by angling correspondents Roger Stocks and Stuart Lilley
Roger Stocks: 07846 673365
Stuart Lilley 07528 896655
WE start this week's column with a reminder of the charity match being held in aid of the air ambulance at Daiwa Hallcroft on Saturday 18th October, organised in the memory of Steve Atkinson by good friends Mark and Louise Upton who come from Misterton.
The fishing will take place on the Bridge pool with the draw at 8am, the start commencing at 9.30am and the final whistle being blown at 3.30pm with an entry fee of £10.
There will be a raffle held, as well as various prizes awarded for different categories including biggest fish and section winners as well as an optional pool on the day.
Anyone interested in entering this event can contact Louise or Mark on 01427 891654 or 07886 427062.
On Saturday 27th September on Sandhill Lake, possibly the last match in the British Gas AC 35-year history took place, unless a new secretary can be found.
After his sterling efforts in the seat, Mick Pogson has decided to step down, and it was rather fitting that Mick claimed the honours in the last match with a weight of 28lb 13oz of bream caught on the ground bait feeder.
Saturday saw the NJAA challenge fished on the Chesterfield canal around the Retford area, with Worksop's intermediates and juniors coming a creditable fourth in their respective categories.
The water was donated by Worksop & DAA and was excellently organised by Neil Nicolson and his team of helpers, and a special thank you to everyone at the Hop Pole Hotel for their kind hospitality at the draw and presentation.
Mick's son Steve made it a family affair by winning both the midweek and Saturday aggregate trophies.
As mentioned in a previous column, the beach fishing season has finally arrived, and with this in mind the final touches have been put into place for the annual Guardian open beach match.
The event is to be held on 29th November with booking in to be again at the Marine Hotel at Hornsea with fishing from Hornsea north and south beaches, with an option to open the boundries should the entry level warrant it.
Fishing will take place between 1pm and 7pm and with high water at 5pm it gives the optimum fishing with four hours of flood and two of ebb, which will be in darkness.
Pre-match registration and further details can be got from Roger on the number at the top of column.
Ivor Jones of Worksop Piscatorials has asked us to remind members that the last match of the season is to be held on 12th (Sunday) at Clayworth, with the draw taking place at 8.30am in the car park by the boats
Finally a brief mention of a pole repair service that is being provided by Roger Parnell of Mansfield who mends breaks, cracks or split sections to a very high standard, for a fraction of the cost of a new section.
Roger can be contacted on 01623 469623 or 07759 802048 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can drop your broken section in to Gateford Angling for collection.CLUB RESULTS
MICK Simpson of the Grafton AA has two match reports for us to pass on. The first took place on 7th September at Grange farm ,where young star Thomas Hunt led the way with a fine catch of 72lb, squeezing out Steve Ordidge into second place with 58lb, and Roy May in third with 51lb.
The second match was competed on their own waters on the Garside St length of the canal on 28th September, where the club's bailiff showed how it is done with a winning bag of 3lb 3oz, taken on the punch with young Thomas Hunt using the same method to claim the runners-up position, and Steve Ordidge making up the frame with 2lb caught on pinkie.
Last Sunday saw the members of the Stanley Street Sports and Social Club visit the Mossella West Woodside lakes: 1st Steve Lacey peg 19 26lbs 13oz feeder/maggot and caster; 2nd Pete Scott peg three 12lbs 03oz pole/maggot fished shallow mostly small hide; 3rd Steve Royle peg 12 12lbs 01oz feeder/maggot all hide.
Ryton AC held their latest club match on clear high school stretch of the Chesterfield Canal on Sunday: 1st Gareth Kirk 2lb 7oz mixed net of silvers peg two; 2nd Reece Nicolson 2lb one tench and one chub peg 10; 3rd Neil Nicolson 7oz one perch peg nine. COMMERCIAL ROUND-UP
OVER at Ranskill at the Lakeside complex, ample stocks of silver fish are still being tempted on a variety of methods on numerous pegs on the match lake.
The humble maggot feeder accounted for a bag of over 65lb from peg 26 and pole fished worm being responsible for an all-ide net of 59lb 9oz from peg 13.
Pole fished meat has taken some of the lake's carp in mixed nets approaching 120lb from peg 17, and the skimmers are showing a liking for the meat on peg 33 in nets approaching 50lb.
On the second strip pond, Shaun Dawson slipped his landing net under a pleasure net estimated to be at over 120lb, his catch included carp to 10lb goldfish skimmers and ide from peg two. Shaun employed pole fished meat or worm.
On the carp lake Colin Shaw had a profitable journey from Leeds, netting seven lumps from peg five, topped off by a common of 25lb 5oz, whilst over on the trout lake Ian Walker tempted 15 fish to 7lb on his gold headed fritz, cast on a sinking line, with fellow fluff chucker John Dawson banking twelve fish to 7lb on his black buzzers presented on a floating line.
Over at Scrooby Top the Likely Lads held their Tuesday pilgrimage at Lodge Farm fisheries where they elected to fish the signal pond, and the in-form Mick Burrel topped the field with 44lb 11oz taken on pole fished meat and paste from peg 18.
He edged out Keith Noble with 36lb 11oz caught from peg 15 on pole fished pellet.
On Thursday it was the weekly veterans match, this time on the Lily pond where it was nice to see Keith Morris claiming a win after his recent stay in hospital, with a fine bag of 83lb 9oz caught on peg 55 on meat and pellet.
Norman Footit was the fastest loser with 36lb 9oz taken on pole fished meat on peg 52.
Bill informs us that on the field and signal ponds, pellet presented on the long pole on the deck is proving to be the most effective method, with caster tempting some of the fish to feed in the higher layers on all pools .
He also tells us that his winter open matches start on 1st November with more details to follow.
Retford's Daiwa Hallcroft complex are holding their bonfire night spectacular on 8th November with a dual open match taking place, with separate categories for carp and silvers with an entry fee of £20 all in.
After the match in the evening, they will be holding a firework display with free admittance, and the complex's licensed café open for drinks and warm food.
On the fishing form front on the moat pool, long pole with an expander pellet or corn hook bait is proving to be the in-form method, with match weights going to over 127lb with pellet feeder proving a viable alternative option.
Meat fished down the edge late on as the light fades is tempting some of the bigger specimens.
On the Bridge pool the same methods are also proving dependable but this time a wider variety of species of fish with pole fished worm down the margins also proving effective.
Further south at Sherwood Forest farm park the Holmedale lake is still producing match weights more akin to the summer months with pellet feeder with a meat hook bait cast close to an island or any other feature always worth a cast.
On the Sherwood lake, long pole fished pellet is still proving reliable for the ample stocks of skimmer bream with meat fished to any marginal cover accounting for the pools carp and the humble maggot buying plenty of bites from the silver fish.