Angling: Lab’ ready to investigate unexplained carp deaths

Leeds and District president Stan Jeffreys with wife Barbara on 24 hour fish watch at Moor Monkton Pools.
Leeds and District president Stan Jeffreys with wife Barbara on 24 hour fish watch at Moor Monkton Pools.
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After the confirmed case of KHV at Leeds & District’s Kippax polo pond, the society this week suffered more bad news at their recently purchased Moor Monkton Pools situated on the outskirts of York; a small, but unexplained number, of carp have died over the past few weeks, raising concerns over another viral outbreak.

On-site fishery manager and Leeds president Stan Jeffreys said this week that the deaths had been reported to the area’s Environment Agency (EA), which is arranging for samples to be collected and sent to laboratories for testing.

At the moment, Mr Jeffreys (together with EA officers) does not think it is the Koi Herpes Virus and is swaying towards a dietary problem caused by the excessive amounts of cat and luncheon meat baits used by visiting anglers.

My own question would be: Why, when the site consists of three lakes with the same baits and quantities used, are the carp deaths restricted to the one front pool? The lower autumn water temperatures would make KHV unlikely, though other emerging diseases such as KSD (Koi sleepy disease) or CEV (carp edema virus) should be checked for as outbreaks have been observed at temperatures between 7-15c which are similar to those at the fishery’s lakes at the moment.

After recommendations from the Agency’s Brampton facility, the controlling delegates of Leeds Amalgamation decided, at their latest meeting, to close the complex until results of the problem have been received.

The Bob Co Yorkshire winter league, meanwhile, fished through the lower Aire’s sections of Chapel Haddlesey and Beal, and again produced some strange catches for this unpredictable river.

Winner Andy Miller, of Bradford’s Tackle2u, produced a catch more likely to grace an estate lake. Drawn below the weir on peg 152 alternating between an 11-metre pole and a chopped worm feeder set-up, his 6lb of river-regular perch were topped up with three eyebrow-raising tench, scaling almost 10lb to give him probably the first-ever River Aire tinca-based match win with 15-12. Second-placed Terry Guthrie, of Halifax, matched the winner in the exotic species race but not on weight.

He put a pristine carp of 12lb on the scales to give him the bulk of his 12-12. Dave Pilgrim, fishing for team winners Barlby Village Stores, took third with a more familiar 9-8 river catch of roach and perch.

Yarnbury AC hosted their final match of the season on the Derwent at Low Catton, York. It was the club’s annual teams of four open challenge. On arrival, competitors found the river carrying extra water and coloured heavily after recent floods.

Undeterred the match went forward with Yarnbury’s own team committee coming out on top. Captained by Adie Addy, all the squad took second place in their respective sections, giving them a total score of 12, edging out Queen’s Arms Dry Baggers by a single point.

Top individual on the day was Queen’s Arms’ Craig Stafford off peg 30 in the shallows. He worked the stick and caster, taking three chub for 5lb 15oz.

Section winners were: A, Steve Parsons 11oz; B, Dave Atha 8oz; C, Craig Stafford 5lb 15oz; D, Paul Taylor 4lb 15oz.

The club’s presentation evening will be held in the Old Ball public house Horsforth, on Saturday, November 7, from 8pm.



Bobco, Yorkshire Winter League, River Aire, Beale: 1, A Miller, Tackle2U 15-12; 2, T Guthrie, Halifax 12-12; 3, D Pilgrim, BVS 9-04; 4, K Whitewell, BVS 7-05; 5, S Machel, Aireborough 6-13. Teams: 1, BVS 69pts; 2, Anglers World Holidays 49pts; 3, Tackle2U 47pts.

Angling Trust, Eastern Winter League, River Don: 1, R Marklew, Ossett 17-04; 2, D Scales, Mosella Selby 15-10; 3, P Nicholls, Tri-Cast Calder 14-14.

River Fest, Practice, Yorkshire Ouse: 1, Bob Foster 7-12; 2, Stuart Tate 6-00; 3, Arthur Benstead 5-10; 4, Martin Highe 4-15.

Ripon Piscatorials, River Ure, Norton Conyers: 1, C Foyles, Ripon 16-04; 2, J Martyn, Menston 13-02; 3, M Hope, Northern Angling 10-10; 4, N Proctor, Northern Angling 7-12.

Mirfield AC, Aire & Calder, Altofts: 1, Jeff Scollick, Bradford/Mick Hughes, Tadcaster 8-14; 3, Mick Wood, Pontefract 7-05.

Old Bank AC, Battyford & Mirfield Canals: 1, S Crossley, Maver 11-05; 2, T Marsh, Tri-Cast 9-08; 3, W Mcleavey, Tri-Cast 7-09; 4, P Wilson, Tri-Cast 6-05.

Oaks at Sessay: 1, P Sellers 132-15; 2, T Peters 124-08; 3, C Watson 121-14; 4, G Mills 118-02.

Woodlands Thirsk, Partridge/Skylark: 1, P Thompson 152-07; 2, C Pentland 112-02; 3, M Longhurst 102-07; 4, S Abbott 100.06.

Leeds & District, Moor Monkton, Cyprio/Front Pool: 1, Oliver Hewitt, Leeds 93-14; 2, Lee Smith, Leeds 79-15; 3, Kev Armitage, Bradford 78-12.

Leeds & District, Moor Monkton, Cyprio: 1, Paul Cromie 81-10; 2, Matt Gallagher 60-08; 3, Dave Wright 59-07.

Kippax Park, Lapwing: 1, Adrian Broomhead 81-12; 2, Tony Hewson 57-02; 3, Johnny Wake 52-11.

White Horse AC, Kippax Park Osprey: 1, G Raper 20-00; 2, G Brier 13-08; 3, B Webster 13-04; 4, I Day 13-00.

XGates AC, Raker Lakes: 1, D Utley 55-14; 2, T Atkinson 34-08; 3, D Watson 27-02.

Fox & Hounds AC, Fur & Feather, Brafferton: 1, J Whitehead 46-01; 2, A Faithwaite 38-00; 3, M Barker 27-08. Juvenile: D Horrocks 13-08.

Poppleton Lakes, Horseshoe: 1, Tom Bainbridge 209-04; 2, Jim Thirkhill 102-10; 3, Gavin Peake 100-12.

Shadwell AC at Brafferton: 1, E Mould 29-07; 2, B Pearson 28-09; 3, J Cowling 21-02.

Viking Saturday Open (Hawk): 1, R Scott 40-01; 2, T Davis 29-03; 3, D Sawyer 19-05.

Glasshoughton AC (Viking Deer): 1, M Yates 51-10; 2, P Yates 37-03; 3, M Donnington 19-04.

Rodley Nomads (Viking Hawk): 1, T Bullas 65-08; 2, E Holmes 61-04; 3, P Mills 60-08; 4, D Lawson 53-15.

Armley AC at Forest Lane Oaklands: 1, D Fish 30-11; 2, D Atkinson 30-03; 3, J Cooper 30-00; 4, J Lavery 25-06.

Angel Lake Open Lookout: 1, J Nelson 29-15; 2, C Pine 25-11; 3, N Laing 23-09.

Angel Lake Open Bowes: 1, J Dryden 65-15; 2, R Emery 42-07; 3, J Foster 28-06.

Match Diary


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

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

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 0798459732.


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

Leeds Angling Centre: Canal Open Matches (Leeds/Liverpool). Contact Roger Movley 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.


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

Langwith Lakes over 60’s: 30 Pegs, tickets £10, contact 01904 431874.

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


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


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.


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

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