Round five of the Calder League produced an incredible result, with Clive Lloyd catching 400 dace on stick float and maggot for a winning weight of 41lb 8oz.

An average weight of over 10lb across the 56 anglers shows the catches were widespread, and the team competition was also extremely close, with just eight points separating the seven teams.

Drennan Barnsley topped the standings with 35 points, half-a-point ahead of Bradford No1.

Individual result: 1 C Lloyd (Spare) 41lb 8oz, 2 C Turbitt (Calder 8) 25lb 13oz, 3 N Hirst (Willy Worms) 21lb 8oz, 4 T Rhymer (Willy Worms) 19lb 13oz, 5 M Highe (Mirfield) 18lb 14oz.

Team result: 1 Drennan Barnsley (35 points), 2 Bradford No1 (34.5), 3rd Calder 8 (33.5), 4th Mirfield (32), 5th Reserves (31), 6th Punky's 8 (29), 7th Willy Worms (27)

Heading into the final match on September 29, there is just 1.5 points separating Drennan Barnsley and Calder 8 for the team title, while Mirfield's Martyn Highe leads the aggregate weight with 85lb 9oz over the five matches.

Aggregate weight standings: 1 M Highe 85lb 9oz, 2 N Hirst 66lb 4oz, 3 C Lloyd 59lb 9oz, 4 C Turbitt 54lb 14oz, 5 P Bennett 52lb 11oz.

Team standings: 1 Drennan Barnsley (28 points), 2 Calder 8 (26.5), 3 Willy Worms (22), 4th Mirfield (20), 5 Punky's 8 (19), 6 Bradford No1 (14), 7th Reserves (10.5).

Meanwhile, The River Nidd at Cowthorpe will be closed on Sunday for a members match.

Tickets are available for the Calder Championship on September 22 from Simon on 01274 571175. This match carries a first prize of £500.

Finally, any proposed rule changes must be received by the secretary by September 9 in anticipation of next month's annual general meeting.


Our AGM is coming up in November. If any member wants to see any rule changes or has things to discuss, please inform our sec. before November 19.

We have a trip to the Scarborough festival on Saturday, September 21. There are still places on this trip. Anyone wishing to go can contact Ralph on 07840 275753 to book your place.

Tickets are available for the Calder Championship on September 22 from Simon on 01274 571175. This match carries a first prize of £500.

Any proposed rule changes must be received by the secretary by September 9 in anticipation of the AGM next month.


In the last canal open match at Armley, end pegs were a decided advantage. The winner, R Thorne, drew peg 23 and caught 105 fish, mostly perch, for a weight of 6lb 2oz.

Joint second were J Mason, at the next peg, and B Mason, at the other end of the match. Both weighed in at 3lb 12oz. P Smith was fourth with 1lb 15.5oz.

Next Sunday's open is at Rodley on the nature reserve length, with the draw at 10am. This is followed by the annual Ian Smith charity open match, held at Rodley upstream of the nature reserve.

To book on, contact Richard on 07950 939171. The junior match was won by P Mercer. All who competed received a prize and there will be another event soon.


The bank holiday match was held on the Lower Aire. The winner was C Turbutt with more than 18lb.

The other bank holiday match at Moor Monkton Pools, was won by M Dodsworth with 142lb 10oz. Second was B Fisk, with 118lb 5oz, while L Smith was third with 90lb 7oz.

The Tuesday match at Kippax Park on August 24 was won M Goodhall with 93lb 5oz. S Pearson was second, with 87lb 9oz and A Gallant came third with 51lb 10oz.

In the match at Kippax Park on Wednesday, August 28, the winner was D Wright, who weighed in with 210lb 12oz. P Carter came second with 110lb 7oz and S Jeffreys finished third with 84lb 3oz,

Finally, in the Sunday match, the winner was O Hewitt with 149lb 10oz. B Fisk was second, weighing in with 118lb 5oz and I Smith was third with 90lb 7oz.

For the time being, there will be no more Saturday matches at Kippax Park. The entire complex is open for pleasure fishing. With rivers now run down to normal levels, all venues should produce.

Catch reports are welcome.


While the weather has returned to near normal with lower temperatures, some rain and windier conditions, the recent boost of warm weather has benefitted all of the local fisheries, with excellent sport being reported.

Whinnygill Reservoir is fishing very well with some good sized bream falling to feeder ledger tactics on the shallower southern ledge.

Fish up to around the 1,360g mark are quite common and take some landing, mainly due to their weight rather than their fighting ability.

Tench, roach and perch are also feeding well. One of the best bags has weighed about 13.7kg and was caught after a six hour session in the quarry corner.

With less than a month remaining of the brown trout season, the fishing has sprung into life and anglers have reported some decent catches from the Skipton to Gargrave length of the River Aire.

The trout are not all that big this year with a 1kg fish being looked on as a specimen.The fly and baits are all successful at the moment, with the river running just above normal.

One angler enjoyed a mixed bag of fish from the Skipton length recently, fishing and feeding the maggot.

In an evening session he landed two grayling, seven chub and at least 10 trout in just over an hour, after the first swim he tried only yielded a couple of trout.

Embsay Reservoir is also fishing reasonably well following the recent restocking, with mainly tiger trout.

The occasional brownie is also making its way to the landing net, but some of them are in a rather poor condition for this time of the season.

The canal continues to fish well on nearly every swim with very good catches of normal canal size roach, perch, skimmers and gudgeon. Boat traffic can be a nuisance and the best time is definitely early morning or late evening.

Finally, Skipton AA match anglers are catered for this Sunday with the final match for the P.R.Hart trophy.

The venue will be Whinnygill Reservoir, with the draw at 8am and fishing from 9am until noon. Hopefully, the sport will be as good as that enjoyed by pleasure anglers of late.