All the latest news from the local angling scene.


The weather over the last week has seen much rain and rivers peaking at high levels. The forecast is very similar for the weekend, plus strong gusty south-westerly winds. Fly anglers will likely find the conditions challenging, though coarse anglers on the club’s stillwaters might not find their fishing so badly affected.

Several reports have come from members venturing out onto the banks over the past few days. At Shipton Lake, Simon Feather netted a fine common carp of 22lb and – fishing at Oakworth – reported seven carp to the net in a short three-hour session. Another angler also had eight carp and two tench in a 24-hour 'fishathon' at Staveley Large Lake.

On the rivers, Steve Brown tells of chub to about 4lb falling to float-fishing tactics from our Ribble fishery at Skirbeck, with good-sized trout and grayling to the net too. Salmon are also arriving in the stretch with the floods and some big fish being seen leaping. Meanwhile, very many chub fry bode well for the future.

Fly anglers also report success. Stuart Minnikin found the Aire at Gargrave running high with some colour at the start of the week, but it produced well into double numbers of trout and grayling for him, the biggest at 2.5lb. Charlie Gargrave and Jim Munden also had a good session a day later, as the river fined down further. Few fish showed in the strong wind, but more than two dozen came to downstream spiders and nymphs, even if none were as big as Stuart’s largest. Steve Rhodes and Francis Dine, however, had a “high dirty water stops fishing” visit to the Ure, with chocolate-coloured water and a big flow making things very difficult.

Anglers should note that we will soon be replacing the stolen padlocks and chains at Inghey, so please make sure you carry a key. We also have to report that we have found a fault with a batch of keys, so if yours does not work properly then please contact Jim on 07940-814431 and he will organise a replacement.

This weekend, we are emailing club members about the AGM on September 25, with details of the propositions and other agenda items. If you are a member but hear nothing, then, again, please contact Jim for a copy. BCAA has vacancies on both the general and the fly committees, and members are urged to offer their services to help manage the club and to keep it running. If you’d like further detail on duties etc, or would like to put your name forward, please call Jim.

We have seen a mystery man pretending to be a bailiff at Skirbeck this week, though he refused to show his ID. If challenged, please make sure you see a bailiff card or BCAA yearbook before showing your own details.

Finally, members are reminded that the club is considering terminating the lease of the fishery we rent at Askwith – though we will be keeping the Burley fishery on the other side of the river. If you have any objections or comments, then please forward these to the general secretary as soon as possible – his contact details are in your yearbook.


This Sunday's match is at Sunnydale reservoir, draw 8am on the bank. To book, contact Adi on 07783 332705.

This year's AGM is Tuesday, October 8. Entrants for the president's specimen fish trophy and any new proposals should be with the club treasurer Ian Ward by September 10.

The Aire River Trust are having volunteer days today and Friday, August 23, contact Nick Milsom on 07378 878857 for details.


Round four of the Calder League was fished on a river carrying a couple of feet of extra water, but still produced some great catches.

Calder 8's Dave Wray caught 21lbs 14oz of bream on pole to win the match, ahead of Barnsley's Dean Grace with 19lbs.

Individual result: 1 D Wray (Calder 8) 21lbs 14oz, 2 D Grace (Barnsley) 19lbs, 3 P Bennett (Calder 8) 16lbs, 4 M Highe (Mirfield) 15lbs 5oz, 5 N Hirst (Willy Worms) 11lbs 3oz.

Team result: 1 Barnsley 40.5 points, 2 Calder 8 37.5, 3 Willy Worms 35, 4 Mirfield 34, 5 Punky's 8 30, 6 Reserves 23, 7 Bradford No1 22.

With two matches remaining, it is extremely close in the team standings, with just half-a-point separating the top three teams.

Standings: 1 Calder 8 21.5 points, =2 Barnsley & Willy Worms 21, 4 Punky's 8 17, 5 Mirfield 16.

The annual Lower Aire Championship will take place at Beal and Chapel Haddlesey this Sunday.

There have been big weights of bream being caught from these stretches in recent weeks and another good turnout is expected for this popular match.

Tickets are available from Simon on 01274 571175 and the draw will take place at the Jenny Wren in Beal at 9am.

Knotford will be closed from Friday evening until Sunday evening for the carp match.


Result of our match at Raker Lakes Acorn Lake on Sunday, August 11: 1 S Worley 84lb-08oz; 2 R Wharfe 42lb-04oz; 3 J Wharfe 38lb-06oz; 4 P Main 23lb-08oz.

Our next match is at The Oaks Cedar Lake on Sunday, Aug 25, meet at venue 8am, fishing 9am to 3pm.


The River Wharfe was affected by extra water in the match at Ulleskelf.

Results: 1 W Collier 14 barbel, 47lbs, 12oz; 2 C Burton, one barbel, 9lbs, 2oz; 3 K Moore, one barbel, 8lbs, 15oz.

Results from the match at Kippax Park on Tuesday, July 23: 1 P Cromie, 81lbs; 2 A Gallant, 76lbs, 4oz; 3 R Thomas 69lbs, 14oz.

Results at Moormonkton Pools on Wednesday, July 24: 1 P Carter, 172lbs, 10oz; 2 N Whitaker, 122lbs, 10z; 3 G Watson, 109lbs, 2oz.

Results from Thursday, August 1: 1 S Pearson, 106lbs, 10oz; 2 R Thomas, 59lbs, 13oz; 3 R Prudhoe, 57lbs, 8oz.

Results from Saturday, August 3: 1 P Cromie, 93lbs, 10oz; 2 S Pearson, 66lbs, 7oz; 3 A Rymer, 65lbs, 4oz.

Results from the match pool on Sunday, August 4: 1 L Smith, 150lbs, 8oz; 2 T Bainbridge, 132lbs, 10oz; 3 B Fisk, 129lbs, 14oz.

Further results: 1 P Carter, 161lbs, 5oz; 2 A Warren, 148lbs, 2oz; 3 G Watson, 112lbs, 8oz.

As rivers return to normal levels, anglers are warned of the slippery condition of the banks.


End pegs were the most productive in Sunday's open match for the annual Canal Championship at Rodley.

The winner R Thorne weighed 15lbs, 4oz, comprising of two tench plus about 10lbs of mostly perch.

Second was J Mason with 5lbs, 9oz and third was B Mason with 3lbs, 12oz.

The section winners were B Paton with 3lbs, 4oz and P.Smith with 2lbs, 2oz.

In the previous members match the winner as E Harrison with 3lbs, 91/2oz. In second was D Johnson with 2lbs.

The next match is the annual R.A.F. Wings Appeal Charity Open on Sunday, August 25.

This takes place on the Aire Valley Marina length at Kirkstall.

A few trout have been caught in the River Aire, mostly on worm.


Conditions were hardly ideal for the penultimate match for the Peter Hart Memorial Trophy which was fished on Embsay Reservoir last Sunday morning.

A strong westerly wind carrying heavy drizzle persisted for most of the three-hour match and whilst the trout were difficult to locate, at least the perch showed up in force.

Fishing his first-ever match, Darren Horton showed the old timers how it should be done when he weighed in an all perch catch of 2,400g to take the top spot.

Simon Chenier continued his fine form with 1,620g, while Russell Heaton was third with 1,040g. Other leading weights were: 4 Graeme Waterfall 555g and 5 Malcolm Mawson 500g.

Apart from Russell Heaton with one trout and a few perch, all the other weights consisted of smallish perch.

With just one match remaining to be fished on September 8 at Whinnygill Reservoir, the leading competitors for the trophy are as follows: 1 Simon Chenier 8 points; 2 Russell Heaton 10; 3 Malcolm Mawson 14 and 4 Graeme Waterfall 16.

Whinnygill Reservoir will also be the venue for the Skipton Angling Association’s final taster day on Sunday, September 15. The event is aimed primarily at youngsters who would like to have a go at trying their hand at fishing but no adults will be turned away. All equipment and bait will be provided together with necessary advice and tips.

In spite of the inclement weather, the fishing at Whinnygill has remained good and during the occasional break in the wind and rain, anglers have enjoyed catching some decent bags of fish.

Roach, perch, ide and skimmers have formed most of the sport and one or two tench have even been landed. Sweetcorn appears to be the most popular bait at the moment.

In last week’s article, anglers may have been given the impression that the Skipton AA. enjoyed the fishing rights from Carleton beck end to Inghey Bridge on the Heslaker Lane side of the river.

The Skipton club has the rights from the beck end to the bottom of the Funkirk Farm field, which is owned by the Bradford City AA. From the top of this field to Inghey Bridge the rights are in the hands of the Bradford No 1 AA.