The first Raskelf Winter Series match on Sunday was won by Fred Prudham with 18lb 6oz of roach and ide on waggler and maggot. Howard Foster caught F1s, skimmers and ide for a weight of 10lb 9oz and second place, while John Walsh caught 6lb 4oz for third. The next and final match of this year’s series takes place on Sunday, March 24. Widdington Hall will be closed on Saturday for an outside booking. Members are requested not to rest anything against the otter fences at Raskelf, Knotford and Ripon due to damage being caused. Contrary to what is stated in the yearbook, the club only have fishing rights on the right-hand bank of Milby Cut Canal. Cowthorpe is fishing well for grayling and chub on float tactics. Shelf Dam and Chellow Dene are both worth a visit this weekend for roach and chub. Tickets are available for the open match at Cowthorpe on Sunday, March 10 from Simon on 01274-571175.


The coarse river season has only two weekends left until the March 14 close. Levels are now normal and venues are worth a visit. Brampton Farm on the River Ure is producing some good nets of dace, roach and perch. Chub are also being caught, ranging from 1lb to 5lb, and a specimen barbel of over 8lb has also been banked. Worm, maggot and bread are the best baits at the moment. The result of the latest open match at Brampton Farm is: 1 R Walton (Harrogate) 8lb 10oz (one barbel), 2 M Prudoe (Mary’s Tackle) 1lb 2oz (one chub). The last match of the 2012/13 river season is on Sunday at Brampton Farm. This is an open match. Tickets are £15 all in. For further details call match secretary Rod Brooksbank on 07875-275749 or 01423-523368.


Our last general meeting was poorly attended. I would urge all members to try and attend our presentation evening on Tuesday, March 19 at the New Inn, East Bierley, starting at 8pm. Trophies will be presented to last year’s winners and there will be a free buffet afterwards. The 2013 trip calendar has now been finalised and a copy will be distributed at the meeting. Members are reminded that subs are now due. We have held the price at £10 again this year. Anyone interested in joining should come along to the next meeting, at which you will be made most welcome. Anyone interested in some in-shore fishing at Whitby or the Mersey in the coming months should call Dave on 07711-987833 so he can plan a trip.


Anglers must sign in the place provided after obtaining their membership books. Unless this is done the book is not valid. A limited number of night permits are available, costing £20 from the secretary. Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope. There will be a working party at Pilley’s in the near future, when volunteers will be required. For Sunday’s members’ match at Pilley’s, the gate will open at 8.30am with the draw at 8.45am.


Last week’s match at Poppleton Lakes was disappointing due to the cold spell. Result: 1 S Smith, 2 P Dunne, 3 J Barnes, 4 P Savage. The next open at Viking Fishery (deer lake) is booked for Sunday, March 24. The meeting time is still to be arranged.


Thanks to all who turned up to Sunday’s work party. The Environment Agency have stocked 800 barbel in the River Nidd near our water at Goldsborough. Good reports are being received from the River Wharfe at Boston Spa.


The winner of the last pike match was Paul Whitehouse with 11lb 1oz. The annual general meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 26 at the Fleece pub in Cullingworth from 8pm. All members are encouraged to attend.


There is a meeting for all members on Monday at the Fleece pub in Clayton from 6.30pm. The first match is on Sunday, March 17 at Barnburgh Lakes.


There is a river match planned for Sunday, which is expected to be on the middle and bottom lengths. To book on call Barrie on 07902-493139.


Our annual meeting will be held at Fairweather Green Working Men’s Club next Thursday from 8pm.