With the stresses of running the Pennine League behind me, there I was looking forward to the first of a series of pairs opens on the Leeds and Liverpool canal at Shipley.
Real feet up stuff. Turn up when I fancy. Eat my breakfast without interruptions. Sit and chat with my colleagues about the prospects for the day after the draw while at the same time the match organisers run around like headless chickens, giving directions and answering a non-stop barrage of questions.
Then the record stuck!
I’ve recently sold my house and the one I’m renting has an electric garage.
And you’ve guessed it. As I made my way lazily to my car on Sunday morning after that extra hour I pressed the remote and nothing happened.
So that meant I was without my carryall, bait, nets and scales which I said I’d take along for the weigh in.
Frantic phone calls followed and I managed to get some gear that would see me through the day.
I did okay, but all that mucking around in the morning took its toll and I ran out nine ounces short of winning the section. A lost perch while I was breaking down the pole to let some walkers past possibly cost me money.
At midday I got a call from my wife saying the garage wasn’t working because the fuse had tripped. I cannot print my reply.
The match was dour with the only real excitement coming for Paul Cryer who got a bite on caster and stuck the net under a 4lbs plus ide. Some roach and perch boosted him to 5lbs 3oz and a more than comfortable victory. His team mate Derek Greenwood finished third in my section, two ounces ahead of me on 2lbs and between them they absolutely blitzed the pairs event.
Nigel Storr (Trabucco Halifax) was not too far from Paul on the Hirst Wood section and he had a busier day with roach and perch for 3lbs 6oz and second. Stu Campbell (Trabucco Halifax) was third with 2lbs 7oz and his squad mate Martin Taylor fourth with 2lbs 3oz. Halifax pairs Daz Kershaw and Taylor and Campbell and John Meredith filled second and third spots.
The mini-league moves to the Huddersfield Narrow canal on Sunday.
Rastrick-based angler Tony Earnshaw was runner-up in the weekend’s biggest match, the Yorkshire Ouse championships.
Tony was drawn below the Killingbeck wires and took a net of roach weighing 8lbs 8oz to the scales. But, he was a long way off Barnsley legend Denis White, who fished through the pain barrier despite a bad back to weigh 17lbs of roach and small chub on 13m pole and red maggot over groundbait from a peg above the rough field at Red House, to lead the 114 strong field.
Bradford No1 report that some sections of the River Calder are closed on Sunday for the final round of this years Calder League. Draw at 9am at The Black Bull in Brighouse. Tickets are still available for next Sunday’s open match at Roecliffe from Simon on 01274 571175.
Nun Monkton is worth a visit for chub up to 4lbs. Knotford Lagoon is producing excellent catches of carp to over 20lbs.
TIP OF THE WEEK: Time to dig out those wire tipped pole floats. According to one national newspaper a cold snap from Siberia is on its way which means the most delicate presentation these floats offer will be the order of the day. Don’t forget your bristle grease!
HOT PEG: The Swale at Gatenby and Catton are fishing very well for chub and the odd barbel on a Bradford No1 ticket.