Caster is key for Jackson at market

It maybe tight pegging along Brighouse Market place but it’s where everyone wants to be in the Tri-Cast Calder teams of four event on the Calder and Hebble canal from Brighouse to Elland which reached round two on Sunday.

Trabucco ROK Halifax Blue’s Richard Jackson drew on knowledge from a previous practice session to good effect at his peg which was two below Sugden’s mill silo to catch a stream of roach on the caster for a winning 6lbs 1oz.

It was a tricky start for him as the shoal were finicky, but after pricking one or two he settled into a good rhythm and even let the anglers either side share a few as they pushed towards him as close as they dare.

Graham Bateman (Tri-Cast Calder Red) was left kicking himself after losing a bream at the end peg next to Elland Bridge that would have easily won the match for him.

He managed to net one on caster which together with a few roach left him an agonising four ounces short of the winner.

Paul McMillan (Trabucco ROK Halifax Gold) was another four ounces back and once again managed to find a bream from his peg at the back of the Barge and Barrel.

Others in the frame were: 4. Steve Ashworth (Maver North West Red) 4lbs 8oz; 5. Craig Ellis (Tri Cast Calder Black) 4lbs 7oz; Dave Bradley (Maver North West (Maver North West White) 4lbs 2oz.

Maver took a grip of the day’s team event with 19 points: The rest of the frame was:

2. Bloodworm and 3 Jokers 18; 3. Tri-Cast Calder Red 17; 4= Maver North West Black and Trabucco ROK Halifax Blue 16. League: 1=. Trabucco ROK Halifax Blue, Bloodworm and 3 Jokers, Maver North West Red 35; 4. Maver North West Black 34; 5. Trabucco ROK Halifax Gold 33.

Trabucco ROK Halifax star Stuart Campbell is among the national front runners in this season’s Angling Times County Championships after a fabulous run of form on local canals.

He has already amassed 86 points from natural venues and is currently giving the carp puddle brigade a run for their money.

He did however have a rare failure on Saturday’s Thornhill open which was won at the next peg to him by Mick Sharp with 7lbs 8oz.

John Holdsworth (Maver North West) was runner up with 6lbs 6oz and Eric Green (Trabucco ROK Halifax) made it a profitable week coming third with 3lbs 13oz.

He was runner up in Wednesday’s Viking Fishery open at Pollington near Selby with 38lbs 15oz narrowly behind match organiser Keith Marshall (Tri Cast Calder) with 40lbs 4oz.

Steve Mitchell who recently transfered back from Calder to Halifax came home third with 34lbs 5oz.

Wonderful turnout yesterday at Park Wood, Elland to give angling colleague Mike Walton the send off he deserved.

Mike, who was well known on the match circuit, died recently after losing his battle against cancer.