Angling: Match men need massive weights to take win

Aaron Allen and his golden tench
Aaron Allen and his golden tench

Matchmen have been enjoying some great sport this week with massive weights needed to secure wins across the region.

Ben Holmes bagged the biggest net of the week, weighing in at over 224lb during Sunday’s Open on Hallcroft’s Moat Pool.

Fishing from Island peg 42, Ben opted for pole paste tactics at 6m and 13m over hemp and pellet to land 27 carp to beat the 22-strong field.

Paul Elliott also broke the two-ton barrier during Friday’s Open on the Moat, weighing in over 217lb of carp.

Paul drew Outer peg 99 and put his bomb rod to the test, fishing hair-rigged corn to land carp to 15lb.

Craig Owen narrowly missed out on a two-ton net by only 10oz, again on the Moat, after landing 30 carp for a winning weight of 199lb 6oz.

Sherwood Forrest’s Holmedale Lake also threw up some huge weights of over 190lb to Martyn Brown and Nigel Shipman but these incredible weights only just scraped wins with anglers needing over a ton to get on the score card.

Many of the local waters can also throw up a few surprises, as Aaron Allen found when he hooked into a beautiful Golden Tench on a local Stillwater (pictured).

Young Aaron has also caught Sturgeon and huge eels from local commercials, which we’ll feature in future issues.


Sherwood Forest Fisheries: Sun Pm Open, Holmedale Lake: 1st Martyn Brown, Eastwood Angling, peg 36, 193-1-0, pole paste down margins; 2nd Will Cresswell, peg 21, 188-1-0; 3rd Nigel Shipman, peg 39, 115-12-0; 4th Sam Kelk, peg 30, 97-15-0; 5th Geoff Mawby, Gateford Angling, peg 24, 89-1-0; 6th Lee Plackett, Leegem, peg 28, 80-10-0.

Tue Open, Sherwood Lake: 1st Dave Round, Woodhouse Angling, peg 41, 90-7-0, pole caster, changing to worm down the margins to bag skimmers and carp to 8lb; 2nd Mick Burrell, Gateford Angling, peg 47, 69-0-0; 3rd Steve Richards, peg 44, 48-10-0.

Wed Open, Holmedale Lake: 1st Nigel Shipman, peg 14, 193-12-0, 6m pole meat and paste over dead maggots; 2nd Martyn Brown, Eastwood Angling, peg 24,179-4-0; 3rd Andy Lakey, Worksop Angling Supplies, peg 28, 152-5-0; 4th Bob Green, peg 36, 101-11-0; 5th Karl Wilson, peg 39, 100-1-0; 6th Craig Radford, Woodhouse Angling, peg 32, 98-8-0.

Hallcroft Fisheries: Sat Open, Moat: 1st C Owen, Parkgate Angling, peg 39, 199-6-0; 2nd S Taylor, peg 45, 132-12-0; 3rd F Newman, Leegem, peg 2, 129-9-0; 4th S Clark, peg 24, 126-6-0; 5th D Robbins, Leegem, peg 29, 115-12-0.

Sun Open, Moat: 1st B Holmes, peg 42, 224-7-0; 2nd J Masson, peg 11, 144-12-0; 3rd G Gibson, peg 63, 125-3-0; 4th S Cook, Packet Inn, peg 6, 116-10-0; 5th C Line, Retford Angling Centre, peg 106, 101-15-0.

Mon Veterans, Bridge: 1st D Whiting, peg 50, 106-6-0; 2nd C Line, Retford Angling Centre, peg 53, 63-7-0; 3rd D Sewell, peg 40, 55-8-0; 4th R Holmes, peg 14, 52-7-0; 5th P Schoof, peg 11, 43-8-0.

Tue Pm, Moat: 1st J Masson, peg 68, 190-7-0; 2nd N Hirst, peg 2, 142-13-0; 3rd D Whiting, peg 26, 119-14-0; 4th A Berisford, Leegem, peg 73, 112-1-0; 5th M Kilkenny, peg 23, 99-7-0.

Thu Veterans, Moat: 1st R Holmes, peg 15, 118-15-0; 2nd K Walters, peg 41, 81-12-0; 2nd P Schoof, peg 18, 80-13-0; 3rd D Whiting, peg 50, 71-4-0; 4th N Wood, peg 70, 64-15-0.

Fri Open, Moat: 1st P Elliott, Leegem, peg 99, 217-14-0; 2nd J Masson, Colmic/Marukyu, peg 96, 147-12-0; 3rd R Teigh, peg 110, 117-10-0; 4th T Grigorjevs, Angling Times, peg 56, 113-2-0; 5th M Hall, peg 103, 104-0-0.


Stanley Street Social Club: Sun, Hatfield Lake: 1st Steve (Polly ) Hill, peg 3, 89-4-0, pellet feeder to margins for an all-carp net; 2nd Steve Sutton, peg 22, 59-8-0, pellet feeder for carp; 3rd John (Cod) Moore, peg 14, 49-0-0, shallow pole down margins. Next match to be held Sunday 24th August, Syke House, Stock Pond, draw 8 30am.

Tuesday Club: Hayton Lakes: 1st Mick Simpson, peg 20, 80-11-0, shallow pole pellet and corn in the margins; 2nd Keith Walters, peg 16, 54-14-0, pellet feeder and waggler; 3rd Alan Harrison, peg 6, 47-14-0, pellet waggler; 4th Ronnie Fern, peg 31, 39-12-0, pole pellet and waggler.


Toft Newton Reservoir: 51 Rods caught 91 trout giving a rod average of 1.78.

Fish remain high in the water and anglers fishing either the washing line with a small Blob Booby on the point and Nymphs on the droppers or teams of Dries have had the better results.

Ralph Gibson enjoyed some great boat sport on Tuesday, landing six fish.

Rod Newborough reported a fantastic sighting, an Osprey as it dived to take a fish in front of him.

It’s moments like this that add to our fishing memories.

It’s not always about how many fish you catch.

The unsettled, cooler weather could lead to improved catches over the week ahead.

Boats are free on Tuesdays but must be pre-booked quoting reference FBT.

For advice or to book a day or evening’s fishing, call the Lodge on 01673 878453.

If you have stories, results or pictures email them to me at or give me a call on 07815 308463.

Tight lines!

Alan Dudhill