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WASHBURN VALLEY FISHERY Catch details for week ending May 25 – Day ticket: Fewston 28, Swinsty 9.
Total fish caught: Fewston 136, Swinsty 16. Average per rod: Fewston 4.9, Swinsty 1.8. The heaviest fish caught was a 4lb 10oz rainbow trout by Fred Metcalfe using blood worm.
Fewston: Trout rising all day, including throughout heavy rain, taking emerging fly and buzzers. Swinsty: Mainly perch this week taking worm two to three foot below the surface. Thruscross: Brown trout can be seen feeding in the margins but anglers put off by the wild weather.
Catch details for month ending May 25 – Day ticket: Fewston 122, Swinsty 32, Thruscross 1. Total fish caught: Fewston 862, Swinsty 117, Thruscross 3. Average per rod Fewston 7.1, Swinsty 3.7, Thruscross 3.0.
The heaviest fish caught was a 5lb 2oz rainbow trout by James Neil using GRHE.
Fewston: Rainbow and blue trout have been feeding near the surface all month, which shows from catch returns as most fish are taken on nymph or buzzer. Swinsty: Perch is the main sport taken on both worm and spinner. Thruscross: Brown trout feeding in all shallow areas. The changeable weather has beaten most anglers.
LISTERHILLS AA The club has extended its length on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, from bridge 217 at Rodley right down to where it enters the River Aire in Leeds. Day tickets are available but a more economic way is to join the club. For those anglers wishing to fish the canal only, the annual cost is £15 and £20 for all waters. This is for adult members, with concessions for juniors and senior citizens. Last Saturday’s open match at Calverley was fished in continuous heavy rain: 1 D Stephenson 3lb 7oz, 2 E Harrison 1lb 11oz, 3 M Mannion 1lb 7oz. Dates for future matches: Pilley’s members’ match this Sunday – gate opens at 8.30am, draw 8.45am; Evening League – Tuesday, draw 5.45pm; Rodley Open – June 7.
KEIGHLEY AC The river Aire has been fishing well despite surging water levels caused by heavy downpours. We have received a number of reports that chub and barbel have become more responsive following a rise in water temperatures. While anglers continue to observe the seasonal ban on maggot baiting on the river, many have turned successfully to lugworm and bread to lure a variety of fish to their landing nets. Last year saw a significant rise in trout and grayling catches locally and it seems that word is getting out that the Aire is becoming a quality beat for the sport of fly fishing.
CLAYTON AC Result of match fished on May 18 at Tollerton, 23 anglers on Kingfisher and Coot Lakes: 1 Steve Elphee 114lb, 2 Steve Charge 80lb 8oz, 3 Barry Silson 65lb 6oz.
Section winners: Bernard Price 46lb 4oz, Alan Flesher 57lb 12oz, Alan Haley 57lb, Graham Hall 58lb 10oz. The aggregate weight was 975lb in a very enjoyable match. Next match is on Saturday at Viking Fishery, Pollington. Fishing is 9.30am-3.30pm, with the draw at 8.30am. This is our social match, with presentation and refreshments in The Fleece at 7pm. All members that attend afterwards will receive two free drinks vouchers.
BINGLEY AC The next match is on Sunday, June 15 at Coppice St Ives, which will close to pleasure anglers until afterwards. To book on contact A Greenwood on 07971-428678. Coppice is fishing well at the moment, with tench and carp being caught.
BRADFORD No1 AA The officials’ match at Ripon on Sunday will be drawn at 9.30am in the car park. Knotford is fishing well for carp to over 20lb, tench to over 5lb and bream to 7lb. Tickets are still available for the veterans’ match at Raskelf on June 8 from Simon on 01274-571175.
CENTRAL AC Result of our match at Oakland Waters, Gowdall last Sunday: 1 J Mountain 49lb 12oz, 2 D Main 17lb 12oz, 3 R Wharfe 17lb, 4 S Worley 15lb 8oz. Our next match is at Brafferton on Sunday. Meet at venue 8am, fishing 9am to 3pm.