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BRADFORD No 1 AA: Following a recent predator workshop, the committee’s attention has been drawn to the increased threat of invasive crayfish species being transferred into the club’s stillwaters. Invasive crayfish are currently in every river system in the UK and pose a huge threat to fish eggs and fry. The crayfish have small eggs and larvae which can survive for several days on damp keepnets and landing nets before being transferred to other waters. The committee are requesting that all anglers ensure that nets, especially keepnets, have been completely dried between fishing different venues. Widdington Hall is closed on Saturday for an outside booking. The final open match of the season is on Sunday at Cowthorpe, with tickets available from Simon on 01274-571175. Members are reminded that the final day of the river season is Wednesday, March 14. Chellow Dene is fishing extremely well for large nets of roach and bream on float tactics. Pickhill is producing good catches of chub over 4lb so is worth a visit before the season ends.

KEIGHLEY AC: The rearranged final match of the club’s six-match series takes place on Sunday to decide who will net this season’s best barbel prize. While abnormally high water levels have hampered a number of fixtures over the past few months, club officials are keen to finalise positions and hand over the winning cheque. The peg draw takes place at Kildwick Bridge at 8.45am. Contestants should contact match secretary Kevin Hogg on 07900-023944 with their contact details.

BIERLEY AC: Monday’s well-attended annual meeting saw two changes announced. These were the introduction of a ‘barbless hooks only’ policy and an increase to £15 for annual membership. New books will be available to existing members from Saturday, March 24. These can be purchased at the ponds on production of the old book. New applicants can purchase books from Sunday, April 1, again at the ponds. There is a work party both days this weekend, with all members welcome.

LISTERHILLS AA: After last week’s match at Pilley’s Dam, the match secretary was congratulated on showing a genius for selecting bad weather conditions for match days. The winner, with a catch of small roach, was E Harrison (1lb 6oz), while W Barker and D Jackson shared second place (2oz). This was the last match of the winter series. There is a working party at Pilley’s Dam on Saturday, March 17, when volunteers are required.

HEWENDEN AC: The next coarse match is on Sunday, with a 9.15am draw in the car park. It costs £10 all in on the morning, with all members welcome. The annual meeting will be held at the Star public house in Bingley on Tuesday, March 27, starting at 8pm. All members are welcome and there will be a pie and pea supper for all those who attend.

BINGLEY AC: Members are reminded that the rivers are closed for fishing from Thursday, March 15 and, with water levels now settled, they should be worth a try this weekend. The canal continues to fish well at Crossflatts, with one member having several good nets of roach and skimmers.

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