Sunday, 18 December 2016

Asa Cooper wins Fur & Feather from Peg 49


The weather was set fair for the 2016 Christmas match, a week later than normal in the hope that the River would not be in flood. 30 anglers took part and the majority enjoyed a full english breakfast at the Red Lion Matlock Green before the draw. Lots of excitement and anticipation before the draw, who would draw the Hot pegs and would the River fish well. The Pegs were well spread from Oaker to Artist corner and 9 pegs at Matlock Bath so everyone had a reasonable Peg, with a good chance of catching some Fish.

It soon became clear after the first hour of the match that the River was going to fish hard and it would be a case of swapping and changing to sneak out a few more Grayling. With the River being very clear it was a day for the stick float and it soon became clear that a peg with some flow would produce a few more bites and fish.

This years winner was Asa Cooper fishing from Peg 49 at artist corner he fished a great match to land 16 Grayling mainly on the stick, Asa fished mainly worn on the hook to weigh 8lb of Grayling. Asa won a Hamper and some money for his efforts.

1st prize

2nd place went to Dave Fowler fishing from Peg 57 (Boat House) Dave snared 9 Grayling for a weight of 6-7, Dave caught well on the pole feeder . Dave also won a big Hamper and some cash. 3rd place went to Dave Clark weighing 6-5 from Peg 56, Dave knew what to expect from this Peg having drawn it the week before and won. Dave was grinning like a cheshire cat, Dave had 14 Grayling on the stick float and pole feeder.

Everyone had a great day and the was only one angler who didn't weigh, there was 18 prizes up for grabs all containg a Turkey. 2-8 secured the last prize in a hard thought match. Big thanks to Nigel Ellis, Asa Cooper, Gary Slack and anyone else who helped out

Monday, 28 November 2016

River Derwent Match Result Sunday 27th November 2016

River Derwent Match Result Sunday 27th November 2016
Paul Simpson 23-10  
With heavy rain at the beginning of the week, most expected the match to be switched to the ponds, but with the flood water running off it was decided to fish on the river. With a good turn out of 16 anglers it wasn't expected to fish to well with extra water on and a dour colour. 

It soon became clear that bites would be hard to come by, But Paul Simpson took the bold decision to switch very early in the match to a Big fish attack which was well executed and paid off handsomely. Paul weighed more then the other 15 anglers combined! Simmo's 6 chub to 4+lb and 4lb ish barbel were taken on feeder on a dour and unresponsive river. It just shows the River holds Barbel & Chub in good numbers if you are prepared to fish for them.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Mark Wain secures Matlock Angling Club Away match Champion 2016


This was the final match of the a 3 match series all fished on commercial Fisheries. With a small incentive of  fishing all 3 matches points were up for grab in each match. Going into the final match the fight for first place in the league was between two anglers Dave Clark and Mark Wain who were both on 8 points. Asa Cooper was also in contention on 6 points but decided not to fish the match.

With all matches the end Peg is always a good draw and it was Paul Ashley who made the most of it with a superb weight of 62-12. Steve Allcock was a close second with a weight of 58-00.
Steve Allcock & Paul Ashley

Third place went to Johnathan Leivers with a weight of 42-3.

Mark Wain won the league drawing next to Dave Clark, so they had a head to head shoot out for the trophy and the prize money, Mark managed to beat Dave by 9lb. Dave did have him worried at one point when he landed 4 big Carp in a row, but mark kept his head to secure the title of Matlock Away Match Champion 2016.
League Winner Mark Wain

Lots of fish at Aston Lakes

Monday, 8 August 2016



On a warm sunny day 18 matlock angling club members fished at longford fishery in the second away match out of 3 to be held this year. With no knowledge of the fishery no one knew what to expect apart from lots of bites and lots of Carp.

It soon became clear that it wouldn't be a Carp fest!There lots of bites to be had from small roach, rudd and golden rudd but the Carp were a little allusive! What ever bait was used the float was never still.

Malcolm Bent won the match, Struggling for the first couple of hours like everyone, Malc noticed a lot of Carp cruising on the surface, So a quick switch to floating pellet fished at 16 metre saw malc land 8 Carp for a weight of 34-11.
Winner Malcolm Bent
Second place was taken by Mark Wain who weighed 21-14, Mark caught a few chub and Carp. Struggling early on Mark decided to feed Hemp to feed off the smaller fish and it soon reaped the benefits catching Chub to 2lb. 
Second place Mark Wain

Third place went to Asa cooper who had a mixed net for a weight of  18-14. Asa caught a few late Carp to boost his weight.

Asa Cooper with pond to himself, but still not happy with the draw!

Section winners were David Greatorex 17lb and Mark Gregory 15-15

Sunday, 3 July 2016



16 Members of Matlock Angling Club fished a away match for the first time for a number of years. This match at Aldercar is one of 3 which the club is offering to pay the pegging Fee for this year in a view to get more people fishing club matches home and away.

With the weather set fine and sunny for once everyone expected some big weights on the Acorn Pond, with Carp and Ide making up most of the weights. Chopped Worm/Castor and Pellets would be the main attack, fishing up in the water.

In joint first place was Nigel Ellis & Dave Clark with a weight of 40-7. Nigel caught mainly Ide on the pole but backed his weight up with 5 Carp. Dave's weight was mainly made up of Carp, 31lb of Carp to be precise. Dave was left slightly disappointed after losing up to 10 Carp.

Dave's net of Carp

Nigel's net of Ide

In third place was Asa Cooper who fed 3 pints of Castors to catch big Ide late on, he also backed his Ide up with 4 Carp.
Pete Hunt weighs 25 lb of Skimmers
Mark Wain on the scales

The two section winners were Mark Wain and James Slack. 
James Slack struggling with his weight of Carp! Get to the Gym!

Sunday, 19 June 2016


Asa Cooper wins the League for second consecutive year

The final league match took place today at Cawdor pond. Going into the final match there was only two anglers who could win the league, It was Steve Allcock who went into todays match with a 1 point advantage over Asa Cooper. Steve knowing that if he could just beat Asa or match his result he would take top spot. 

The draw would have a big influence in which way the final league standings would go and it was Asa Cooper who had the luck drawing hot Peg 20, but Steve also drew well on Peg1 in the same section has Asa. The little pond was also expected to fish well and Lee Ward and Malcolm Bent drew well on Pegs 22/23.

The match turned out to be a out and out Carp match and it was Asa Cooper who came out the winner with a superb weight of 34-15. Asa landed 5 Carp for 22lb, but also backed it up with a fine net of silver fish. Not only did Asa win the match he also claimed the golden Peg money, won the match, won the league for a second consecutive year. Although Asa and Steve both finished on 27 points it was Asa that took the honours on combined weight countback.
Lee Ward returns his Carp
Lots of Carp

Steve Allcock knows hes not done enough to beat Asa

Second place went to Lee Ward fishing from Peg 23 on the little pond. Lee attacked from the start fishing the method feeder to the island to land six Carp for 30-13. Coming in third fishing from his favourite Peg 22 was Malc weighing       15-15, Malc left it late to land 3 Carp from  close in under the trees,

The final top 4 placings in the league were

1st         Asa Cooper                   27points

2nd        Steve Allcock               27 points
3rd        Malc Bent                    23 points
4th        Dave Clark                   21 points

                                              Winner Asa Cooper, 2nd Steve Allcock, 3rd Malc Bent

Monday, 13 June 2016



Match 5 saw a return to Tansley pond and after the first league match no one was to excited about it! But on a nice sunny warm day there was a few more fish caught and few more bites to be had. 

5-1 of Roach & Perch
Asa Cooper won the match  with a net of small fish mainly roach and perch. Asa fished several lines to catch over 100 fish to weigh 5-1 and just edge out Mark Gregory by 1 ounce who weighed 5-0 from Peg 14. Mark caught well early on and had a few bonus Roach and Skimmers until bites dried up, but it was still enough to take second place.
Asa Cooper try's to convince he's only got 3lb



Match was back on Cawdor pond, with a improvement weather wise everybody expecting to catch some fish. Sadly it turned out to be a big fish match and the Roach and Skimmers didn't show in any numbers. 

Mark wain was happy with his draw on Peg 15 and did exactly what he said he was going to do and won the match with a fine net of Carp. Mark weighed 22-14 consisting of 5 Carp and few Skimmers. Mark attacked from the start and fed heavy expecting to catch big fish and he did.
Mark Wain attacks with confidence

Pete Hunt came a close second from Peg 1. Pete also caught Carp and skimmers on the pellet on both pole and feeder.

Third place was taken by Paul Ashley from Peg 17 who weighed 19lb with a nice net of Carp.



Match 3 was fished on the canal at Langley Mill, sadly it was a poor turnout and numbers were low. The weather was set fair but the water was very clear and the canal was not expected to fish to well. But Paul Allcock didn't let the tough conditions bother him and he produced a nice net of fish to take top spot with a weight of 4-11 from Peg 39. Paul caught mainly Perch with a chopped worm approach but also caught some nice silver fish to back his bonus Perch up.

In second place was Mark Gregory who weighed 3-11 from Peg 22, Mark mainly caught Perch on the worm and had 2 Perch over the 1LB+ mark. 

In third place was John Barfoot who weighed 3-7 from Peg 41, John had mixed net of Roach, skimmers and Perch.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Memories of Phil Parsons 18/9/1931 - 24/5/2016 Member of Matlock Angling Club for 30+ years

Memories of Phil Parsons 18/9/1931 - 24/5/2016

We have received sad news that a long time member Phil Parsons passed away on the 24th May 2016. Phil aged 85 suffered from Parkinsons disease but through it all he carried on fishing until he could not physically manage any more. An active member at Matlock and a ever present on the matches up until 2004, Phils enthusiasm for fishing was infectious, rain, snow, hail and frost made no difference to Phil he would still turn out to fish!
Phil Parsons 18/9/1931 -24/5/2016

Angling is a art form and Phil was one who mastered it better than most. Just to mention a few people who have benefitted from Phil's experience John Marsh, Brian Marsh, Ron Trevis, Herbert Colls, Frank Smith, Ken Wood, Steve England, Geoff Brown, Ricky Wild and Asa Cooper.

I have dug out 3 match results from the archives to share with everyone


1st Phil Parson                9-1        PEG82       2CHUB + Grayling
2nd David Taylor           8-13       PEG57
3rd Asa Cooper              8-1         PEG 77
4th John Spencer           7-6         PEG59


1st   Phil Parson             8-4           PEG 1
2nd Mat Taylor              4-5           PEG 5
3rd Asa Cooper              3-14         PEG 2
4th Lee Richmond          3-7           PEG 7


1st       Phil Parson        6-10               PEG 70
2nd     J Hollingworth  5-14                PEG 5 
3rd     Andy Fantom     5-2                  PEG 74
4th      Asa Cooper        4-11                PEG 45

The club sends condolences to Sylvia, Rob, June, Julie and family.

Monday, 2 May 2016

League Match 2 Tansley Pond 2/05/2016

League Match 2 Tansley Pond 2/05/2016

After a extremely cold week with lots of frosts Tansley pond wasn't expected to fish well. Would the fish be in the open water or would the channel throw up some long overdue Carp/Chub weights.

It some became clear that the channel was going to be a battle just to get a bite and it was David Thornley who won the channel section with a weight of 2-14. The open water was where the fish were and produced some good weights of silver fish.

In first place was Asa cooper who caught alday from Peg 7 for a weight of 7lb all made up of small roach and the odd perch. Not bad considering he was trying to convince everyone he hadn't caught well and would only have a weight of 4lb.

Asa Cooper I've only got 4lb
In second place was David Clark fishing from Peg 22, Dave caught 2 Carp and some roach for a weight of 6-1. Fishing straight across from Asa it was clear that the majority of fish were in the open water.
Carp Slayer Dave Clark

In third place was Steve Allcock who also caught well for a weight of 5-12 catching mainly small roach on the pole. Steve fished on Peg 5 again in the open water where the fish all seemed to be shoaled up.

Steve Allcock

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Malcolm Bent makes a strong start from Peg1

League Match 1 Result Sunday 17th March Cawdor Pond

This year the league consists of 7 matches, 3 on Cawdor pond, 2 on Tansley pond and 2 on the canal. Only 1 match result can be dropped and it is 5 points for a section win so a good start is always a bonus. Cawdor pond had fished well all week, but typically the night before saw a heavy frost and it soon became clear that it was going to be a hard match.

Pre match talk mainly focussed on where people wanted to draw and as always Peg 20 was the one they all wanted.  Unfortunately for Mark wain he drew a Peg for Asa Cooper and that was Peg 20. 

It was Malc Bent who won the match fishing from Peg 1, This Peg blows hot and cold but Malc produced a fine net of fish to weigh 15-5. Malc caught throughout the day, alternating between a Skimmer line and a Carp Line. Malc caught 3 Carp feeding meat and fishing Red Maggot over the top, he also had a nice net of silver fish.

Winner Malc Bent 
 Steve Allcock came second from Peg 24 on the little pond fishing a good match to win his section with ease. Steve weighed 10-15 with 1 carp and mixed net of silvers.

Asa Cooper took third place from Hot Peg 20, Asa only managed to snare one carp from the trees but backed it up with some silver fish, Mark Wain was not happy with Asa's efforts and would have done much better!
Hard work for Dave Thornley on the little pond

A difficult match with some poor weights, things can only get better. On a brighter note at least the sun was shinning. 

Sunday, 13 March 2016



This was the last match before the closed season, so everyone was hoping that the River would be fishable for a change. With not much rain during the week the water level had dropped throughout the week, but the River had come up over night. This was probably due to them letting water out of the Derwent dams. The decision was taken that enough decent and safe pegs could be found on the River, so the last match would be fished where it should be!

12 Anglers fished the match and it was Ken Wood fishing from Peg 49 who landed 12 Grayling for a weight of 7-4. Again the Grayling were all of a good size, Ken caught well on the pole feeder and stick float.

In a close second place was John Barfoot fishing from Peg 108, John landed 10 fish for 6-8, catching well on the stick float and bomb rod. Third place was taken by Steve Allcock who has been in fine form in the last few months. Steve landed 12 Grayling for 5-8 fishing from Peg 89 catching well on the stick float and pole feeder. In fourth was Malcolm Bent who weighed 4-10 from Peg105.

Lots of big Grayling have been caught over the last few months, not so many small ones showing, lets hope that when we return to the river in June, we start to see a few smaller Grayling. These small Grayling can only be a good sign for the future of the Grayling stocks in the River!

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Dave Clark makes it back to back wins


Yet again the River was unfishable due to heavy rain during the week. On a clear frosty morning Tansley pond would be the destination again. After the last match Held on Tansley pond in febuary, which was won with a superb net of roach caught by Asa Cooper, the 10 anglers which turned up were fairly optimistic that the pond would fish well again. How wrong they were, in a word it was awful!

It soon became clear that this match would be a battle just to get a bite! But David Clark didn't mind and continued is superb form in 2016 to take 1st place with a weight of 7-13, Dave had 2 bites all day but that didn't matter because Dave hit them both to land 1 Carp of 7lb and a Roach of 13oz from peg13.
Dave Clark wrestling with his match winning Carp

 Steve Allcock took second place with a nice net of Roach caught from Peg 21. Steve weighed 3lb catching 25 Roach over groundbait and a squat hookbait. Third place went to David Fowler fishing from Peg 2 who weighed 1-13, consisting of 12 Roach.

A disappointing match to be honest, maybe down to the amount of cold water going into the pond from the snowfall and the cold frosty day.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Specimen Grayling showing well......


The River was at a decent level this weekend unlike the previous few matches. The weather was set fair and all looked good for a decent match. Matlock Bath was the destination for the match and with a small field 12 there wasn't many bad Pegs in the bag. 

It was a day for big Grayling, and no one had any bigger than David Clark who had 15 Grayling for a superb winning weight of 13lb. Daves 15 Graying averaged out at about 15oz a fish, but dave had 3 fish over a 1lb and his biggest Grayling weighed 1lb8oz. Dave was fishing from the new peg on the sandbank behind the back of the Pavilion, Peg 27A. 

In second place was Malcolm Bent who was fishing from Peg 28 next to David Clark. Malc had 16 Grayling for a weight of 11.8, Malcs Grayling were also of good size with a couple over the 1lb mark. Malc also had a few Trout with one Rainbow well over the 4lb mark.

Third place went to Roger Stone fishing from Peg 15, Roger weighed 8.12 with a net of 20 Grayling. Unfortunately Roger failed to find the specimen Grayling, probably down to the fact that Rogers Peg is deep slow moving water.

In fourth place was Nigel Ellis fishing from Peg 37 in the shallows, Nigel weighed 8.2 with a net of 12 Grayling.

Lots of Grayling were caught today, with most anglers weighing 5lb of fish. The shallow Pegs were the best draw and are always good this time of year when the Grayling are shoaling up getting ready to spawn.

Sunday, 7 February 2016



After heavy rain on Saturday it was inevitable that the River would be in flood yet again! So Tansley Pond was the destination for todays monthly match. With the pond heavily coloured from the previous days rain it was expected to fish well, but sadly this wasn't the case. Twelve anglers fished the match on a clear sunny day.

Malcolm Bent came out on top with a weight of 3-15 from Peg 16. Always a good Peg when the Brook which feeds the pond is high and Malc took full advantage with a mixed bag of Roach and Perch to edge out Steve Alcock. Steve fishing from Peg 13 recorded a weight of 3-8, again a mixed bag of mainly Roach and Perch. Third spot went to Nigel Ellis with a weight of 2-9 from Peg 10, Nigel also had a mixed bag of mainly Roach and Perch.

Not the best match but everyone had a few bites and small fish were the order of the day. All the top weights came from down the channel where most the colour was.

Sunday, 24 January 2016


Todays match was fished in nearly tropical conditions, the river was at a decent level and it wasn't raining. Things are looking up, the Chub also decided to come out to have a play.

12 anglers fished todays match and it was Russ Dowding who took top spot with a superb weight of 9-6 from Peg 59. Russ had 10 Grayling and a Chub weighing 4lb, it just shows that when the weather is right the Chub are there to be caught. Second place went to David Taylor on Peg 49 who weighed 7-10, Fishing a Stick float Dave landed 20 Grayling to take second place. Third place went to Malcolm Bent who weighed 6-4 from Peg 44, Malc had 16 Grayling mainly caught on the pole feeder. Fourth place went to Steve Allcock who landed 7 Grayling  from Peg 77, All Steves Grayling were of a good size..

Ken wood also landed a 3lb+ Chub from Peg 60. Lots of bites to be had again and nice to see some Chub being caught.

Monday, 18 January 2016



The river was not in flood for a change, although it was carrying a little extra water. But the match was scheduled to be fished at Matlock Bath which can handle extra water. But overnight snowfall saw a poor turnout and only 8 anglers braved the conditions.

David Clark continued his recent form to take top spot from Peg 25, Dave recorded a superb weight of 11-12, all Grayling caught on the pole feeder and bomb. In second place was Malcolm Bent who weighed 9-11 from Peg 37, Malc caught 16 Grayling and a Roach using the Pole feeder method and picking the odd fish up on the stick float. Third place went to David Fowler fishing from Peg 23, Dave recorded a weight of 8-10 with most fish falling to the pole feeder method again.

Lots of fish caught again on a cold winters day. Plenty of big Grayling showing and endless Trout to be caught.