Few of those who have taken part in the Tri-Cast Calder teams of four on the Calder and Hebble Canal through March would argue its been a pretty tough league.
There have been some good weights, Sunday’s in particular, where the organising team’s Michael Dobson netted three bream, being one. But there have been some long faces too.
A slice of luck, together with skill, has been the order of the day.
In the final outing Maver Red, never short on the latter looked like they might have been deserted by the former.
And they needed their six point lead as both their own Black team and Trabucco ROK Halifax Gold came storming back, with Trabucco ROK Blue fourth in a grandstand finish where an odd point separated each of the four money places.
Dobson, fishing for Tri-Cast Black, was a clear winner with 9lbs 5oz from a peg at the back of the Barge and Barrel finding bream to 3.5lbs on pole fished caster and worm. When the early morning fog lifted though it was a different story and the bream shut up shop.
Steve Allinson (Tri-Cast Blue) included a bream and roach in his second placed 3lbs 14oz from the next peg to Dobson while Paul Cryer found some small bream and decent roach along Brighouse market place for third with 3lbs 11oz. Making the frame were: 4. John Holdsworth (Maver Black) 3lbs 2oz; 5. Warren McLeavy (Maver Black) 2lbs 11oz; 6. Alan Crook (Maver Red) 2lbs 11oz.
On the day Maver Black edged out Trabucco ROK Gold by a single point, 21 to 20, with third place going to Tri-cast Calder Black on 17 and equal fourth to Trabucco ROK Blue and Tri-cast Blue on 16.
League overall: 1. Maver Red 70; 2. Maver Black 69; 3. Trabucco ROK Gold 68; 4. Trabucco ROK Blue 66.
Attention on Sunday switches to the Huddersfield Broad Canal where the first of a couple of warm up opens takes place ahead of the teams of four competition which this year has 80 anglers taking part. The draw is at 9am at the Shoulder of Mutton in Mirfield and anyone who wants to fish should book their place with Ian Dawson on 07967452793.
Trabucco ROK Halifax angler Stu Campbell kept up pressure at the top of the national county championship league table with another win on the Thornhill Canal at Dewsbury.
Seemingly drawn out of it, Campbell surprised even himself when he dropped in at a peg in the 20s and immediately started catching good roach and skimmers on the caster.
At the close he had amassed 6lbs 2oz which proved too much for his squad mate Daz Kershaw who looked set fair to win from favourite peg one. He caught roach, perch and small bream on worm, bread and caster but came up well short on 4lbs 9oz. Others: 3. Keith Marshall (Tri-Cast Calder) 3lbs 6oz. 4= Keith Hobson (Ultimate Barnsley) and John Holdsworth (Maver North West) 3lbs 5oz.