Members are reminded that subscription renewals are now due for 2014 and must be purchased before fishing. Costs are £36 for full members, with concessions available, and how to renew can be found at There is a small joining fee for new members, except juniors. Any queries to membership secretary Jim Munden on 07940-814431.

2014 yearbooks will be sold at Staveley Lakes on Saturday and a week on Saturday from 10.30am-2pm, and potential members can be shown around the fishery. Yearbooks can also be bought at our new agent in Harrogate, All Water Fly Fishing in Westmoreland Street (01423-566766) and at our other agents – KL Tackle, Pudsey Angling Supplies, York Tackle, Eccleshill Angling Supplies, Tackle 2U and Kirkgate Anglers.

Wind and heavy rain have spoilt fishing over Christmas and new year, and there have been few reports from anglers. However, a member visiting from Hertfordshire had a 2lb 12oz grayling on trotted worm on the club’s River Ribble fishery just after Christmas, and a guest from Holland, fishing for grayling on Boxing Day, caught a good out-of-season trout of about 3lb at Carleton on the River Aire. This was safely returned to the water.

The BCAA 2014 match fishing calendar can be seen on the club’s website. Bookings can be made via the match secretary on 07875-275749. The next match is booked for a week on Saturday at Staveley Lakes, though members should always phone the match secretary beforehand to check for any changes in arrangements.


Storms and plummeting temperatures failed to dampen the spirits of anglers who turned out in two festive challenge matches on the canal at Silsden. In the first leg, Jack Ferguson opted for bread punch fished with pole, and weighed in with nine bream totalling 17lb to take the top cash prize. Robert Judson (5lb 13oz) was runner-up and Dave Parkinson (2lb 10oz) came third.

The final rain-lashed competition proved a bridge too far, even for the most accomplished competitors. Despite a variety of tactics to combat high winds and an unrelenting storm, the fish remained unimpressed by the variety of bait on offer. Lines twitched occasionally but in the end there was little more to record than a few bites and nibbles. But that’s fishing!

Meanwhile, away from competition, although the River Aire remains swollen, the canal has much to offer, with reports of good-quality bream being caught on bread and maggot. Several pike have also been netted with deadbait and spinners.

Club secretary Dennis Freeman has issued a reminder that the club’s yearbooks are now available to buy at Keighley Tackle shop, adding that Keighley waters remain in great condition, and a recent re-stocking means that members have good reason to look forward to fishing in 2014.


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

Canal match results – December 22: 1 John Storey (Saltaire) 9lb 13oz; 2 Dave Colbran (Keighley) 3lb 6oz; 3 Paul McMillan (Matrix Halifax) 3lb 4oz. January 5: 1 George Colbran (Keighley) 13lb 7oz (one bream 3½lb and many roach on caster at five metres out); 2 John Meridith (Tricast Rochdale) 4lb 6oz; 3 John Storey (Saltaire) 3lb 8oz. Many pegs were plagued by pike.

Pike match results, Canal, December 15: 1 Andy Walton 26lb 3oz; 2 Matt Barnes 10lb 9oz. December 29: 1 Richard Bean 35lb 9oz, (two fish 18lb 14oz, 16lb 11oz). There is both a pike match on the canal and a river match planned for Sunday, January 19.


Christmas Cheer Pike Match result: 1 D Rothera 20lb 15oz, 2 D Shaw 6lb4oz, 3 B Kemp 4lb6oz. The next coarse match is on Sunday, with a 9am draw in the car park, £10 all in, all members welcome.

If any member would like to propose anything for the annual meeting, could they send it in writing to the PO Box address in your yearbook before March 1.


Tickets are still available for Sunday’s open match at Cowthorpe from Simon on 01274- 571175. Widdington Hall will be closed on Saturday for an outside booking. Some tackle has been found at Raskelf Lake and can be claimed by ringing the number above.

Membership for 2014 is still available at all the usual outlets. Raskelf is fishing very well for roach, ide and skimmers on maggot and pole or waggler.


Conditions were poor in the members’ match at Pilley’s, with only one bream being caught by winner E Harrison. Members are advised to take extra care on the slippery banks.


Yearbooks are available from all the usual outlets. Check for details of a new specimen trophy donated by club president, Mr B Howard.