The new year weather has started mild and anglers have been out on the banks and catching. If 2013 members have not yet renewed, their subs are now due for 2014 and must be paid before fishing. The cost is £36 for full members, with concessions available. There is a small joining fee for new members, except juniors. Full details of how to renew can be found on club’s website at Any queries can be made to membership secretary Jim Munden on 07940-814431. Yearbooks will again be sold at Staveley Lakes on Saturday from 10.30am-2pm. They can also be bought at agents in Harrogate, KL Tackle, Pudsey Angling Supplies, York Tackle, Eccleshill Angling Supplies, Tackle 2U, Kirkgate Anglers, Grahams Batley and Angling & Country Sports, Otley. The club have sent water samples to the Environment Agency for testing, to inform stocking and fishery management plans for Staveley Lakes. Action is also being put in place for bankside restoration and for further development work at the club’s Shipton Lake fishery. Volunteers are always welcome – contact Munden if you can help in 2014. The club’s match fishing calendar can now be seen on the website. The next match is on Saturday at Staveley Lakes. Spaces are still available and should be booked via match secretary Rod Brooksbank on 07875-275749.


Sunday saw the first of the open series of matches on Farview Lakes in Cottingley, with cold overnight temperatures meaning there was a thin layer of ice on the surface when competitors arrived. With help from the lads taking part to break it up a bit, the match went ahead as planned. Fishing was from 10.15am to 3.30pm and to say it turned out to be a great day is an understatement. Over 380lb of carp were caught between the 12 anglers that weighed in. Result: 1 Robert Judson 86lb 8oz (carp on corn), 2 Andy Rawson 56lb 8oz (bread/corn), 3 Steff Armytage 47lb 7oz (bread), 4 Derek Milner 40lb 9oz (corn), 5 Kevin Armytage 36lb 8oz (corn).


Thank you to everyone who attended our recent annual meeting at Bull Royd Club. We would also like to thank Alan Lynn for providing the food. The first match of the new season is on Sunday, February 16 at Lindholme Lakes on Laurels Lake. The draw will be at 9am and you must use their feed pellets as always. The cafe opens at 7.15am. Everyone is booked on for this match and if you can’t make it you must notify match secretary Andy Clough by February 9. The club have two membership places available for this year. If anybody is interested in joining, or requires more information, then contact the secretary on 07810-185862.


John Leyland won Sunday’s open match at Cowthorpe with four chub for 15lb 9oz. Nick Smith finished second with two chub for 7lb and third-placed Howard Foster also had two chub for 6lb 15oz. The next open match at Cowthorpe is on Sunday, February 9. Widdington Hall is closed on Sunday for an outside booking. Chellow Dene is fishing very well for roach on slider or feeder. With the river level expected to be around normal, the Nidd and Swale are both worth a visit for chub this weekend.


Not many anglers have been out recently but any catch reports are welcome. On receiving membership books, they must be signed in the space provided. Members requiring Leeds Amalgamation membership can apply direct by filling in the form on page 25 and sending it with a stamped addressed envelope and a cheque to the address on page 24, which has all the subscription categories.


Our first general meeting of the new year will be next Tuesday at the New Inn, East Bierley, starting at 8pm. Potential new members will be made most welcome. All members can pay their subscriptions at this meeting. At £10 per year, it is good value for money. Winners for last year are reminded to return their trophies so that they can be engraved ready for the presentation evening in March.


Last week’s coarse match results: 1 S Vaughan 3lb 7oz, 2 D Rother 3lb 4oz, 3 I Fieldhouse. The next pike match will be on Sunday, January 26, costing £10 all in. All members are welcome, for a 9am draw in the car park. If there are any proposals for the annual meeting, they should be sent in writing to the PO box address in the club book before March 1.


There is a river match planned for Sunday, expected to be on the bottom and middle lengths. To book on contact Barrie on 07902-493139. There is also a pike match on the canal on Sunday. For details and to book on contact David on 07909-813975.


With levels back to normal, rivers should be worth a visit, with reports of good grayling catches from the River Aire. The Aire in Myrtle Park will be closed to members on Sunday, January 26 for the annual committee match.