Brighouse Angling club has received a substantial restocking of roach, perch, bream and gudgeon from British Waterways Board which is a real bonus to club members and teams signing up for the annual teams of four competition starting on February 26.
The stocking, which weighed approaching 500lbs, was split between the Pop Shop length in Elland and the Kosset section at Brookfoot. Both lengths have proved difficult at this time of year with anglers in previous teams of four series struggling to get a bite.
It now means the club has four potentially productive lengths to use - Brighouse town centre and the combined Crematorium and canal basin section in Elland are the other two.
In times past the Calder and Hebble at Brighouse was considered an all year round venue, chiefly thanks to the warm water that made its way into the system from the power station on the Calder.
But the closure of the power station and water purification has not helped angling and while there is tremendous sport to be had with tench, bream, chub and carp, match fish like roach and perch have not been caught in as great a number.
The dates of the four matches are February 25, March 11, 18, 25. More information on the Tri Cast Calder teams of four from Steve Mitchell on 07849473096.
Canals can be notoriously fickle in winter. They can also provide a lucky angler with some of the most memorable sport he is ever likely to experience.
It happened to me a few years ago on the Leeds and Liverpool canal at Burnley when I arrived at a peg that looked nothing and proceeded to tip 26lbs of roach onto the scales and still only won the open by a matter of ounces.
The latest canal to shine is the Huddersfield Broad in the recent Mirfield Christmas/New Year open which attracted a phenomenal 80 plus strong field - a brilliant turnout in today’s climate.
And the lucky man was my old mate from Tri-Cast Calder Steve Allinson. Now I’m pretty sure I’ve heard Steve speak harshly of the Broad in the past, he’ll correct me if I’m wrong, but I can’t imagine he’ll have a bad word for it after plundering almost 20lbs of beautiful roach up to 8oz from the Sainsbury length near Huddersfield town centre on punch and caster. A brilliant net of fish and a nice pay-day for Steve.
There were some great performances from local anglers over the Christmas period, not least the fabulous achievement of the Maver North West lads who filled the first four places in Blackburn’s 50 peg open.
Steve Crossley led the way with 8lbs followed by Daz Shaw with 6lbs 4oz. Steve Ashworth was third with 4lbs 9oz and Roger Priestley with 4lbs 5oz. Dave Williams and Paul Booth of Trabucco Halifax filled third and sixth places with 7lbs 6oz and 3lbs 13oz in the Todmorden AC New Year’s eve match behind Morrison’s on the Rochdale Canal, with organiser and Maver North West squad man Frank Szakely fifth with 4lbs 6oz. The match was won by Little Lever’s Mick Hardgreaves with 11lbs 9oz.
On Boxing Day another Little Lever man, Joe Smith, took the honours on Todmorden’s lengths of the canal at Gordon Riggs with skimmers for 15lbs 9oz. Frank Szakeley was second with 8lbs 6oz with Daz Kershaw of Trabucco Halifax and his team mate Paul Booth in third and fourth with 7lbs 8oz and 5lbs 12oz Daz Shaw was fifth on 5lbs 7oz.
John Meredith (Trabucco Halifax) was runner up in the latest Thornhill Open with 5lbs 4oz losing out to John Sedgwick with 7lbs 3oz. Dave Pilgrim of Ryburn and Craig Ellis of Tri Cast Calder were third and fourth with 4lbs 10 oz and 3lbs 13oz.