Fishing was difficult for the 26 anglers competing in the club's first carp match at Knotford Lagoon following the cold weather and snow. Match organiser James Tingle won with two carp for 24lb 11oz – just ahead of Kevin Greenwood, who also managed two carp for 21lb. Third place went to Douglas Hill with a 13lb 8oz carp, followed by Adam Wakefield with a 12lb 8oz carp. Also caught was an eel over 5lb by Jamie Place, as well as a couple of tench and bream to other anglers.

Kirklees Lagoon will be closed on Sunday morning for underwater filming to be carried out. Members are welcome to watch. There will be a working party at Shelf on Sunday to build steps to the top pond and generally maintain the lakes. Any anglers who can spare a couple of hours to help improve club waters, it would be most appreciated.

Tickets for the next members' match on the Aire & Calder Canal at Rawcliffe Bridge on Sunday, May 22 are available from Tackle 2U in Bradford or from Simon on 01274-571175. Anglers fishing this stretch in recent weeks have reported nets of bream and roach totalling over 40lb.


Competitors in the first match of this year's Craven Summer League, fished on the Swine Lane length of the canal at Riddlesden, could probably be forgiven for thinking they were still fishing the tail end of the winter league, judging from last Sunday's weather and catches. Dull, damp conditions prevailed, coupled with a strong and cold west wind. Extensive lock movements at Bingley apparently created a strong downstream current, although only a single boat passed through during the match length. Apart from five decent bream, all the catches consisted of small roach, perch and gudgeon and the weights soon tailed off. There were 18 competitors on the day, with a few more giving notice of their intention to fish the rest of the venues. Jason Aldis had four good bream and a decent roach in his winning weight of 3740g, while Graeme Waterfall had one decent bream in his second-place catch of 600g. Other leading weights were: 3 Dave Moffat 380g, 4 Danny Bolland 250g, 5 Wayne Eason 240g. The next match will be fished on the gasworks length of the canal at Silsden on Sunday, May 15, draw 7am, fishing 8-11am.

The Canal and River Trust have recently cleared up the confusion over who owns the fishing rights on the canal in the vicinity of Barnoldswick, Bank Newton, Skipton and Silsden, where many anglers are of the view that it is free fishing. From Bridge No 151A at Barnoldswick to the top lock No 41 at Bank Newton, the rights are held by the Marsden Star Angling Society. From below this lock, all the way down to Bridge No 178 (Belmont Bridge) at Skipton, the rights are owned by the Canal & River Trust. Fishing can be obtained by taking out a Waterways Wanderers' angling permit that runs for 12 months from the date of purchase. Costs are adults £20, over-85s £10, 16 and unders £5. The permit also covers extensive fishing elsewhere on the canal network. From Bridge No 178 to Bridge No 183A at Farnhill, the rights are leased to Keighley Angling Club, and from Bridge No 183A to Bridge No 191 near Silsden, the leased rights are in the hands of Hewenden Angling Club. Those wishing to fish must be either a member of the relevant angling club or have a Waterway Wanderers' yearly permit.


A trout of over 6lb was caught in a snowstorm last Friday on the River Aire. Result of the Saturday draw on the canal at Rodley: 1 E Harrison 1lb 13½oz (small fish), 2 P Roberts 1lb 1oz. These were the only anglers to weigh over 1lb. The next Saturday draw is on May 14. To book on, contact 07484-597328. The series of Sunday draw matches on the canal start on May 22 at the Aire Valley Marina on Red Cote Lane. Contact Roger on 01132-772215. Other lengths of the canal to be used in this series include Canal Road at Armley.


Our first trip to Rhyl on Wednesday had to be cancelled owing to high winds but, with a bit of settled weather, prospects look good for this year's trips. Our next trip there is in June. At Whitby, cod are still being caught on the wrecks when the boats can get out. Our next general meeting will be at the New Inn, East Bierley on Tuesday, May 17 (8pm). Potential new members will be made most welcome.


The new members-only forum is now open: Members should note that the use and possession of laser pens on society waters is banned. Result of Saturday Open at Kippax Pool: 1 J Wake 100lb, 2 T Lawson 73lb 14oz, 3 K Worth 42lb 10oz. Result of match at Moor Monkton Pools: 1 E Boldison 85lb 10oz, 2 L Myers 70lb 4oz, 3 A Middleton 48lb 14oz.


Result of Sunday's well-attended match at Poolbridge Farm (old coarse lake): 1 D Riley 40lb 8oz, 2 O Hudspith 29lb 4oz, 3 A Hillary 21lb 8oz, 4 B Smithson 19lb 11oz. The next venue is at Bradshaw Hall, Lake No 3. Anyone wanting to bring a guest should contact Dez as soon as possible.


Result of the match at Sessay: 1 R Wood 143lb 7oz, 2 J Redmond 119lb 8oz, 3 E Pearson 82lb 4oz, 4 G Marrow 69lb 10oz. For the next two matches (May 14 and 21 at Carpvale and Redwood), contact Bob on 07827- 967711.


Our next match is at Poolbridge Farm on Sunday, meet at venue 8am, fishing 9am-3pm.