Raskelf Lake will be closed on Sunday for the sell-out Spenborough Guardian Trophy match, which draws at the Black Bull in Raskelf village at 9am. Aggregate weight standings before the final match: 1 Andy Jacques 87lb 12oz, 2 James Vickerman 64lb 2oz, 3 Andy Fox 57lb 3oz. The River Swale at Maunby will be closed tomorrow for an outside booking.

The club's annual meeting will take place next Wednesday at the Moorlands Club in Cleckheaton. All members are invited to attend and there will be a free pie-and-pea supper. Yearbooks will be required on entry. Anybody considering joining the committee should do so at this meeting.

Membership for the last three months of the year are at half-price, including the joining fee. Under-17s can join for £2.50, giving access to more than 70 waters around Yorkshire.

As the milder weather continues, there have been good catches from many waters. Raskelf continues to produce good catches of F1 carp, ide and skimmers. At Knotford, there are still good catches of carp to over 20lb – including 'The Mug', caught by Graham Bentley at 24lb 7oz – and bream.

The River Nidd at Cowthorpe produced some good catches of dace, small chub and barbel, along with a bream over 4lb, last week, but by the weekend it was carrying a good couple of feet of extra water, although Dave Dolecki still managed a barbel of just over 7lb.


A succession of cold nights, plus rafts and decaying vegetation, made life difficult for anglers in last week's Ian Smith Memorial Open, fished upstream of the nature reserve at Rodley. Result: 1 M Patton (drawn on an end peg) 4lb 7oz, 2 R Thorne (drawn at the opposite end) 3lb 8oz, 3 B Mason 2lb 13oz. Section winners: E Walker 2lb 8oz, J Mason 2lb 10oz. Total raised for charity was £94.04, split equally between the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research. Result of the canal match on the Kirkstall Marina length: 1 B Mason 2lb 15oz, 2 P Woods 2lb 14oz, 3 J Mason 2lb 10oz. Golden peg remains. Result of the members' match at Newton-on-Ouse, fished on a rising river: 1 E Harrison 3lb 15oz (mixed catch of small fish), 2 G Kitchen 3lb, 3 D Jackson 2lb 12oz. Draw for Sunday's open match on the canal is at 10am. Contact 01132-772215 for further information. Until the end of the year, membership costs have been halved, so it is £8 for seniors, £4 for pensioners and disabled, and £2 for juniors.


The trout season ended last Saturday on a quiet note, with no outstanding catches reported. Result of final match of the year at Ulleskelf: 1 P Baron 11lb 10oz (roach and dace, plus a barbel late on), 2 W Collier 10lb 15oz (two barbel), 3 S Thompson 7lb. Result of the Saturday match at Kippax Park (Lapwing and Osprey lakes): 1 S Pearson 149lb, 2 N Rymer 111lb 1oz, 3 J Redmond 104 lb (all from Osprey). Result of the Wednesday Open at Moor Monkton Pools: 1 J Roper 154lb 9oz, 2 A Bull 129lb 10oz, 3 N Whitaker 111lb 14oz. Result of the Sunday match at Moor Monkton Pools: 1 L Myers 110lb 12oz, 2 M Gallagher 102lb 14oz. Result of the Tuesday match: 1 T Hampson 116lb 90z, 2 P Lawson 102lb 6oz, 3 J Redmond 69lb 15oz. The presentation night is at the Anglers' Club on Thursday, October 26. Entry is £1 on the door (all proceeds to Macmillan nurses and Martin House Children's Hospice, donations and raffle prizes welcome via R Owen on 01132-253366), and entertainment is provided.


The River Aire brown-trout season ended last Saturday on a quiet note, with only the odd angler taking advantage of the mild and breezy conditions. In fact, the last couple of months have been something of an anti-climax because, despite decent water levels, the fishing has not been at its best and many anglers seemed to have lost heart just when the time should have been ripe for a good-conditioned end-of-season specimen.

Apart from a rumour of an eight-pounder (3.6 kg) early on in the season, the best recorded fish from the Skipton length appeared to be two fish of just over half that weight. They were plenty in the 2lb-3lb range, which, 20 years or more ago would have been outstanding, but certainly not these days with the catch-and-return policy enforced by most clubs.

Skipton Winter League competitors found the Broughton Road length of the canal in quite decent fettle last Sunday when the second match of the series was fished on the Sawley Street to Green Pipe length. Dry, cloudy, breezy but mild weather put the fish in a feeding mood and some decent weights were recorded.

Result: 1 Graeme Waterfall 1910g (including a bream of 1560g), 2 Bill Davenport 1250g (decent roach and a good perch), 3 Dave Fenn 680g (mixed small fish), 4 Andy Brook 650g, 5 Brett Young 620g, 6 Keith Brown 550g. Pairs: 1 Chenier & Waterfall 1990g, 2 Brown & Davenport 1800g, 3 Dave & Bob Fenn 1010g, 4 Whitaker & Brook 920g, 5 Aldis & Heaton 860g, 6 Wharton & Thomas 810g. Leading individuals: 1 Dave Fenn 41pts, 2 Graeme Waterfall 38, 3 Jason Aldis 36, 4 Brett Young 29. Pairs: 1 D&R Fenn 19, 2 Aldis & Heaton 18, 3 Davenport & Brown 16, 4 Chenier & Waterfall 15. Next match: Sunday, October 15 on Long Ing stretch of the canal at Barnoldswick.


The canal continues to fish well, with good nets of small silvers and the odd bream, especially at Crossflatts and the Britannia bridge lengths. One member reported having a good day at Sunnydale Reservoir, with several roach to 1lb. The annual meeting will be on Tuesday, November 14th at Ryshworth Social Club Crossflatts (8pm).