PORINGLAND LAKES

The Green Heart of Poringland

WINTER LEAGUE 2019

Grandstand Finish to Winter League - posted 1 February 2020 

Colin Hinsley was in seven heaven in the last match of the winter series but his title challenge still ended in disappointment.

Despite catching a seven pound common, seven pound mirror and seven pound of silvers, taking his overall tally to 21lb 15oz, the Stoke ace fell just short of pipping arch rival Mick Morley to the points prize, Hinsley tantalising finishing a point short of Morley on the points ladder.

As expected, veteran Morley completed the double by winning both the grand prix series and the Irene Gudgeon memorial trophy for aggregate weights but admitted afterward that that it was a close call in the points race.

A westerly wind, gusting at times to over 40 mph, made conditions difficult on a choppy Gudgeon, so much so that two anglers, Matt Charlton and Liam Crowley didn’t weigh in while Bob Bailey and Eric Peak could only manage 10ozs between them.

So once again it was left to Mick Morley and Colin Hinsley to take the spoils.  Event organiser Alan Crabb was on hand to present the Irene Gudgeon shield and £50 worth of vouchers from PW Angling.


Now attention turns to the extended Summer League series which, this year will have seven matches, starting on Saturday 7 March.

Winter League Match Five

Colin Hinsley 21lb 15oz, Mick Morley 12lb 15oz, Trevor Radley 6lb 8oz, Alan Crabb 3lb 12oz, Justin Randall 3lb 1oz, Bob Bailey 8oz, Eric Peak 2oz, Matt Charlton dnw, Liam Crowley dnw

Winter League Grand Prix – Final Placings

Mick Morley 36 pts, Colin Hinsley 35, Bob Bailey 25, Alan Crabb 23, Eric Peak 20, Trevor Radley 20, Justin Randall 17, Matt Charlton 13.5, Liam Crowley 12.5, John Hodgson 2

Irene Gudgeon Memorial (Aggregate Weights)

Mick Morley 78lb 6oz, Colin Hinsley 61lb 5oz, Trevor Radley 19lb 4oz, Justin Randall 18lb 13oz, Alan Crabb 18lb 6oz, Bob Bailey 17lb 10oz, Eric Peak 14lb, Liam Crowley 13lb 8oz, Matt Charlton 8lb 13oz, John Hodgson 14oz

Bailey Edges Match Four – posted 5 January 2020

With temperatures barely above freezing and a bitterly cold wind whipping up the surface, it was little wonder that the fish in Noble were hard to come by.  Not surprisingly it made for a tough day’s fishing and some of the lowest weights ever recorded in a Poringland match.

With carp off the feed, most of the field concentrated on the silvers but at the end of the day, it was a decent perch that made all the difference.

Fishing the north bank, seasoned campaigner Bob Bailey caught a surprise 1lb 7oz stripey that boosted his catch to a match-winning 3lb 15oz.

For most of the day it looked as if this one fish would decide the outcome but with just five minutes to go, Pakefield ace Eric Peak hooked into what looked like a match winning carp.  Alas it proved to be of no avail as come the final weigh-in, Bailey edged out his Suffolk rival by just one ounce!

As ever on Noble, the peg draw and wind direction often affects the outcome – and so it proved for Winter League leader, Mick Morley who had to work hard for his modest return – just 11 ounces – in stark contrast to his 42lb plus bag in the previous match.

Despite finishing well down the field, Morley still leads both the Winter Series and Irene Gudgeon Memorial.  With one match to go, it seems inconceivable that the Mundham man will relinquish his lead.

Interestingly, each of the four Winter League matches have now been won by a different angler.

The final match takes place on Gudgeon on Saturday 1 February.

Winter League Match Four

Bob Bailey 3lb 15oz, Eric Peak 3lb 14oz, Alan Crabb 2lb 4oz, Colin Hinsley 1lb 1oz, Mick Morley 11oz, Trevor Radley 4oz, Justin Randall 3oz, Matt Charlton 0oz

Winter League Grand Prix

Mick Morley 28 points, Colin Hinsley 25, Bob Bailey 21, Eric Peak 17, Alan Crabb 17, Trevor Radley 13, Justin Randall 12, Matt Charlton 12,  Liam Crowley 11, John Hodgson 2

Irene Gudgeon Memorial (Aggregate Weights)

Mick Morley 65lb 7oz, Colin Hinsley 39lb 6oz, Bob Bailey 17lb 2oz, Justin Randall 15lb 12oz, Alan Crabb 14lb 10oz, Eric Peak 13lb 14oz, Liam Crowley 13lb 8oz, Trevor Radley 12lb 12oz, Matt Charlton 8lb 13oz, John Hodgson 14oz

Morley Dominates Match Three - posted 8 December 2019 


Ace angler Mick Morley totally dominated the third match of the Winter League series.

Fishing the coveted black pipe peg in Duffield and protected from the northerly wind by the Mill Close banking, Morley weighed in a staggering 42lb 11oz – one of the highest weights ever recorded in any match at Poringland Lakes. 

In contrast to his usual style of ‘little and often’, Morley targeted the carp in a swim he knows like the back of his hand.  It was a ploy that produced rich dividends as he hauled in six handsome carp, the best a 7lb 8oz mirror, to cap a memorable day.

With three of the six matches completed, Morley has already built up what appears to be an unassailable lead in the race for the grand prix title and the Irene Gudgeon Memorial.  His nearest challenger, friend and rival, Colin Hinsley is already a fair way back and it would take a monumental effort to overhaul the Mundham.

While Morley and Hinsley were again setting the pace, the race for the minor placings couldn’t be closer. Just two grand prix points separate the next seven anglers and there’s only a couple of pounds difference between them in the Gudgeon Memorial.

Winter League Match Three

Mick Morley 42lb 11oz, Colin Hinsley 15lb 9oz, Justin Randall 11lb 2oz, Trevor Radley 5lb 1oz, Matt Charlton 4lb 12oz, Bob Bailey 2lb 11oz, Alan Crabb 2lb 1oz, Eric Peak 1lb 14oz, Liam Crowley 4oz

Winter League Grand Prix

Mick Morley 24pts, Colin Hinsley 20, Bob Bailey 12, Liam Crowley 11, Alan Crabb 11, Matt Charlton 11, Eric Peak 10, Trevor Radley 10, Justin Randall 10, John Hodgson 2

Irene Gudgeon Memorial (Aggregate Weights)           

Mick Morley 64lb 12oz, Colin Hinsley 38lb 5oz, Justin Randall 15lb 9oz, Liam Crowley 13lb 8oz, Bob Bailey 13lb 3oz, Trevor Radley 12lb 8oz, Alan Crabb 12lb 6oz, Eric Peak 10lb 0oz, Matt Charlton 8lb 13oz, John Hodgson 14oz

Hinsley Shows No Signs of Waning

Colin Hinsley’s purple patch shows no sign of waning.

Hot on the heels of his success in the Water Board National and last weekend’s social match, Hinsley was in good form again on Saturday when he won the second match in the winter league series.

Fished in dreadful conditions with driving rain and gale force winds, Hinsley still managed a 20lb plus bag, almost exclusively of quality roach, on Gudgeon.  The win jetted him to the top of the Irene Gudgeon Memorial for aggregate weights and brought him within touching distance of series leader Mick Morley.

The Mundham ace turned another another solid performance to finish second ahead of third placed Bob Bailey who caught the biggest fish of the day, a 6lb carp.

The outcome of the winter series could well rest on competitors’ availability. Winner of match one, Liam Crowley, was unavailable because of work commitments.  Unfortunately Colin Hinsley can’t make the December match which could open the door for his main rival Mick Morley.



Winter League Match Two

Colin Hinsley 20lb 3oz, Mick Morley 15lb 3oz, Bob Bailey 9lb 7oz, Trevor Radley 7lb 7oz, Alan Crabb 6lb 7oz, Justin Randall 3lb 11oz, Eric Peak 3lb 8oz

Winter League Grand Prix

Mick Morley 14pts, Colin Hinsley 12, Liam Crowley 10, Bob Bailey 8, Alan Crabb 8, Eric Peak 8, Matt Charlton 6, Trevor Radley 4, Justin Randall 3, John Hodgson 2

Irene Gudgeon Memorial (aggregate weights)

Colin Hinsley 22lb 12oz, Mick Morley 21lb 13oz, Liam Crowley 13lb 4oz, Bob Bailey 10lb 8oz, Alan Crabb 10lb 5oz, Eric Peak 8lb 2oz, Trevor Radley 7lb 7oz, Justin Randall 4lb 7oz, Matt Charlton 4lb 1oz, John Hodgson 14oz

Crowley Wins After Whirlwind Start


Norwich based angler Liam Crowley made a whirlwind start in the first match of the Winter League series.  In the first hour he netted several small carp between two and three pounds to set the foundation for a comfortable victory.

Traditionally in matches on Noble, the west bank seems to hold the bigger fish and once again this proved to be the case.  However overall weights were disappointing, leaving organiser Alan Crabb to suggest that the lake needs to be stocked with more fish.

“There are lots of small carp in Noble but the density of bigger fish seems much lower than in the other two lakes” said Crabb following the match.

Mick Morley and Eric Peak continued their rivalry by finishing second and third respectively ahead of Matt Charlton.

Winter League Match One

Liam Crowley 13lb 4oz, Mick Morley 6lb 10oz, Eric Peak 4lb 10oz, Matt Charlton 4lb 1oz, Alan Crabb 3lb 14oz, Colin Hinsley 2lb 9oz, Bob Bailey 1lb 1oz, John Hodgson 14oz, Justin Randall 12oz

Grand Prix Points

Liam Crowley 10pts, Mick Morley 8, Eric Peak 7, Matt Charlton 6, Alan Crabb 5, Colin Hinsley 4, Bob Bailey 3, John Hodgson 2, Justin Randall 1

Winter Fixtures Unveiled

Details have been released for the 2019 Winter League series.  This year the number of matches will be reduced from six to five events encompassing the usual points grand prix and aggregate weights trophy.  The dates and venues are:

5 October 2019         Noble

2 November 2019    Gudgeon

7 December 2019    Duffield

4 January 2020        Noble

1 February 2020       Gudgeon 

The trustees have given permission to introduce a number of social fishing matches during the winter months.  These will run as individual events as opposed to the traditional grand prix series.

“This is usually a quiet time of year” said organiser Alan Crabb. “So the additional matches should not impact on other anglers.  In extreme weather conditions, one lake may be fishable when another is frozen over, so on some occasions we need to make a snap decision to change a venue” he added. 

The social matches will be held on:

26 October 2019       Duffield

16 November 2019  Noble

21 December 2019  Gudgeon

18 January 2020      Duffield

15 February 2020    Noble

21 March 2020         Gudgeon