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Heronbrook Fisheries, Slindon, 13th May 2017

Angler's Name

Weight (lbs/oz)

Peg # / Lake

Damian Bracken (Garbolino)


27 (Meadow)

Jamie Hughes (MAP / Bag 'Em Baits)


23 (Meadow)

Andy Christie


39 (Canal)

Matt Arnold


21 (Match Lake)

Mark Fox (Maver Midlands)


2 (Meadow)

Gerald Lees


19 (Match Lake)

Steve Openshaw (Lingmere Fisheries)


14 (Island)

Simon Symcox


31 (Meadow)

Qualifiers for Maver British Pole Championship: Damian Bracken, Jamie Hughes & Andy Christie.

Eighty-seven (87) anglers lined the banks of New Canal, Canal, Meadow, Bridge, Island and Match lake for this latest Saturday qualifier event. Conditions on the day were cool to begin with due to plenty of cloud cover and a stiff breeze making things feel a lot colder than during the week leading up to the match. By mid-afternoon, however, there was plenty of sunshine, which brought the resident carp and F1s up in the water where they obliged on pellet and casters.

Winner on the day, and making his way through to compete in his first Match This Grand Final, was Garbolino's Damian Bracken. Damian drew peg 27 on Meadow and caught carp and F1s pinging pellets and fishing caster shallow taking fish to 6lbs for a final 166-14-00. Damian also qualifies for this year's Maver British Pole Championship final taking place at Maver Hayfield Lakes in August. Damian fished a superb match to see off the challenge of MAP's Jamie Hughes just a few pegs away.

Jamie (MAP) drew peg 23 on Meadow and caught carp and F1s fishing pellet over to far side cover and meat short. Jamie found better quality fish to 8lb, but fell just short of Damian's match-winning weight offering 153-13-00 to the scales at the end of the five hours to just miss out on making his fourth Match This final. He does, however, qualify for the British Pole Champs.

Completing the main frame finish was Andy Chrisite. Andy drew peg 39 on Canal and confirmed a lake win with 138-04-00 of F1s caught shallow on caster. Andy will now compete in this year's British Pole Championship final for his efforts.

Former Match This finalist, Matt Arnold, finished in fourth place from peg 21 on Match Lake. Matt started his match fishing a hybrid feeder to take around 40lb before switching to his short line at just 5m on corn to take better quality fish to over 14lbs to end proceedings with a final 129-10-00.

Fifth place was taken by Maver Midlands man, Mark Fox, who drew peg 2 on Meadow. Mark fished most of the match short at 5m offering meat and worm over groundbait and micro pellets before switching to his inside line late on incorporating similar tactics to weigh in 111-02-00.

Team Lindholme romped home to victory in the Commercial Stillwater Championships on their home water in Epworth, nine points clear of their rivals.

A huge turnout of 280 anglers from around the country made their way to the venue on a cold morning, but were treated to a busy day's fishing.

Team Lindholme took home a cool £2,500 with two firsts and two seconds in sections backed up by a string of top 10 finishes to tally an impressive 108 points.

Second on the day were Drennan Barnsley Blacks with 99 points who narrowly edged out Team Garboilno on 98 points.

Best Individual on the day was ever consistent Neil Mckinnon (Team Lindholme/Preston Innovations Telford) who drew on Laurels peg 40. Neil caught 66kg 650gms of quality carp tight to the reeds on stepped up gear, his winning tactics being worm over micros.

Second Individual was Chris Kendall (Garbolino) who also amassed maximum points for his team off peg 64 on Bonsai with 51kg 075gms.

Rounding off the top three on the day was Joe Carass (Drennan Barnsley Blacks) with 44kg 100gms from peg 81 on Bonsai.

The Angling Trust would like to thank Neil Grantham for sponsoring the lucrative top prize and for use of his fishery and excellent staff at Lindholme Lakes. Thanks also to Jemma Phillips for the results system which provided excellent real time results.


Teams on the day:

1st Lindholme 108pts

2nd Drennan Barnsley Blacks 99pts

3rd Garbolino 98pts

4th Mosella Quaker 92pts

5th Preston Innovations Telford 91pts

6th Maver North West 87pts


Individuals on the day:

1st Neil Mckinnon, Preston Innovations Telford 66.650kg

2nd Chris Kendall, Garbolino 51.075kg

3rd Joe Carass, Drennan Barnsley Blacks 44.100kg

4th Lee Bennett, Maver North West 39.800kg

5th Reece Hearn, Matrix Image 38.575kg

6th Ian Morrison, Drennan North West 38.400kg

Bag’em Matchbaits have joined forces with the prolific Larford Lakes.

The deal was verbally sealed just over a week ago and we feel it will be great opportunity for both parties involved.

Caroline Reed Bag 'Em Matchbaits manager signed contracts with Phil Briscoe on Thursday and finalised the deal. Bag 'Em's consultant Ian Giddins also played a big part with initial negotiations with Phil Briscoe at the lakes.

We look forward to working alongside Phil and all the staff at the lakes and also look forward to being fully involved in all festivals, finals and big events that Larford lakes hold.

Garbolino and Dynamite backed ace Alex Dockerty is to join the Garbolino Lindholme team on a permanent basis.


Starting in June, the 21 year old Doncaster ace will become Lindholme’s resident angling coach, as well as offering his expertise to customers in the on-site tackle shop.

Alex said: “ Unlike many sports angling coaching seems to be very limited in terms of the number of people offering their services so hopefully this will be a way to pass on my knowledge of the venue and help others in the way many have helped me over the years.

The plan is to offer a multitude of sessions ranging from group days and evening classes to a full day’s one to one tuition.

Being local to the venue means I can be very flexible in terms of time. This allows me to offer services from morning/evening classes to full days.

The aim is to offer a service not too dissimilar to the coaching available in sports such as golf, where specific aspects can be fine-tuned or during a longer session a number of details can be addressed.

Over seven year working in the trade on a part time basis also places me in a great position to offer advice on tackle and bait, from rods to groundbait mixes - anything you’re having issues with I’ll be able to help.

A big thanks must go to Neil and Aaron for the offer and I look forward to starting!”

Fishery boss Neil Grantham added: “Alex first came to work here at Lindholme when he was just 13 years old, as a part of his schools work experience programme.

I was instantly impressed by his hard working attitude, and likeable personality. Since then, I have seen him grow in stature both as an employee and as an angler.

He is walking proof of how any young person with the right work ethic and attitude can get on in fishing, having now acquired a full sponsorship deal from Garbolino, as well as support from Dynamite Baits on the back of his results.

We are very proud of his progress, and are sure that he has a very bright future ahead of him, both in his own fishing, and in his role here at Garbolino Lindholme.”

Anyone wishing to enquire about Alex’s coaching services should give him a call on: 07983 864646. 

England ace smashes Lindholme league.

England International, and MAP backed super-rod James Dent has won the inaugural Lindholme Lakes Natural Baits league, by a comfortable two point margin.

The league – which was contested by some of the UK’s top rods, held its final round in fine conditions last Saturday. Anglers taking part included Alan Scotthorne, Matt Godfrey, John Allerton, Nick Speed, Mick Vials, Tom Scholey, Lee Kerry and Emma Pickering – making it among the most prestigious leagues in the country.

With anglers dropping their worst result, the league was far from a foregone conclusion with some competitors leap-frogging others on the table on the strength of their dropped score.

One such angler, who managed an emphatic comeback was James’s England stablemate, and Guru backed ace Matt Godfrey. Matt was able to drop a near-disastrous eighth in section and finish with a ten point total from his other five results.

Sean Cameron took third place, after a mega- consistent league, dropping a fourth in section to finish on eleven points.

On the day, it was Browning ace James Hall who made the most of the previously unproductive peg 70 on Bonsai, to win with a fine 36-15-0 net of skimmers and F1s. James caught skimmers and F1s on maggots fished over groundbait.

Tom Scholey, who co-organised the league with Matt Godfrey and Lee Kerry said:  “We are really happy with how this league has gone, and the calibre of angler that it has attracted certainly made it among the most prestigious winter events in the country. The thing that has really got people talking though is the payout – James picked up £1,000 for winning the league, and ninth place picked up £150, so there was impressive money to be won for anglers who performed well.

“This is thanks in no small part to the generosity of venue owner Neil Grantham, who offered us discounted pegging, which allowed us to boost the payout considerably. The dates for next year are booked already – with the first round of the league taking place on the first Saturday in January, and running for the next six consecutive Saturdays.

We have already secured two of Lindholme’s finest lakes – Bonsai and Laurels for all these dates, which should make the fishing even more prolific than it has been this year.”

With places limited to 50 anglers, anglers are advised to book on with Lee Kerry on 07739 342929, Matt Godfrey on 07917 711722 or Tom Scholey on 07971 620489 if they want to be sure of a place next year.

As with this year, the Natural Baits League will be pole only, float only, with a 16m limit, and carp will not count. Allowed baits are maggots, casters, worms, pinkies and up to 2kg of groundbait.


Lindholme League Final


Commercial masters Andy Bennett and Paul Holland have signed a new bait sponsorship deal with the Angling Bait Company.

The duo, who are also sponsored by Tackle Guru, are very excited about the move.

Andy said: “I am delighted to be joining The Angling Bait Company. I am looking forward to having a big say in the groundbait development, and knowing exactly what I’ll be feeding,  as not a lot of people know what core ingredients make up the groundbaits that they use.

This kind of in-depth knowledge can only improve my angling. The live bait supplied by ABC is also spot on, and will be great for me moving forward.”

Paul added: “I am delighted to have been given this great opportunity by The Angling Bait Company. We have recently been to the factory and the live bait side of things was amazing. I am a bit funny in the things I use and I can honestly say that the bait was brilliant and its a nice feeling knowing that I will be able to have quality bait like that every week.

We have already started working on a couple of products that I’m sure will be brilliant when the weather warms up!”

Matt Godfrey smashed his way to victory in the penultimate round of the Lindholme Natural Baits League, winning the match in emphatic style with a 43-4-0 net of F1s. Drawn on peg 9 on Willows Lake, Matt caught quality F1s on maggot tactics.

In second place was Paul Christie. Paul, who also drew on Willows, again caught quality F1s on maggots for 26-1-0.

James Dent filled third spot, and was the best weight from Bonsai lake with a 24-9-0 net of skimmers. James caught fishing maggots and pinkies over groundbait.

In the league stakes, the standings are extremely tight, and with anglers dropping their worth result after the final round this Saturday, the race is still on for top spot.

As with the rest of the league rounds, anglers are welcome to fish the match as an open. Call Lee Kerry on 07739342929 to book on.


Rd 5

Mick Owen has won the latest round of the Lindholme Natural Baits League, with an impressive 26-12-0 net of F1s, on what turned out to be a very tough day for competitors due to horrendous mid-week weather.

 The Garbolino Lindholme ace drew peg 43 on Bonsai, and caught his fish on maggots fished on the long pole.

Second placed Lee Kerry owned Laurels Lake, with his 21-5-8 net almost doubling second place on the pool. Lee caught mainly on maggots at 1m, banking most of his lake winning catch in the first couple of hours of the match.

In third place was Dale Shepherd. Drawn on peg 84 on Bonsai, he caught quality F1s fishing long pole down towards the bottom corner of the lake for 18-12-0.

In the league stakes, former karate world champion, and Matrix backed ace Craig Butterfield fought his way to the top of the board with two section wins and a second. Matt Pillay is second on two section wins and a third. The full, up to date league table can be seen below.

With anglers able to drop their worst result though everything is still to play for.

There are three rounds of this popular league remaining, with the next taking place this Saturday 21st January. None league anglers who wish to fish the match as an open may do so, book on with Matt Godfrey on 07917 711722 or Tom Scholey on 07971 620489.



Sean steals the win in Round Two Of Lindhome Natural Baits League.

Dynamite ace Sean Cameron has won the second round of the Lindholme Lakes Natural Baits League, with a 43-14-0 net. Drawn on peg 63 on Laurels Lake, Sean found quality F1s on maggot tactics, feeding small balls of Swim Stim to keep fish coming.

In second place was Matrix rod Craig Butterfield, who put a 41-14-0 net together, again on maggots. Ryan Lidguard took the final frame place, with a weight of 40-4-0, again on maggots.

With 50 anglers fishing, three lakes were used  - and although Laurels Lake dominated the frame places, the going was tough in areas. The stand out weight on Strip Pond was Nick Speed, who walked the lake with a 31-14-0 net of mainly perch! The Shimano and Dynamite ace broke his personal perch best three times in the course of the match, with his best fish weighing in at 3-5-0.

The best weight on Loco was Paul Christie, who caught 22-0-0 of skimmers and F1s to secure himself a section win.

The next round takes place this Saturday 14th January, with Bonsai, Laurels and Strip being used. To book on, anglers should contact Tom Scholey on 07971620489 or Matt Godfrey on 07917 711722.    



1 Sean Cameron (Dynamite) 43-14-0 (Laurels 63)

2 Craig Butterfield (Matrix) 41-14-0 (Laurels 33)

3 Ryan Lidguard 40-4-0 (Laurels 45)




The latest government statistics show that angling participation has increased over the last 12 months as anglers head out to the banks more often.

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