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HOUGHTON CUP 6 – CEMEX -3rd February 2019

This was the penultimate leg of this years Houghton Cup which has been hotly contested between Colin Fowler and Tony Crossley. The catches in this match were mainly made up of Chub with the biggest being around 3lb which was caught by match winner Lee Wakeman. Lee finished up with a respectable total of 10lb exactly. Second spot went to Peter Hole with 3lb 2oz and third spot went to Stuart Cottingham.

Unfortunately, the contest for overall top spot was a bit of an anti climax as the 2oz Tony Crossley managed to put on the scales was enough to clinch it as it gave him 4 points against overall second placed Colin Fowler’s blank.


PIKE MATCH – HAYSDEN COUNTRY PARK – 27th January 2019 – 13 fished

The annual club Pike match seems to get more popular each year, as we had 13 competitors this year. There have been several big fish capture reports recently, so everyone was hoping for something a bit special.  Austin Battell got lucky and drew number 1 out of the hat and headed down wind into one of the bays. This proved a worthwhile choice as within an hour, Austin had got two fish for 10lb 9oz. Elsewhere, nothing was happening and the wind seemed to be getting stronger and colder. By eleven O’clock, Austin had managed another two fish of 6lb 2oz and 5lb 2oz to take his total weight to 21lb 13oz. Only one other fish was caught and that was the biggest fish of the day at 8lb 4oz, which was caught by Roger Trask on the river.
1st Place   – Austin Battell –  21lb 13oz
2nd Place – Roger Trask    –     8lb   4oz
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This season’s Houghton Cup will be decided in the last round of matches. Round 5 was a very close affair with the current top 2 both framing on the day. Colin Fowler and Tony Crossley could not have made it any closer as Colin took the honours with 7lb 15oz and Tony took second place with 7lb 14oz. Colin’s bag included Roach to 8oz. In third spot was Roger Trask with 4lb 7oz.

One round to go and standings are:
1st   – Tony Crossley   44pts
2nd – Colin Fowler      36pts
3rd – Mick Smith          27pts
4th – Ray Allen              25pts



15 anglers ventured out for this popular yearly gathering. Although the river had been up and coloured leading up to this one, 14 of the competitors managed to register on the scales. Taking the honours in top spot was Match Secretary Martyn Hill with 13lb 12oz which consisted of two Bream, the best one weighing a very impressive 8lb 15oz. In second spot with 7lb 13oz was Bob Doyle and in 3rd spot with 1lb 5oz was Ray Allen.Martyn Hill 8lb 15oz River Medway Match Bream
Match winner Martyn Hill with a fine slab of 8lb 15oz.


Barden Pike Fishing

The Pike fishing has begun to pick up of late on Barden Lake, with some good upper double figure fish being reported. Lure anglers have done well recently as the water has stayed clear and the weed has now died back which makes it easier to fish with sinking or floating lures. Lots of Jacks have been caught on the Lures, whereas deadbaits have produced the bigger fish. Steve Twort recently caught a nice 18lb 4oz fish, backed up by a low double figure fish. Society Chairman, Austin Battell has recorded the biggest fish so far, with a lovely plump, well conditioned 18lb 15oz specimen. This was caught on a large deadbait and backed up by 2 other fish to 8lb 9oz. The following day, Austin returned and had several dropped runs, follows and pull outs but did manage another 3 fish to 9lb on small deadbaits.