot on the hook, over hemp, caster and maggot feed, to record a weight of 10lbs 2ozs.

Ian Claridge of Courage was second overall fishing the "wire peg" peg on Beat "4B" section, Ian also banked mainly roach and perch fishing similar tactics to the winner to record a weight of 9lbs 15ozs.

The section weights were “A” section (Beat 4B) 43lbs 8ozs and” B” section (Beats 5A & B) was 44lbs 9ozs.

This coming Sunday will see the monthly Association match and this will be fished on the Beats 4 & 5 section of the Kennet. Please book in with Mike Sheasby on 0780 241 4317.


  

Sep 25, 2019

Reading Chronicle Thursday 26 th September 2019

Last Sunday saw the Barney Barrington Memorial match fished on the River Thames on the RDAA stretch at Wallingford B section. Fourteen Anglers were booked in for this match with no pegs remaining in the draw bag. The match day weather was overcast with heavy rain at times, cool and with a slight breeze blowing. The River Thames had a very slight colour and was flowing very slowly and the water level was low on the day. The match was aptly won by Barney’s son Sean. Fishing in the "sedges" peg Sean banked mainly roach with a few skimmer bream and perch. Fishing balsa float tactics, with single caster on the hook, over hemp and caster feed, to record a weight of 11lbs 7ozs. Richard Rosinski was second overall. Fishing on the top peg on the & high bank, Richard banked mainly roach and a skimmer bream of 1lb 12ozs fishing pole tactics, with single and double red maggot on the hook, over groundbait feed, to record a weight of 10lbs. Total match weight on the day was 74lbs 6ozs (at an average weight of 5lbs 5ozs per angler).

Reading Fishing Club would like to thank all the participants who supported their charity open match event on the Thames at Child Beale. £250 was raised for the Royal Berkshire Hospital from the forty five anglers who fished. The bream did not put in an appearance so it was left for the roach and match winner Ian Wing found 20lbs 4ozs to take top spot. Second place was claimed by Dan Warny with 17lbs 15ozs and completing the top trio was S. Harrod with 15lbs 4ozs.

This coming Sunday will see the additional Association match and this will be fished on the Beats 4 & 5 section of the Kennet. Please book in with Mike Sheasby on 0780 241 4317.


  

Sep 11, 2019

Reading Chronicle Thursday 19 th September 2019

Newtown A.C. held their match on the River Thames at Sonning where fourteen anglers turned out for a 7.30am draw. Things did not bode well with a low river level and very little flow along with bright sunshine and plenty of boat traffic The total matych weight was27lbs 6ozs with Terry Smith taking top spot with 8lbs 7ozs of mainly roach. Second place was shared between John Clements and Rod Needs who both weighed in 3lbs 9ozs again mainly roach.


Prestcold A.C. held their match on the Kennet at Beat 5 (Berkeley Avenue Roadbridge) and it was the Holybrook outfall peg that turned up trumps again. With Mick Griffiths taking top spot with 4lbs 7ozs of perch and roach. Match Secretary Mick Sheasby claimed the runner up spot with 2lbs 5ozs of similar species and a similar net that weighes in at 1lb 12ozs gave Paul Risi third place.


Beat 4B on the Kennet was the venue for the Reading Civil Service match. Richard Munday had a good day in the first peg below Rose Kiln Lane bridge where he took 18lbs 9ozs to the scales. Richard had three chub to 6lbs along with roach and perch. The runner up was Gordon McGee with 3lbs 6ozs of perch and roach and Les Hannington completed the top three with 2lbs 15ozs.

 

Tilehurst Royal British Legion held their match on the Calcot B stretch of the Kennet where Simon Couling found the roach shoaled up in front of him. Simon took the top spot easily with 14lbs 13ozs (see picture attached). Andy Chapman took second spot with 2lbs 11ozs of silvers and Chris Humphreys took third place with 2lbs 9ozs of silvers. RDAA are this coming Sunday hosting the Barney Barrington Memorial match at their Wallingford stretch of the Thames. The draw will be at 8am in the Queens Head pub in Crowmarsh Gifford. Breakfast will be available from 7am. Book in with Mick Sheasby at 07802 414317. Numbers are limited.


  

Sep 11, 2019

Reading Chronicle Thursday 12 th September 2019

Last Sunday saw three Clubs out on RDAA waters with two on the River Kennet and one on the Thames.

Reading Fishing Club held their match on the Beat 5 section and it was the pegs directly below the white bridge that delivered the goods. This has followed the pattern set in earlier RDAA matches this season. Old stalwart Dave Bosher took the honours with 6lbs 6ozs of mainly perch and a few roach. Second spot went to Mick Stanley with similar species that totalled 5lbs 15ozs and completing the trio was the evergreen Terry Littlewood with 3lbs 9ozs.


Beat 3B backwater hosted Bracknell Avocets for their match hoping the barbel and chub would show but unfortunately the cold snap overnight killed the fishing and everyone struggled. The winner was Alan Powell win a mixed bag for 2lbs 4ozs. In second place was Terry Smith with 10ozs and third place was taken by Dermot Murphy with 9ozs Reading Civil Service fished their match on the River Thames at Sonning where Jeff Brown took the honours with 4lbs 4ozs of roach and skimmers. The runner up place was claimed by Phil Allen with 2lbs 11ozs of roach and taking the last top three place was Gordon McGee with 2lbs 9ozs of roach and skimmers.


The Tuesday Club fished a match on Willmotts Match Lake on RDAA waters where Dave Bosher completed a very good week with another win this time consisting of carp and weighing in with 43lbs 2ozs. Second place went to John Ambrose with 35lbs 6ozs and in third spot was Terry Littlewood with 30lbs 7ozs. These weights bear well for the future and the lake is now open for RDAA members or Day Tickets.


This coming Saturday there will be a work Party to clear the swims at Wallingford for the Barney Barrington Memorial match on Sunday 22 nd September. We are appealing for help so if you can meet us at the weir on the Benson side of the river at 9.30am.



  

Aug 29, 2019

Reading Chronicle Thursday 29 th August 2019

Fourteen Anglers were booked in for this RDAA additional match on the Beats 4B and 5A & B. The match day weather was sunny, dry and very hot and with a strong breeze blowing. Total match weight on the day was 74lbs 6ozs, (at an average weight of 6lbs 3ozs per angler), there were no dry nets on the day.


The match was won by RDAA Chairman Graham Hawkins of Prestcold AC. Fishing the "wire peg" peg on Beat "4B" Section, Graham banked mainly roach and perch with a few bits during the course of the match. Fishing stick float tactics, with single and double red maggot. Graham recorded a weight of 8lbs 8ozs.


Steve O' Keefe of TRBLAS was second overall. Fishing the first peg downstream of the "white bridge" on Beat "5A" section, Steve banked mainly perch and using the same tactics as to record a weight of 7lbs 15-ozs The section weights were. “A” section Beat 4B 28lbs 8ozs and “B” section Beats 5A & 5B 45lbs 14ozs.


Reading Fishing Club fished their match at Goring on the Thames. Stuart Keeble took top spot with 14lbs 4ozs of roach caught using waggler method down the middle of the river. Second place went to Roger Durnford with 7lbs 12ozs of pole caught perch, roach and skimmers and completing the top trio was John Berry with 7lbs 10ozs



  

Aug 22, 2019

Reading Chronicle Thursday 22 nd August 2019

There was only one RDAA Club out on the venues last Sunday and that was Tilehurst Royal British Legion who fishing the Beat 4B stretch of the River Kennet. This stretch of the Kennet has been fishing very consistently this season with some good nets of perch and roach. There have also been reports that pleasure anglers have been catching some good numbers of bream from the Foudry Brook mouth but these have not shown in matches. The removal of the Floating Pennywort by RDAA has gone a long way to improving this fishery. Fred Jones won the match netting 6lbs 8ozs of perch and roach.from the swim known as “the coffin”. The runner up was Steve O’Keefe who had similar species that weighed in at 5lbs 15ozs and completing the trio was Andy Chapman with 4lbs 6ozs of the same species.

The “Tuesday Club” visited Longwater Lake in Green Park for their match hoping to catch some of the resident bream and tench. Only one bream was caught and that went to George Callaghan and along with some “silvers” won the match with 12lbs 9ozs. Second place was claimed by Terry Littlewoood with an all “silver” that totaled 9lbs 8ozs. Arthur Maybanks completed the top trio with 4lbs 14ozs of “silvers”

TRBLAS used the Goring stretch of the Thames for their match where thirteen anglers were involved. Liam Page-Smith took the honours with a superb weight of 25lbs 6ozs of roach and skimmers. Alternating between a whip and waggler method Liam caught regularly throughout the match. Second place was claimed by Tony Tibble with a mixed bag to total 11lbs 4ozs. Pete Godfrey claimed third place with in excess of 250 bleak to weigh in 10lbs 13ozs.

Saturday 7 th September will see the last in the present series of RDAA “Angling Tuition” free lessons. There are still spaces available so book in at www.rdaa.co.uk and follow Angling Tuition on front page. We may do a couple of extra dates in September.

The next two Sundays 25th August and 1 st September will be Association matches on the River Kennet The draw for the August match will be at Farnham Flint and the September one at Green Park due to the Reading Triathlon being held then.



  

Aug 14, 2019

Reading Chronicle Thursday 15 th August 2019

There were three RDAA Clubs out on the venues with Prestcold A.C. fishing the Beat 4B stretch of the River Kennet. The river continued it’s good silver fish form of late and Geoff Eley took top spot with perch and roach to weigh in 6lbs 3ozss. In second spot was Roy Green with 5lbs 10ozs of similar species and just 4 ounces behind Roy in third spot was Graham Hawkins again with the same species.

Reading C.S. held their match on a very windy Wallingford A section of the Thames at Benson. Richard Munday took the top spot with 5lbs of skimmer and roach. The runner up place went to Phil Allen with 2lbs 14ozs of “silvers” and just two ounces behind Phil was Gordon McGee with bleak and skimmers.

Nine people turned out for Bracknell Avocets third match of the season hoping the bream & tench would show at Longwater Lake in Green Park. Congratulations to Steve Kinsella who landed two bream around the 3lbs mark to record a weight of 8lbs 2ozs .Robin Reynolds was the runner up with 3lbs 11ozs of “silvers”. James Bryce was third with 3lbs 2ozs.

TRBLAS used the Goring stretch of the Thames for their match where thirteen anglers were involved. Liam Page-Smith took the honours with a superb weight of 25lbs 6ozs of roach and skimmers. Alternating between a whip and waggler method Liam caught regularly throughout the match. Second place was claimed by Tony Tibble with a mixed bag to total 11lbs 4ozs. Pete Godfrey claimed third place with in excess of 250 bleak to weigh in 10lbs 13ozs.



  

Jul 31, 2019

Reading Chronicle Thursday 1 st August 2019

Last Sunday saw the second of our additional end of month Association Matches. The match day weather was overcast, dry and warm with some sunny spells and with a strong breeze blowing. The River Kennet had a good colour and was flowing strongly.

Total match weight on the day was 83lbs 6ozs, (at an average weight of 4lbs 6ozs per angler). A very encouraging result, especially as the larger fish i.e. barbel and chub, never showed so let’s hope the river is showing signs of recovery.

The Match was won by RDAA Chairman Graham Hawkins of Prestcold A.C. Fishing the “concrete blocks” peg on Beat “5A” Section, Graham banked mainly perch with a few roach Fishing stick float tactics, with single and double red maggot on the hook, over hemp and caster feed, to record a weight of 8lbs 1oz.

Tony Tibble of TRBLAS was second overall. Fishing the confluence of the 'Holy Brook' peg on Beat “5B” Section, Tony banked roach and perch during the course of the Match. Fishing stick float tactics, with red maggot on the hook, over maggot and hemp & caster feed, to record a weight of 7lbs 12ozs.

This coming Sunday will see the August Association match that will be held on the Beat sections of the Kennet. Please book in as usual with Mike Sheasby and the draw will be at the Match Hut at Farnham Flint at 8am. Bait will be available on site courtesy of Tadley Angling.

If you would like your children to experience fishing RDAA are offering free lessons. These are in the form of 30 minutes with a coach on a small lake in Pingewood. For details see www.rdaa.co.uik and Angling Tuition or ring 07786 936794 for details.



  

Jul 25, 2019

Reading Chronicle Thursday 25 th July 2019

Last Sunday saw three RDAA Club matches with each on varied venues.


Prestcold fished their match on the River Kennet at Beat 3B (backwater)at Fobney Island. Geoff Eley took the honours with 12lbs 10ozs that included a barbel of 10lbs 15ozs. Fishing the last peg on the venue Geoff alternated between stick float and maggot feeder using maggot as hookbait. Match Secretary for both Prestcold and RDAA Mike Sheasby took the runner up spot with 2lbs 14ozs of “silvers” caught on the stick float. Completing the top trio was Graham Hawkins with 2lbs again consisting of “silvers”.


T.R.B.L.A.S. fished the Thames at Goring and nine anglers made the trip there which was won by Peter Godfrey with a very good catch of over 260 bleak and a few other “silvers” for 10lbs 13ozs. This was a good decision to go for the bleak as the pike were in a feeding frenzy today and attacked most roach that were hooked. In second place was Andy Chapman with an impressive bag of roach which was only 9ozs behind the winner. Andy caught most of the roach on hemp or corn. Third place went to Fred Jones who weighed in 7lbs 11ozs.

 

Longwater Lake in Green Park was the venue for Newtown A.C. where twelve anglers turned out for a 7am draw. Taking the honours was inform, Robin Reynolds, with 7lbs 4ozs of. “silvers”. Similar species took second and third places. with Dermot Murphy weighing in 3lbs 2ozs and Roger Saunders 2lbs 1oz.

 

RDAA will be holding some fishing events for newcomers to the sport so you are welcome to join them. All equipment including bait will be supplied and we only ask you bring a chair. Anyone from 6 years of age are eligible. These will be held on our Callows Pool on Saturday 10th August and Saturday 7 th September with 30 minute slots from 10am till 3pm. There will also be two evening dates on Weds 7th August and Weds 21 st August.with 30 minute slots from 18.30 to 20.30. Please book in after Weds 31 st July at info@rdaa.co.uk
Callows Pool is in Cottage Lane Pingewood RG30 3UN.

 

This weekend will see the second of the additional RDAA matches please book in with Mike Sheasby at 07802 414317.
  

Jul 18, 2019

Reading Chronicle Thursday 18 th July 2019

Four RDAA Clubs held matches on the RDAA venues last Sunday with just one on the
River Kennet and two on Lake venues. Tilehurst Royal British Legion were on the Beat 3B Fobney Island section of the Kennet. Conditions were ideal with cloud coverage, good flow and slight colour in the river. However things proved differently with Andy Chapman taking the honours with 2lbs 3ozs of silver fish.


Simon Couling took the runner up spot with 1lb 10ozs also of “silvers”. Simon did manage to lose four barbel. Completing the top trio was Steve O’Keefe with silver fish that totalled 1lb 8ozs.


Ten anglers turned out for Bracknell Avocets second match of the season hoping the carp and tench would show at Brown Lee Pool. Well for those on the western end they did put in an appearance producing the top four weights. Congratulations went to Robin Reynolds on continuing his winning streak with 7Lbs. Kevin Strange took the runner up spot with 6lbs 7ozs and in third place was Rod Needs with 4lbs 13ozs. The total weight on the day was 34lbs 7ozs
 

Reading Fishing Club held their match on the Longwater Lake in Green Park. Reading. Top
spot went to Richard Rosinski who netted one bream and two tench plus some silvers to take 21lbs 4ozs to the scales. George Callaghan claimed second place with two tench plus some bits to weigh in 11lbs 3ozs Third place went to John Ambrose with 7lbs 6ozs of “silvers”.

  

Jul 10, 2019

Reading Chronicle Thursday 11 th July 2019

Last Sunday saw our July Association match fished on the Beats on the River Kennet in Reading. Up for grabs were the Festival and Chronicle Cup.

Forty Anglers were booked in for this match and the match day weather was dry, overcast with some sunny spells and with a slight breeze blowing. The River Kennet had a good colour and was flowing strongly. Total match weight on the day was 93lbs 15ozs, (at an average weight of 2lbs 6ozs per angler).

 

The top three teams on the day were with Reading Fishing Club 45lbs 4ozs, TRBLAS with 13lbs 4ozs and Courage with 7lbs 9ozs.


The match was won by Terry Littlewood of Reading Fishing Club. Fishing the first peg at the top of the venue on Beat “3B” Section, Terry banked four large barbel to 10lbs 2ozs along with three small barbel and bits. Fishing maggot feeder tactics, with single and double red maggot on the hook, over hemp, caster and maggot feed, to record a weight of 29lbs 9ozs. Reading Fishing Club used Child Beale lake for their match and Pete Budaji continued his winning streak by taking top spot with 2lbs 7ozs of silvers. Pete changed from last weeks winning feeder tactics to a float set up close in. In second place was James Thumwood with 2lbs 4ozs and completing the trio was Steve Palmer with 1lb.


Paul Wilding of Adventure A/S was second overall. Fishing the first peg above the "Blue Barge" on Beat “5A” Section, Paul banked mainly perch with a few roach and chublets Fishing stick float tactics, with single and double red maggot on the hook, over hemp, caster and maggot feed, to record a weight of 5lbs 7ozs.


Richard Rosinski of Reading Fishing Club was third overall. Fishing the first peg upstream of the A33 road bridge on “Beat “4A” section, Richard banked small chub, perch and roach. Fishing pole tactics, with single red maggot on the hook, over maggot feed, to record a weight of 5lbs 6ozs.


The section weights were” A” section (Beat 3B) 35lbs 10ozs, “B” section (Beats 4A & 4B),20lbs 9ozs, “C” section (Beats 4B & 5A) 18lbs 3ozs and “D” section (Beats 5A & 5B) 20lbs 14ozs.
  

Jul 03, 2019

Reading Chronicle Thursday 4 th July 2019

Last Sunday saw the start of our additional end of month Association Matches. We managed to coax nineteen members out on what is normally a quiet weekend for matches on the Kennet. The match day weather was overcast, dry and warm with some sunny spells and with a strong breeze blowing. The River Kennet had a good colour and was flowing strongly.


The Match was won by Simon Couling of TRBLAS. Fishing the first peg above the "Blue Barge" on Beat “5” Section, Simon banked mainly perch with a few roach and chublets. Fishing stick float tactics, with single and double red maggot on the hook, over hemp and caster feed, to record a weight of 9lbs.

 

Ian Claridge of Courage was second overall. Fishing two pegs upstream of Berkley Avenue Road Bridge on Beat “5” Section, Ian banked two chub to 3lbs along with bits. Fishing stick float tactics, with red maggot on the hook, over maggot and hemp & caster feed, to record a weight of 7lbs 11ozs Beat 4B was used for the first time this season and did not fare as well as Beat 5 that had seen a match the weekend before. The section weights were A sect (Beat 4) 11lbs 11ozs and B section (Beat 5) 35lbs.


A very big thank you goes to Andy Chapman and his team for checking, clearing and pegging Beat 4 and Beat 5 for me on the Saturday before the match. Thanks must also go to Piers Kernoghan for attending on the day to serve bacon rolls and tea and coffee at the Match Hut in the morning.


Reading Fishing Club used Child Beale lake for their match and Pete Budaji continued his winning streak by taking top spot with 2lbs 7ozs of silvers. Pete changed from last weeks winning feeder tactics to a float set up close in. In second place was James Thumwood with 2lbs 4ozs and completing the trio was Steve Palmer with 1lb.


This weekend will see the July Association match that will be held on the Beat sections of the Kennet. Please book in as usual with Mike Sheasby and the draw will be at the Match Hut at Farnham Flint at 8am.
  

Jun 27, 2019

Reading Chronicle Thursday 27 th June 2019

Last weekend saw the start of the new season on the river sections of the RDAA venues. After three months of the closed season, fish seem difficult to catch until they get used to the baits used by anglers. This point was proved with only one match on the River Kennet that saw TRBLAS use the Beat 5 stretch for their first match. Simon Couling drew the fancied peg where the Holybrook enters the Kennet and was the peg that won from the same match last season. Simon banked two 5lb plus chub and silver fish to win the match with 14lbs 12ozs, Second place was claimed by Tony Claridge who had a couple of smaller chub with some perch to weigh in 4lbs 10ozs. Ian Claridge completed, the top three with 3lbs 8ozs of “silvers”.

Prestcold AC travelled to Wallingford to fish the B section of the Thames and Graham Walker took the honours fishing waggler tactics and using sweetcorn as bait to avoid the nuisance bleak, Graham had roach up to 12ozs to weigh in 13lbs 12ozs. The runner up was Roy Green who set his stall out to catch the bleak in some numbers. He amassed 350 of the species weigh in 8lbs 3ozs. Third spot went to Match Secretary Mike Sheasby with 5lbs 6ozs of skimmers, chub and a fine 2lbs 8ozs perch.

Bracknell Avocets found the going a lot harder on the Thames at Sonning. Maybe the deeper water put the fish off the feed but nine anglers could only manage to put 2lbs 13ozs on the scales. The winner was Robin Reynolds with 13ozs and Dave Brooks took the runner up spot with 10ozs and Terry Smith claimed third place with 7ozs.

This weekend will see the first additional Association match that will be held on the Beat sections of the Kennet. Please book in as usual with Mike Sheasby and the draw will be at the Match Hut at Farnham Flint at 8am.


  

Feb 21, 2019

Reading Chronicle Thursday 21st February 2019

Apologies for the lack of information over the past couple of weeks but the cold meant the
canal was frozen at Froxfield cancelling the Association match and Clubs cancelled their
matches when the floods hit the Kennet..

 

Last weekend saw three Clubs out on RDAA waters with two on the Canals and one on the
Thames. 
Reading Fishing Club were booked on to the A section at the Froxfield section of the Kennet & Avon Canal and their oldest member Bill Tucker at 91 years of age took top spot with 9lbs 4ozs of perch, roach and skimmers. In second place was Terry Littlewood with similar species that took the scales down to 8lbs 12ozs and with the same species third place was taken by Pete Budaji with 7lbs 8ozs.

 

The Thames did not fare so well with Tring Anglers fishing their match on the Mapledurham
stretch. Bites were certainly at a premium on what looked a perfect winter venue. Nine
anglers fished the match and Mick Sibley took the honours with 1lb 2ozs of small “silver”s.
Second spot was claimed by Andy Allday who weighed in two small roach for 2ozs and just
half an ounce behind was Simon Pavey to complete the trio. Nobody else had a bite.

 

The next Association match will be in the teams of four competition and this will be held on
Sunday March 3 rd at Froxfield.

 

Interested in Fly Fishing then Highdown Rodders Fly Fishing Club is a small friendly group
of fly fishers in the Reading area who arrange outings to various waters, social events, and
fly tying evenings, and are always willing to welcome new applicants. For full details and
contact information see www.hdrffc.org.uk


  

Jan 28, 2019

Reading Chronicle Thursday 24th January 2019

Last weekend saw four Clubs out on RDAA waters with three on the Canals and one on the Thames.


Froxfield Canal was the most popular with three Club matches booked. On A1 section was Newtown A.C.where Match Secretary Terry Smith took the honours with 6lbs 2ozs of skimmers plus roach for top spot. Second place was claimed by Roger Saunders with 2lbs 4ozs and in third place was Dave Brooks with 1l b 9ozs.


Courage were on the A2 section where Mick Donohoe took top spot with 6lbs 9ozs that consisted of two decent skimmers plus  roach. Second spot went to Ian Claridge with 4lbs 11ozs. John Jackson claimed third spot with 4lbs 10 ozs. Prestcold A.C  were on the C section where Roy Green took first place with 4lbs 1oz of silvers. Mick Sheasby claimed the runner up spot with 3lbs 12ozs of similar species.


Graham Hawkins claimrd third place with 3lbs 7ozs. TRBLAS fished their match on the Wallingford B stretch of the Tbames. Colin Wainwrignt took top place with 12lbs 7ozs of chub that contained one specimen of 5lbs 10ozs. Second place went to Tony Tibble with an all chub net of 11lbs 8ozs. An all chub net gave Dave Cowley third place with 9lbs 7ozs.
  

Jan 13, 2019

Reading Chronicle Thursday 10th January 2019

This was our second RDAA senior match on the Kennet and Avon Canal at Froxfield this season. Forty six anglers were booked in for this match and the match day weather was mainly dry, overcast and mild and with a slight breeze blowing.

 

Total match weight on the day was 115lbs 2ozs, (at an average weight of 2lbs 9ozs per angler.

 

The top three teams on the day were with TRBLAS with 30lbs 14ozs , and Reading Fishing Club with 20lbs 3ozs.. Reading Fishing Club with 29lbs 7ozs and Courage with 10lbs 5ozs.
Many thanks to all those that turned out on the day and thanks also go to the proprietors and staff at the Borough Arms Public House, Hungerford, which we used as our Draw Headquarters.

 

The match was won by Paul Wilding of Adventure AS. Fishing two pegs above Lock 71 on Froxfield “C” Section. Paul banked skimmes to 1lb along with roach, perch and gudgeon. fishing pole tactics, feeding groundbait, with red maggot and pinkie on the hook to record a weight of 7lbs 12ozs.

 

Colin Shepherd of Reading Fishing Club was second overall. Fishing between the moored up boats on Froxfield “A”, (Wides),. Colin banked skimmer bream to 12ozs Fishing pole tactics, feeding groundbait, with caster and pinkie on the hook to record a weight of 7lbs 5ozs.

 

Paul Leek of Pangbourne & Whitchurch was third overall. Fishing three pegs above the second Ash Tree on Froxfield “B” Section. Paul netted one bream of 3lbs along with smaller skimmers. Using similar tactics to Paul and Colin a weight of 7lbs was recorded.

 

The section weights were :- A section – 26lbs 3ozs, B section – 26lbs 14ozs, C section – 14lbs 4ozs, D section – 21lbs 12ozs and E section = 26lbs 1oz.

 

With one match left the Club Championship leaders are TRBLAS with 141lbs 15ozs and in second place are Courage with 152lbs 4ozs. The Individual Weight is led by Ian Claridge with 32lbs 15ozs and followed by John Jackson with 30lbs 3ozs, the roles are reversed in the Points table with John Jackson leading with 48 points and Ian Claridge has 40 points.

 

December 30 th saw the annual Open match at Froxfield. Thirty Six Anglers were booked in for this match. Total match weight on the day was 125lbs 7ozs, (at an average weight of 3lbs 8ozs per angler


The match was won by Rob Stephen of Thames Valley Angling. Fishing the first peg below Lock 70 on Froxfield “A”, (Turning Bay). Rob banked skimmers to 1lb, along with perch and roach , to record a weight of 20lbs 9ozs.

 

Colin Shepherd of Browning Crowsports was second overall. Fishing the first peg below Lock 68 on Froxfield “A”, (Wides), Colin banked skimmer Bream to 2lbs 8ozs and perch to 2lbs. Colin weighed in 16lbs 7ozs.


Simon Drew of Sensas Oakwood was third overall. Fishing the first peg above the power Llnes on Froxfield “A”, (Short Pound) section, Simon banked perch to 1lb along with roach and gudgeon to record a weight of 9lbs 12ozs.
  

Dec 27, 2018

Reading Chronicle Thursday 20th December 2018

Apologies for no report last week but the results are below.

 

Bracknell Avocets fished a combined match with Bracknell Newtown at Froxfield “A”.. They were met with wet and windy conditions and everybody struggled and consequently small fish were the order of the day.  The match was won by Mick Hill with 2lb 9ozs of “silvers”, Paul Holland followed closely behind with 2lb 5ozs and third was Terry Smith with 2lb 2ozs.

 

Reading Civil Service found things even more difficult on the Theale Canal where the wind had the anglers hanging on to the long pole. Gordon McGee netted an all small roach net that took the scales down to 1lb 2ozs. Richard Munday claimed second place with one small chub that weighed in at 12ozs. Les Hannington claimed third place with one small roach for 1oz.

 

Away from RDAA waters Tilehurst Royal British Legion fished their water at Hardwicke on the Thames. There was some colour in the water after the recent rain and the roach showed up in good numbers. Simon Couling took the honours with 21lbs 15ozs of quality fish up to a pound. Darren claimed second place with15lbs 12ozs of the same species and Liam Page-Smith claimed third spot with 14lbs 6ozs that included a late chub of 5lbs 8ozs.

 

Reading Fishing Club also used their stretch of the Thames at Child Beale and Stuart Keable found not only the skimmers feeding but also the larger bream and he won the match with 31lbs 10ozs. Dave Bosher claimed the runner up spot with skimmers that weighed in at 17lbs 6ozs. In third spot was Malcolm Vigar with 15lbs 1oz again skimmers.

 

Last weekend saw three RDAA Clubs on the Kennet & Avon Canal. Courage held their Christmas match on the “A” section at Froxfield where things were difficult after an overnight frost with small “silvers ”being the only fish feeding A very close match was won by Ian Claridge with 2lbs 14ozs. Just 1ounce behind in second place was Aaron Phillipps and Simon Copson took the third spot with 2ozs less.

 

There was a similar situation on the “B” section also at Froxfield where Graham Hawkins took the honours with 2lbs 6ozs.of roach and gudgeon, Roy Green claimed the runner up spot with 2lbs of similar species Third spot went to Graham Walker with 1lb 9ozs.

 

Reading Civil Service held their match at Padworth Canal and Jeff Brown took the honours with 3lbs 10ozs that included a perch of 2lbs plus. Les Hannington took the runner up spot with perch and roach to weigh in 2lbs 10ozs and completing the trio was Fred Gill with 2lbs 6ozs of roach.

 

There will be no report next week but a reminder for the RDAA Open that will be held on December 30 th at Froxfield. The draw will take place at 8am in the Borough Arms in Hungerford. Book in with Mike Sheasby on 07771 672528


It is with great regret that RDAA have to report the death of their former Match Secretary Ken Wilmott. Ken served this role magnificently for over 20 years when our match participation was over 400 anglers. Difficult to imagine organising this without all of the modern aids that are available to us now. His funeral will be held on Friday 4 th January at 1.30pm at West Berkshire Crematorium and afterwards at the Civil Service Club, Burghfield. I have been asked by the family that if you are attending the funeral and afterwards could you please let RDAA know by phone, email, text or reply on facebook.
  

Dec 06, 2018

Reading Chronicle Thursday 6th December 2018

This was our first RDAA senior match on the Kennet and Avon Canal at Froxfield this season. With good results being experienced in the matches on this venue prior to this match, expectations were running high for a good result. The canal on “B” section was experiencing low water levels due to a problem with the downstream lock. The canal had some colour due to rain in the week.

 

Forty Anglers were booked in for this match and the match day weather was mainly dry, overcast and mild but with some rain showers and with a slight breeze blowing. As this was our Christmas Match the Top Ten Individual Anglers in the Match and each Section Winner received a Christmas Prize.

 

Total match weight on the day was 169lbs 7ozs, (at an average weight of 4lbs 7ozs per
angler The top three teams on the day were Courage with 49lbs 15ozs, TRBLAS with 35lbs 2ozs and Reading Fishing Club with 20lbs 3ozs.

 

Many thanks to all those that turned out on the day and thanks also go to the proprietors and staff at the Borough Arms Public House, Hungerford, which we used as our Draw Headquarters.

 

The match was won by Rob Stephens of Yotac/21 Club. fishing three pegs above the second Ash Tree on Froxfield “B” Section. Rob banked skimmer bream to 1lb 8ozs along with perch and roach fishing pole tactics to record a weight of 14lbs 3ozs.

 

Ian Claridge of Courage was second overall. Fishing the first peg below Lock 69 in the “Short Pound” on Froxfield “A” Section. Ian banked similar species to the winner fishing a combination of pole and groundbait feeder tactics to record a weight of 13lbs14ozs.

 

Aaron Phillips of Courage was third overall. Fishing the fourth peg down from the road bridge on Froxfield “B” section, Aaron banked mainly perch fishing pole tactics to record a weight of 11lbs 9ozs.

 

The section weights were :- A section – 47lbs 4ozs, B section – 34lbs 13ozs, C section – 34lbs 14ozs, D section – 52lbs 8ozs.

 

With two matches left the Club Championship leaders are Courage with 141lbs 15ozs and in second place are TRBLAS with 134lbs 2ozs. The Individual Wight is led by Ian Claridge with 32lbs 115ozs and followed by John Jackson the roles are reversed in the Points table with John Jackson leading with 26lbs 9ozs and Ian Claridge has 40 points.

 

Excelsior were on their stretch of a very clear Thames at Hardwicke and Pete Balcombe took the honours with 3lbs 4ozs. In second place was Alan Cowell with 2lbs 8ozs that included a roach of 2lbs. The third spot went to Rose Balcombe with 2lbs.


  

Nov 29, 2018

Reading Chronicle Thursday 29th November 2018

Matches were in short supply last weekend as seems to be the norm for the last Sunday in the month.

 

The only Club match was at Wallingford “B” section at Benson and Prestcold AC were the visitors. This time of year chub are the target species to be found close to the far bank on this venue but Prestcold found the skimmers feeding on the groundbait feeder with red maggot as hook bait. Mark Steadman took the honours with 15lbs 9ozs. Just 3ozs behind Mark was Geoff Eley and Graham Hawkins completed the top three with 15lbs 4ozs. These are excellent weights for this time of year.

 

The only other involvement for local Clubs was the Shire Winter League where TRBLAS and Courage were involved. This was held on the RDAA stretch of the Kennet & Avon Canal at Froxfield. Aaron Phillips won the match with 12lbs 6ozs of perch and skimmers. Steve O’Keefe won his section with 9lbs 4ozs of mainly perch. This is a good sign for the venue where the next Association match will take place this coming weekend. The draw for this match will take place in the Borough Arms which is to be found at 77 High Street Hungerford. Breakfast will be available from 7am.


  

Nov 22, 2018

Reading Chronicle Thursday 15th November 2018

Last weekend saw four Affiliated Clubs on the RDAA waters with two on the Thames, and one each on the River Kennet and the Kennet & Avon Canal.

 

Starting with the River Kennet where Tring Anglers held their match on the Beat 5 stretch at Berkely Avenue. Faced with a clear low river the nine anglers did not expect much and it turned out to be hard. The match was won by Martin Rodwell with 3lbs 3ozs that included a 3lbs 3ozs chub caught late in the match. In second place was Andy Allday who weighed in 15ozs of small silver fish and Tony Beadle claimed third spot with 5ozs consisting of a small perch and a gudgeon.

 

Courage AC used the Wallingford “A” stretch at Benson for their match. The match was contested by six anglers who could only find small fish willing to feed. Ian Claridge took the honours with 4lbs 13ozs. Second place went to Fred Jones who amassed 2lbs 2ozs and completing the top trio was 2lbs 2ozs.

 

T.R.B.L.A.S. were on the Wallingford “B” section and this venue normally produces the larger chub and the odd barbel but strangely small fish were again the order of the day. Steve Drakeford elected to fish a large float down the centre of the river and this produced a steady stream of roach that gave him top spot with 8lbs 4ozs. Second place went to Paul Leek with 4lbs 5ozs and Pete Godfrey claimed the third spot with 4lbs 4ozs that did contain one perch of 1lb plus.

 

Salmon Cut “A” section of the K & A Canal was the venue for Reading Civil Service and for two matches in a row Les Hannington took the honours with 1lbs 8ozs that consisted of roach and perch. Gordon McGee took the runner up with spot similar species that weighed in at 10ozs.and completing the trio was Richard Munday with the same species for 4ozs.


  

Nov 15, 2018

Reading Chronicle Thursday 15th November 2018

Last weekend saw four Affiliated Clubs on the RDAA waters with two on the Thames, and
two on the Kennet & Avon Canal. 

 

Reading Fishing Club used the Wallingford “B” stretch at Benson for their match. Andy Woolsey continued his great form winning the match with 30lbs 6ozs consisting of a barbel of 6lb 14ozs and lots of small chub up to 1lb. Second place went to George Callaghan with 9lbs 8ozs consisting of mainly roach. In third place was Malcolm Vigor who weighed in 7lbs 8ozs of a mixed bag of small fish


Prospect A.C. were on the Thames at Sonning where the match was won by Mick Simmonds who weighed in nearly all roach to total 10lbs 6ozs..Colin Day took the runner up spot with roach and skimmers that took the scales down to 10lbs 2ozs. John Crook completed the top three with 6lbs 14ozs of mainly roach. Pangbourne & Whitchurch held their match on the canal at Froxfield and Mick Major took the top spot with roach and skimmers to take 8lbs 12ozs to the scales. Match Secretary Dave Dudman took the runner up spot with similar species that took the scales down to 5lbs 15ozs. Similar species gave Paul Jill third place with 4lbs 7ozs.

 

Pangbourne & Whitchurch A.C. fished their match at Froxfield on the K & A Canal. This was the first match on what is RDAA’s prime winter water and the results are a good sign. Paul Booth took top spot with 9lbs 12ozs of perch and roach and similar species gave Paul Leek second spot with 6lbs 8ozs. The third place went to Mick Seaward with again perch and roach for 6lbs 2ozs.

 

Salmon Cut “B” section of the Canal was the venue for Reading Civil Service and Les Hannington took the honours with 2lbs 3ozs that consisted of one bream and a roach. Jeff Brown took the runner up spot with four small perch that weighed in at 10ozs.and completing the trio was Richard Munday with one perch for 4ozs.
  

Oct 21, 2018

Reading Chronicle Thursday 18 th October 2018

Last weekend saw three RDAA Affiliated Clubs out on the River Kennet, River Thames and the Kennet & Avon Canal.


T.R.B.L.A.S. were on the Beat 5 section of the Kennet at Berkeley Avenue road bridge. Following the heavy overnight rain the river was a foot above the level it has been all summer and needless to say the amount of debris coming down the river caused many problems. Mick Stanley managed to find a few perch to take top spot with 1lb 9ozs. Second place went to Steve O’Keefe with similar species that totaled 1lb 4ozs. Completing the top three was Pete Godfrey with 14ozs.

 

Tring Anglers held their match at Mapledurham where.eleven anglers turned up on a blustery rainy day. There were no empty nets and quality roach were the mainstay of the catches on waggler and pole. A few sat it out on feeder for the day to try and keep dry. Steve Purdy took the honours with10lbs 9ozs. Second place was claimed by Martin Rodwell with7lbs 14ozs and in third spot was Simon Pavey with7lbs 11ozs.

 

Pangbourne & Whitchurch held their match on the canal at Froxfield and Mick Major took the top spot with roach and skimmers to take 8lbs 12ozs to the scales. Match Secretary Dave Dudman took the runner up spot with similar species that took the scales down to 5lbs 15ozs. Similar species gave Paul Jill third place with 4lbs 7ozs.
  

Oct 10, 2018

Reading Chronicle Thursday 11th October 2018

Last weekend saw the 50th Annual River Kennet Teams of Four Championship from Fobney Island to Beat 5 (County Weir).

 

Eleven teams, making a total of forty four anglers plus one individual were booked in for this match. The match day weather was dry, sunny, and warm, and with a strong and gusty wind blowing The River Kennet had a good colour and was flowing moderately

 

Many thanks to all those that turned out on the day and thanks also go to Piers Kernoghan
for providing tea coffee and bacon sandwiches in the new Match Hut at Farnham Flint.

 

Total match weight on the day was 157lbs 10ozs, (at an average weight of 3lbs 8ozs per angler).

 

The winning team was Reading Fishing Club “Boshers Boys” that comprised of Dave Bosher, Joe Baker, Richard Rosinski,and Mick Stanley. They totaled 34 points and pushed T.R.B.L.A.S “Muppets” (Andy Chapman, Simon Couling, Peter Godfrey and Steve O’Keefe). into second spot with 232 points.

 

The match was won jointly by Joe Baker of Reading Fishing Club "Boshers Boys" and Mick Donohoe of Yotac/21 Club "Gold" Joe was fishing on the "Sandbags" peg on Beat & 5A section, Joe banked mainly roach and a few perch. Mick was fishing two pegs downstream of Rosekiln Lane Bridge on Beat "4B" section, Mick also banked mainly roach and a few perch. Both recorded a weight of 10lbs 6ozs.

 

Paul Wilding of Adventure & Prestcold "A" was second overall. Fishing two pegs below the "Concrete Blocks" on Beat "5A" section, Paul banked roach, dace, perch and gudgeon to record a weight of 9lbs 8ozs.

 

The section weights were A section (Beat 4B) :- 47lbs 15ozs, B section (Beat 3“B”) :- 8lbs 15ozs, C section (Beat 5B) :- 29lbs 12ozs, D section (Beats 4B & 5A ) :- 71lbs 10ozs.

 

Bracknell Avocets fished the Thames at Wallingford B and after a cold start the weather improved to a warm sunny day. The river fished well and everybody caught fish, the three anglers finishing in the top three all fished different methods to find the fish. Alan Powell had a fine bag of roach on the whip to win the match with 11lbs 3ozs. Barry Morten fished the feeder on worms and red maggot to catch a mixed bag of 8lbs 12ozs with a 2lb perch and claimed second place. Terry Smith found the bleak in his swim but managed to catch well
and finish third 7lbs 7ozs.

 

Prospect A.C. hosted Arborleigh A.C. and Swallowfield A.C. on the Goring stretch of the Thames at Goring. Steve Collins (Arborleigh) led from start to finish with an amazing 29lbs 2ozs of roach. Second place went to Kevin Jarret also of Arborleigh who managed to take 18lbs 4ozs of roach and perch to the scales and completing the top three was Colin Day with roach and skimmers for 14lbs 8ozs.
  

Oct 05, 2018

Reading Chronicle Thursday 6 th October 2018

There was only one match on the RDAA scene last weekend which is normal for the weekend before the monthly Association match and this took place on the River Kennet at the Burghfield River section. Reading Fishing Club’s members found the going hard. The cold snap made fishing very slow with most anglers catching only very small fish. Pete Budaji took the victory with 4lbs 12ozs that consisted of a small perch, a couple of bleak and the rest of his catch was all gudgeon. The second place went to Bill Tucker with 3lbs 11ozs and Bill’s net consisted of two small chub and bits. George Callaghan completed the top three with a mixed bag of small fish that weighed in at 3lbs 10ozs.

 

T.R.B.L.A.S. used their section of the River Thames at Hardwick for their match. Silver fish especially roach showed up and Simon Couling continued his good run of form with 9lbs12ozs. In second spot was Andy White with 9lbs 4ozs and taking third place was Chris Humphreys with 8lbs 12ozs.

 

This Sunday will see the RDAA Teams of Four fished on the River Kennet between Fobney Island and County Weir. The sections will be :- A section - Beat 4B, B section - Beat 3B, C section – Beat 5B and D section – Beat 4B/5A.
  

Sep 26, 2018

Reading Chronicle Thursday 27 th September 2018

Prestcold A.C. fished their match on the Beat 5 section of the River Kennet and Mark Steadman carried on his good run with another winning weight of 8lbs 12ozs.The runner up spot was taken by Mike Sheasby who weighed in 8lbs 6ozs again of “silvers”. Completing the trio was Roy Green with the same species that took the scales down to 6lbs 8ozs.

 

Reading Civil Service fished their match on the River Thames at Sonning and the rain probably was the reason only two anglers fished the match. Gordon McGee managed to catch 3lbs 6ozs of bleak and roach and Richard Sturgess managed perch for 12ozs.

 

Seven members of Bracknell Avocets braved the rain to fish the Mapledurham section of the Thames where bites were at a premium. Barry Moreton took 2lbs 14ozs 8drams of “silvers” to the scales to claim top spot. Similar species were caught by all the anglers but being beaten into second spot by half an ounce must have been difficult to swallow for Richard Herman. Terry Smith completed the top trio with 2lbs 8ozs.

 

Fishing the Goring stretch of the Thames T.R.B.L.A.S. had seven anglers booked in
but one did not arrive, probably the weather had something to do with it as it was
raining cats and dogs and carried on like that until 12.30 when the rain stopped and the sun came out. First place on the day went to Liam Page-Smith who had four bream and roach and perch for 17lbs 11ozs. Liam used the whip and long pole to catch his fish. The runner up was Simon Couling who had 150 fish for 14lbs 4ozs. Simon caught on the whip and had one bream on the feeder. Third place went to Tony Tibble who had 11lbs 4ozs of roach and other “silvers” which he caught on the “long rod”.

  

Sep 19, 2018

Reading Chronicle Thursday 20 th September 2018

Last weekend saw four RDAA Clubs out on the waters with three matches on the Thames and one on the Kennet.

 

Reading Civil Service held their match on the Wallingford “A” stretch of the Thames. Gordon McGee took the honours with 10lbs 8ozs of roach and “silvers”. In second spot was Richard Munday with 3lbs 15ozs of “silvers” and similar species weighing 3lbs was enough to give Richard Sturgess third place.

 

Prospect A.C. hosted Arborleigh A.C. on the “B” section at Wallingford and Steve Collins took the top spot with 15lbs14ozs of all roach. Colin Thrower finished second with 7lbs 4ozs of roach and skimmers. Dave Fairbank completed the trio with 6lbs 7ozs of roach.

 

Thirteen anglers turned out for this match at Mapledurham which saw Bracknell Avocets and Newtown share the venue. Claiming the top spot was Terry Smith with an all roach catch that saw 11lbs 12ozs taken to the scales. Second place went to Mick Hill with 7lbs 8ozs of “silvers” and the same species gave Barry Moreton third place with 3lbs 8ozs. The match sharing between Bracknell Avocets & Newtown, is proving to be a good success, with better attendance at matches & new friendships being formed.

 

The River Kennet at Beat 5 was the scene for T.R.B.L.A.S. match. Tony Tibble showed his class on the river amassing 17lbs 15ozs of mainly roach. In second place with a net of mainly perch was Simon Couling that weighed in at 9lbs 12ozs And in third place was Andy Chapman with 7lbs 14ozs of roach.
  

Sep 05, 2018

Reading Chronicle Thursday 6th September 2018

Forty Five Anglers were booked in for this match with the Association Cup and the Fericon Press trophies up for grabs. The match day weather was dry, hot and sunny and with a slight but gusty breeze blowing. The River Kennet had a slight colour and was flowing slowly.

 

Total match weight on the day was 178lbs 12ozs, (at an average weight of 4lbs 4ozs per angler) and the top three teams on the day were Courage with 38lbs 6ozs, TRBLAS with 33lbs 9ozs and Reading Fishing Club with 22lbs 1oz.

 

The match was won by Aaron Philips of Courage. Fishing on the 'concrete blocks' peg on Beat “5A” Section, Aaron banked an all roach catch fishing waggler tactics with single and double red maggot on the hook to record a weight of 8lbs 9ozs.

 

Geoff Eley of Prestcold AC was second overall. Fishing the confluence of the "Holy Brook" peg on Beat “5B” Section, Geoff banked mainly roach with a few dace, perch and “chublets”. Fishing a combination of stick float and waggler tactics, with red maggot and caster on the hook, to record a weight of 7lbs 13ozs.

 

Dave Cowley of TRBLAS was third overall. Fishing on the "concrete bollards" at the bottom of the venue on “Beat “5B” section. Dave also banked a mixture of roach, dace and “chublets” fishing stick float tactics, with red and bronze maggot on the hook, to record a weight of 7lbs 9ozs.

 

Fourth place was shared between Ian Claridge (Courage) and Richard Rosinski (Reading Fishing Club) with 7lbs 2oz each.

 

The total section weights were, “A” Section Beat 3B, 24lbs 1oz, “B” Section Beat 4A, 33lbs 7ozs, “C” Section Beat 4B, 29lbs 12oz s, “D” Section Beat 5A” 33lbs 6ozs and finally “E” Section Beat 5B 37lbs 4ozs.

 

TRBLAS top the Club Championship with 91lbs 4ozs and Courage follow with 86lbs 3ozs.

 

The Individual Aggregate Weight Trophy is headed by Ian Claridge with 18lbs 3ozs and in second place is John Jackson with 17lbs 2ozs. John Jackson tops the Points table with 26 points followed by Ian Claridge with 24 points.

 

Many thanks to all those that turned out on the day and thanks also go to the management team at Green Park, who kindly allowed us to use 100 Longwater Car-Park as our Draw Headquarters due to the Reading Triathlon being held at Pingewood on the day.
  

Aug 29, 2018

Reading Chronicle Thursday 30th August 2018

Bank Holiday weekends always see a drop in match bookings and last weekend was no different.

 

TRBLAS(A) were the only Club on RDAA waters last weekend and they fished their match at Beat 4B on the Kennet at Rose Kiln Lane. Alan Hughes took the honours with 7lbs 6ozs of roach and perch. Steve O’Keefe claimed the runner up place with 6lbs 14ozs of similar species and Ian Claridge completed the top trio with 5lbs 7ozs of again the same species.

 

TRBLAS(B) fished their stretch of the Thames at Hardwicke and this match was dominated by Liam Page-Smith who weighed in 17lbs 10os of quality roach. Second spot went to Darren Rogers who took 6lbs 10ozs of roach to the scales and third place was claimed by John Smith with 5lbs 13ozs of roach.

 

Reading Fishing Club used their stretch of the Thames at Child Beale where15 anglers turned out to fish the Middle section on a very wet and windy day, Richard Rosinski came out top with a winning weight of 12lbs 4ozs consisting of skimmers and roach. In second place was Dave Bosher with12lbs also with skimmers and Roach. In third place was Martyn Hicks with 8lbs 8ozs of mainly roach.

 

This weekends Association match will be held back on the River Kennet and the draw will be held at Green Park due to roads in the Pingewood area being closed for the Reading Triathlon.
  

Aug 22, 2018

Reading Chronicle Thursday 23 rd August 2018

There were four RDAA Affiliated Clubs out on the venues last weekend and we start with Prestcold A.C. who fished their match on the Beat 4B section of the RIver Kennet at Rose Kiln Lane. Mark Steadman took the honours with a barbel of 11lbs 3ozs and roach to total 12lbs 10ozs. Taking the runner up spot was Graham Walker with 12lbs 6ozs of mainly roach. Completing the trio was Roy Green with 8lbs 12ozs again nearly all roach. This is encouraging news for the Kennet with the lowest weight being 4lbs 6ozs.

 

Again on the Kennet T.R.B.L.A.S.were on the Beat 3B Backwater section. Tony Tibble continued his good run of form taking the top spot weighing in 8lbs 3ozs that consisted of one chub 3lbs 2ozs and “silvers”. Simon Couling claimed the runner up spot with 6lbs 10ozs of roach and dace and third spot went to Ian Claridge with 5lbs 4ozs of “silvers” Good to see several four inch barbel caught.

 

Crossing over to the River Thames saw Tring Anglers fish their match at Wallingford “B” venue. Ten anglers fished averaging 5 lbs per angler. Claiming the top place was Andy Allday who weighed in 10lbs11ozs of roach and skimmers. Second place went to Martin Rodwell with similar species that totalled 1olbs 2ozs and in third spot was Dave Moore with 8lbs caught fishing the waggler.

 

Completing the RDAA venues was Newtown A.C. who fished on Longwater Lake at Green Park. Three of the anglers made it a very tight finish with Robin Reynolds taking the honours with 6lbs 12ozs that comprised “silvers” along with a bream of 3lbs 5ozs. John Clements claimed second spot with 6lbs 9ozs of “silvers” and Match Secretary Terry Smith was third with 6lbs 7ozs also of “silvers”.

 

Away from RDAA venues Reading Fishing Club used their Beale Park fishery for their match and Andy Woolsey took top spot with 16lbs 12ozs of roach and skimmers. Second place was claimed by Adam Durnford with 16lbs 10ozs and in third place was Malcolm Vigar with 16lbs.
  

Aug 15, 2018

Reading Chronicle Thursday 16 th August 2018

With the Keepnet Ban still in force on the River Kennet matches were moved last weekend. As the situation has improved we lifted the ban on Monday 13th August.

 

There were two RDAA Club matches on the River Thames and the first was at the Wallingford B stretch at Benson. Prospect A.C. hosted Arborleigh A.C. for this match and it was the visitors who went away with the spoils. The winner was Steve Collins who weighed in 10lbs 8ozs of nearly all roach. Similar species gave Kevin Jarrett the runner up spot with 8lbs 7ozs and in third spot was Colin Day (Prospect) with 7lbs 14ozs of silver fish.


Bracknell Avocets fished the Thames at Sonning where the conditions were showery and windy but the Thames fished well with good weights. Al nine anglers caught fish and Barry Morten found the roach and feeding hemp and fishing double red maggot. went on to take top spot with 7lbs 8ozs. Paul Holland finished second with similar species that totalled 6lbs 5ozs beating Alan Powell by one ounce. The match was won by Mick Donohoe of Courage. Fishing the second peg above overhead power cables on the “Short Pound” section on Froxfield “A” Section. Mick banked over 200 small roach along with a few perch. Fishing pole tactics, feeding groundbait and pinkie, with red maggot and pinkie on the hook to record a weight of 6lbs 14ozs.

 

Tilehurst Royal British Legion were back on the River Thames at Goring and with the cooler weather hopes were high for a good days fishing. Fourteen anglers were on the bank and everybody caught silver fish. First on the day with 15lbs 15oz was Simon Couling. He caught roach, dace, perch and three decent skimmer bream for his win. In second place was Peter Godfrey who weighed in 12lbs 3ozs of mainly roach. Completing the trio was Tony Tibble with 9lbs 9oz of “silvers”. Between the fourteen anglers they weighed in a total of 98lbs 14ozs.

 

Reading Fishing Club match fished their match on the Thames at Beale Park top section. A great turn out of eighteen were there to compete for the Stepney Cup. Andy Woolsey came out on top with a winning weight of 12lbs 6ozs consisting of mainly roach, with a few small perch. The runner up was Malcolm Vigor with 11lbs 8ozs of mainly roach and in third place was Robbie Stephens with 9lbs 15ozs again of mainly Roach. The total match weight was 105lbs 8ozs.
  

Aug 12, 2018

Reading Chronicle Thursday 9 th August 2018

Due to the Association banning the use of keepnets on the River Kennet following low dissolved oxygen levels and high temperatures the decision was made to move the match to the K & A Canal at Froxfield.

 

Thirty One Anglers were booked in for this match and the draw took place in the Sun Inn at Hungerford. This will be the last time we use the Pub as it is scheduled to close at the end of the month. The match day weather was dry, sunny and very hot with a slight breeze blowing. The Kennet and Avon Canal had a good colour and was towing strongly due to the passage of boats.

 

Total match weight on the day was 105lbs 14ozs, (at an average weight of 3lbs 6ozs per angler). The top three teams on the day were TRBLAS with 32lbs 6ozs, Courage with 29lbs 10ozs and Reading Fishing Club with 15lbs 13ozs.

 

The match was won by Mick Donohoe of Courage. Fishing the second peg above overhead power cables on the “Short Pound” section on Froxfield “A” Section. Mick banked over 200 small roach along with a few perch. Fishing pole tactics, feeding groundbait and pinkie, with red maggot and pinkie on the hook to record a weight of 6lbs 14ozs.

 

Peter Godfrey of TRBLAS and Andy White of Courage were joint second overall.

 

Peter was fishing the last peg in the Turning Bay on Froxfield “A” Section. Peter banked over 220 small roach. Fishing pole tactics, feeding groundbait and pinkie, with red maggot and pinkie on the hook.

 

Andy was Fishing the first peg below the overhead power cables on the “Short Pound” Section on Froxfield “A” Section. Andy also banked over 200 small roach along with a few perch. The same tactics were used and both anglers recorded a weight of 6lbs 2ozs.

 

Section weights were:- A section (wides & short pound) - 36lbs 7ozs, B section (turning bay & top end B section) - 41lbs 10ozs, C section (Middle of B section to broken bridge) - 27lbs 13ozs.

 

T.R.B.L.A.S top the Club Championship with 57lbs 12ozs. Followed by Courage with 47lbs 13ozs and in third place are Reading Fishing Club with 77lbs 13ozs.

 

The Individual Aggregate Points Trophy is shared between Andy Chapman, Peter Godfrey and John Jackson with 18 points each. Ian Claridge heads the weight table with 11lbs 1oz and close behind is John Jackson with10lbs 6ozs.

 


  

Jul 28, 2018

Reading Chronicle Thursday 29 th July 2018

Due to the ban on the use of keepnets on the RDAA stretches of the River Kennet between Padworth and County Weir meant we had to cancel the matches that were due on these venues.

 

Bracknell Avocets fished their match on the Thames at Wallingford B section and seven brave souls turned out undeterred by the weather forecast. The gusty wind and heavy rain made any method of fishing difficult but Stewart Howe found the bigger fish to record his third win of the season. Stewart netted two bream of 7lbs and 3lbs plus some bits to total !0lbs 8ozs. Second place went to Terry Smith who netted silver fish to weigh in 5lbs and completing the trio was Martyn Connelly with 2lbs 4ozs of bits.

 

Sonning River was the venue for Reading Civil Service and despite the difficult conditions Richard Munday took the top spot with 4lbs 11ozs of roach and perch. Graham Hawkins was the runner up with 2lbs 9ozs of “silvers” and with same pecies that totalled 1lb 11ozs Ian Marcham claimed third place.

 

Tilehurst British Legion moved from the Kennet to their stretch of the Thames at Hardwicke. Tony Tibble claimed the first place with 9lbs 6ozs of mainly roach and similar species saw Simon Couling weigh in 6lbs 11ozs to claim the runner up spot with and 4lbs 11ozs was enough to give Chris Humphries third place.

 

This months Association match will take place at Froxfield due to the keepnet ban on the Kennet. Draw will take place at Sun Inn Hungerford at 8am.

 


  

Jul 23, 2018

Reading Chronicle Thursday 24 th July 2018

The prolonged hot weather is claiming it’s toll on the fishing fraternity with many anglers not going in this hot weather. The fish are not faring much better and as such Reading & District Angling Association are banning the use of keepnets on all of their Kennet venues from Padworth to County Weir in Reading, this includes canalised river venues. This will be from Friday 27 th July until further notice and is due to the rising temperature of the river. We will keep you informed.

 

Last weekend the only RDAA Affiliated Club out on the waters and that was at Wallingford B section on the Thames. Tilehurst British Legion were the visitors and they found a fairly sluggish river. Tony Tibble took the honours taking 16lbs 6ozs to the scales and his net included one good chub plus roach and skimmers. The runner up spot went to Simon Couling with 6lbs 4ozs of roach, skimmers and small chublets. Completing the trio was Pete Godfrey with similar species that took the scales down to 5lbs 11ozs.

 

Away from RDAA venues Reading Fishing Club managed to turn out seventeen anglers out for the P. Berry Memorial cup held at Child Beale River Thames bottom section venue, The top end pegs produced the top 6 weights with skimmer Bream and roach showing. All anglers caught these species and Adam Durnford claimed victory with 20lbs 8ozs. Second place was claimed by John Berry with 11lbs 8ozs Third place went to Tony Scott with 10lbs 4ozs.
  

Jul 18, 2018

Reading Chronicle Thursday 19 th July 2018

Last weekend saw five RDAA Affiliated Clubs out on the waters. Three were on the River Kennet, one on the K&A Canal and one on the lakes.

 

Courage/SE fished their match on the 4B section pf the Kennet at Rose Kiln Lane and found the fish in an obliging mood for the first two hours and then the sun came out and the fish disappeared. Andy White took the honours with 4lbs 10ozs of “silvers”. Second spot was claimed by Aaron Phillipps with 4lbs 2ozs of similar species and Fred Jones completed the trio with 3lbs 10ozs.

 

Beat 3B was the venue for Prestcold AC where Graham Hawkins carried on with his winning streak. Graham netted 15lbs to take top spot and this consisted of one barbel (10lbs 1oz) and “silvers”. In second spot was Graham Walker who weighed in 3lbs 6ozs of “silvers” and with similar species in third place was Mick Sheasby with 2lbs 14ozs. Several barbel were lost.

 

Tring Anglers fished the Ufton stretch of the Kennet where Tony Beadle took 7lbs 9ozs to the scales to take top place. Tony had two decent bream plus small chub and perch. Second place went to Martin Rodwell with3lbs 8ozs of “silvers” on the pole and completing the trio was Dave Moore again with “silvers” on the pole. 

 

Newtown looked at the Padworth Rota the day before their match and found it nearly empty of water due to a problem with a weir. A call to Canals & Rivers Trust saw the problem resolved and the canal was refilled by the time of the match next day. Eleven anglers turned out for a 7am draw with the match fished from 8 -1pm Terry Smith ,took the honours with 3lbs 9oz of” silvers”. The runner up spot went to Derek Carter with 1lb 1oz and one ounce behind Derek was Roger Saunders.

 

Longwater Lake was the venue for Reading Fishing Club to provide twelve anglers for their match. Andy Woolsey claimed the Norris Goblet trophy after weighing in 19lbs 10ozs of bream and rudd. Mark Hornblow was close behind with a similar net that weighed in at 18lbs 9ozs. Robbie Stephens completed the top three with also a similar net that totalled10lbs 10ozs.

 

Tilehurst British Legion fished the Goring section of the Thames and Match Secretary Andy Chapman took the honours with 11lbs 8ozs of roach and skimmers. Simon Couling claimed second spot with 11lbs 2ozs of roach and bleak.

 

Excelsior’s second fixture of the year was at FLE Greenridge Farm yesterday and it turned out to be a proper family affair. Josie Sproat won the match with 185lbs 14ozs, Mum Rose Balcombe was second on 166lbs and Dad Pete Balcombe third with 125lbs 8ozs. There were several other weights over 100lb. They must have had sore arms the next day.
  

Jul 15, 2018

Reading Chronicle Thursday 12 th July 2018

The Polish A.A. held their qualifier to the National Polish Lure Championship Final on the RDAA sections of the River Kennet and K. & A. Canal at Benyons and Ufton. They do not weigh the fish but only record the length. Forty seven anglers fished the event where in total they caught 102 fish. This consisted of 63 perch up to 45cm, 31 pike up to 88cm, 6 trout and 2 chub one of which was 50cm. The final will be held at Ferry Meadows Peterborough and we wish them luck.

 

Bracknell Avocets held their match on Beat 5B section of the Kennet. They were faced with bright sunshine, very hot and a clear river which resulted in low eights All anglers caught fish but it proved very difficult. Stewart Howe fishing the Holybrook peg found the fish and won the match with a weight of 3lbs which was mainly dace and a reasonable perch. Martyn Connelly was second with 2lbs 8ozs of “ bits” and Richard Herman was third with 2lbs 2ozs

 

The Thames at Sonning was the venue for Prospect A.C. to hold their match. Even with the deeper water on this venue things were still difficult with the bright sun. Small silver fish were the order of the day and Steve Collins took top spot with 4lbs 14ozs. The runner up was Stuart Davies with 1lb 14ozs and completing the top three was Mick Simmons with 13ozs.

 

Away from RDAA venues T.R.B.L.A.S. travelled to Clifton Hampden to fish the Thames. Fished again in hot conditions but with better results Simon Couling led the field with 18lbs11ozs of quality roach. Darren Wright took the runner up spot with 11lbs 3ozs of the same species and completing the trio was Fred Jones with 8lbs 4ozs His net consisted of a bream of 5lbs plus skimmers.  
  

Jun 30, 2018

Reading Chronicle Thursday 1 st July 2018

Fifty anglers were in competition for the Festival Cup & Chronicle Cup last Sunday. this was the first Association match of the season and the match day weather was dry, sunny and very hot, not the conditions for good results. The river had some colour and a good flow despite the lack of recent rain. Total match weight on the day was 71lbs 5ozs, (at an average weight of 1lbs 10ozs per angler). Total match weight on the day was 82lbs 10ozs 0drms, (at an average weight of 1lbs 15ozs per Angler), there were five dry nets on the day.

 

The top three teams on the day were with TRBLAS 25lbs 6ozs, Courage/SE with 18lbs 3ozs and Reading Fishing Club with 14lbs 3ozs.

 

The Match was won by Ian Claridge of Courage/SE. Fishing the first peg at the top of the venue on Beat “5A” Section, Ian banked a mixture of roach and perch, fishing waggler tactics, with single and double red maggot on the hook, to record a weight of 6lbs 5ozs.

 

Liam Page Smith of TRBLAS was second overall, fishing the “Ditch” peg on Beat “4B” section, Liam banked a chub of 5lbs along with “bits” to weigh 6lbs 4ozs.  

 

John Jackson of Courage/SE completed the top three. Fishing on the second peg upstream at the bottom of the venue on “Beat “3B” section, John banked a chub of 3lbs along with small chub, fishing stick float tactics, with red maggot and caster on the hook to record a weight of 5lbs 7ozs. 

 

Fourth overall was Paul Mason of Yotac/21Club with 5lbs 11ozs from Beat 5A section. The Section weights were “A” Beat 3B section 16lbs 4ozs, “B” Beat 4A section 10lbs 12ozs, “C” section Beat 4B 15lbs 15ozs, “D” Beat 5A section 29lbs 2ozs, “E” Beat 5B section 10lbs 8ozs

 

 


  

Jun 27, 2018

Reading Chronicle Thursday 28 th June 2018

This mini heatwave that is with us at present causes problems when the bright sun shines down on shallow clear water. The Kennet suffers at these times as the fish seek cover. The deeper water like the Thames can cope much better and this week’s results show this.

 

Tilehurst Royal British Legion were the only RDAA affiliated Club on the River Kennet at Beat 5 (Berkeley Ave road bridge). Tony Tibble took advantage of a good draw (on the Holybook’s entrance into the Kennet) to net 3 chub plus some “silvers“ to take top spot with 11lbs 14ozs. Andy Chapman claimed the runner up spot with two chub for 8lbs 9ozs. Completing the trio with 3lbs of “silvers” was Simon Couling.

 

Bracknell Avocets held their match on Longwater Lake and again here the bright sun kept the catch weights down. Stewart Howe took first place with 6lbs 14ozs of mainly silver fish. Second place was claimed by Paul Holland with similar species that weighed in at 6lbs 12ozs. Third spot went to Robin Reynolds with 5lbs 11ozs.

 

Prestcold A.C. used the Wallingford “A” stretch of the Thames for their match and Graham Hawkins took the honours with 7lbs 9ozs of “silvers”. Similar species saw the second place shared between Geoff Eley and Graham Walker with 2lbs 9ozs each of “silvers”.  

 

 

Away from RDAA Reading Fishing Club used their stretch of the Thames at Child Beale for their match where 18 anglers contested the P.J. Jennings Cup. Malcolm Vigor claimed victory with 14lbs 4ozs consisting of mainly skimmers. The runner up spot went to Adam Durnford with a mixed bag that totalled 12lbs. Third place went to Dave Chandler with 10lbs 12ozs again a mixed bag.

This weekend will see the first of the RDAA Association matches to be fished on the Kennet between Beat 3B and Beat 5.


  

Jun 20, 2018

​Reading Chronicle Thursday 21 st June 2018

Last weekend saw the start of the new season on the rivers sections of the RDAA venues.
After three months of the closed season fish seem difficult to catch until they get used to the baits used by anglers. This point was proved with only one match on the River Kennet that saw Reading Civil Service use the Beat 4A stretch for their first match. Graham Hawkins took the honours with 6lbs 7ozs that included silver fish and one chub of 3lbs 10ozs., Second spot went to Ian Marchant with 12ozs of “silvers”.

 

Courage /SE saw their match on the Thames at Sonning ruined by a canoe race that had not been notified. John Jackson took top spot with only 10ozs of small “silvers”. Ian Claridge and Tony Claridge shared second spot with 60zs each.

 

Things were a lot better on the lakes where Tring Anglers opted for Longwater Lake in Green Park and the winner on the day was Andy Allday who fished the long pole at 13metres to land bream and bream/ roach hybrids to 5lbs. Andy totalled 54lbs 4ounces. Darren Wybrow took the runner up place with similar species to the winner to weigh in 34lbs 7ozs using leger techniques. Martin Rodwell completed the top three with 5lbs 9ozs of mixed species caught on the feeder.

 

Newtown and Bracknell Avocets joined forces to fish their match at Brown Lee Pool and taking the honours was Robin Reynolds. Robin banked mainly carp for, 28lbs 1oz. He also picked up the golden peg of £99. Not a bad mornings work. Second place went to Bracknell Avocets member, Richard Herman with 6lbs 10ozs and in third place was Derek Carter with 6lbs 9ozs.

 

Reading Fishing Club used their stretch of the Thames at Child Beale and Richard Rosinski led the way with mainly an all roach net that took the scales down to 11lbs 6ozs. Second place went to Dave Bosher with a mized bag of roach and skimmers to weigh in 7lbs. Lionel Cook took third spot with 5lbs 6ozs. The RDAA Tuesday Club followed Tring on to Longwater Lake but did not find the fish feeding so well. John Ambrose took the honours with 13lbs 2ozs that consisted of one tench plus silvers. Steve Lewis took the runner up place with 5lbs 8ozs that consisted of one bream.
  

Mar 15, 2018

Reading Chronicle Thursday 15 th March 2018

The past weekend was the last of the Club matches on RDAA venues for the current season. We will be back for the new season commencing in June.

 

There were two matches on the Kennet, two on the Thames and two on the Kennet & Avon Canal.

 

Reading Fishing Club fished their match on the Beat 5 section of the Kennet and they found things were very difficult on a coloured rising river. The only angler to get a bite was Joe Baker and what a result to end the season with when he weighed in a 6lbs 9ozs chub. This was the best chub caught this season in the RDAA Club matches on the Kennet.

 

Calcot A section was the venue for Excelsior A.C. and Jock Turner was the only angler to catch and he won with a 4oz roach.

 

Bracknell Avocets held their match on the Thames at Mapledurham Beat 1 and they found the river was up and coloured and flowing very fast. The winner was Richard Herman Snr. with 8ozs of small silver fish. In the second spot was Dermot Murphy with 6ozs of similar fish.

 

Prestcold A.C. were on the Thames at Wallingford “B” section and found the water flowing too fast to be able to fish the far bank where the chub reside. It was left for the anglers to fish any slack water they could find and Gordon McGee continued his good run of form with 10ozs of small “silvers”. The only other angler to bother the scalesman was John Maine who amassed 6ozs.

 

The Froxfield venue kept up it’s good reputation for Newtown A.C. who held their match on the “B” section. Taking the honours was Terry Smith with 5lbs 3ozs of skimmer bream perch and roach. Similar species gave John Clements the runner up spot with 3lbs 13ozs and completing the trio was Mick Hill with 1lb 13ozs.

 

The other match on the Canal was at East Towney where six anglers fished the match and the only bite of the day was for Martin Rodwell who netted a pike of 4lbs 7ozs which unfortunately, do not count in matches.

 

Away from RDAA Club matches TRBLAS fished their section of the Thames at Hardwicke and the anglers at the downstream end of the venue found the bream shoaled up. Colin Wainwright landed seven of the species to win the match with 53lbs 3ozs. Fred Jones took the runner up spot with three bream to weigh in 21lbs 1oz and Simon Couling took third place with one bream of 6lbs 11ozs.


  

Mar 01, 2018

Reading Chronicle Thursday 1 st March 2018

This was the fourth and final RDAA senior match to be held on the Kennet and Avon Canal at Froxfield this season. Thirteen Teams of Four, making a total of fifty two anglers were booked in for this match. The match day weather was cold, overcast with some sunny spells. There was a strong and cold wind blowing.


Total match weight on the day was 69lbs 6ozs, (at an average weight of 1lb 7ozs per angler). Many thanks to all those that turned out on the day and thanks also go to the proprietors and staff at the Sun Inn Public House, Hungerford, which we used as our Draw and Result Headquarters. Thanks also goes to Alan Hughes for assisting me at the draw and to Graham Hawkins and Alan Hughes for assisting me with the result.


The Team winners were Reading Civil Service (Phil and three others) which consisted of Phil Allen, Gordon McGee, Richard Munday and Richard Sturgess who amassed 38 points. Second place went to TRBLAS (Must try harder) that consisted of Simon Couling, Dave Cowley, Chris Humphreys and John Smith who finished just one point behind. Individually the match was won by Simon Couling of TRBLAS “Must Try Harders”. Fishing the first peg above the first "Ash Tree" on Froxfield “B” section, Simon banked skimmer bream to 2lbs along with perch, gudgeon and dace to record a weight of 16lbs 10ozs.


RDAA Chairman Graham Hawkins fishing for TRBLAS “Muppets” was second overall. Fishing the peg opposite the “Log” on Froxfield “B section, Graham also banked skimmer bream to 12ozs along with perch, gudgeon and roach to record a weight of 10lbs.


Dave White of TRBLAS ”Dreamers” was third overall. Fishing the peg on the first "Ash Tree" on Froxfield “B” section, Dave also banked skimmer bream of 8ozs along with perch to record a weight of 6lbs 3ozs.

Feb 22, 2018