Angling: Big-money festival is planned for November

Bumper bream catches are expected on the River Ouse in November.

Bumper bream catches are expected on the River Ouse in November.

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Through Autumn and the Winter months the River Ouse is an extremely popular venue and in recent years there have been some huge catches of roach and bream taken by the regular visitors.

A group of them have got together with the outcome that in November this year they will be staging a three-day angling festival which will be sponsored by fishing tackle giants such as Garbolino, Maver and local dealer Bobco.

The event will run from Tuesday November 25 until Thursday November 27 on the Leeds controlled stretches of the river at Hunters Lodge and Linton.

It is anticipated that big double-figure catches of roach plus bream nets of up to 60 pounds will be taken if the river runs true to form.

The entry is limited to 60 anglers and a full house is expected for matches as the venue in the past couple of years have all been very well attended.

Yorkshire Winter League secretary Stan Haigh is one of the organisers and he has been pestered for years by the regulars to run such an event and has persuaded fellow angler Dave Miles to help him out.

The only problem is that in Winter the Ouse is prone to flooding but even in those conditions fish can still be caught, as has been proved in the past.

There is a contingency plan, however. If one day is cancelled then the cash for that will roll over to the remaining two days and should two have to be cancelled then the final match will become a winner takes all big-money event.

Stan is also delighted to have the support of the three big tackle companies whose participation adds to the prestige of the event. The entry fee is £115 all in with a guaranteed £100 payout which will see the top five overall, the top five each day and the top three in each section of 10 pegs (subject to entry) paid out. A £60 deposit is required by October 1 to secure a place, cheques payable to Yorkshire Winter League, and they should be sent to Stan at 127 Stutton Road, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire LS24 9HU.

For more information contact him on 07542 700743 or Dave Miles on 07867 680479.

The Brafferton fishery near Boroughbridge, meanwhile, is one of the most prolific in the county and I have known the owner David Faulkner for many years.

He told me of an incident that happened at one of his lakes only a few days ago. It was late evening one Sunday and there were only three people on the lake but one lone angler was seen to empty the contents of his keepnet into a bag which was then placed in the back of his car.

The two remaining anglers saw all this happen so they quickly noted the car details and number and went to David’s house and reported what they had seen. David reported the facts to the local police only to get a phone call an hour later to tell him that the culprit was already in custody.

The police had put the licence number through their system and it turned out to be a local man and he still had five carp between five and 12 pounds in weight in his car – they were valued at around £300. My information is that the person in question was of Eastern European origin where taking home all fish for a meal is the norm.

Darren Starkey with big tench

caught from Leeds & District's Knotford Lagoon.

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