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Hallcroft Fisheries, Retford, 6th August 2016

Angler's Name

Weight (lbs/oz)

Peg # / Lake

Matt Arnold


16 (Bridge Island)

Chris Kitchin


74 (Moat Outer)

Paul Wright (Halkon Hunt)


8 (Reed)

Oliver Stringer


20 (Reed)

Frankie Gianoncelli (Preston Innovations / Sonu Baits)


2 (Canal)

Craig Owen


31 (Reed)

Les Marshall (Barnsley Bait Co.)


49 (Moat Island)

Darren Oldham


26 (Bridge Outer)

The best turnout to date on a Mega Match This qualifier at Hallcroft Fishery saw one hundred and nine (109) anglers attend this Saturday qualifier event. Conditions on the day were extremely warm with very little cloud cover about. However, a slight breeze gave some anglers, depending on where they had drawn, a slight ripple which made all the difference to those that caught compared to those that didn't.

A new competition for disabled anglers launched in the East Midlands


A brand new competition for disabled anglers is being launched in the East Midlands. The inaugural East Midlands Disabled Angling Championships will be taking place on Thursday 22nd September at Rycroft Fishery, Derbyshire (DE74 2RE) on Moat Lake.

The competition has been established in partnership with the Angling Trust to create more opportunities for disabled anglers to fish in competitions. The match will form part of an on going calendar of local matches for disabled anglers taking place at accessible fisheries.

Steve Barraclough has signed an individual sponsorship deal with Browning Fishing, part of the Zebco Europe group of brands. Steve, from Wakefield, West Yorks, will be representing the brand a major fishing events and assisting with future product development. A9.jpg

Browning has also signed two new teams in the North and South of the country. Browning Osset are a long established Yorkshire team who have competed at top level for many years.  They are the current Angling Trust National Champions having won the 2016 final on the Fen Drains and Decoy Lakes. Browning South East are a well known and respected team based around North Kent area. They compete with success in team events and as individuals on the busy SE match circuit. The teams will receive support in their match fishing activities and will assist with promotion of Browning products and brand.


Frerk Petersen, Director Europe Marketing & Product Development: "We are broadening our sponsorship scheme in the UK to get more product exposure in areas where we are under represented. Sponsorship is very important to us as we expect our teams to be ambassadors for our company and a test-bed for our products.  Anglers can always approach our sponsored anglers to see and try our products." 

Stephane Pottelet Joins Garbolino

One of the highest profile names on the world championship stage has joined SERT as Garbolino brand manager. Stephane Pottelet is highly regarded by anglers across the world, as one of the very best pole and waggler anglers of his generation and his record in team and individual events over the last 10 years is incredible! His achievements include team gold, silver and bronze medals at World and European level with the French national team, as well as individual silver and bronze medals at the world championships. The three-time champion of France also has other key skills that he is keen to apply to the Garbolino brand.

Garbolino’s Jerome Mio has stepped up to take over the responsibility of sales and marketing manager and is delighted with the appointment of Stephane, who he believes will add even more strength to the brand, which is growing rapidly across Europe.

Garbolino UK’s Darren Cox also commented: “This is fantastic news for the brand. Stephane is at the top of the tree when it comes to international match fishing, has a very technical mind with lots of great ideas that will enhance the brand and our product offering. It’s exciting times ahead for Garbolino.”

Tunnel Barn Farm, Shrewley, 13th August 2016

Angler's Name

Weight (lbs/oz)

Peg # / Lake

Stephen Openshaw (Lingmere Fishery)


6 (Jenny's)

Richard Bond (Matrix Image)


12 (Canal)

Marc Rodger


8 (Jenny's)

Connor Barlow (Daiwa / Guru)


40 (New)

Frankie Gianoncelli (Preston Innovations / Sonu Baits)


6 (Extension)

Kieron Rich (Middy / Burt Baits)


11 (Jenny's)

Jon Jowett (Preston Innovations)


2 (Canal)

Steven Knowles


16 (Jenny's)

A good turn-out at the ever-popular Tunnel Barn Farm saw one hundred and two (102) anglers attend this penultimate Match This qualifier. With just one more qualifier remaining, time is fast running out for those anglers hoping to book their place in this year's Grand final that have yet to do so. Conditions for this latest qualifier were warm and sunny with the resident carp and F1's responding well and feeding in numbers up in the water. As per previous year's events, the standard of fishing was exceptional with twelve of the thirteen sections being won with in excess of 100lbs!

Claiming the last but one place in this year's Match This final was Stephen Openshaw. Steve is no stranger to the Match This final having narrowly missed out on a cheque for £3,000 back in 2013 when he finished just outside of the main frame in fourth place. Steve drew peg 6 on the prolific Jenny's lake and fished caster shallow for most of the match to weigh in a superb 224lbs at the end of the five hours. Steve will now take part in this second Match This final and will be hopeful of bettering his 2013 finish.

Finishing runner-up on the day was Richard Bond (Matrix Image). Richard secured a lake win from peg 12 on Canal with an equally impressive 206-13-00. Richard caught on caster fished both over to the far side and up in the water before coming down his edge late on to find some bonus carp up to 6lbs to boost his overall weight.

Rounding off the top three finish was Marc Rodger. Marc drew peg 8 on Jenny's and also fished caster up in the water for most the match to end proceedings with 197-08-00.

Sometimes you just have a day's fishing that you will never forget, well last Thursday I had one, catching my personal best match weight ever.

Forty years have flown by since the Sheffield Star first announced it was to host a major fishing competition for club match anglers. Who could possibly have thought that it would not only still be running today but positively thriving?

K Parkes netting

“This is the 20th year I have been involved (writes organiser Bob Roberts) and I’m proud to see it is as popular as ever. The late Colin Dyson asked me if I’d mind taking over his Green Un column (a local sports newspaper) in April 1997 until ‘he got a little better.’ Alas he never recovered but it’s a fitting tribute that the reigning Club Match Angler Champion is now presented with the Colin Dyson Memorial trophy, in his honour, a trophy provided by the late Jack Purchase to honour his memory.

The competition had dwindled since its heyday when breweries and tobacco firms were allowed to pump money into sports events and it was a struggle to raise the 40 anglers who took part in the 1997 final. Nowadays I get hundreds of entries each year and the competition to be crowned what’s effectively the champion of champions is intense.”

Clubs in the newspaper’s circulation are invited to submit their match results and hundreds respond. The match winners, more than 250 different anglers, some qualifying many times over, go through to the semi finals where each section winner is rewarded with a chance to fish the sponsored final. This is where dreams can be realised. Who wouldn’t want to be crowned Club Match Angler Champion in the UK’s biggest grass roots event?

Parkes’ Smashing Hat-Trick

Final Number Forty (22 Qualifying Finalists Fished)

Bank End Fisheries, Blaxton, Match Lake


A perfect day with broken cloud and a light breeze promised much at this perfectly manicured fishery. It certainly didn’t let us down. The lowest weight returned was a respectable 53 pounds while the average catch topped 91lbs.

Kevin Parkes, a 44-year-old joiner from Mosborough made history by winning the match and becoming the first angler ever to be crowned champion on three occasions – pretty good going considering a quarter of the field were previous champions making it probably the most difficult final ever to win but he achieved it the hard way smashing two number 4 sections, a top kit and trashed 5 rigs in the margin rushes.

Feeding a line just 12 inches from the bank with chopped worm, meat, maggots and groundbait, Parkes set off on pellet waggler, catching a couple of carp, before coming inside where he found the fish queuing up to pounce on his red maggot baited hook.

Top Six Weights:

1. Kevin Parkes 159-9 (Peg 5) £900

2. Graham Webster 134-0 (Peg 20) £675

3. Richard Wardle 128-3 (Peg 30) £550

4. Omar Munaser 126-6 (Peg 4) £375

5. Brian Searle 124-4 (Peg 26) £325

6. Rob Burgin 112-0 (Peg 28) £50

Prize winnings shown included cash and tackle (to the value of). Section winners also received cool bags retailing at £49.99

Special Mentions

A huge thanks go out to Sheffield newspapers for hosting the competition, Daiwa Sports for providing the fantastic prizes, Bank End Fisheries for providing the final venue, Pauline and Geoff Hurt – tireless and brilliantly efficient organisers (as always) and all the club match secretaries who submit their results, week-in and week-out.

When I arrived the lake we were fishing was very coloured and really cold so I knew that it was going to fish very hard.

I drew an area that doesn’t really produce but the upside of it was that I had a lot of room. The weather was really bad with wind and rain but I had the wind over my back, which meant I could present my bait well, which is key in cold-water conditions.

Joe Carass recounts an extremely busy few weeks that has seen him catch a lot of fish and receive a few batterings too!

Joe Carass looks back on the recent success of the Match Fishing Drawbags!

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