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Feb 29, 2020

Reading Chronicle Thursday 27 th February 2020

The additional February RDAA match was fished on the Kennet & Avon Canal at Froxfield. Twenty anglers were booked in for this match . The match day weather was overcast with rain early on, mild and with a very strong wind blowing. The Kennet & Avon Canal had a good colour and was towing slightly.
 

Total match weight on the day was 48lbs 6ozs, (at an average weight of 2lbs 7ozs per angler.


The match was won by Simon Couling of TRBLAS. Fishing on the first peg downstream of "Lock 69" on Froxfield "A" (Short Pound), section. Simon banked a bream of 3lbs a perch of 1lb along with skimmer bream, roach and gudgeon, fishing pole tactics, feeding groundbait, with red maggot on the hook to record a weight of 8lbs 13ozs.

Dave Bosher of Reading Fishing Club was second overall. Fishing the first peg downstream of the "overhead power cables" on Froxfield “A”, (Short Pound), section, Dave banked mainly perch with a few roach and skimmers. Dave fished leger tactics, feeding caster, with caster on the hook to record a weight of 5lbs 15ozs.

The section weights were “A” (Wides and top of short pound) 28lbs 5ozs and “B” section (bottom of short pound and turning bay) 20lbs 1oz.

Bracknell Avocets held their match on the Salmon Cut stretch of the K&A Canal and they found fish very difficult to catch. The winner.was Terry Smith with a perch of 2ozs.

This coming Sunday will see the Teams of Four Association match at Froxfield with the draw in the Borough Arms at 8am. Breakfast served from 7am. Book in with Mike Sheasby on 07802 414317.


  

Jan 30, 2020

Reading Chronicle Thursday 30 th January 2020

The additional January RDAA match was fished on the Kennet & Avon Canal at. Froxfield. Nineteen anglers were booked in for this match with no pegs remaining in the draw bag. The match day weather was mainly dry, overcast, cold and with a slight breeze blowing.

Total match weight on the day was 74lbs 3ozs, (at an average weight of 3lbs 15ozs per angler).

The Match was won by Lionel Cook of Reading Fishing Club. Fishing on the "Gate" peg on Froxfield "A" (Wides), section. Lionel banked a perch of 2lbs 8ozs and skimmer bream, fishing waggler tactics, feeding caster, with caster on the hook to record a weight of 10lbs 3ozs.

Dave Bosher of Reading Fishing Club was second overall. Fishing the last downstream peg in the "Turning" on Froxfield “A”Section. Dave banked mainly perch with a few roach and gudgeon, fishing link ledger tactics, feeding hemp & caster, with caster on the hook to record a weight of 9lbs 8ozs.

The section weights “A” section (Wides and top of short pound) were 42lbs 13ozs and “B” section (bottom of short pound to roadbridge) was 31lbs 6ozs.

This coming Sunday will see the last of the Championship RDAA matches and this will be at Froxfield. Please book in with Mike Sheasby on 07802 414317. This match will be followed by the Clubs Teams of Four.
  

Jan 16, 2020

Reading Chronicle Thursday 16 th January

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

Seven anglers braved the TRBLAS match held on the Kennet at Burghfield. The river had just started to recover from the floods before the heavy rain on the Thursday night before the match and the river had a very strong flow for the match. Things were going to be difficult and so it proved with only one angler being successful. Fred Jones took the honours with one chub caught in the first hour and taking the scales down to 1lb 7ozs.

Prestcold A.C. used the B1 section of the Canal at Froxfield for their match and small silver fish seemed to be the only fish willing to feed. Taking the honours on the day was Roy Green with 3lbs 2ozs of small roach and gudgeon. Taking the runner up spot was: Graham Hawkins with 2lbs 6ozs of similar species. Completing the top trio was Mark Steadman with 2lbs 1oz.

Bracknell Avocets moved their match from the Thames at Mapledurham to the canal at Padworth to fish their match but still found fish very difficult to catch. They had to wait until the last half hour of the match before the only fish was caught a perch of 2lbs 8ozs by Terry Smith.


  

Jan 10, 2020

Reading Chronicle Thursday 9 th January

May I wish all of our readers a happy and prosperous New Year.

The RDAA annual Christmas Open match was held at Froxfield on the Kennet & Avon Canal on Sunday 30th December.

Twenty Nine Anglers were booked in for this match where the total match weight was 113lbs 15ozs (at an average weight of 4lbs 3ozs per angler.

The match was won by R & D.A.A. General Secretary Alan Hughes fishing for TRBLAS, fishing the second peg above Lock 69 on the “wides” section Alan banked bream to 3lbs and skimmer bream fishing pole tactics, feeding groundbait and pinkie, with pinkie on the hook, to record a weight of 11lbs 15ozs.

Mick Fairey of Reading Fishing Club was second overall fishing the first peg below Lock 69 on the A section Mick also banked skimmer bream and bit, fishing a combination of whip and groundbait feeder tactics and casting up towards the lock, feeding groundbait and pinkie, with red maggot and worm on the hook, to record a weight of 11lbs 14ozs.

Third place was shared between Dave Bosher (Reading Fishing Club) and Paul Leek (Pangbourne & Whitchurch A,C, who both returned 7lbs 9ozs.

The total section weights were “A” section (Wides and Top of Short Pound) 59lbs 11ozs, “B” section (Bottom of Short Pound and Turning Bay) 26lbs 2ozs & “C” section ((Road Bridge to Broken Bridge) 29lbs 1oz.

The January 2020 Association match was held also at Froxfield on Sunday 5th January 2020 where forty seven anglers were booked in. Total match weight on the day was 182bs 3ozs, (at an average weight of 4lbs 1oz per angler . The top three teams on the day were TRBLAS with 43lbs 3ozs, Reading Fishing Club with 38lbs 14ozs and Courage with 24lbs 13ozs.

The match was won by Andy Chapman of TRBLAS. Fishing two pegs above Lock 69 on Froxfield “A”, (Wides), section. Andy banked skimmer bream to 3lbs along with perch during the course of the match. Fishing pole tactics, feeding groundbait and pinkie, with red maggot and worm on the hook to record a weight of 16lbs.

Mick Donohoe of Kennet Ospreys was second overall fishing in the middle of the Turning Bay on Froxfield “A” Section. Mick banked skimmer bream to 1lb fishing waggler tactics, feeding ground bait and caster, with red maggot on the hook to record a weight of 15lbs 2ozs.

Tony Claridge of Courage was third overall. Fishing the "Gate" peg on Froxfield “A”, (Wides), section. Tony banked skimmer bream to 1lb fishing groundbait feeder tactics, feeding groundbait and pinkie, with red maggot and worm on the hook to record a weight of 12lbs 5ozs.

Reading Fishing Club head the Club Championship with 171lbs 3ozs and in second spot are TRBLAS with 153lbs 4ozs. Terry Littlewood heads the weights table with 52lbs 6ozs and following him is Mick Donohoe with 24lbs 11ozs. The points table is headed by Mick Donohoe with 44points and tying in second place are Phil Allen and Terry Littlewood on 42 points each. The last match in this series is the February one.

The result of the Angling Trust British Pike Championship Qualifiers held on Farnham Flint and Englefield Lagoon 5th January 2020 was as follows 1st Martin Earl 2 fish for 17lbs10ozs best fish 10lbs 4ozs, 2nd Rob Ellis 2 fish for 16lbs 10ozs best fish 8lbs 10ozs, 3rd Jason Newman 1 fish for 12lbs.10ozs.


  

Dec 12, 2019

Reading Chronicle Thursday 12 th December 2019

Last weekend saw three RDAA Clubs out on the venues with two on the Canals and one on the River Kennet.

Two Clubs were on the Kennet & Avon Canal at Froxfield with Prestcold AC fishing the “A” section where Graham Walker took the top spot with 8lbs 8ozs of skimmers, roach and perch Paul Risi claimed second place with 5lbs 9ozs of perch. Just pone ounce behind Paul was Roy Green with 5lbs 8ozs of skimmers roach and perch.

Bracknell Avocets found the going much harder on the “B” section where ten anglers contested the Christmas match. Terry Smith won the Match with 1lb 9ozs of “silvers” and similar species gave Robin Reynolds the runner up spot with 1lb 8ozs and completing the top trio was Alan Powell with 1lb 4ozs.

Reading Fishing Club found the going really hard on the Beat 4 section of the Kennet. Only two anglers managed to weigh in out of the eleven who fished the match and Bill Tucker took the honours with 6ozs of small “silvers”. Unfortunately for Bill he had not entered the Pools and it was left for Arthur Maybanks to scoop the cash with just 4ozs.

The Angling Trust Pike Qualifier was held on the RDAA waters Farnham Flint and Englefield Lagoon. Eleven fish were caught totalling 86lbs and the top angler was Roy Pollard with three fish for 31lbs 9ozs. Second place went to the only female contestant Maria Oladokun (see picture) with two fish for 14lbs 5ozs and in third spot was Chris Charlton with 2 fish for 13lbs 11ozs.

T.R.B.L.A.S. fished their match on their stretch of the Thames at Hardwick. First on the day from peg 19 was Colin Wainwright who had six chub for 14lbs. 2ozs with one weighing 5lbs 4ozs. The runner up was Simon Couling on peg 20 who had 7lbs 10ozs and in third spot was John Smith who had one chub for 6lbs 4ozs.


  

Dec 05, 2019

Reading Chronicle Thursday 5 th December 2019

Last Sunday saw our first Association match of the season fished on the Kennet & Avon Canal at Froxfield. The anglers competed for the Ron Want Cup and the top five along with the section winners receiving Christmas goodies.

Thirty Seven Anglers were booked in for this match and the match day weather was dry overcast with some sunny spells, cold and with a cold wind blowing. The Kennet and Avon Canal had a slight colour and was towing slightly.

Total match weight on the day was 116lbs 1oz, (at an average weight of 3lbs 6ozs per angler on the day. The top three teams on the day were Reading Fishing Club with 29lbs 11ozs, TRBLAS with 26lbs 3ozs and Reading Civil Service with 18lbs 12ozs.

The match was won by Phil Allen of Reading Civil Service. Fishing the last downstream peg on the "Short Pound" on Froxfield “A” Section. Phil banked skimmer beam, roach and fishing waggler tactics, feeding groundbait with pinkie, with single red maggot and pinkie on the hook to record a weight of 11lbs 10ozs.

Ian Claridge of Courage was second overall. Fishing two pegs above Lock 71 on Froxfield “B” Section. Ian banked skimmer bream roach and perch fishing pole tactics, feeding groundbait with pinkie, with single red maggot and pinkie on the hook to record a weight of 7lbs 10ozs.

Mick Stanley of Reading Fishing Club was third overall. Fishing the third peg upstream of the second "Ash Tree" on Froxfield “B” section. Mick banked skimmer bream and perch fishing pole tactics, feeding groundbait with pinkie, with single red maggot, pinkie and worm on the hook to record a weight of 6lbs 1oz.

The section weights were “A” section (Wides to top of short pound) 33lbs 12ozs, B” section (Bottom of short pound to roadbridge) 32lbs 4ozs, “VC” section (Roadbridge to broken bridge) 24lbs 1oz and “D” section (broken bridge to Lock 71) 26lbs.

Reading Fishing Club head the Club Championship with 132lbs 4ozs and in second spot are TRBLAS with 112lbs. Terry Littlewood heads the weights table with 42lbs14ozs and following him is Phil Allen with24lbs 11ozs. The points table is headed by Phil Allen with 40points and tying in second place are Mick Donohoe and Terry Littlewood on 34 points.


  

Nov 29, 2019

Reading Chronicle Thursday 28th November 2019

The additional RDAA match was planned to be fished on the Thames at Wallingford last weekend but had to be rearranged due to the high water. It was moved to the Kennet & Avon Canal at. Froxfield. Eighteen anglers were booked in for this match with no pegs remaining in the draw bag. The match day weather was mainly dry, overcast, mild and with a slight breeze blowing. The Kennet & Avon Canal had a slight colour and was towing slightly. Total match weight on the day was 58lbs 14ozs, (at an average weight of 3lbs 4ozs per Angler).

The Match was won by Martin Hutchins of Excelsior. Fishing on the "Broken Bridge" peg on Froxfield "B" section. Martin banked perch and roach. Fishing a combination of pole and whip tactics, feeding groundbait & pinkie, and chopped worm & caster, with pinkie, red maggot and worm on the hook to record a weight of 14lbs 9ozs.

Simon Couling of TRBLAS was second overall. Fishing the third peg downstream of Lock 70 on Froxfield “A” Section. Simon banked perch, roach and gudgeon. Fishing pole tactics, feeding groundbait & pinkie, and chopped worm & caster, with pinkie, red maggot, caster and worm on the hook to record a weight of 6lbs14ozs.

The section weights were “A” (bottom of short pound & turning bay) 29lbs 13ozs and “B” section (Road bridge to broken bridge) 39lbs 3ozs.

Pangbourne & Whitchurch AC held their match on the A1 section of Froxfield and weights here were very good with Mark Holmes taking the honours with 23lns 14ozs of mainly bream. Peter Seward claimed second place with11lbs of perch and skimmers and completing the top three was Dave White with 7lbs 4ozs of perch and skimmers.

This will see the Association match at Froxfield with the draw in the Borough Arms at 8am. Breakfast served from 7am. Book in with Mike Sheasby on 07802 414317.


  

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.
  

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