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Graham Shadwell does well at Gold Valley Lake
KENNET Osprey AC were at Gold Valley Lake on Sunday last, where Graham Shadwell drew well, and won well with 139lb 6oz of carp on the method feeder and pellet waggler. Steve Hunt also employed the method feeder for his 129lb of carp. “Top Two” Terry Bowles fished an alien discipline for him, the method feeder to record 117lb 4oz, and third place. Brian Baker came out of retirement to frame with 98lb 10oz.
Of the 21 who fished all caught something.
Adventure AC went to Cove Pit in Theale for their latest match, where Mick Fordham put the method feeder to good use, taking a 124lb bag of carp. Rob Gallagher fished pole and meat at five metres to record 105lb 8oz.
Dave Butlers’ 96lb of carp was a pole and pellet affair, while Darren Wright caught 76lb 8oz of carp on the pole using corn on the hook. In total 19 fished and all caught.
Oxoid AC fished at Soke Road last Sunday, where the aptly named Harry Roach took the honours with 32lb 5oz of carp on the pole and maggot.
Pete Lovegrove’s 25lb 6oz of carp was a pole and worm affair. Del Baulsom caught carp and bits on pole and maggot for his 12lb 12oz, while rising star Jack Pope put 12lb 5oz on the scales to make up the frame.
Seven fished and caught.
Camrose AC found themselves at Old Barlows Lake for their latest match, and Pete Morris did the business with 18lb 12oz of mixed on pole and pellet. Bill Atkinson took second spot with 11lb 5oz of carp on the pole and pellet, just shading Pip Seeny, who weighed 11lb 3oz.
Today the Basingstoke Championships will be fished for at the Gold Valley Complex.
The original competition took place in the early 1970s and was the brainchild of the late John Wylie, the late Bill Ashfield, and myself, it was called the three-way match, Basingstoke AC, Adventure AS, and Basingstoke Kingfishers AC being the participants.
Two Guys Tackle put up the trophy for the angler who was crowned the Basingstoke Champion.
All anglers of all abilities would participate and the top 20 weights of each club determined which club had the bragging rights for the season.
As other clubs evolved and club fishing declined, memberships became smaller, so smaller named teams represented their clubs, and sadly the emphasis on everyone participating declined, and a second points system for the smaller teams, 10, six, then five became the modus operandum, with Basingstoke Angling Club and Basingstoke Kingfishers folding. The burden of the championships fell upon Kennet Ospreys, Adventure AS and Camrose AC.
This year, sadly, Adventure feel that they can no longer participate, therefore the Basingstoke Championships will be down to 60 participants.
Next year, however, a new format with more of an emphasis on an individual format is to be tried, to hopefully bring back some of the ordinary club members with names I never see.
The draw for this year’s match will be in the Gold Valley Clubhouse at 9am this coming Sunday. Fishing times are 11am to 4pm.
I hope everyone who participates does so in the spirit of the occasion rather than for the points or the brown envelope at the end of the match.
Catch me next week.
Angling Column written by Pete Howes