Raskelf will be closed on Sunday for the final round of this year’s Winter Series. The draw is at the Golden Lion in Helperby at 9am. The series is currently very close, with Steve Fox leading, just one point ahead of second-placed Paul Hopkins. The trout season on the club’s river stretches opens on Tuesday and the only baits permitted until June 16 will be fly, minnow, worm or artificial lure and no keepnets are to be used. Shelf Dam is fishing well for roach, perch and ide on maggot or pinkie. Raskelf Lake is producing large catches of F1’s, ide and crucians.


The coarse fishing season ended on March 14, restricting the use of bait on all local rivers over the next three months. The club’s canal and stillwater sites remain unaffected. To mark the end of the coarse season, the club have announced a series of Sunday canal matches. The draw for the opening competition on March 30 will take place at 9am on Belton Road, Silsden. In addition to a winner’s trophy for the highest aggregate weight total, there will be a range of supplementary prizes, including money. The club are also considering offering a super cash pool if there is sufficient interest in the four-match series. For full details, telephone match secretary Darren Watson 07795-243332.


A good night was had by all at our presentation evening. Top honours went to Ben Kitchingman, who collected three trophies: the Ken Boys trophy for the heaviest fish of the year (320lb porbeagle shark), the Hill Trophy and the Species Trophy, for the most species in the year. Rob Wadsworth came away with the Points Trophy and the Aggregate Weight Trophy. John Wilcox won the Harry Kitchingman Trophy with a tope of 39lb 4oz, the Forward Trophy and the Park Trophy. Roger Smith came away with the Bob Lawson Trophy, the International Trophy and the Clubman of the Year. Terry Gledhill won the Clayton Tray and David Taylor won the Carter Cup. We are organising a trip to Rhyl in early May. Anyone wishing to go, give Dave a ring on 07711-987833.


The trout season on BCAA’s Lancashire fisheries started on Monday this week, and in Yorkshire it will start next Tuesday. Coarse anglers can continue to fish on the club’s lakes and ponds without a break. Both committee and other BCAA members have been busy. The committee agreed two new fisheries at its latest meeting and will announce these to members once they have signed agreements with riparian owners. The JD Illingworth Trophy match was held at Staveley Lakes and was won by D Taylor from Knaresborough with a net of ide and skimmers for 12lb 6oz. Second was A Sugden (Bradford) with 6lb 15oz and third was C Mortimer (Bradford) with 5lb 6oz. The next match is the Gertrude Sykes Cup on April 13 – details from Rod Brooksbank on 07875-275749 or Steve Fox on 07708-260004.


There is a working party tomorrow at Pilley’s. Volunteers meet at 9.30am. All help appreciated. The trout season starts on Tuesday, when the only permitted baits on rivers are fly, worm, minnow and artificial lures, which will enable different species to spawn freely in their natural habitat. The present Environment Agency rod licence expires at the end of this month.


Sunday’s match will be on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. Telephone Tony on 07971-428678 to book on and get information on the exact venue. Rivers are open for trout fishing on Tuesday, fly and worm only. There will be a working party on Sunday, April 6 at Settler Dam. All volunteers welcome.


Working parties continue every Saturday at Tong Park, starting at about 9am. For further information contact David on 07909-813915. Some fixed pegs and a bridge have now been constructed. Members’ assistance would be appreciated.


The annual meeting will be held at Fairweather Green Working Men’s Club on Thursday at 8pm.


The next match is at Birkwood Farm on Sunday, April 6. Please remember to bring two keepnets.
Bernie Hook is sitting pretty at top of averages after the first match.