IT’S been a good week for carp anglers in the club, particularly at Knotford and Harold Park, with some great fish coming from both lakes.

Both of the biggest commons have been caught this week from Knotford, including the largest being caught twice in five days!

Richard Idell was first up, catching ‘Jimmy’s fish’ at 31lb, followed a few days later by Allan Allcock catching the bigger carp, known as Dave’s, at 34lb 9oz, which is it’s highest yet and a new personal best for Allan.

This fish was caught again on Monday by John Leyland as the first of a number of fish caught in a session, which also included a common carp weighing 25lb 6oz. Gaz Marshall has also had a new personal best from the lake at 20lb 4oz.

Conditions for the A Phillips Memorial Members’ Match on the River Aire were hardly conducive for bream fishing, with bright sunshine coupled with no wind – a rarity for Beal.

The winner was Andy Jacques with 8lb 12oz of roach, followed by Fred Prudham with 6lb 10oz and Ian Bradley with 5lb 9oz. Nick Michael still leads the aggregate weight with 46lb going into the final two matches at Cowthorpe and Raskelf. Andy’s win moved him into second place with 42lb 1½oz, while Fred jumped up to third with 37lb 9oz.

Some sections of the River Calder will be closed on Sunday for the fourth round of the Calder League. Tickets are available from Simon on 01274-571175 for the Lower Aire Championship at Beal on Sunday, August 19. This match is held jointly with Leeds DASA, and another large turnout is expected.

Despite the rivers returning to their low and clear states there has been good catches of chub and barbel coming from the River Nidd at Cowthorpe and River Swale at Thornton Bridge.


The brief spells of rain have made very little difference to river levels. Result of the match at Beal on the Lower Aire: 1 S Raper 15ln 10oz (skimmers), 2 T Hewson 10lb 8oz, 3 I Bates 9lb 10oz. Result of the Tuesday match at Kippax: 1 P Cromie (venue expert) 162lb 15oz, 2 P Carter 150lb, 3 G Smith 140lb 10oz, 4 B Rymer 119lb 5oz. Result of the Wednesday match at Moor Monkton Pools: 1 M Green 140lb 10oz, 2 L Smith 131lb 7oz, 3 A Warren 112lb 3oz, 4 J Mills 107lb 5oz. Result of last Saturday’s veterans’ match at Kippax Park, which only had a few spare pegs: 1 S Goodhall 55lb 2oz, 2 D Bocking 46lb 13oz, 3 L Burton 29lb 9oz. After the match, a presentation and buffet was held at the Anglers’ Club.

Fishing at Knotford remains difficult but rewarding, with the largest carp this season weighing 31lb 4oz being caught by G Crossley, who has fished the venue for several years. A carp weighing 28lb has been caught at the polo pond.


Report from Culdaff in Co Donegal: The six members that went had a good trip – not as good as previous years but nevertheless a good trip. Plenty of pollock and coalfish, 21 tope boated and released.

The highlight of the trip was a 126lb porbeagle shark caught by David Taylor. After a titanic battle, having stripped 300 yards of line of his reel in a matter of seconds, it then swam under the boat twice before it was eventually brought aboard 35 minutes later to weight it.

Our next trip is on Saturday, August 25. Five members are off to Scrabster in Scotland for five days; fishing. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, August 21 at the New Inn, East Bierley (8pm). New members will be made most welcome.


Our Sunset Series of evening matches on Whinnygill Reservoir is nearing its conclusion, and at the penultimate match, John Leatt enjoyed another easy win to put him almost out of reach of his rivals. All he has to do at the final match is turn up and catch a single fish to get his hands on the trophy.

At the last match, John weighed in 1200g of roach, perch, rudd and ide, while Simon Chenior was second with 370g. In third place was Russell Heaton with 240g, and Malcolm Mawson fourth with 90g. League standings:1 John Leatt 72pts, 2 Russell Heaton 64, 3 Simon Chenior 62, 4 Malcolm Mawson 59, 5 Mark Bradley 37.


Anglers are still being caught fishing the canal without either a membership book or a day ticket. They face prosecution under the Theft Act if caught. Result of the last evening match: 1 E Harrison 2lb 20z, 2 J Harrison 1lb 15oz, 3 D Jackson 1lb 2oz, 4 G Kitchen 13oz. Draw for Sunday’s annual open canal championship is at 10am on the car park at Rodley Nature Reserve.

To book on, contact 07518-721051. E Harrison came fourth in the over-70s section of the veterans’ match at Kippax Park with a weight of 21lb 2oz.


Sunnydale continues to fish well, with bream, roach and perch being caught.Golden Rudd are showing at Coppice Pond, and the odd carp is being taken on surface baits.The Aire Rivers Trust have several volunteer days coming up through August and September. For details check the trust website or contact Nick Milsom (07378-878857) for further information. There will be a work party at Sunnydale on Wedneday, August 15 (2pm-to early evening), all volunteers welcome.


Result of last Sunday’s match at Woodlands (Partridge Lake): 1 Keith Gardner 100lb 15oz, 2 Pete Fraser 95lb 14oz, 3 Bernard Hook 89lb 7oz, 4 ‘Sir’ Terry Richards 86lb 11oz. Our next match is on Sunday, September 2 at Lindholme Lakes (Loco Lake). This is also the third round of the club knockout. Anyone who will not be fishing this match must notify the match secretary by Monday, August 27 or you will be charged a peg fee.


Our next match is at McCallums Bank End Fishery West Lale on Sunday, meet at venue 8am, fishing 9am-3pm.