Yorkshire club are ‘best of the best’

Not many trophies have eluded the array of superstar anglers that have represented Barnsley and District over the past 40 years. Last week its next generation filled one of the few vacant spaces in the cabinet and completed the full set.

Dave Rushton with a probably-never-been-caught-before barbel.

Angling: Big catches put venues north of Leeds ‘on the map’

Now a month into the new coarse-fish river season, it’s always interesting to compare the starts of previous years and, hopefully, put old knowledge to new campaigns.

Harry Lodge is congratulated by Jeff Stimpson.

Angling: Deserved honour for stalwart Harry Lodge

From world champions, national championship anglers or a junior sat on his local canal with a starter kit for tackle , very few anglers around the country wouldn’t recognise the name or face of Harry Lodge.

First to the Riverfest final is Dave MIles, centre, with fellow finalists Ian Dawson and James Robbins.

Anlging: Edson sets new Ouse Open record as Miles gears up for Riverfest final

Near-blistering temperatures, bright blue skies with no wind, and river levels at normal would usually spell mediocrity and predictions of a tough day on the first big River Ouse open of the season.

Darren Starkey with big tench

caught from Leeds & District's Knotford Lagoon.

Governing body’s been lagging behind in ‘opinion poll’

Having stumbled across and then read the Angling Trust’s 2017 Manifesto for Angling, the first comments in its introduction show, in my opinion, just how far down the sporting ladder our governing body really is.

Holmfirth's Steve Frost with a 3lb 8oz trout from the Upper River Calder.

Anglers keep a watching brief on latest Skip Bridge work

I’m old enough to remember the old flat V weir built on the River Nidd at Skip Bridge in 1979, and more than qualified to give an angler’s opinion on its disastrous effects on the fish stocks and general demise in angling quality on the river ‘above and below’ after its construction.

Netsmen Paul Clark and Dave Pollitt show Weeton Lakes to have good mixed stocks of healthy fish to specimen sizes.

Angling: Fisheries flying high in tip-top condition

Fisheries Management teams, contractors and angling volunteers have been a common site on venues around the county over the past weeks as the weather allows for the unseen and taken-for-granted maintenance needed to keep fisheries in tip-top condition.

Showing his dad how to catch Knotford tench is eight-year-old Harry Hinchcliffe of Bingley.

Angling: Washburn Valley is the place to be this spring

Low water temperatures and a slow March start at Yorkshire Water’s Washburn Valley Fishery have all been forgotten as the warmer winds and sunnier evenings have made the trout come out fighting.

DEVASTATION: Spawning and nesting areas destroyed on the River Nidd have led anglers to ask how this helps the environment.

Angling: Anglers stumped by bankside devastation

Over the past couple of years I have always promoted the fisheries side of the Environment Agency (EA), and, over the past few months, have reported how our local rivers have benefited from stockings supplied by its Calverton fish-rearing facility.

Angling: Hydro’s the ‘weir’ to go for anglers  and the fish

Angling: Hydro’s the ‘weir’ to go for anglers and the fish

After spending a few evenings reading the very basics of low-head hydro power, I thought it best to leave the kilowatt questions to the experts and spend my time at the opening of Barn Energies Kirkthorpe Hydropower Plant on the River Calder looking at things from an angler’s, or at least a fish’s eye, point of view.

Cleveland Angling Centre's Richard Bezemer showing two of his 10-bream catch that was the best of a good festival week.

Angling: Fluctuating river levels no obstacle at Festival

The big three-day Yorkshire Ouse Festival, cancelled in November due to flooding, eventually took place last week with a sell-out entry of 63 anglers lining the banks of Hunters Lodge and Linton-on-Ouse.

Leeds & District's Dave Bonsels says goodbye to a few of his baby barbel before releasing them to the River Nidd.

Angling: Districts seem made from the same stock

Officials of two of the country’s largest angling associations look to be thinking along the same lines regarding stocking policies of local river and lake fisheries under their care.

Leeds' Steve Maltas with a Royal Armouries Aire rainbow trout of 4-05.

Angling: Trout tick all the right boxes over the winter

Before the age-old changes in closed-season river regulations, clubs often stocked rainbow trout to stillwaters as a way of giving members a way of wetting a line but without breaking any laws.

Andy Sullivan showing what's on offer at Poole in Wharfedale.

Angling: Dry winter results in best hauls in a decade

After winters of complaining about flooded rivers, frozen lakes and whole match calendars cancelled, I laughed the other night when one of Leeds’ oldest river-match stars told me the rivers were too low and clear and we needed some rain badly!

Paul Hardy with his stunning catch of tidal Ouse bream at Nayburn Lock.

Angling: Tied winter league title decided on countback

It took a countback of match-win results to decide who would become this season’s Yorkshire Winter League Champions.

Clevelands' Graeme Barker with the best of the days 'lobby' perch from the Lower Swale.

Angling: It’s a perfect time to get out on the riverbank

With little rain and warmer than normal temperatures all our local rivers are showing what they are capable of with settled levels and steady flows.

Hundreds of baby chub have been released by the Environment Agency into the River Ure, a scheme funded totally through rod licence sales.

Rod licence changes on right lines for anglers

Proposals put forward last year were confirmed recently as the Environment Agency made its changes to the annual rod licence official.

Leeds and Districts new vice president Dave Rushton with new president Paul Roberts get in on the grayling action at Linton on Wharfe.

Angling: New faces take over at Leeds and District

Members were taken by surprise recently as Leeds & District’s president of 12 years Stan Jefferys announced he would be standing down with immediate effect.

Duncan Mellors

Angling: Mellors sets new record for double-figure barbel

I received a surprise call the other night, and I have to say what a breath of fresh air listening to one highly regarded specialist angler compliment and applaud the achievements of another.

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Darren Starkey with the first of the group's six personal bests from the River Ebro, weighing in at 141lb.

Angling: Leeds lads like cats that got the cream

The river’s too high or water’s too low are excuses all Yorkshire anglers use at some time for indifferent catches through the season on our area’s flood-affected river system.

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