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.