ANGLING: Yeoman's the canal king

THE floods forced clubs to switch venues away from the rivers for last weekend’s matches.

North Oxford AS moved their Victory Cup match from the Cherwell to the Oxford Canal at Frenchay Road where Bob Yeoman (RAF Garbolino) returned an excellent winter canal weight of 15lb 0oz.

He caught skimmers and roach on bread, including a super redfin of 1.8.0.

RAF colleague Steve Wildman was runner-up with 9.8.0 of skimmers and perch, alternating between bread and worm. Terry Whittington was third with 1.14.0.

Littlemore AS were due to fish their M Whipp Cup on the Thames, but changed the venue to Cheyney Manor at Barford St Michael.

The 21 anglers produced an overall weight of 40.0.0, which wasn’t bad considering the overnight frost and cold water entering the lake.

Dave White fished the pole at 9m and topped the field with an all-roach net of 6.9.0 taken with caster over groundbait.

Chris Webb also had a good net of roach, plus a few perch on pole with maggot, for 5.11.0, followed by Malcolm Smith with roach on pole and maggot for 3.12.0.

There were four blanks.

Kidlington AS were also on the canal, this time at Grovelands, for the Dearlove Challenge against Clanfield AC.

Colin Nicholson (Clanfield) led home to 17 anglers with 3.4.0, comprising a decent chub and one little perch on maggot and pole.

Henry Clarke had an all-perch bag on chopped worm and pole for 1.9.0 for second, while Jamie Barrett was third with 1.2.0.

OTHER RESULTS

Tackley Estates AC (Oxford Canal, Three Pigeons Lock, 8 fished) 1 A Alder 4.11.0 (skimmers & roach; maggot & pinkie; pole), 2 F Malone 3.14.0, 3 S Malone 3.4.0.

Oakfield: (Tues, Red Kite & Swallow Lakes, 19 fished) 1 G Thorpe (GOT Baits) 34.12.0, 2 M Worrall Snr (Acorn Angling) 24.1.0, 3 M Sawyer (Dynamite Baits) 23.8.0.

Oakfield: (Thurs, Red Kite & Swallow Lakes, 13 fished) 1 R Wall (Dynamite Oakfield) 42.1.8, 2 G Thorpe (GOT Baits) 41.5.0, 3 M Talbot (Kamasan GOT Baits) 35.0.0.

Oakfield: (Sat, Red Kite & Swallow Lakes, 19 fished) 1 D Howe (Browning Crowparts) 62.11.0, 2 G Thorpe (GOT Baits) 42.15.8, 3 D Ashby (Banbury Gunsmiths) 24.11.0.

Oakfield: (Sun, Red Kite Lake, 9 pegs) 1 A Phipps (Dynamite Oakfield) 24.12.0, 2 D Stratful (Dynamite Oakfield) 20.11.8, 3 G Thorpe (GOT Baits) 19.12.0.

TOMORROW'S FIXTURES

(Subject to river conditions)

North Oxford AS: Committee v Members, Oxford Canal, Aristotle Lane. Draw 8am, fishing 9-2.
Dorchester AS: v Heron AS. Thames at Meadside. Fishing 8-1.
Masons AS: Club match. Oxford Canal, Oxford Canal, Pigeon’s Lock. Draw 9am, fishing 10-3.

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