Catch details (week ending April 7) – Day ticket: Fewston 24, Swinsty 2; total fish caught: Fewston 130, Swinsty 5; average per rod: Fewston 5.4, Swinsty 2.5. The heaviest fish caught was a 4lb 2oz rainbow trout by J Davie using cat’s whisker. Fewston: Trout are sitting in deep water but will follow a fly to the surface and strike at the last moment. Swinsty: Spinning is now underway, taking good trout as shallower water begins to warm. Thruscross: No anglers were prepared to brave sharp winds and snow drifts this week – brown trout 2, anglers 0.

Catch details (week ending April 14) – Day ticket: Fewston 23, Swinsty 4; total fish caught: Fewston 198, Swinsty 4; average per rod: Fewston 8.6, Swinsty 1.3. The heaviest fish caught was a 4lb 6oz rainbow trout by Bob Ford using Dawson’s olive. Fewston: John Passelow took first prize in the annual trout master fish- off. Good fish were taken, mainly on lures. Swinsty: Trout are sitting deep just out of reach to cast a spinner. Thruscross: No anglers braved the wind and cold during the week.


Bad weather and gales have stopped charter boats from getting out to the fishing grounds all round our coast. One skipper at Whitby said he had never seen the sea so rough. We can only hope things settle down and we can get back into the swing of things. Our first trip of the year will be to Rhyl on Wednesday, May 22. Any member wishing to go should call Dave on 07711-987833 to book a place. But you will have to hurry as places are filling up fast for this popular trip. Hopefully the tope will be in and we can have some good sport. Don’t forget to renew your membership. At only £10 for the year, it’s a real bargain. If you have not paid up by the end of April, you will be deemed to be a lapsed member and you will have to reapply.


Great Heck on the Aire & Calder Canal will be closed on Sunday for a members’ match. The draw for this will take place in the anglers’ car park at 9.15am. Members are reminded to ensure all gates are closed down at Knotford and are asked to remain vigilant for anyone leaving them open. Knotford and Kirklees Lagoon are both now beginning to produce good catches of carp and tench. Gravel Pits on the River Calder is worth a visit for trout and grayling on fly or worm. The working party at Shelf Dam last Sunday managed to clear the majority of weed from the top pond and widen the path around the lake. Thank you to all the volunteers who attended.


The result of last Sunday’s memorable match at Sykehouse Lock on New Junction Canal saw Paul Chadwick win ahead of runner-up Trevor Wood and third-placed Pete Fraser. Well done to all the 16 anglers who fished in absolutely terrible conditions. Our next match is on Sunday, May 19 at Lindholme Lakes on Loco Lake, drawing at 9am. The cafe opens at 7.15am and you must use their feed pellets, with no exceptions. Anyone not fishing this match must notify the match secretary before May 12.


Our first match of the season was at Horse Shoe Lake, Poppleton, York. The match was rod and line only and conditions were very windy. Result: 1 Tony Whaling 32lb, 2 Phil Weston 24lb 14oz, 3 Aidy Hillary 20lb, 4= Mark Lawson and Steve Smith 12lb 14oz. The biggest fish was Mark Lawson’s mirror carp at 10lb 8oz. There was a great attendance of 18 members.


The draw for Saturday’s open match is at 9am by the Horsforth Road Bridge. It costs £12 all in. The better spell of weather has seen fishing improve on all venues. However, fish are still not spread out and thought must be given to the selection of swim. Reports of captures are welcome.


Sunday’s match on the canal will be held between Ferncliffe Road and Park Road, drawing 9am at Britannia Bridge. To book on contact A Greenwood on 07971-428678.