Results on the up as carp start to show

Gemma Slaney proudly showing off her latest Mirror Carp at Lodge Farm
Gemma Slaney proudly showing off her latest Mirror Carp at Lodge Farm

Catch results are finally on the up as the Carp start to show across the county.

Ton weights have already started to appear during matches at Sherwood Forrest, Lodge Farm and Hallcroft fisheries.

All commercials are starting to produce some really good Carp.

None more so than Bennets Ponds at East Markham and Fox Covert Fisheries at Laneham, where specimens to double figures are already common-place.


Sherwood Forest Fisheries: Tue Open, Sherwood Lake: 1st C Greensides, peg 52, 71-15-0.

Chris beat a 19-strong field fishing pole maggot over groundbait to net over 100 Ide and Skimmers.

2nd A Lakey, Worksop Angling Supplies, peg 41, 47-3-0; 3rd M Burrell, Gateford Angling Centre, peg 47, 40-10-0.

Wed Open, Holmedale Lake: 1st L Hassett, Gateford Angling Centre, peg 36, 78-15-0.

It was a close call but Lee alternated between feeder and pole pellet to land Carp to 9lb to come out on top of the 22-strong field.

2nd A Lakey, Worksop Angling Supplies, peg 32, 78-1-0; 3rd M Langton, peg 17, 72-9-0.

Sun Open, Holmedale Lake: 1st R Evans, peg 19, 103-14-0.

With 24 of the areas finest anglers turning out, this wasn’t going to be an easy ride but Richard put 14m pole pellet to good use, bagging over a ton of Carp to 7lb.

2nd C Brazier, peg 47, 82-8-0; 3rd M Malia, Worksop Angling Supplies, peg 4, 75-1-0.

Lodge Farm Fisheries: Tue Open, Long Island: 1st P Bradley, peg 93, 81-7-0; 2nd G Brookes, peg 98, 73-10-0; 3rd A Hill, peg 95, 61-7-0.

Wed Over 50s, Field/Signal: 1st G Morris, peg 20, 90-9-0; 2nd R Turner, peg 4, 62-5-0; 3rd G Brookes, peg 6, 57-6-0.

Thu Open, Signal: 1st A Sutton, peg 5, 86-11-0; 2nd G Brookes, peg 12, 47-5-0; 3rd G Jubb, peg 15, 34-9-0.

Sat Open, Field: 1st D Higgs, peg 37, 67-6-0; 2nd A Favill, peg 17, 51-8-0; 3rd B Chatterton, peg 3, 48-3-0.

Sun Winter League, Top Pond: 1st N Wheatcroft, peg 38, 75-7-0; 2nd M Foy, peg 23, 56-10-0; 3rd S Fog, peg 23, 37-5-0. .

Daiwa Hallcroft Fisheries: Monday Veterans Costcutter, Bridge: 1st L Hewison, MAP Leegem, peg 5, 92-10-0; 2nd C Line, Retford Angling Centre, peg 9, 73-2-0; 3rd K Pacey, peg 13, 42-2-0.

Thu Veterans Winter League, Moat: 1st P Bagshaw, Frenzee, peg 14, 48-6-0; 2nd I Donaldson, peg 2, 37-11-0; 3rd P Schoof, MAP Leegem, peg 101, 32-10-0.

Sat Open, Moat: 1st A Sellars, R&R Sports, peg 2, 118-3-0; 2nd A Oldham, Frenzee, peg 18, 88-6-0; 3rd S Robbins, MAP Leegem, peg 105, 73-11-0.

Overall Veterans Winter League: 1st N Wood, 14 pts; 2nd A Payling, 15 pts (more section wins); 3rd L Hewison, 15 pts; 4th G Hiley, 16 pts.


Grafton AA: Sunday Pine Lakes: 1st C Benson, 24-8-0, feeder for mainly Carp; 2nd W Elgie, 22-0-0, bomb for Carp to 11lb; 3rd I Scott, 14-3-0, feeder for Carp and Ide.

Grafton permits for the Chesterfield Canal stretch are now available from Ken Wards Sports in Worksop or from the Bailiff on the bank at a mere £17 per year.

Match booking via Club Secretary 0114 287 3110 or 07772 306040

Worksop & District AA: More junior members are needed.

This is an excellent opportunity for local youngsters to receive coaching from some of the areas top anglers.

Matt Godfrey, Lee Kerry, Alan Scotthorne and Sandra Scotthorne are just some of the Coaches on hand this year to give expert guidance to their juniors.

The Worksop based club has a long and very successful history with its previous junior squads qualifying for Fish-a-Mania and winning the Angling Trust Nationals eight times in a row.

Anyone from ages 14 to 17 with a little fishing experience are welcome.

Contact Junior Squad Manager Neil Nicolson for more information on 07901 795209 or 07788 789864.


Toft Newton: 67 rods caught 423 trout for an impressive rod average of 6.3.

Toft really is offering great sport for all with fish still being caught on all methods from floaters and dries through to sinkers and lures with fish spread around the whole of the complex.

Regular stocking is helping to keep the big catches coming.

Coaching sessions have gone down well.

John Steels capped off his casting lessons with a beautiful Rainbow to get him off the mark.

Well done John, you’ll now be hooked!

The National Bank Championships will be held at Toft Newton on 12th April so get in touch and get your name down for the event.

Evening tickets are now available at £12, which includes a brace for the pot.

Guiding fees are priced from just £20 per hour.

For all your advice and to book a day’s fishing contact Andy on 01673 878453 or 07850 351695.

If you have an angling story or a picture of you with an impressive catch, email me at or call me on 07815 308463.

Tight lines!

Alan Dudhill