Angling: A small club with big ideas for the future

Andy Loble of the Angling Trust with Melissa Smith during the days''care for your pike teach in.
Andy Loble of the Angling Trust with Melissa Smith during the days''care for your pike teach in.
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As Yorkshire boasts a number of the largest and oldest angling associations, it’s been good over the past month to watch and be involved in one of our area’s smaller clubs making moves to secure their future.

Wetherby AC really deserve credit with its latest attempts to not only increase angling membership but also in promoting the sport to the general public.

Working together with the Angling Trust’s Lets fish/Family fish-in programme run by the brilliant Andy Loble, Wetherby committee member John Smith was able to bring a number of the top names together to push the unusual, but effective format of lure and predator fishing to the banks of the town’s river Wharfe.

Floodwater made things difficult over the weekends but plenty of family passers by couldn’t resist the free tuition and tackle provided with one or two children showing parents how it should be done.

Tackle manufacturer and lure expert Giles Alcock provided a superb drop shot and jig demonstration, with a lucky few walking away with prototype hooks and lures specially designed by him.

At the more toothy end of the predator show, Brian Birdsall, of the Pike Anglers’ Club, showed his expertise with an on-river lesson in running rig slider fishing with deadbaits, tying doubles and trebles to wire traces and finished with a hands-on guide to unhooking and the safe return of any pike caught.

David Morley, of the Environment Agency, made sure all fish retained were safe providing tanks, oxygen and fish-friendly nets.

With the river running through the town centre and holding the fishing rights from below Linton bridge through Collingham and ending below the well-known wilderness section close to the A1 road bridge, the club offer something for everyone.

The predator days proved good stocks of pike, perch and trout with the same section producing double-figure weights of dace, chublets and roach.

For those fishing the waggler or stick, this same length recently received a boost of dace and bream as part of the club’s re-stocking programme.

Below the town bridge weir offers some good grayling and trout fishing for fly anglers walking the streamy water and pools early-season, but what really made my ears prick up was the recent reports of two exceptional catches for those with specimen fish in mind.

Two grayling caught on the float below the church at Collingham, witnessed by experienced bank-walking match anglers, were estimated to weigh a total close to 7lb.

Even if they misjudged, the brace were obviously massive.

Further downstream the club’s river barbel record has just been broken with a stunning fish of 13-4 caught on pellet and pva bag.

This fish will definitely cause a stir through Yorkshire barbel circles and could soon become the fish to replace nearby Boston Spa’s legendary ‘three whiskers’.

Day tickets are available at £5 but only for limited lengths which makes the £30 full membership permit without restrictions an absolute snip.

A £10 winter book, running from January 1 to March 14, makes it even cheaper for new members as no joining fee is required.

If any club deserves to succeed through the efforts of hard work and value for money, with the bonus of a record fish, then it’s got to be Wetherby AC.

Permits for Christmas stocking fillers anyone?

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Results

BSR Winter League, Kippax Park: 1, Neil Rymer 61-13; 2, Sean Rodgers 55-06; 3, Andy Rymer 54-04; 4, Bob Rymer 48-10; 5, Steve Raper 46-01; League Standings: A Rymer 12pts; S Raper 13pts; S Rodgers/N Rymer/D Wright 15pts.

Toms Pond Winter League, 4th Round: 1, Andy Rawson, Bradford 54-06; 2, John Mills, Forest Lane 42-00; 3, Mick Herrington, Pudsey Angling 41-10; 4, Andy Barker, Kippax 38-03.

JT Rodgers Winter League, Moor Monkton: 1, Dave Wright 116-07; 2, Mick Green 46-15; 3, Ollie Hewitt 32-02.

Aire & Calder off Match, Great Heck: 1, Dean Grace 16-10; 2, Kev Hartley 10-08; 3, Stan Haigh 6-12; 4, Stuart Thompson 6-02; 5, Bob Foster 5-14.

Wakefield AC, Calder & Hebble Canal: 1, D Scales, Selby 6-08; 2, R Crispin, Walton 3-04; 3, J Ibbotson 3-12; 4, R Jackson, Halifax 3-02.

Mirfield AC, Aire & Calder Canal, Heck: 1, S Edson, Leeds 13-08; 2, G Flescher, Bingley 12-08; 3, C Turbit, Tackle-2-U 12-04; 4, L Clark, Barnsley 11-07; 5, Stan Haigh, Anglers World 9-06.

DH Winter League, Stainforth & Keadby Canal, Thorne: 1, B Taylor Ossett 4-100; 2, B Martin, Tri-Cast 3-900; 3, S Wright, Diawa Dons 3-850.

Oaks at Sessay: 1, D Smith, Bait-Tech13; 2, C Hall, Neo Baits 66-00; 3, A Hampson, Leeds 64-11; 4, R Sowerby, Knaresborough 61-13.

Oaks, Silver Fish only: 1, R Minikin, Sonu Baits 36-12; 2, J Maddison, Mosella 29-15; 3, T Watson, Mosella 26-00; 4, M Calvert, Garbolino 24-14.

Woodlands Lakes, Fur & Feather: 1, I Exley, Dons 80-11; 2, V O’Connor, Woodlands 50-12; 3, D Smith, Bait-Tech 47-08; 4, D Webster, Robin Hood 36-08.

Moorfields Farm, Match Lake: 1, S Hoyle, All Stars 32-04; 2, S Holmes, Majestic 26-04; 3, M Heptonstall, Moorfield 25-08.

Fryston AC Winter League (Viking Fox): 1, P Mountain 39-04; 2, S Varley 22-02; 3, S Johnson 19-10; 4, S Birch 19-07.

Fryston AC Winter League (Viking Fox): 1, F Bak 30-14; 2, S Birch 29-06; 3, S Johnson 26-06; 4, G Gill 22-09.

Match Diary

Saturday

Kippax Park: BSR Winter League, details contact Sean 07814454271.

Poppleton: Saturday Open, pools £15. draw cafe 10am, contact Roger 01904737279.

Aire & Calder Pollington: £15 all in, contact Kelvin 07779991483.

Birkwood Farm Fisheries: Emily’s or Oscars draw 8.30, contact 01924 892251.

Woodlands: 72 Pegs, tickets £18, contact 01845 520110.

Oaks at Sessay: 50 Pegs, tickets £17, contact 01845 501321.

Langwith Lakes: 60 Pegs, tickets £16, contact 01904 431874.

Kippax Park: 27 Pegs, tickets £20, contact 07967000746.

Moorfields Farm: 54 Pegs, tickets £16, contact 07710817150.

Fleets Dam: 50 Pegs, tickets £15, contact 01226 292579.

Birkwood Farm: 60 Pegs, tickets £16, contact 01132 80609.

Viking, Hawk Pond: 30 Pegs, tickets £16, contact 01405 860764.

Tollerton Ponds: Open Match all ages, (Kingfisher 20 pegs, Coot 18 pegs, Heron 32 pegs) contact 01347 838115.

Listerhills AA, Leeds/Liverpool Rodley: £12 all in contact Eddie 07984597328.

Sunday

Bradford No 1 AA: Cowthorpe River Nidd, Contact Simon 01274 571175.

Woodlands: 72 Pegs, tickets £18, contact 01845 520110.

Oaks at Sessay: 50 Pegs, tickets £17, contact 01845 501321.

Langwith Lakes: 60 Pegs, tickets £16, contact 01904 431874.

Oak Tree Leisure: 50 Pegs, tickets £15, contact 01347 810686.

Leeds DASA: Moor Monkton Pools, contact 07967000746.

Monday

Woodlands over-50s: 30 Pegs, tickets £15, contact 01845 520110.

Langwith Lakes over-60s: 30 Pegs, tickets £10.00, contact 01904 431874.

Tollerton Ponds over-50s: tickets £16 contact 01347 838115.

Tuesday

Kippax Park: 27 Pegs, tickets £10, contact 07967000746.

Wednesday

Birkwood Farm Fisheries: Emily’s or Oscars draw 8.30, contact 01924 892251.

Woodlands: 72 Pegs, tickets £18, contact 01845 520110.

Fleets Dam: 50 Pegs, tickets £15, contact 01226 292579.

Tollerton Ponds: Open match, all ages, contact 01347 838115.

Glen AC Ouse Thrash: Contact D Miles 01133 910570.

Thursday

Kippax Park: 27 Pegs, tickets £12, contact 07967000746.