Ideal water levels and improved temperatures have combined to make conditions perfect for the new river season, which began on Monday. Local tackle shops are reporting increased sales of traditional maggot bait, although one Keighley member may consider holding on to his spinners for a while longer after netting an impressive 9lb 2oz pike at the weekend in a slow-flowing stretch of the Aire near town. The Keighley club are also celebrating after secretary Dennis Freeman announced 50 new members had joined since the beginning of the year. He said: “We have some beautiful stretches of canal and river waters on our doorstep and the quality of fish, particularly in the Aire, is as good as it has been for many years. We are delighted people are responding to that. It’s refreshing to receive applications from people who are totally new to the sport but we are equally pleased to see some anglers returning to the club after a long absence.” To mark the new river season, match secretary Darren Watson has planned a series of Thursday evening River Aire contests to run over the summer, starting this week. Matches are at 5.45 with a strict ten-peg limit, and members should contact Darren on 07795-243332 to book a slot and obtain match details.


Anglers MUST take home used line and not discard it in the water or on the bankside. We have had three incidents of discarded line at Tong Park alone in the last week. The first was simply a ledgering pop-up rig left in the water that was removed by pulling firmly from the water and wrapping it around my hand and then chopping into short lengths (two cuts through the wraps) and discarded into the refuse bin at home; the second was a simple tangle, dealt with in the same manner.; the third had a response from both the RSPCA and Yorkshire Swan Rescue Hospital, details and pictures of which can be found on our and the YSRH Facebook pages. An over-strong carp controller float rig had become entangled around the leg, body and neck of the pen (the female swan) meaning she could not eat, fly, only drink with difficulty and only swim with one leg. Fortunately, the hook was not down her throat, so after a number of hours she was released from the entanglement and returned to the water to continue (with the cob) to raise her three cygnets, (originally five hatched and two died within three days of hatching). This incident could have led to the death of four swans. We (the committee) are disgusted with the carper responsible and if he is identified he will be banned for life from the club and his name passed to other local clubs. Model remote control boats are not allowed on the water, their motors invariably leak fuel, polluting the water. We have had an incidence of this which led to all five swans attempting to walk to another lake (not that there is one near, they would have walked up the hill into a housing estate where they could have been killed by a bus or car). There is a working party planned for Saturday at Tong Park (closed to anglers until 3pm) please come and assist, the sooner the work is completed the better it will be for all members.


Cowthorpe will be closed on Sunday for a members’ match, with tickets available from Simon on 01274-571175. The River Aire downstream of Beal Bridge will be closed tomorrow, and Roecliffe will also be closed on Sunday for outside bookings. Raskelf is continuing to fish very well for all species. Thornton Bridge will be worth a visit this week for chub and barbel, as will the rivers Aire and Calder for trout and grayling. Places are still available for the first junior match of the year at Raskelf on Saturday, June 28, which is free for members, from Simon. Anybody wishing to enter a team of eight into this year’s Calder League, which starts on Sunday, July 6, should also contact Simon.


Catch details for week ending June 16 – Day ticket: Fewston 41, Swinsty 3, Thruscross 1 (catch & return) 1. Total fish caught: Fewston 176, Swinsty 9, Thruscross 5. Average per rod: Fewston 4.3, Swinsty 3, Thruscross 1. Heaviest fish caught was a 5lb 14oz rainbow trout by Vincent Jones using black buzzer. Fewston: Mayfly hatching in large numbers but trout still prefer sub- surface nymph. Lures also working this week, everyone’s favourite being Dawson’s Olive. Swinsty: Bright coloured spinners taking hungry perch always looking for a feed. Thruscross: Brown trout feeding on Mayfly nymph as well as buzzer shucks blown into shallow water.


Result of match fished on Sunday at Moorfields, Goole (22 fished): 1 Graham Hall 119lb 6oz, 2 Steff Armitage 113lb 4oz, 3 Alan Sugden 105lb. Section winners: Jack Hawkins, Barry Silson, Colin Mortimer, Kevin Murgatroyd. The next match is on Sunday, June at Lowfields. No meat is allowed, fishery feed pellets only and two nets are required: one silver, one carp. Draw 8.45am, fishing 10am-4pm. Any member not fishing this match please notify Jason as soon as possible.


Result of last Sunday’s match on Alders Lake, The Oakes, Sessay: 1 Brian Clabburn 26lb 8oz, 2 Lol Barraclough 23lb 12oz, 3 Bernie Hook 21lb 8oz, 4 John Charles Foreman 16lb 8oz. Our next match is on Sunday, July 27 on Southfield Reservoir. We have pegs 1-54 going up into the woods, so don’t forget your waders. Draw 9am. Everyone is booked on for this match so if you can’t make it you must notify the match secretary by Sunday, July 20 or you will be charged a peg fee.


On no account should members climb the spiked fence to gain access to the narrow piece of bank on the far end of Pilley’s. The Tuesday Evening League match was won by J Harrison with three tench for 9lb 10oz, 2 A Rhodes 7lb 8oz (which included a tench of 7lb), 3 E Harrison 3lb 12oz, 4 S Longley 2lb 8oz. The draw for next Tuesday’s match is at 5.45pm. Good catch reports from all venues.


Last Wednesday’s result: 1 E Harrison 2lb 14oz , 2 J Harrison 2lb 3oz , 3 R Fisher 1lb 6oz. Wednesday matches are open to all members with a 6pm draw on the bank, £5 all in. Matches run every Wednesday throughout the summer.


We have a trip to Rhyl next Wednesday, and anyone wishing to go should ring Dave on 07711-987833 to book a place. There is a general meeting on Tuesday, July 15 at the New Inn, East Bierley (8pm). Newcomers will be made most welcome.


Farview Fishing Lakes: 1 T Smith 64lb 6oz, 2 M Lyons 53lb 12oz, 3 D Winter 49lb 4oz, 4 Andy (Shipley Feeds) 44lb 10oz. Farview midweek match, Wednesday, June 11: 1 M Bradbury 58lb 8oz, 2 R Judson 38lb 14oz. June 18: 1 M Bradbury 58lb 14oz, 2 C Tidwell 62lb (50lb net limit), 3 J Barnes 58lb 4oz (50lb net limit), 4 C Melling 49lb. To book on for the next Wednesday evening match phone Robert at K L Tackle on 01535 667574. Draw 5.30pm, fish 6pm to 9.30pm.


Our next match is at Birkin on Sunday, June 22. Meet at venue 8am, fishing 9am-3pm.