It’s a stroll in the park for Maver

THE Pennine League came to an end and only a supreme effort from one of the Trabucco Halifax sides prevented Maver North West from walking away with all the team spoils.

A sixth and final match on the Leeds-Liverpool canal at Shipley was like a stroll in the park for Maver Red who already had the title in the bag before this final encounter.

They were once again in a mean mood taking three sections, but then stumbling in another three, though their points tally of 237 was a country mile ahead of the rest.

Simon Walton led the charge with another section win and second in the match meaning he only dropped four points throughout the series - a brilliant performance.

But Martin Hellewell for Trabucco Red led the day, just, with a handy 2lbs bream topped up with small roach and perch from a peg at Hirst Wood for a modest 4lbs 4oz - just half an ounce ahead of Walton.

His catch comprised of a bream and small roach from the turning bay in Shipley.

Slaithwaite’s Keith Hennigan was third with 3lbs 12oz; John Leeds (Maver Black) 3lbs 4oz was fourth and Craig Howarth (Maver White) 3lbs 2oz came fifth.

The big story of the day was a powerful performance from Maver White to force themselves into second in the league. They started the day well adrift but having amassed 43 points, moved ahead of their own Black team and two Halifax sides.

Halifax Black managed to hold on to a share of third tying on points with Maver Black.

League Final: 1. Maver Red 237; 2. Maver White 198; 3= Trabucco Halifax Black and Maver Black 195; 5. Trabucco Halifax Red 188; 6. Tri-Cast Calder 184; 7. Trabucco Halifax Blue 180; 8. Slaithwaite 158; 9. Old ‘uns 109.

I had one of those nearly days, finishing half a pound short of the main prize list after spending too much time trying to catch perch from a peg noted for them. It was a gamble that was worth taking, but having got up a head of steam on the 4m whip with small roach, I was left pondering my decision at the end when the main prize card was filled with such low weights.

At least the league is now over and I can get back to turning up for matches as a competitor rather than an organiser.

Maybe I’m getting long in the tooth but I don’t get the kick out of running matches that I used to.

lBrighouse AC and Bradford No1 has now got fishing rights to the short length of canal that traverses the weir at Cooper Bridge on the river Calder. When the river is in flood this short length is crammed with bream and roach. Members of either club can start fishing there immediately.

Bob Woodhead triumphed in the latest Hebden Bridge open fished at the rear of the B&M store in Sowerby Bridge. He used bread punch for 3lbs 13oz just beating Dave Pilgrim into second by three ounces. Alan Bagnall was third with 2lbs 6oz.

Anglers wishing to fish the Ryburn & Halifax Christmas match must register at Jewsons Tackle shop, Halifax. Closing date for entries is the end of November.

HOT PEG: Brighouse market place should start coming into its own for good roach and perch to lob worm.

TIP OF THE WEEK: Do I feed liquidised bread dry or do I wet it to make it sink faster? Trial and error is the answer but wetting it is more positive and makes sure it does not drift as much.