BRADFORD CITY AA
Although there have been a few rainstorms during the week, water levels in most rivers are still low and fishing conditions are often difficult, especially during the day. However, members continue to report some good catches from BCAA fisheries. Grayling have featured strongly on BCAA’s Skirbeck Farm stretch of the Ribble. One angler reported no fewer than 20 fish in one session last weekend, while Ryan van Delft – who had never caught a grayling before – used a trotted red maggot to lure three fish of more than 2lb, which were returned to the water. At Staveley large lake, Wayne Mellor had a good net as well, with a personal best mirror carp of 18lb 1oz and three commons of 10-14lb during one night session. Committee and other members have continued to be busy improving club fisheries. The club have just placed orders for carp, tench, roach and silver fish to be stocked into Staveley Lakes later in the year, when cooler conditions are better for the fish. BCAA hold their annual meeting on Wednesday, September 24 and is looking for committee men to fill vacancies. If any member is willing to help run a thriving club or wishes to propose a new rule or rule change, then please contact Mike Briggs on 01274-684906 or firstname.lastname@example.org before Sunday, August 31. D Hare, from Harrogate, won the Copper Kettle Challenge match at Dunsforth on Sunday, with 7lb 6oz of roach, perch and small chub. The next match, for BCAA members only, will be the R S Escott Memorial at Staveley on Saturday, August 9. Details from Rod Brooksbank on 0787-5275749 or Steve Fox on 0770-8260004.
BRADFORD No1 AA
Andy Miller won round two of the Calder League with a catch of 17 chub for 34lb 11oz. Second place went to Bradford’s Andy Fox, who caught 17lb 1oz, followed by Arthur Benstead (Drennan Barnsley) with 16lb 9oz. The next round will take place on August 3. The second junior match of the year at Raskelf takes place tomorrow with free entry for members. Places for this match can be booked with Simon on 01274-571175. Maunby, on the River Swale, will be closed on Sunday for an officials’ match, which draws at 9.30am. Gatenby will also be closed tomorrow for an outside booking, as will Beal on Sunday. Membership for the remainder of the year is still available from all the usual outlets, as well as online at www.bradfordno1.com. The club now has official Facebook and Twitter accounts, links to which can be found on our website.
Catch details for week ending July 20 – Day ticket: Fewston 27, Swinsty 1, Thruscross 1 (catch & return). Total fish caught: Fewston 59, Swinsty 6, Thruscross 7. Average per rod: Fewston 2.2, Swinsty 6, Thruscross 7. The heaviest fish caught was a 4lb 10oz blue trout by James Ferguson using orange Fritz. Fewston: Hot and sticky weather combined with low water levels has seen trout sitting deep reluctant to rise. Swinsty: Nature Reserve area full of oxygen as flowing water brings a supply of food to hungry waiting trout. Thruscross: Brown trout feeding early as hot sun pushes them deep.
Anglers using two rods must obtain a second rod permit. Members should note the gate-opening times at Pilley’s. Volunteers are required to act as watchers on our lengths of the canal. From the end of this month, the cost of junior membership is reduced to £4 for the rest of the year. Result of Tuesday evening match: 1 A Rhodes 5lb 8oz (a bream and a tench), 2 E Harrison 4lb 6½oz (a roach and a rudd), 3 A Tabiner 3lb 2oz. Draw for next Tuesday’s match is at 5.45pm. The next Sunday match at Pilley’s is on August 3. Members are requested to read the rules as ignorance will not be accepted as an excuse.
Result of our match at Brafferton on Sunday: 1 J Mountain 64lb 14oz, 2 S Worley 62-8, 3 P Main 26-12, 4 P Holt 26-4. Our next match is at the Oakes at Sessay on Sunday, August 10. Meet at venue 8am, fishing 9am-3pm, two keep-nets required and site feed pellets only to be used.
GREAT HORTON AC
Result of match at Birkwood Farm Oscars Lake on Sunday: 1 O Hudspith 13lb 6z, 2 D Cole 10lb 10oz, 3 P Weston 9lb 8oz, 4 Sarah Riley 7lb 5oz. The match was well attended but fished very poorly due to a match the day before. The next match is on Sunday, August 10 at Horseshoe Lake, Poppleton.
Result of match at Langwith on July 20: 1 Jack Hawkins 37lb 8oz, 2 Kevin Armitage 37lb 2oz, 3 Colin Mortimer 30lb. Section winners: Derek Milner, Alan Haley (venue expert), Steve Charge, Steff Armitage. Next match is the Fleece Trophy at Willows on Sunday, August 10, breakfast in Fleece from 6.30am, kindly provided by Gillian and Terry. Prize presentation in the Fleece that evening. Any member not fishing please notify Barry Silson before August 3.
There was a poor turnout for the evening working party at Settler Dam on Tuesday but thanks to the four folk who did turn up and pulled out masses of weed. There will be announcements of further working parties at Settler Dam and other club waters imminently. Please come along and lend a hand. Results of Sunday’s Sunnydale match: 1 A Greenwood 16lb 4oz, 2 B Leonard 2lb 13oz, 3 I Needs 2lb 2oz.
BRADFORD SEA AC
Plenty of fish were caught on the five-day trip to Rhyll. The highlight of the trip was a 60lb tope caught by secretary Brian Clarkson. He struggled with the fish some 40 minutes before it was boated. A personal best and a new club record. The fish was released unharmed. The club competition on the last day sas a win for David Kitchingman, who caught 587 fish and 15 points. Second was Rob Wadsworth with 299 fish and 12 points and third was Chris Foord with 177 fish and ten points. All fish were returned.
Last Sunday’s match result: 1 J Duncan 5lb14oz, 2 N Bower. Last Wednesday’s match result: 1 Julian Harrison 4lb14oz, 2 Kevin Trevor’s 4lb 2oz, 3 Eddie Harrison 3lb 2oz.