Sunday, 13 December 2015



Unfortunately for the second year running heavy rain on Saturday meant the match had to be fished on the ponds. A great deal of work goes into this match every year and the decision is never taken lightly to fish the ponds. But Saturday afternoon was spent walking the banks of the river to see if we could squeeze 30 anglers on it, all with a chance of catching a fish, but it was decided that the match would just be a lottery and dangerous to fish the River. The club would like to thank Nigel Ellis, Asa Cooper, Gary Slack, for the organisation of the match and putting hampers together. Also we would like to thank David Taylor and Glyn Taylor for there help in walking the River on the Saturday.
River Unfishable December 2015

The decision was made not to fish the river on Saturday afternoon, to give people chance to prepare for the ponds or not to fish. Only 4 anglers decided not to fish the ponds, so that left 29 Anglers fishing for 18 prizes. A good breakfast was enjoyed at the Red Lion matlock green where the draw was made. The Fur and Feather is always a much anticipated match, and much talk was of which pond would be the best draw. Cawdor pond was the pond everyone wanted and Pegs 01,20,22 all high on the list of flyers.

It was Malcolm Bent who dominated the match from start to finish, Malc was well happy with the draw at the start telling Clive Ashbrook that's the Peg he wanted. Malc didn't disappoint and had tied the match up after first 10 minutes when he landed a Carp weighing 7lb+, Malc went on to land 3 more Carp for a combined weight of 23lb, to win at a canter. Malc caught his 4 Carp on Bread flake fished over liquidised bread from Peg 23 on the small pond at Cawdor. A fine performance from Malcolm Bent and much deserved win.
Winner Malcolm Bent (The Smiler)

In second place for the second year running was David Greatorex who left if very late to snatch 2nd place from Clive Ashbrook with a weight of 7lb4oz. David drew Hot Peg 20 on Cawdor pond and struggled all day until a change to Waggler produced a few Roach, playing catch up with Clive ashbook on the next Peg David decided to have the last 10 minutes on the pole next to the trees, fishing 2 worm tails he dragged a 5lb Carp out of the trees to save his blushes!

In third place was Clive Ashbrook who fished a fine match from Peg 19, fishing the waggler all day Clive recorded a weight of 3lb11oz. Clive loose fed pinkie and fished maggot on the hook to catch all day. Everyone copied Clives waggler approach with no bites on the pole it soon became clear that waggler was the method and everyone followed suit.

Fourth place went to John Barfoot who was fishing on Tansley pond on Peg 11. John won the pond with a weight of 2lb9oz and made it a hatrick of wins although not a overall victory John still came out on top on that pond. With 10 anglers drawn on ansley pond it was hard going, but the majority caught a few fish.

1ST/2ND Malc Bent & David Greatorex

Despite a great winning weight from Malcolm Bent, both ponds were not at there best. But after the amount of rain we had on Saturday and then a sudden drop in temperature it was to be expected. It was a battle against the elements to secure a prize.

Monday, 7 December 2015


This was the last match before the Christmas match and the 11 anglers who turned out in strong winds and horizontal rain were keen to get some practice in. Surprisingly the River was at a decent level and fit to fish after a week of rain. It was 78 year old John Barfoot who produced a weight of 8-6 from Peg 113 to take top spot, Johns winning weight included a superb Grayling just shy of the 2lb mark and a rare Roach just under a pound. Thats now back to back wins for John can he complete the hatrick next week.

Second place went to Nigel Ellis who had 11 Grayling for 6-8 from hot Peg 77. Third place went to Ken wood who had a weight of 4-10 from Peg 108.

Hopefully the weather will stay fine this week and the Christmas match can be be fished on the river. Please book in with Nigel Ellis if you wish to fish the Christmas match.

Sunday, 15 November 2015


RIVER DERWENT MATCH RESULT 15/11/2015 (cawdor pond) 

On the windiest day of the year it wasn't going to be a match for the fair weather anglers! But 12 brave souls turned up to do battle with the wind and the odd shower. With lots of over night rain the river was not fishable so Cawdor pond was fished instead.

Peg 20 was the Peg everyone wanted and it was David Fowler who had the honour. Unfortunately it didn't go according to plan for Dave who lost 3 Carp and broke his pole. Dave would have won at a canter, but like many who have drawn Peg 20 he was left cursing the trees!

It was Steve Allcock who took top spot with a fine net of Roach and Skimmers from Peg 3 weighing 8-13. With the wind being a problem, Steve fished relatively short at about 8 metres on pellet. Steve also had a few Perch close in under the trees on chopped worm. It was Dave Clark who was a close second with a weight of 8-8, Dave drew Peg 29 on the little pond, probably not the best draw but Dave fished a good match landing a dozen Skimmers and a few Roach taken pellet and worm. In 3rd place was Malcolm Bent, Malc drew Peg 5 and fished pellet to record a weight of 6-15 mainly made up of Skimmers and Roach.

Sunday, 1 November 2015



With a lot of rain fall during the week, big weights wasn't expected due to the colour of the water and the amount of leaves travelling through the river. But with small field of 10 anglers the river was in fine form, Out of the 10 anglers only 3 of them failed to weigh in over 5lb of Grayling. It was Malcolm Bent who secured top spot, drawing HOT peg 57 (The Boat house) always a good draw, but with any good Peg you need to know how to fish it. Malc didn't disappoint landing 20 Grayling for 10-9. Malcs main approach was the pole feeder picking the odd fish up on the stick float. In second place was John Barfoot from Peg 67 in the park. John landed 12 Grayling for a weight of 9-12 with some cracking 1lb+ Grayling. John travels from Mansfield for every club match and always does well. In 3rd place was Nigel Ellis with a weight of 8-3 from Peg 48 on artist corner,Nigel had 15 Grayling and again some of these were 1lb+. 

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Tansley Mill pond a brief history and run down on how to fish the pond


I thought it might be of interest to some members if over the next few months I gave a little bit of history on the club waters and how to fish them with a peg by peg break down. I feel a good place to start would be with the clubs oldest still water Tansley pond.
Tansley Middle Dam Early1900s

Tansley Middle Dam 2015

Middle dam was built around 1783 to power scholes mill which can be seen in the postcard above, The iron shuttle gate seen in the picture is still present today.The mill pond provided water power to drive the machinery.The water in Tansley had the advantage  of containing little lime as it had flowed over the acidic rock Millstone Grit. This made it suitable for treating cotton. The pond is fed by two brooks which are Knabhall brook and Oaksedge brook both are contributories  to the river Derwent.  A pipe carried water into scholes mill from the pond to power the water wheel. 

The pond is said to be stone lined and i myself have seen evidence of this on some pegs. In the late 1950s the pond was dredged and the older anglers in the club and local residents have told me the tale of how a digger which was doing the dredging got stuck in the silt, whether they got the digger out or not i will never know. All hard to believe i know considering the pond now has a average depth of about 3 feet, but when it was first built the pond was 15+ feet deep. 

I have been a resident of Tansley for 37 years and fishing Tansley pond for about the last 25 years. Without the work of the club the pond would be vastly overgrown and probably about a foot deep. The only major difference for me in the last 25 years is that the oaksedge brook end was once heavily populated with reeds, but these have all died in the last ten years. The fishing is definately better i am pleased to say. The club constantly fights a battle with the pond leaking down the old coach road, but we think that we have cured the problem with the removal of several trees.  

I have fond memories of this pond growing up in Tansley and spending a lot of time there with friends has a youngster. We never caught a lot, Perch seemed to be the main spechies 25 years ago, but my friend always went for the Carp in the reeds fishing luncheon meat, He actually named two of the Carp. one was called Larry a leather carp of 7lb+ the other called Lional 8lb+. Not big, but back then they seemed big.

Tansley pond is now a well established mixed coarse fishery and responds well to most tactics.
Roach,Perch,Rudd,Skimmers,Bream,Chub,Tench,Gudgeon,Ruff,Carp,Crucian Carp. 
Average depth is about 2.5 feet
The best methods to fish are Pellets, worm and castor, Breadpunch and a groundbait/maggot approch. Float fishing is the best method due to the pond only being 3 foot deep.

This is the first Peg if you access the pond from the Coach road end. Its about 2 feet deep. Its a peg with limited options really with it being a little narrow. A good approach is to fish under the far bank to target the carp which can be seen basking in the Sun. You will catch at about 4 metres, but don't expect to bag up, you are ore likely to catch Perch and Roach here.
Peg 2
This Peg is a favourite with pleasure anglers, mainly because of the reed bed to the left. Carp are always present in the reeds, often they are caught on floating bread or worm. This Peg is wide and Skimmers are often caught in the open water, Pellet approach works well in the summer for the skimmers. I would say this Peg is a little inconsistent, someday you will catch and the next day you will struggle, I put this down  to it being towards the end of the pond.

This Peg again benefits from the reed bed which is on the right of this Peg. Carp are caught from the reeds. This Peg also benefits from a ledge at about 13 metres which always holds the odd skimmer.
Peg 5
This Peg features a island at about 10 metres, Perch can always be caught up to the island and fishing past the island always produces Roach and Skimmers. This Peg is very open and wide. Waggler can be fished here and can produce good weights of Skimmers and the odd Bream.
Pegs 7/6
Very similar to Peg 5 but without the island. There is also good cover from the trees on these Pegs and fishing short always produces few bites in the summer. Open water at about 14 metres always responds to pellets and chopped worm.
Peg 8/9
Both these Pegs are in the corner of the pond. Like any island Peg it is always a good holding spot for fish. I would say that Peg 8 is the slightly better Peg because the island is slightly closer at 14 metres. Fishing close to the island is always the best bet, but be aware of the hidden snags near the island. Fishing at 10 metres always produces fish also. Peg 9 is a good waggler Peg if you like to chuck the waggler.
Peg 10
One of the widest Pegs on the pond and always hold a few fish in the open water. One of my favourite ways to fish this Peg is by chucking the Waggler to the far bank. I have caught a lot of chub doing this and lost plenty of Carp. Feeding heavy with castors or maggot to tempt the fish out of the far bank bushes.

Pegs 11/12/13/14 THE BUSHES
Over the last 15 years these Pegs have probably produced the most fish. Carp,Chub,Tench are all caught from fishing tight over to the bushes. The last few years have seen these Pegs not so productive. You can catch down the middle but fishing long is the best bet. Chopped worm and castor is the best bait, with lucheon meat also producing Carp.
Pegs 15/16
These Pegs are very shallow. Lots of Carp are always present and can be seen basking in the shallows. These Pegs benefit from having a island and now have a large fallen tree in the Peg. Good nets of Skimmers are achievable from this Peg fishing past the island.Not the best winter Pegs but very good in the summer months. Floating bread works well.
One of the best Pegs on the pond with lots of options, whether it be fishing to the island,under your feet, or tight to the inside bushes. This Peg responds well to all methods. 
PEG 21
This Peg is the deepest part of the pond at 3 feet, fishing under your feet will produce Carp,tench and Perch. Its also one of the widest Pegs and the open water will always produce skimmers. This is a excellent winter Peg due to its depth.
Pegs 22/23
These Pegs are very similar to Peg 21 and catching close in next to the bushes always produces bites.
Peg 24
 The near bank always produces a few Pech and Carp. Lots of bites to be had in the open water but can be inconsistent due to it being near the end of the pond. 

Sunday, 18 October 2015



It was a cool and foggy start to todays match, with 3 new comers present we saw 16 anglers fishing the match. Big weights were not expected with the onset of autumn and the large amount of leaves travelling down the river. It was David Fowler fishing Peg 90 who took top spot with a fine net of Grayling caught on the stick float and pole feeder. Peg 90 is always a good peg and the Grayling are normally caught from under your feet and Dave caught well on the pole feeder picking the odd fish up on the stick float. In form Nigel Comeley again framed with a weight of 7-5 caught mainly on the stick float, If Nigel could have sneaked another Grayling he may well have pipped Dave for 1st place.  Mark Gregory came in 3rd place from peg 122 fishing the stick float Mark caught well running the stick float right down his Peg.

New comer Mark Evans produce a nice net of Grayling on his first visit to the River Derwent to take fourth place, him and his two mates are looking forward to returning on the next match with a little bit more knowledge of the venue.

Nigel Ellis produce a mixed bag including a 1lb+ perch and 3 small chublets.  The matches at Matlock are mainly dominated by Grayling but this just goes to show there are other species present. We just need to speak to Nigel to know how to catch them.

1st        David Fowler                       7-12             Peg 90
2nd       Nigel Comeley                     7-5              Peg
3rd        Mark Gregory                      6-1              Peg 122
4th        Mark Evans                         4-10             Peg 119
5th        Nigel Ellis                           3-10 (including 1lb perch and 3 small chublets)

Sunday, 11 October 2015



On a clear sunny day a good turnout of 15 anglers, the river was in fine form,with lots of small Grayling and big Trout being caught. The river can be some what unpredictable in October mainly because of the on set of autum and the large amount of leaves in the river. But this was not the case and David Taylor produced a fine net of Grayling to take top spot. David fished mainly the stick float, trotting right down the peg to produce a net of 15+ Grayling weighing 8-12. In second place was Malcolm Bent who caught well on the pole feeder method from peg 67 for a weight of 6-7. Third went jointly to Nigel Comley and Roger Stone who both recorded a weight of 6-5. Roger also had a small Barbel weighing 1-5 but was left disappointed after he lost its big brother who Roger thought was 5lb+.

1st           David Taylor             8-12         peg73
2nd          Malcolm Bent           6-8           peg67
3rd           Nigel Comley           6-5           peg75
3rd           Roger Stone              6-5           peg77 small barbel 1-5

Out of the 15 anglers everyone caught a few Grayling with most recording 3lb+ weight. There was lots of Trout caught big and large, so if Trout is what you are after you can not fail. Dont forget our next match on sunday 18th October on the river Derwent

Monday, 14 September 2015



In the last match on the ponds before the winter river matches it was hoped that Tansley pond would fish a little better than the early spring matches. A good turn out of 14 was present to fish for the George Page Trophy.

On a sunny day it was Mark Gregory who came out on top, sticking to his plan of fishing pellet for the whole match regardless of whether he caught or not paid off. Mark drew Peg 8 on the island and weighed 11lb1oz  with a lovely net of carp,tench,crucians and skimmers which were all caught on the pellet. 
In second place was David Thornley who weighed 8lb4oz fishing from Peg 14, Dave managed to land a carp weighing 6lb+ and had a few smaller fish to make up his weight.
Third place went to Asa Cooper fishing from Peg 6 Asa weighed 6lb4oz with a nice net of roach all caught on the squatt/pinkie approach.

The pond fished a lot better with the majority having 4lb+ in weight, Unfortunately the Skimmers didn't have a chew, otherwise we could have seen some more double figure weights

1st    Mark Gregory           11lb1oz        Peg   8
2nd   David thornley          8lb4oz          Peg   14
3nd   Asa Cooper               6lb4oz          Peg 6
4th    Andy Fox                  5lb15oz        Peg 20
5th    Malcolm Bent           5lb5oz          Peg 10

It was nice to see George Page son Derek at the match representing the family. Thanks for those who fished         

Tuesday, 11 August 2015



After last years promotion back to the top division there were some glum faces, if we had stayed in Division 2 we would have been fishing on the river trent, but instead after our great performance on the Leeds Liverpool canal we now faced the 300 mile round trip to the Gloucester Canal.

After a couple of visits to the canal it some became clear that we would be up against it, none of us had fished a canal of this size and depth. The majority of the team is more suited to smaller waters with depth of 3 to 8 feet. Instead we had depths of 20 feet down the middle and 8 feet a metre out. We caught fairly well in practice and established that we could catch Bleak on the whip feeding a cloudy ground bait and catching up in the water. we also caught well at 8 metres and also at 14 metre. lots of eels were caught in practice and some did well on the feeder for Bream. Team tactics on the day were to try and catch some Bleak early to avoid the dreaded blank, then maybe chuck the feeder for a Bream. We also fed a line with worm for the eels. Two ground bait lines were fed at 8 metres and 11 metre in the hope that they would produce some fish.

Little is known at the draw on if you have a good draw, because the draw is random and different peg numbers are used. I myself drew in B section, i had been told this was the section to avoid. I arrived in quick time at the canal with a little excitement, Theres always a buzz on these big matches. Drawing peg 42 i had a walk of about 15 pegs, looking up the canal to roughly where i would be i could see a massive turning bay, i was saying to myself please let me be in one of those pegs. Anyway that was a short lived dream as i walked 3 pegs past the turning bay. I was met by another angler with the delightful words of we are fishing for last in the section here and Will Raison had 7 oz of your peg last week. To cut a long story short i watched everybody to my left bag up in the turning bay on big Bream and i managed to catch 7 fish for a 180gram and a 5 point score.

Other anglers in the team didn't fair much better and it was mainly performances from Paul Ashley, David Thornley and Asa Cooper who kept us in the top division.

The team finished 38th out of 44 teams and missed relegation by 2 places. The good news is that we will be on the Trent next year and should be able to get in plenty of practice.

A SECTION     David Fowler             180gram          3points
B SECTION     David Greatorex         180gram          5points
C SECTION     Andy Fox                    480gram          8points
D SECTION     Nigel Ellis                   1590gram        16points
E SECTION     Gary Slack                  730gram           14points
F SECTION      Paul Ashley                3550gram         39points
G SECTION      David Thornley         3030gram         30points
H SECTION      Mark Wain                200gram           3points
J SECTION       Steve Allcock            500gram            10points
K SECTION      Asa Cooper                2300                 39points

Big thanks to all those who fished the match and gave up there time and spent there hard earned money to represent the club at a nation wide event. If anyone is interested in fishing next year we are always glad to have them on board. We are all now looking forward to getting on the River TRENT NEXT YEAR.

Top 6 Team Results;
1st   Team Daiwa Dorking 354 points
2nd  Maver Image  298 points
3rd Drennan Barnsley 291 points
4th Kamasan Starlets   287 points
5th  Shakespeare Superteam   281 points
6th Ted Carter Preston  279 points

Top 6 Individual Results;
1st  Andy Pollard  Daiwa Gordon League 41.220kg
2nd  Alistair Olgivie   Sensas Mark One  39.400kg
3rd Mark Eustace  Wellingborough Nene 34.740kg
4th John Deakin  Daiwa Doncaster DAA  32.200kg
5th Dave Martin  Maver Milton Keynes 29.230kg
6th Danny Martin Wigan MG  29.180kg

Monday, 15 June 2015


CAWDOR POND MATCH 9 14/06/2015


The last league match was fished this sunday on cawdor pond. Going into the final match it was Asa Cooper who was the favourite to take top spot, knowing that another section win would see him home and no one would be able to catch him. The chasing pack including Mark Wain, Paul Ashley,Andy Fox,Steve Allcock and David Fowler were all hoping that Asa Cooper would have a poor draw and slip up. After the draw was made and Asa Cooper had drawn peg 1 it was obvious to most that he would take some stopping. Yet again Peg 20 was the peg that everyone wanted and it was Steve Allcock who had the honour but unfortunately Steve lost 6 carp in the trees and was left shaking his head.
The weigh in

In the end it was Asa Cooper who took the match and the league with a weight of 16lb7oz , Asa fishing from Peg 1 chose to ignore the Carp and just fish for roach and skimmers. Asa caught all skimmers and roach taken on pellet and squatt for a much deserved victory. With 5 back to back section wins it saw Asa Cooper take the league by 1 clear point from Paul Ashley who also recorded 4 section wins himself. 

In second place was Malcolm Bent from peg 6 with a weight of 12lb15.5oz, Malc fished for carp and landed 2 with one fish touching the 7lb mark. Not a easy peg to fish and land fish and Malc found to his cost losing a 3 carp.
7 lb Carp

Third place went to Mark Wain who only fished half the match due to work comitments, Drawing peg 15 Mark weighed 11lb3oz, Arriving at about 11.30am Mark went all out for Carp and landed 3 and losing 3 in the lilies. Not a bad achievment considering he gave everyone a head start.
Early league pace setter Andy Fox narrowly misses out on combined weight to be pushed out to 5th place overall
Former league winner Mark Wain plays catch up
Winner Asa Cooper presented with the Gordon Hartwell shield from Gary slack

The top 4 places in the league all recieved prize money but 3rd and 4th had to be done on combined weight due to points being equal.

1ST                  Asa Cooper            23 point
2nd                  Paul Ashley            22 points
3rd                   Steve Allcock         21 points         (39lb
4th                   David Fowler          21 points         (30lb)

Thanks to everyone who took  part in this years league,

Peg 20            Steve Allcock     7lb4oz         3points
Peg 19            Nigel Ellis           6lb4oz        2points 
Peg15             Mark Wain        11lb3oz       4points
Peg 22            Gary Slack         9oz               2points
Peg 23            Mark Gregory   8lb                4points
Peg 29            John Barfoot      7lb2oz          3points
Peg 10         David Fowler        5lb                  3points    
Peg 11         David Clark          4lb7oz            2points
Peg 12         David Thornley    3lb10oz           1point   
Peg 8             Paul Ashley         8lb14oz          4points 
Peg 1           Asa Cooper          16lb7oz           4points     
Peg 3           Andy Fox              9lb15.5oz       2points         
Peg6            Malcolm Bent       12lb15.5oz     3points

Saturday, 13 June 2015


The glorious 16 june is nearly upon us. Lots of anglers eagerly awaiting this day since March, longing to trot that stick float down the river or cast that swim feeder under the bush on the far bank. The barbel anglers have all been planning there new tactics in the quest to catch that big Barbel. I myself always remember the excitement of this date when there was a 3 month closure on all waters, the break always gave me chance to tie new rigs,hook lengths and renew my tackle. Then the rest of the time was spent discussing where we would be going on the glorious 16th june

Thursday, 11 June 2015


Unfortunately anyone wishing to fish the Matlock Bath stretch of the river derwent will have to wait due to the lovers walk footpath being closed. We dont know how long this closure will last and when we have further news we will let you know. 

Tuesday, 9 June 2015


Updated league table and its extremely close with one match left at Cawdor pond this sunday. Can Asa Cooper continue his good form and make it 5 section wins in a row to take top spot. Or will long time pace setter Andy Fox return to form. But could one of the chasing pack sneak in the top 3.

This was the penultimate match of the league so a good performace was vital for those fishing for the top places in the league. With the Canal recently been dredged and new tins put in some of the Canal looked very baron. Most anglers were keen to avoid the newly dredged section and after the match there was plenty of moaning about this area.
It was Steve Allcock who came out on top with a great weight of 9lb10oz, Paul had mainly Perch and had 3-4over the pound mark. In second place was Asa cooper who continued his good form. Asa weighed 7lb7.5oz consisting of a 2lb+ Tench and a mixed bag of roach,perch,gudgeon and skimmers.

Taking third place was David Fowler who weighed 5lb2oz with a net of all Perch. Dave had about 20 fish in total his biggest being a fish of 1.5lb. With now only 1 match remaining its very close at the top and its still all to fish for


Dave Clark            12oz            4points
Tony Carline         DNW
Mark Wain            DNW
Gary Slack            4oz               3points


David Thornley     DNW
Nigel Ellis             DNW
Mark Gregory       3lb12oz        3points
Paul Ashley           4lb                4points


David Fowler        5lb2oz          3points
Steve Allcock        9lb10oz        4points
John Barfoot          2lb13oz        3points


Asa Cooper            7lb7.5oz        4points
Andy Fox               1lb15oz         3points

Tuesday, 2 June 2015




After the last match fished at Tansley pond there wasn't much excitement before the draw. With half the pond recently been limed in the hope of improving the depth and putting more oxygen in the water no one really new what to expect. But in comparison to the last match the pond did show some signs of improvement.

It was Malcolm Bent who came out on top from Peg 14, Malc caught a Carp of around 6lb early on, fishing a worm tight to the far bank, he then backed  it up with a nice net of silver fish. In second place was Steve Allcock from Peg 2 who weighed 4lb 15.5oz with a net of skimmers and roach. In third place was in form Asa Cooper who weighed 4lb 4oz from Peg 9. Asa had over 100 small roach and also a bonus Skimmer of about 10oz.

The pond did fish a lot better and hopefully will continue to improve along with the weather. Its all getting very close at the top of the league.

Peg 2           Steve Allcock     4lb 14.5oz         4points
Peg 4           John Barfoot      2lb 15.5oz         3points
Peg 6           DNW        
Peg 7           Andy Fox            3lb 9.5oz          2points
Peg 8           DNW
Peg 9           Asa Cooper        4lb 14oz           4points
Peg 10         Mark Gregory          DNW
Peg 11         Mark Wain        4lb 8oz             3points   
Peg 12         Nigel Ellis           2lb 1oz            1points
Peg 13         David Clark       2lb 6oz            2points
Peg 14         Malcolm Bent    9lb 2oz            4points   
Peg 16         Gary Slack         3lb 7oz            3points
Peg 20         Paul Ashley        2lb 10oz          3points
Peg 21         David Thornley 2lb 8oz            2points
Peg 23         DNW
Peg 24         David Fowler     3lb 4oz           4points

Sunday, 24 May 2015

League standings after 6 matcches

After 6 matches its all still very close. There is only Andy Fox who can still get maximum points, all he needs to do now is win his next 3 match sections and he will be unbeatable. But there is still 5 anglers within 1 point of him making it very close. Weight may come into play if people are tied on the same points, so its vital to get big weights also.


CAWDOR POND MATCH 6 24/05/2015


Yet again Cawdor pond produced another good match with lots of fish caught and lost. It was Nigel Ellis who won the match drawing Peg 20, this is the best peg on the pond and the pressure is always on to win the match from it. Nigel didn't disappoint and won with a weight of 29 lb 13 oz. Nigel landed 9 carp and lost 10 to the bushes and snags. Nigel said he just couldn't give them enough bait and caught on several different baits including meat,sweetcorn,bread and pellet. In second place was Tony Carline who drew Peg 1 and landed 3 carp and a few skimmers, Tony also lost a few fish. Tony Caught his carp on the method feeder chucking into open water under the cliff face. In third place was Paul Ashley from Peg 19, always a difficult peg to fish when Peg 20 is bagging upn But Paul produced a nice net of Skimmers and Roach taken on mainly pellet. 

Both Cawdor ponds are fishing well and responding to all methods, lots of carp being caught on the surface in the evenings.

Peg 20    Nigel Ellis                  29lb 13oz          4points
Peg 19     Paul Ashley              10lb 15oz          3points
Peg 17    David Fowler            8lb 4oz              2points
Peg15     David Thornley        2lb 12oz            1point
Peg 22      David Clark            4.5oz                  1point
Peg 23      Steve Allcock           8lb 15oz            4points
Peg 24      Andy Fox                 2lb 9oz              3points
Peg 29      Mark Gregory         7oz                    2points
Peg 10      Malcolm Bent        DNW
Peg 11      Asa Cooper            10lb 14oz            4points
Peg 12      Gary Slack               1lb 15oz            2points
Peg 8        Mark Wain              6lb 7oz              3points
Peg 1       Tony Carline            13lb 4oz            4points
Peg 3       John Barfoot             5lb 4oz             3points
Peg 4       Mark Lil                    DNW
Peg6        Jeff Snow                   3lb 4oz             2points

Sunday, 17 May 2015


On a cold but sunny day the fifth match in the league was fished on the Erewash Canal at Langley mill. Only 11 anglers fished the match with some anglers deciding to just drop the result. This was a little disappointing and unfair on those who did make the journey. It was thought that the canal would respond well to bread punch and it did for 30 minutes until the bites dried up. Mark Wain started well with 10 puts in producing 10 roach, Unfortunately that was it and Mark never had another bite. Asa Cooper caught a few roach on squatt and groundbait but struggled to keep the bites coming. In the end it was David Fowler who came out on top with a weight of  4lb 12oz, Dave caught the majority of his fish on chopped worm, including a decent sized Perch and lots of other sm.aller Perch. Second was Asa Cooper with a weight of 3lb who had a mixed bag mainly made up of roach and Perch. Coming in 3rd was Steve Allcock with a weight of 2lb 4oz with a mixed bag of roach,perch and gudgeon. Andy Fox also continued his good form to record another section win a with a weight of 15oz .



Paul Ashley          13 oz           1point
John Barfoot         1lb 10oz      3points
David Fowler        4ib 12oz      4points
Mark Wain            1lb 6oz        2points


Gary Slack            2oz              2points
Jeff Snow              11oz            3points
Andy Fox              15oz            4points


Asa Cooper           3lb               4points
Nigel Ellis             15oz            2points
David Clark           7.5oz           1point
Steve Allcock        2lb 4.5oz     3points

Thursday, 14 May 2015


With 4 matches gone the league is starting to take shape with Andy Fox in top spot on 13 points Closely followed by last years winner Mark Wain on 12 points and Mark Gregory also on 12 points. Its still very close with  3 points separating 9 anglers. But remember each angler must drop their 3 worst results and this can make a real difference.........

Monday, 11 May 2015


CAWDOR POND MATCH 4 10/05/2015


On a warm and sunny day Cawdor pond produced a close fought match with Skimmers being the main species caught. The little pond however didnt fish that well, it was only 2 late carp that fell to Jeff Snow fishing in the margins that won him the section . Much to Asa Coopers annoyance who had been winning the section for most of the match with 3 decent perch which fell to Lobworm.

Taking top spot in this match was a joint affair with both David Fowler and Paul Ashley recording a weight of 15lb 6oz. Dave fishing from Hotpeg 20 was expected to win the match, but Dave just couldnt find the Carp but did manage to bag 2 and a good net of skimmers all taken on pellet. Paul Ashley joint first fishing from Peg 11 caught all skimmers and roach on a pellet approach. In second was Malcolm Bent fishing from Peg 1, Malc had 3 Carp and some Skimmers, but Malc lost 5 Carp which cost him dear in the end.  In 3rd was Mark Gegory with 9lb 5oz from Peg15, again this was mainly Skimmers taken on pellet. Match 5 will be fished on the canal at Langley mill.

Peg 20     David Fowler          15lb 6oz            4points
Peg 19     Andy Fox                7lb 14oz             2points
Peg 17     John Barfoot           3lb 7oz              1points
Peg15      Mark Gregory        9lb 5oz              3points
Peg 22      Jeff Snow                8lb 15oz            4points
Peg 23      Steve Allcock          1lb 10oz            2points
Peg 24      Asa Cooper             4lb 4oz              3points
Peg 27      David Thornley       12oz                 1point
Peg 10      Tony Carline          12lb 10oz          3points
Peg 11      Paul Ashley             15lb 6oz            4points
Peg 12      Mark Lil                  2lb 7oz              2points
Peg 8        DNW
Peg 1        Malcolm Bent         14lb 6oz            4points
Peg 3        Gary Slack              15oz                  1point
Peg 4        Mark Wain              4lb 14oz           2points
Peg6         Nigel Ellis                7lb 7oz              3points

Friday, 1 May 2015

After discovering Matlock Angling club through the Facebook page and website, He liked what he saw and decided to join the club. Travelling from stockport for some fly fishing action Mr Griffith wasn't disappointed when he caught this fish at Darley Dale casting to a rising trout with a black size18 klinkhammer @22 inches and 3.5 lb it took some landing!

Sunday, 26 April 2015


 Match 3 at Tansley pond was slightly better than the first match of the series with most anglers managing to trouble the scales this time. Yet again though the Chub alley didn't finsh and that section was only won with 12oz. The chub must surely show again soon. The match was won by Andy Fox from Peg 4 who recorded a weight of 11lb 1oz, always a good peg if the Skimmers feed, with a slight ledge at 10 metres its always known to hold the Skimmers. Andy wasn't disappointed with a net full of them including roach and a few Perch. Coming a close second with a weight of 10lb 9oz was Asa Cooper from Peg 6 also catching Skimmers behind the island on castor and worm approach. In third place was John Barfoot from peg 21, this peg is known to be one of the deepest pegs on the pond and fishes well all year round. John caught a few Perch at his feet and also caught skimmers in open water with a pellet approach recording a weight of 6lb 1oz. The pond fished well in the open water, but the chanel is still the area to avoid. hopefully with the weather improving the carp will start to show down the chanel and make for a better match......

Peg 2           DNW
Peg 4           Andy Fox           11lb 1oz         4points
Peg 6           Asa Cooper        10lb 9oz         3points
Peg 7           David Fowler     3lb 10oz         2points
Peg 8           Mark Wain        3lb 2oz            4points   
Peg 9           Paul Ashley        2lb 14oz          3points
Peg 10         Steve Allcock      2lb 8oz           2points
Peg 11         DNW
Peg 12         DNW
Peg 13         David Clark       12oz                 4points
Peg 14         Jeff Snow            4oz                   3points   
Peg 16         DNW
Peg 20         Tony Carline      3lb 4oz             2points
Peg 21         John Barfoot      6lb 1oz             4points
Peg 22         DNW
Peg 24         Mark Gregory    5lb 4oz            3points

Sunday, 12 April 2015


CAWDOR POND MATCH 2 12/04/2015


With the first match being fished at Tansley Pond, it was now the turn of Cawdor pond to have the pleasure of hosting the 16 anglers competing this year. After the first match being very hard with only 8 anglers weighing in. Pre match talk when fishing at Cawdor pond is always  about who would draw Hot Peg 20 and avoiding drawing in the trees. It was Mark Wain who drew Peg 20 and he made sure everyone knew about it. Mark romped the match in the end but after 3 hours it wasnt looking good with only a few small fish in the net, Mark decided he would go for a walk and on his return and a change of bait caught 7 Carp for 40lb. In second place was Paul Ashley who fished from Peg 22 on the little pond weighing 12-4, Pauls weight consisted of 1 carp and a mixed bag of Skimmers and Roach. Steve Allcock was third with a weight of 9-3 consisting of a mixed bag of Skimmers,Perch and Roach. Both ponds fished very well with 10 anglers all weighing in over 6lb.

Peg 20             Mark Wain 40lb               4 points
Peg 19       John Barfoot 8lb 14oz            3 points
Peg 17        Tony Carline 1lb 11oz           2 points
Peg15         David Fowler 7lb 14oz           1 points
Peg 22      Paul Ashley     12lb 4oz             4 points
Peg 23      Steve Allcock        9lb 3oz          3 points   
Peg 24      David Clark        1lb 15oz         1point
Peg 27      Mark Gregory        8lb 2oz       2 points      
Peg 10      Malcolm Bent  4lb 3oz              2 points
Peg 11      Jeff Snow          7lb 1oz             3 points 
Peg 12      Nigel Ellis          DNW               0 points
Peg 8        Andy Fox          7lb 8oz              4 points
Peg 1       David Thornley       8lb 10oz      5 points
Peg 3       No angler
Peg 4       Asa Cooper              6lb 10oz      4points
Peg6        No angler

Friday, 10 April 2015

Cawdor pond  

some shots of Cawdor pond from above, can you spot the swimmer doing some maintenence? Both ponds are fishing very well with lots of Skimmers falling to pellet. Glyn Taylor caught this net of skimmers from the little pond all on pellet,

Sunday, 5 April 2015


Matlock were drawn away to Fish against RIVENDALE AC. Rivendale opted to fish the match at Sherwood forest farm park fishery. The team was made up of 6 anglers who had all caught well in practice. When it was announced that the match would be fished at sherwood forest park, many of matlocks team remembered the last time we had fished there in the Supercup 2001 and made it all the way to the final only to finish second, which was a great achievement........

This years match was a comprehensive victory which saw 5 of matlocks team win their section. The team was:-

Malcolm Bent              Section winner
Nigel Ellis                    Section Winner
Dave Fowler                 Section Winner
James Stevenson           Section Winner
Steve Allcock                Section Winner
Paul Spencer                 Lost Section

Under Mark Wain leadership the team opted to to feed heavy with maggots to try and catch the Carp up in the water , this approach didn't disappoint with five of our team weighing double figure nets mainly made up of Carp. The team now march on into the next round with Captain Mark Wain hoping for a home draw.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Ben Haston caught  4 Crucians today from Tansley pond.
Ben was only asking last weekend after the last match on Tansley pond if people still catch Crucians, I replied they never seem to be caught in any numbers but the odd one pops up from time to time. I also told him that we had stocked a 100 Crucian Carp 2 years ago, but they hadn't shown yet. Ben told me that if it was nice this weekend he would go and have a go for them. He's just rang me and told me , Ben fished the back bank, he wouldn't tell me which peg, but told me he fished liquidised bread with his largest bread punch on the hook, He caught these four beauties in a 3 hour session this afternoon he also had few roach and a couple of Skimmers and said he lost a Carp. He reckons they were all around the 8 oz mark and in excellent condition, i reckon these could be what we stocked.

Monday, 30 March 2015



The league this year will be contested by by 16 anglers and each match will consist of 4 sections of 4 anglers. the winner of each section will get 5 points, going down in points depending on where you finish in the section. The league consists of 9 matches and you must drop your worst 2 results. 28+ points normally is the winning score.


On a cold bleak morning 16 anglers contested the match, before the match it was felt that you probably wanted to draw in the open deeper water or any of the island pegs. Some anglers were keen to draw down the channel and sit it out for the bigger fish. with a hour gone into the match it soon became clear that this would be a battle of who can sneak the odd fish out with the majority of the anglers still blanking. To be fair this write up wont take long because out of the 16 anglers fishing only 6 weighed in. Tony Carline won the match with one carp caught on a lob worm which weighed 6-10, Tony caught the carp from peg 12. Gary Slack came second with a weight of 3-15 from peg
6, Gary caught a few Skimmers and roach from behind the island. In third place was Mark Gregory with a weight of 2-8 made up of small Perch from Peg 24. Thats all there is to say really, possibly one of the worst matches on Tansley pond for some years, things can only improve when the weather warms up!

Section 1 pegs 2,4,6,7
Winner Gary Slack peg 6 3-15
Section 2 pegs 7,8,10,11
Winner DNW
Section 3 pegs 12,13,14,16
Winner Tony Carline peg 12 6-10
Section 4 pegs20,21,23,24
Winner Mark Gregory peg 24 3-15

The next match will be held at cawdor pond on sunday the 12th April things can only get better.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Check out the new club website Lots of new photos and new information to be found. Any feedback would be appreciated and any photos you have that we could use would be great.