Angling: Trout stock adds colour to winter match diary

Winter League organiser and sponsor Sean Rodgers of BSR introducing large rainbows to Kippax Park.
Winter League organiser and sponsor Sean Rodgers of BSR introducing large rainbows to Kippax Park.
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Good news came this week for local commercial anglers hoping to fill in their winter-months match diary without the thought of long drives in the season’s worst weather.

Kippax Park – placed firmly within a Leeds post code – has issued details of this year’s winter series which it hopes will prove to be the best in the area.

After a couple of years in the match wilderness, the league’s new event organiser, Sean Rodgers, has plans to put the venue back at the top of the cold-weather, must-fish venues.

Soon-to-be low-water temperatures, mixed with the lake’s predominant carp that prefer to feed only when the weather is warm, have made the decision easy for the management team to agree to a major stocking of rainbow trout.

These have proved, in the past, to almost-guarantee bites for those wanting to fish through the ice and frost when most others are sitting at home thinking of spring.

The league will commence on the November 7 and continue for 18 Saturdays, with the best 12 points scores to count. This should give those with work or holiday commitments the chance to compete as they can drop their worst six results.

The Rodgers’ family business, BSR Property Services, have offered a cash sponsorship to the league, guaranteeing a bumper payout for the league champion and major prize winners. Details available in the match diary.

Moving from still to just slower waters, the Aire and Calder canal around Altofts gave a good result in the latest Mirfield AC event.

Winner Stan Haigh (Anglers World) – drawn peg 38 on the slightly narrower section close to the lock – managed to fish a light for the venue 2AA insert waggler tight to the far bank undergrowth. Casting into 7ft of water with a 0.10 hook length tied to a fine wire 18, meant it didn’t take long for the first of his quality roach and small chublets to be netted.

Two lumpy canal chub came in the later stages to give him the win with 13.09.

Over 8lb was needed to reach the top six which is quality canal fishing anywhere in the country and, like Kippax Park, the fishery is on our doorstep.

The week’s barbel exploits were taken care of in one match last week with everyone on the leader board needing at least one of the whiskery creatures in their catch. Leeds & District’s Dave Rayner Memorial, held on the Alice Hawthorne and Nidd mouth fisheries of the river Ouse, fished well for the species despite the tea colour running through the system.

This acidic slug of water is always the kiss of death for catches on the Ouse over the years, but this season seems to be quite the opposite with barbel as they seemingly feed well in these conditions.

Winner on the day Clinton Hughes, of Leeds, drew what he thought would be a peg too high going just above the old fence flier at Alice Hawthorne, but he proved himself wrong by getting pulled in with two good barbel falling to bomb and spicy meat tactics.

This gave him the top weight with 13.12. Phil Austin (Barlby Village) confirmed reports of increasing doubles catches with a 10.7 barbel to take second place.

Drawn on the straight below the Nidd mouth, Austin fished a choppy worm and caster feeder with lobby halves on the hook, and added two roach to the big fish for a total match weight of 11.5.

Match diary

Saturday

Kippax Park, BSR Winter League: Contact Sean 07814454271.

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

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

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

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 on 07984597328.

Sunday

River Swale Maunby/Catton/Thornton Bridge: November 8, tickets £15 contact Simon on 01274 571175.

Leeds Angling Centre: Canal Open Matches (Leeds/Liverpool), contact Roger Movley on 0113 2772215 or Richard Thorne on 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 £10.00, 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.

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