Region’s rivers are teeming with fish

Andy Pettinger with a 12lb tidal Trent barbel
Andy Pettinger with a 12lb tidal Trent barbel

Local all-rounders Ian Lilley and Andy Pettinger are testament that the Trent is back on form.

In fact, my opinion is, it’s never been off form – just few are fishing our rivers, preferring the almost guaranteed big weights of commercials.

Andy is pictured here with a barbel at 12lb, one of two double figure barbel he landed on the same day.

Both anglers have dedicated a lot of the season to fishing the tidal reaches, netting a variety of species including barbel, bream, perch, eels, chub, zander and even dabs.

Rivers certainly offer a wide range of species.

You just never know what’s going to pick up the bait next, which makes them such interesting waters.

We’re also spoilt for choice with the Trent, Idle and Maun on our doorstep and the Witham, Till, Torn and River Don within easy travelling distance.

All are teeming with fish so give our rivers a try.

Match Scene

Sherwood Forrest Fisheries: Tue Open, Sherwood Lake (16 pegs): 1st Andy Lakey, Worksop Angling Supplies, peg 12, 35-8-0, 13m pole maggot for mainly ide to 12oz; 2nd John Urruty, Alfreton Angling, peg 13, 26-11-0; 3rd Steve Richards, peg 25, 24-11-0; 4th Paul Ashley, peg 19, 22-12-0; 5th Dave Hiley, Dynamite Baits, peg 21, 22-8-0; 6th John Holmes, Woodhouse Angling Centre, peg 6, 22-1-0.

Wed Open, Holmedale Lake (16 pegs): 1st Craig Brazier, peg 45, 40-15-0, bomb maggot to the island and short pole to land 14 small carp, topped up with a few roach and skimmers; 2nd Andy Lakey, Worksop Angling Supplies, peg 27, 31-5-0; 3rd Geoff Mawby, Gateford Angling Centre, peg 14, 27-9-0; 4th Lee Parker, Phil’s Bait & Tackle, peg 39, 19-14-0; 5th Paul Unwin, Gateford Angling Centre, peg 49, 15-0-0; 6th Pete Hodgetts, peg 32, 13-11-0.

Daiwa Hallcroft Fisheries: Mon Veterans Costcutter, Bridge Pool (14 pegs): 1st K Pacey, peg 50, 52-2-0, waggler caster and maggot for an all-carp net; 2nd D Farr, peg 53, 27-4-0; 3rd L Hewison, Leegem, peg 11, 24-8-0.

Thu Veterans Winter League, Moat Pool (28 pegs): 1st P Bagshaw, Frenzee, peg 10, 92-13-0, groundbaitfeeder for a bigger than average winter net of carp; 2nd A Payling, Peg One Angling, peg 63, 86-4-0; 3rd D Downes, peg 53, 49-2-0.

Sat Open, Moat Pool (18 Pegs): 1st S Cameron, Garbolino, peg 40, 79-8-0, groundbait feeder with pellets and hair-rigged corn for carp into double figures; 2nd A Berisford, Leegem, peg 55, 40-3-0; 3rd G Mumby, peg 49, 35-13-0.

Sun Open, Moat Pool (27 Pegs): 1st M Edgecombe, peg 40, 54-12-0, small cage feeder with groundbait and micros with banded 6mm pellet for carp to 8lb; 2nd P Miles, peg 43, 49-12-0; 3rd B Holmes, Matrix, peg 58, 44-1-0.

Hayton Lakes Fisheries: This newly opened complex is running a series of Tuesday open matches.

The Retford Angling Centre Open matches will be staged on the Kingfisher Lake, draw at the Reception Office at 8:45am.

Entry fees £17 with generous section and over-all winner payouts.

Contact Chris Line on 07747 015727.

Club Scene

Junior anglers needed for Cadet Squad: Worksop Angling Cadets are on the lookout for more juniors to join their squad.

This is a rare opportunity for youngsters to receive expert coaching and tuition and to fish for one of the most successful local clubs.

If your child is between the ages of 9 and 13 years and interested in joining the cadets, contact Doreen on 01909 770546.

Toft Newton Reservoir: The new trout season will start on 31st January but in the meantime, Toft are running a series of weekend ‘any method’ days for a nominal fee of £10.

Toft may be renowned for its big perch and pike but few fish for their huge specimen roach and bream so this is a good opportunity to try for them.

Full details are available from their web site at