Angling: Bennett’s on song for opening league win

The season’s first river Winter League got under way last week with Yorkshire’s own division using the local River Calder around Altofts for its first round of six.

Fishing rights available for ‘tranquil’ reservoir

Fishing rights available for ‘tranquil’ reservoir

A reservoir near Bingley that is home to rainbow trout is being offered up for lease by fishing clubs.

Tidal regular Geoff Bass with one of the more manageable Ulleskelf barbel.

Angling: Eastern Europeans dominate at World Championships

Newly stocked fish, sizzling temperatures and tight pegging made this year’s World Angling Championships, held on Bulgaria’s Plovdiv Rowing course, one of the hardest to predict in recent times.

Uncle and nephew duo Alan Shepherd and Raymond Emmett from Harrogate enjoy plenty of bites at the stunning Lindley Wood.

Angling: Germany prove they are world beaters again

Earlier this season Germany stunned International match fishing by pushing the all-conquering England team into second place of the world feeder championships held on Serbia’s Novisad Canal.

Yarnbury AC's junior prize winners.

Angling: Leeds’ rivals close in on club’s national record

Barnsley AA are getting closer to re-writing angling’s history books, and are now only one step away from equalling Leeds & District’s proud national record of eight wins in the country’s most famous team event.

Third refusal for Leeds angling academy

Third refusal for Leeds angling academy

Ambitious plans to create a fishing academy in Leeds have been blown out of the water for a third time.

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Six-year-old Charlie Wood has become the newest member of Swarcliffe's 'barbel catchers' club'.

Angling: Hygiene is the key to keeping koi virus free

As stillwater temperatures reach and remain over 20 degrees, the devastating notafiable Koi Herpes Virus (KHV) has again been confirmed at several fisheries around Yorkshire.

Beneath British Waters dive boss Mark Barrow is taking some of the guesswork away for anglers with his underwater filming.

Angling: Guesswork cut out by underwater film crew

Fisheries management of natural waters has always been a case of large amounts of luck and guesswork of what controlling clubs and individual anglers think is happening beneath the surface.

Paul McBrinn

Angling: Teamwork tackling fight for the ‘forgotten waters’

It doesn’t seem that long ago that every Working Men’s Club had its own fishing section and Sunday coach trips to out-of-the-way river venues were the highlight of a workman’s week.

Chris Hartley

Angling: Canalways are making a bit of a comeback

Like our river and drain systems, narrow-boat canals of the north were once the backbone of all our pleasure and match fishing days.

Nick Michael with over 66lbs of F1's.

Angling: Top juniors showcase talents at key events

It’s no secret that without juniors the whole future of angling could be in dire straights, so it’s good to get reports from a couple of local clubs that are pulling out all the stops to ensure our sport’s future.

Steve Catterall with the first ever authenticated fifty pound carp from a British river.

Angling: Cas-based Catterall has lots to carp about

A feat that can now only be copied was accomplished last week as Castleford’s Steve Catterall stunned the carp fishing world by setting a new benchmark for all serious river carp anglers with a new British record.

Ian Dawson

Angling: First river weights hint at a ‘red-hot’ summer

After the first couple of days of the new river season ended with very few reports of good pleasure catches, the first river matches at least gave some signs that we could be in for a good summer.

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Kayleigh Smith.

Angling: It’s national glory once again for Kayleigh

Leeds’ Kayleigh Smith has become the Angling Trust Ladies National Champion for the second time.

Dean Jacques.

Angling: Nerveless teen Jacques nets first open match win

Winning your first club competition is something you remember for a long time, winning your first open match stays with you for life, young Dean Jacques has guaranteed himself some great memories.

Cleckheaton's Dave Armitage caught a mixed bag of 18lb on the Aire and Calder.

Angling: Fracking in Derwent is a concern for anglers

Having worked closely with our area’s Environment Agency fisheries teams, and become good friends with a number of team leaders, I have always been impressed by the expertise and enthusiasm of all those involved


Angling: ‘Worlds’ is raising the stakes not eyebrows

Just a few years ago, the announcement of a World Feeder Championships and a team to represent England raised a few eyebrows, with most anglers sceptical to say the least.

Darren Starkey's  tench  from Lowther Lake, Allerton Bywater.

Angling: Revelling in the lure of inner-city trout stalking

Steve Fearnley is away for a week taking advantage of a last-minute invite to fish the River Ebro in northern Spain, where he is hoping to beat his personal best catfish of 148lb.

Ladies England Squad, with Leeds' Kayleigh Smith, third from left.

Kayleigh is on board for Ladies’ world campaign

Last week I mentioned the importance of starting young and the rise through the ranks of Whitkirk’s Andy Geldart to becoming one of the men to beat on the elite festival circuit – but it’s not all about the men.

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Bait Tech Festival 2016 winners Andy Geldart (centre) Callum Dicks and Paul Holland.

Angling: Geldart show potential to join the Leeds & District’s ‘greats’

Over the years Leeds & District have thrown up some legendary names; unfortunately over the past couple of decades we have fallen behind our South Yorkshire neighbours in not being able to provide a Scotthorne, Allerton, Pickering or White – but things may be about to change.

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