Results tagged “barston lakes” from Coventry Telegraph - Pink Online

WELL finally, the ice has melted and anglers who have been starved of sport for over a month are heading back out onto the banks.

Fishing is still pretty tough out there but with milder weather on the way there should be some good sport to be had at the weekend on waters holding plenty of silver fish.

Wayne Sharman at Lane's of Coventry recommends Lizard and Lagoon Lakes at Makin's Fishery - both waters hold plenty of silver fish and you can expect to get plenty of bites with maggot and pinkie the key baits. Steve Ringer won the Tunnel Barn Farm Winter League at the weekend on pole and maggot, bagging nearly 60lb of F1s from House Pool.

The same can be said of Warren Pool at Meadowlands Fishery. It's actually quite a shallow lake but again there are lots of silver fish to go at and you needed 20lb to win the weekend match there. The teams of three league starts this weekend and there's a silvers fish match on Saturday. There's also a match at Makin's on Sunday.

River fishing has been tough but Wayne reports that the Lido on Warwickshire Avon is reliable. There are always plenty of roach around the theatre where the public feeds the birds and breadpunch should catch you fish.

* Barston Lakes owner Nigel Harrhy has announced the dates and entry details for the 2011 UK Champs.

The top 40 from last year go through automatically - everyone else must qualify through one of the Wednesday heats at Barston on May 4 or May 25, Lindholme Lakes on June 8, Coleman's Cottage on July 13, Woodland View on August 17 or Barston on September 14. Find out more at .

MANY of the top match anglers in the country lined the banks of Barston Lakes for the first round of the teams of five Garbolino/Sensas CIPS rules league.

The venue fished really well for most, with a lowest section weight of 36lb and only eight of the 65 anglers failing to reach double figures.

Out in front was Darren Davies, who put in a five-star performance on pole and bloodworm over groundbait for a fine 40-2-0 of skimmers, roach and a few F1s from peg 118 on the golf course bank. It was tight, though, as Steve Baraclough used similar tactics for 39-12-0, with Dan Ashington right on his heels with 39-2-0. Barnsley take an early lead in the team event 24 points with Banbury only one point behind and Kamasan Starlets Green a further two back.

* I'm delighted to be able to report that the website television project I'm involved in - - has been named Angling Website of the Year by the Angling Writers' Association.

I was lucky enough to pick up the award from angling's Mr TV, John Wilson, at the awards ceremony in Norfolk, and honoured that it completed a unique treble as I was named the AWA's Angling Writer of the Year in 2001, and won Angling Magazine of the Year in 2002. The moment I found out about a chance to get angling a proper television channel I jumped at it and the plan is to make the programmes available on as many platforms as possible in the coming months.

ANGLERS at Makins Fishery will be looking to see in the New Year in style, by winning a new silver fish-only match being hosted at the Warwickshire complex on December 30.

The Dynamite Baits-backed event is in response to anglers wishing to target the quality roach and skimmers on the venue, as anglers have been weighing in over 30lb of them in recent events.

Depending on numbers the match will be fished over several lakes, Lake One, Lake Two, Lake Four, Lizzard and Lagoon. Phase One will be given priority for pegs and Phase Two will only be used if there's over 70 anglers.

The draw will take place at 8am in Phase One Car Park and fishing will commence at 10am, finishing at 3pm.

The rules are very simple; no bloodworm and joker, barbless hooks only and no carp to count!

There will be Dynamite Baits Silver X bait prizes for the top three and a mystery prize (just because it's Christmas) totalling £800 up for grabs on top of pools money. Please call the fishery for more information and to book on 01455 220877.

* Online anglers have been tuning in this week to a 'livestream' carp fishing broadcast from Solihull's Barston Lakes.

Kev Reynolds, who once caught 1,200lb of carp at the venue in 48 hours, fished and chatted away over the weekend, and caught stacks of carp to nearly 20lb, and it was all broadcast live on his Pukka Baits website. It certainly caught the imagination of a lot of people and he has seven more planned between now and the end of 2010.

* Two new winter series kick off at Dog Lane Fishery in November, starting with the six-match Silver Fish Pairs.

The top pairs in the series will walk away with £350 with £250 for the second pair and £130 for the third, with £70 for the best individual weight of the series.

I SPENT all of Monday at the Tackle & Guns Show at Stoneleigh Park, looking at new gear and renewing old acquaintances.

Tackle & Guns is an annual trade show where the tackle dealers and angling journalists like myself get a sneak preview of what's in store for us from the manufacturers over the next 12 months.

It seems like a year ago when I first reported on a new carp range from the Preston Innovations and Korum machine. The range now has a name - Avid - and will be hitting the tackle shops very soon including bedchairs, bivvies and accessories with a lot more on the way. The range has had a lot of input from some top carp anglers, including Ian Russell.

And while a coarse angling company in Preston Innovations is targeting the carp market with Avid, a carp angling company in Nash is going after the pleasure angler with its new Peg One range. Former Korum man Paul Garner is heading up the launch of Peg One, which includes chairs, shelters, pods and trolleys for the 'session' angler.

I also chatted to the guys at Browning, who are bringing a new Hybrid brand to the UK market.

With carp in commercial fisheries getting ever bigger, the range of rods, nets, clothing, luggage and accessories has been designed to fill the gap between the match angler and the carp angler - if you like it's stepped up match gear but with a few interesting innovations thrown in.

Japanese bait brand Marukyu launched at Tackle & Guns last year but their fascinating range didn't start hitting the shelves until about April.

Headed up by Roy Marlow, they had some of the most interesting new product including a groundbait that claims to attract fish with noise as it breaks down, and another winter groundbait that releases different attractors over time.

If you were to ask me what my favourite new item from the show was, it came from MAP in the shape of its new modular luggage, in particular the carryall which is big enough for all those trays and nets and folds out flat to reveal compartments for pole rollers, bait, reels and other items.

They also had a new quick-change connector that was getting plenty of interest.

All of the above will be highlighted soon in a programme I made about the show for

COVENTRY matchman Lee Taylor's plans for a new match series at Barston Lakes next spring and summer have received a great reaction - but there's still time to get involved.

The series of six 60-peg qualifiers will be held at the Solihull venue between April and August 2011, leading to a final in September.

Anglers will pay £25 per round to enter and anyone winning their section will got through the final. The winner of each qualifier will pocket £225 with £1000 on offer to the winner of the September 3rd final, £650 for the second placed angler and £300 for the third. If you want to get involved, you need to put your name down on the coarse forum of the website - but act quickly as places are going fast.

Barston Lakes has been in its best ever form with the big match there at the weekend producing no less than ten ton-up weights.

Gaz Wood, Pete Caton, Andy Kinder, Andy Neal, Steve Seaborn, Paul Cox, Neil McKinnon and Kev Hewlett all weighed in over the magical 100lb mark. But the top two positions were filled by Mark Bartlett, who weighed in 140-6-0 of carp on the Method on peg 24, only to be pipped by 6oz by match winner Stu Palser, who put together a superb bag of bream and skimmers on the pole. Find out more about Nigel Harrhy's superb West Midlands Golf Club water at

* It was a brilliant Division One National for the Midlands, with a gold medal for Starlets and three more local teams in the top ten, plus the individual winner in the shape of Steve Collett. Shakespeare finished fifth and Fox Match Tipton ninth.

Steve Collett drew the flyer peg next to the weir at Collingham. After losing his first two fish on heavy pellet feeder gear, he switched to specimen tactics, with a 2lb test curve rod. He never looked back, bagging 20 barbel for an incredible 56 kilos, one of the biggest ever National winning weights. Steve recently did a programme for about barbel fishing which I put up onto the channel only last week.

* Talking of OnlineFishing TV, we were out filming on the Warwickshire Avon this week in an attempt to catch Ian 'Chilly' Chillcott his first river carp.

Under the guidance of venue carp expert Andy Hart, Chilly duly caught five double-figure fish, and lost some bigger ones. The filming was being done for a second series of Chilly On Carp which will be out early in 2011. Incidentally,'s new Freeplayer got nearly 10,000 views in its first week.

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