Draw for Sunday's match at Coppice pond will be at 7am on the bank. To book on contact Adi on 07783 332705.

Coppice will be closed to pleasure anglers until after the match.

Low levels on rivers are making fishing difficult but trout are being caught mainly on worm baits.

Members have reported catching chub in the evening on small floating baits.


The club members fishing the Shetlands on Ocean Warrior III have caught cod from 7lb to 24lb.

Rick Bullimant had the biggest two cod of 24lb each.

Richard Spence had a cod of 20lb. All the lads had personal bests. Jim Robinson had a haddock of 9lb. A new club record.

Day two report on Shetland: Another great day. A new biggest fish was a 24lb 2oz. Cod, caught by Steve. All fish caught were more than 10lb. All members had PBs. Also caught were a couple of ling, plenty of mackerel, a pollock and a torsk caught by Ralph.


The weather continues fine and dry, with the rivers down on their bones but great for anglers if they want to sunbathe on the banks.

What we really need is a couple of rainy days to flush out the algae and weed, refresh water and relieve fish now stressing from the conditions.

It’s slightly better on the stillwaters, though water temperatures are rising and the first KHV alert of the year - KHV is a highly lethal carp virus which thrives in warm conditions – is being investigated in Lancashire by the Fish Health Inspectorate.

Due to the low water levels, low flow and deoxygenated water, our fly secretary has asked anglers to be sensitive to the conditions, and perhaps head to stillwaters or flytying until the top ends of the Dales rivers are in better shape.

We would remind members that BCAA has a discounted day ticket for £10 arrangement with Colne Water AC, to access their trout reservoirs at Laneshaw and Churn Clough.

The big story of the week is of two angling buddies from Ripon who have just joined our club.

Fishing on a ‘social’ in warm sunshine on the River Swale at Topcliffe, and not really expecting to catch, both of them captured a huge barbel within the space of 30 minutes.

Judging from a distinctive gash in the tail, this was perhaps the same fish.

The barbel took the scales down to more than 13lb, and is likely to be one of the largest fish from the river for some time.

It’s especially good news after the depredations of the seal, which haunted the stretch – 50 miles from the sea - last summer.

On our coarse fishing stillwaters, it’s been quite tough going, with many fish basking in the sun rather than coming to the net.

However, bream are reported from the top pond at Oakworth, and carp from the lower pond.

Mark Bradley had a good session there in the cool of the evening, with 17 carp to 8lb and a tench, all on corn and expander pellets over micros.

Shipton Lake returned a couple of good carp for James Lynch, with black pellets and worms attracting fish at Staveley.

Rodney Brooksbank had productive sessions at Oddy’s Bridge on the Leeds Liverpool Canal, and the River Ure also produced bream, roach and chub at Lower Dunsforth for Graham Carver, visiting from Jersey to fish his old haunts in Yorkshire.

Away from the fishing, thanks are due to committee members and bailiffs for strimming paths at Shipton and Oakworth, and a work party on the Aire for clearing Himalayan Balsam and Ragwort.

Another ‘Balsam Bash’ is planned for the Aire later in the month - if you can help out, then please call Jim on 07940 814431.

More problematically, we’ve also seen pollution of the Skir Beck - which runs into our length of the upper Ribble – by what appears to be run off from a nearby slurry pit.

Members are urged to report such incidents to the Environment Agency incident hotline on 0800 807060.

Please also look out for Giant Hogweed. While this has largely been eradicated on the upper Aire, it’s still widespread on the Ure, where the EA is surveying this year to inform future control of this dangerous plant.

Finally, a request to all our members for any proposals they wish to make, for voting on at our annual general meeting on Wednesday, September 25. These need to go to Mike Briggs on 07759 815202 before July 31 please.

We also need further committee members to help with the running of the club – for example, maintaining the club website, moderating social media, press releases, newsletters and producing maps and map books. Job descriptions and more info can be had from Jim Munden on 07940-814431.


Round two of the Calder League produced another close result, with two points separating the top three teams.

Individual: 1 D Pitt (Willy Worms) 20lbs 8oz; 2 A Miller (Mirfield) 19lbs 12oz; 3 D Taylor (Punky's 8) 19lbs 6oz; 4 T Gausden (Barnsley) 17lbs 8oz; 5 S Heaton (Punky's 8) 17lbs.

Team: 1 Punky's 8 39 points; 2 Willy Worms 38; 3 Barnsley 37; 4 Calder 8 & Mirfield 33; 6 Bradford No1 30; 7 Reserves 11.

The next junior match will be held at Raskelf on Saturday, drawing at the lake at 12.30pm. To book a free place contact Simon on 01274 571175.

The River Swale at Thornton Bridge will be closed on Sunday for a committee match.

Queen Mary's Ponds in Ripon are continuing to produce outstanding catches of specimen tench and bream.


Result of our match at Redwood Lakes on the Canal: 1 S Worley 16lb 8oz; 2 R Creek 16lb 4oz; 3 R Wharfe 15lb 6oz; 4 C Davey 15lb 2oz.

Our next match is at Forest Lane on Sunday, July 21. Meet at venue at 8am, fishing from 9am to 3pm.


The fishing on the lower Wharfe has continued to produce good catches of barbel with multiple catches of fish of various sizes.

The winner of the match at Ulleskelf was won by T Parr with three barbel for 17lb 6oz. Other results: 2 J Jordan four barbel and one bream 15lb 8oz; 3 A Parr five barbel for 15lb 2oz; 4 T Morgan 14lb 4oz.

There were several other weights into double figures.

The result of the last match at Moormonkton pools: 1 O Hewitt 144lb 8oz; 2 T Banbridge 114lb 12oz; 3 D Wright 104lb 13oz.

Barbel have been active on the lower Wharfe. These fish have provided multiple catches. In the match at Ulleskelf on July 7, the winner was T Parr 17lb 6oz. Other results: 2 J Jordan 15lb 8oz; 3 A Parr 155lb 2oz. There were several other weights into double figures.

In the match last Sunday the winner was J Jordan 23lb 2oz; 2 K Smith 18lb 3oz; 3 S Wilson 16lb 12oz.

In the Saturday Summer League match at Beal, M Highe won with 24lb 5oz, the second weight was 19lb 2oz.

In the match at Kippax Park on Tuesday, July 9: 1 A Gallant 102lb; 2 D Wright 93lb 10z. On Saturday, the winner was P Cromie 72lb 5oz; 2 M Wade 71lb 4oz.

At Moormonkton pools on Wednesday, July 10: 1 B Fisk 188lb 11oz; 2 G Watson 145lb 15oz.

The match on Sunday last was won by T Bainbridge 111lb 7oz; 2 L Smith 77lb 14oz.


Reports from the River Aire are sparse with only a few anglers meeting with success.

In last week's match on the canal at Armley some competitors were troubled by pike.

First place went to J Mason who drew the known bream peg, securing one weighing 4lb 13oz in a total of 8lb. Other results: 2 B Mason 2lb 8oz; 3 R Thorne 1lb 14oz; 4 M Paton 1lb 13oz.

Sunday's open match is at Rodley upstream of the bridge. To book on, contact 07532 111556. Draw at 10am.

Anglers fishing either either or late have met with the best results on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

The result of the open match at Armley on July 7: 1 J Mason 8lb, including a bream of 4lb 13oz; 2 B Mason 2lb 8oz; 3 R Thorne 1lb 13oz. Several competitors were troubled by pike.

The match on Sunday was fished upstream of the Aire Valley Nature Reserve. Results: 1 R Thorne 10lb 7oz, comprising two tench and a big perch; 2 E Harrison 1lb 13oz; 3 B Lowthian 1lb 10oz.

The next canal open is on Sunday, July 28 on the Aire Valley Marina.


Even though the River Aire is down at summer level and becoming choked with weed on the shallower stretches, those that have wet a line have reported some good sport with both brown trout and grayling, especially on the fly.

One member fishing the Skipton AA water landed 10 brownies and six grayling, had loads of rises and missed several which cast the hook. None of the fish were of any notable size with best being around the 450g mark.

Higher up the river near Inghey Bridge, a regular bait angler has had some decent fish during afternoon and early evening sessions.

Trout to near the 900g have been caught together with smaller grayling and the odd chub. Even pike have been seen in the shallow water but have not been fished for.

Some of the best fishing on the Aire can be enjoyed free of charge if you care to travel to Leeds city centre upstream of the railway station.

If reports are to be believed, the river contains huge quantities of coarse fish and even a few trout.

Barbel, chub, roach, perch, pike, bream, grayling and gudgeon are being caught, including good specimen fish.

Below Leeds to Knottingley and Castleford the river abounds with fish but the fishing rights are held by several clubs and membership is required.

It seems likely that the barbel introduced into the river at Kildwick have mostly made their way down river as few are now caught at the point of introduction.

Some were to make their way upstream to as far as Skipton but this now seems to be a forlorn hope. The only thing to successfully come upstream so far is the signal crayfish.

Fishing elsewhere around Skipton is quiet at the moment with probably Whinneygill reservoir providing the best coarse fishing.

Embsay reservoir has been stocked with rainbows so there is potential for some good sport at certain times of the day.

Fishing on the canal is hampered by the heavy boat traffic and the early and late periods of the day are likely to be the best time to try your luck.