How the British weather loves to catch us out, writes Tim Worsnop.
Record high temperatures for March followed by one of the biggest frosts of the year on Saturday night.
And now looking out of the window, snow.
The conditions played havoc with weekend sport. One minute everyone was licking their lips at the prospect of big catches but come the day many were left scratching for a bite
Fish feeding habits are triggered by minute changes in air pressure and water temperature and the first effects could be seen in Saturday’s Thornhill open at Dewsbury which was won by Andy Perkins (Sensas Walton) with a chub and some bits for 6lbs 6oz with a drop off to Trabucco ROK Halifax’s Eric Green in second with a mixed net of roach and skimmers for 4lbs 6oz. Third and fourth were taken up by Tri-Cast Calder duo Keith Marshall (3lbs 13oz) and Ian Sutcliffe (2lbs 3oz).
There were high expectations on the Huddersfield Broad for the first open of the year and while Tackle2U’s Pete Barron rattled up an impressive five chub catch for just short of 20lbs, the back-up weight chiefly consisted of single fish, except for Daz Kershaw (Trabucco ROK Halifax) who winkled out 5lbs 12oz of perch from the University length. Third went to John Sedgewick (4lbs 15oz) with a good bream from the Long Length, fourth to Paul Booth (Trabucco ROK Halifax, 4lbs 13oz) with a big chub and roach at the bottom of Match Length I was fifth with a solitary bream and two perch for 4lbs 12oz in the middle of the match length.
Over at Luddenden Foot, 15 Hebden Bridge members struggled to catch anything but small roach. Bob Woodhead ran out winner with 2lbs 2oz with Peter Kemp edging out Pete Wilson for second by an ounce with 1lbs 11oz.
The Aire and Calder at Woodlesford has a bit of depth to it, but again fell foul of the cold night and bright, sunny day. Just 14 fished with Steve Foster (Westwood Roofing) running outwinner with a chub, a bream and some decent roach. Keith Marshall (Tri-Cast Calder) was second with 6lbs 14oz and Pete Duffy of Maver North West fourth with 5lbs.
*Conditions picked up for those lucky enough to be able to fish during the week with 23 anglers heading to the Tollerton complex near York for an open on Kingfisher and Coot ponds.
They were shown the way by the highly experienced Franek Staniuzsko (Garbolino Elton)who used pellet and method feeder to catch 25 carp up to four pounds for 54lbs 2oz. There was some distance between him and Tom Barlow (Maver North West) in second with 41lbs 2oz on the pellet and waggler.
Making up the frame were: 3. Warren McLeavy (Maver North West) 36lbs; 4. Richard Jackson (Trabucco ROK Halifax) 33lbs 8oz and 5th Kevin Griffiths (Lowhills) 32lbs 8oz.
Bradford No1 report that a pair of glasses in a Specsavers case was found at Broughton on the River Aire, the owner can ring Simon Foster on 01274 571175 to arrange their return. The Aire and Calder Canal is fishing well for good nets of roach, skimmers and perch so is worth a visit this week.
Carp are now starting to move at Knotford and Kirklees Lagoon. Anglers at Chellow Dene have reported excellent catches of roach and chub. Day tickets at £3 adults and £1 juniors from Tackle 2U Bradford and Hill Top News, Allerton Road.