Angling: Owner to call time on traditional tackle shop

Rawdon's Paul Taylor, individual winner on the Soar at Kegworth.
Rawdon's Paul Taylor, individual winner on the Soar at Kegworth.
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After celebrating his 70th birthday and nearly a quarter of a century behind the counter of his Headingley and then Leeds Angling Centres, owner Richard Thorne has decided to hang up his maggot and caster riddles for the last time at his well known Armley shop.

Like the traditional local corner grocers, every area had its own tackle shop, but as times change with online shopping and tackle supastores the weekly meeting place of local anglers telling tall tales and tactics over a cuppa and a buttie will now be another shop short.

Richard would like to thank all of his loyal customers and friends, and is now looking forward to having the time to try catch a 20lb river pike something he never managed while working. Doors will close on October 31 with an all-things-must-go sale from the eighth.

Leeds match group, Yarnbury AC, staged their annual Open Pairs Masters on the River Soar at Kegworth, Notts. With the river running low and clear coupled with bright conditions it was always going to be testing. Most targeted the shoals of small silvers, and it paid off for Metlock’s Fred Prudham and Stanningley’s Adam Zubryski (GWBH), who lifted the Wharf Bank Brewery Pairs title by the narrowest of margins.

Tying with Pudsey Anglers Adie Addy and Steve Worley on points, they won on the weight count back by just 2oz, the duo putting 12lb 2oz on the scales.

On the individual front, Rawdon’s Paul Taylor (YAC) pegged upstream of the bridge in section B and worked the Wag and Mag hard down the middle for a decent mixed bag of 8lb 1oz.

Last week I finished by admitting that even though my barbel catches had been good I had made mistakes with my feeding and had suffered with no end of liners and the intentions of other species. Over the years I have always been one to go with my own findings rather than just accept what everyone else was saying or doing or claiming to be their own thoughts. And these recent trips have confirmed that nothing has changed in that respect.

The accepted views of smaller feeding fish encouraging larger fish to feed is not disputed, but during my sessions on the Ure and Ouse I have proved to myself this is absolutely the wrong way to go. Hemp, maggots, casters, worms and active groundbaits are all great barbel baits in their own right, and, at the moment, are attracting the river’s species, with taps, pulls and liners possible nearly every cast even with large hookbaits.

Targeted bigger barbel seem to be staying away or dropping back from the shoals of smaller feeding fish and are happier to go it alone without any hectic competition over food. I now make every effort not to invite other species to the swim.

The logical solution of a bomb and bag approach hasn’t produced anywhere near the results that feeding through a cage feeder has. The secret is making sure that all chosen particle and groundbaits used are totally inert with nothing loose or fizzy breaking off to attract silvers. My thoughts, changed tactics and feeding though not revolutionary or groundbreaking have definitely made a difference to more and bigger fish on the bank for me. I’ll keep you up to date if things change as the temperatures drop.

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Results

Yarnbury AC pairs, River Soar Kegworth: 1, Fred Prudam/Adam Zubryski 12-02; 2, Adie Addy/Steve Worley 12-00; Individual: 1, Paul Taylor 8-01.

Calder League, Mirfield Final Round: 1, Simon Foster, Bradford No 1 19-00; 2, Craig Turbitt, Calder 8 17-02; 3, Mick Hughes, Punky’s 8 16-10; 4, Dave Hardy, Bradford No 1 16-0. Overall Individual League: 1, Steve Newns 95-01; 2, Nick Chaffer 84-10; 3, Dave Armitage 82-09.

Yorkshire Derwent Championships: 1, M Hawksworth, DH Angling 11-100kgs; 2, C Hirst, Beverly 5-100kgs; 3, M Lightfoot, Malton 4-900kgs; 4, J Griffin, Hull DAA 4-600kgs.

Oaks at Sessay: 1, B Poole, Oaks 162-00; 2, D Smith, Bait-Tech 156-07; 3, C Kendall, Middy 155-10; 4, J Taylor, Oaks 152-00.

Woodlands, Thirsk, Wednesday: Partridge/Skylark: 1, J Roper 145-08; 2, M Webb 132-12; 3, M Wheeler 122-08; 4, L Hawksworth 118-07.

Woodlands, Thirsk: 1, K Pentland 109-12; 2, C Pentland 105-05; 3, J Roper 97-12; 4, D Smith 91-14.

Cancer Research & Heart Foundation, Ian Smith Memorial, Leeds/Liverpool Canal Armley: 1, R Thornton 2-10; 2, R Thorne 1-06; 3, B Mason 1-05; 4, L Passey 1-03

Leeds & District, Moor Monkton: 1, Dave Pollitt 87-06; 2, Lee Myers 86-09; 3, Steve Pearson 67-03.

Kippax Park, Osprey: 1, Sean Rodgers 77-00; 2, Barry Rodgers 54-02; 3, Steve Pearson 50-02.

Colton Sports AC, Viking Deer Pond: 1, M Durkin 95-06; 2, D Stainthorpe 45-03; 3, J Murray 36-03; 4, K Foster 34-02.

Colton Sports AC, Forest Lane: 1, A Senior 61-10; 2, J Murray 55-06; 3, J McKenzie 45-04; 4, S Pikayard 43-03.

Colton Sports AC, Oaks/Maple: 1, J Murray 24-00; 2, I Asquith 16-00; 3, J Ryder 12-06; 4, J McKenzie -9-09.

Viking Saturday Open (Deer): 1, G Watson 65-01; 2, T Davis 64-03; 3, R Scott 56-08; 4, M Goodall 42-12.

Ship AC, Cowick (Viking Hawk): 1, J Marshall 100-00; P Ullerthorne 59-09; 3, B Rudge 44-14.

Rowland Road AC (Viking Hawk): 1, S Curtis 101-00; 2, R Goodall 57-00; 3, K Hagen 44-06.

Adrian AC (Viking Hawk): 1, S Allingson 36-00; 2, G Ashcroft 21-06; 3, K Butler 20-07.

Leeds Electric (Viking Deer): 1, J Maher 74-01; 2, J Smith 71-07; 3, K Schofield 42-13; 4, P Lindley 39-01.

Armley AC at Raker Horseshoe: 1, W Miller 36-08; 2, G Beasley 31-04; 3, S Ellner 26-02.

Colton Sports AC at Winfield (Willitofts) High Lake: 1, J Rymer 33-13; 2, J McKenzie 33-07; 3, A Hague 31-04; 4, G Gale 25-06; visitor B Dell 29-02.

Rodley Barge, Messingham – Merry’s: 1, E Holmes 105-00; 2, S Dodsworth 77-14; 3, J Squires 73.00; 4, I Day 54-12.

Rodley Barge, Forest Lane – Cob: 1, S Dodsworth 60-01; 2, I Hardisty 50.06; 3, P Sawyer 47-15; 4, T Hodgson 46-13.

Angel Lakes, Open Lookout: 1, D Pearson 39-15; 2, A Murray 34-03; 3, M Craig 33-03. Open Bowes: 1, J Dryden 64-09; 2, A McGuire 52-14; 3, A Murray 52-04.

Match Diary

Saturday

Riverfest Practice Open: October 17. Hunters/Linton, contact Dave on 07867680479.

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

Viking Saturday Open: At Hawk Pond, 30 pegs, £16, contact 01405 860764.

Sunday

Leeds Angling Centre: Canal Open Matches (Leeds/Liverpool), contact Roger Movley on 0113 2772215 or Richard Thorne 0113 2639333.

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.

Poppleton Sunday Open: 50 Pegs draw 11am Cafe, contact 07425 146677.

Monday

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

Langwith Lakes over 60s: 30 Pegs, tickets £10, 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.

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