The Green Heart of Poringland


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Bob Bailey celebrated his first ever match victory by decimating the field in the third Winter League event.  Not only did the popular Bailey bring Mick Morley’s domination to an end but the Poringland angler also won on the golden peg, boasting his winnings in the process.  Bailey’s impressive tally also jetted him to top spot in the chase for the Irene Gudgeon Memorial.

It was another difficult day on Duffield, a biting wind, rain and the cold combining to make conditions some of the toughest yet.  Drawn on the lee of the wind in the swim close to the memorial bench, Bailey finished with a respectable final weight of 20lb 6oz which included four pristine commons, all caught just inches from the bank.

For a while it looked as if Pakefield ace Eric Peak would take the honours but after a good start, the bites dried up and he finished second overall on 13lb 8oz which included three carp totalling over 11lb.

And talking of fast beginnings, what a whirlwind start Liam Crowley had.  On his very first cast, he landed a very nice 5lb 7oz common but could only add a few silvers to his collection, finishing on 6lb 7oz.  Still that was good enough for third place and a share of the prize fund.

With the winter series now at the halfway stage, it’s everything to play for as the competition moves on to Noble in the New Year.

Winter League Match Three

Bob Bailey 20lb 6oz, Eric Peak 13lb 8oz, Liam Crowley 6lb 7oz, Justin Randall 4lb 7oz, Mick Morley 3lb 5oz, Alan Crabb 2lb 13oz, Jonny Causton 6oz , Trevor Radley 5oz

Winter League Grand Prix (after three matches)

Mick Morley 23 points, Justin Randall 19, Bob Bailey 16, Alan Crabb 16, Eric Peak 16, Liam Crowley 14.5, Trevor Radley 6.5, Jonny Causton 6, John Hodgson 2

Irene Gudgeon Memorial Shield (aggregate weights)

Bob Bailey 24lb 5oz, Eric Peak 18lb 2oz, Mick Morley 15lb 11oz, Justin Randall 12lb 8oz, Alan Crabb 11lb 6oz, Liam Crowley 10lb 0oz, Trevor Radley 1lb 20z, Jonny Causton 1lb 1oz, John Hodgson 4oz 

Grandstand Finish in Winter League Two

The second match in the winter league series was held on a wonderful autumn day with wall-to-wall sunshine but bitterly cold in the shadows.  Not surprisingly the variable conditions played a major part in the result.

Those lucky enough to draw pegs on the sunnyside of the street where the warmer water clearly attracted the fish, reaped the rewards, three of the top four placings coming from Gudgeon’s north bank.  Meanwhile out of the sun and in the cold of the shade, three accomplished anglers could only manage just over a pound between them!

Once again, Mick Morley took the honours but unlike the previous four events won on the trot by a considerable margin, this was a much closer affair, just one ounce separating ‘The Machine’ from his closest rival Alan Crabb.

Fishing was extremely hard and nothing of any size was caught.  It was a scenario that ideally suited Morley’s ‘little and often’ approach which has held him in good stead all season, indeed his winning weight in the opening match was an identical 6lb 3oz.

Justin Randall’s good run of form continued as he notched his second consecutive rostrum leaving him well placed in both the Grand Prix and Gudgeon memorial.

Winter League Match Two

Mick Morley 6lb 3oz, Alan Crabb 6lb 2oz, Justin Randall 3lb 11oz, Bob Bailey 3lb 6oz, Eric Peak 3lb 3oz, Jonny Causton 9oz, Liam Crowley 5oz, Trevor Radley 5oz

Winter League Grand Prix (after two events)

Mick Morley 19, Justin Randall 14, Alan Crabb 13, Eric Peak 9, Liam Crowley 8.5, Bob Bailey 7, Trevor Radley 5.5, Jonny Causton 4, John Hodgson 2

Irene Gudgeon Memorial Shield (aggregate weights)

Mick Morley 12lb 6oz, Alan Crabb 8lb 9oz, Justin Randall 8lb 1oz, Eric Peak 4lb 10z, Bob Bailey 3lb 15oz, Liam Crowley 3lb 9oz, Trevor Radley 13oz, Jonny Causton 11oz, John Hodgson 4oz

Same Again in Winter League 

It may be a new season and a fresh start but the result of the first winter league match had an all too familiar ring about it. 

Once again Mick Morley emerged victorious, winning with just 6lb 3oz on a tricky day made even more difficult by persistent rain and a blustery north-easterly wind.  It was The Machine’s third successive victory in Poringland matches.

Mind you, everything could have been very different but for a slip of the hand!

After landing a good sized carp early doors, Justin Randall was about to slip his prize catch into the keepnet when the fish wriggled uncontrollably.  Instead of sliding it safely into the net, the carp belly flopped into the lake and then slipped gracefully into the deep leaving disconsolate Justin to reflect on what might have been.

It was a costly mistake as Randall finally lost out to Morley by a less than two pounds.

Overall the match was closely fought with several anglers reporting lost fish to a combination of the lilies and the bottom weed.  Interestingly, most of the fish were caught in the first two hours before bites virtually dried up completely after midday.

Not for the first time, those drawn at the flower meadow end of Noble struggled to catch.  As a result messrs Cawston, Hodgson and Peak finished well down the field with just over a pound of fish between them. 

Winter League Match One

Mick Morley 6lb 3oz, Justin Randall 4lb 6oz, Liam Crowley 3lb 4oz, Alan Crabb 2lb 7oz, Eric Peak 14oz, Trevor Radley 10oz, Bob Bailey 9oz, John Hodgson 4oz, Jonny Causton 2oz 

Winter League Grand Prix

Mick Morley 10 pts, Justin Randall 8, Liam Crowley 7,Alan Crabb 6, Eric Peak 5, Trevor Radley 4, Bob Bailey 3, John Hodgson 2, Jonny Causton 1