Anglers brave the extreme conditions

A scene from Wednesday's Open at Sherwood Forest
A scene from Wednesday's Open at Sherwood Forest

With ice forming on all stillwaters, this week’s match angling was not for the faint hearted with anglers having to brave extreme weather conditions.

The Sherwood Forest lads found themselves moving lakes because of thick ice but still ended up fishing through holes in the ice.

Not ideal and the weights reflected this but you’ve got to hand it to the Sherwood guys, they’re a tough old bunch (pictured).

I thought it was only us pike anglers who were mad enough to fish in such conditions.

Piking Tips: Average water temperatures have still been quite high but the latest freezing conditions have finally driven prey fish to the deeper water where oxygen levels are higher.

The pike won’t be far away so target these deeper areas now for the best results.

Often you’ll find several pike loitering around the shoals and there’s always a chance that the bigger fish will visit to feed too.

If you know the species that’s shoaled up, match this with your live or dead bait and you won’t go far wrong.

Paternostering a livebait in mid-water will make it stand out like a sore thumb and few pike will be able to resist such an easy meal.

Match Scene

Sherwood Forrst Fisheries: Tue Open, Sherwood Lake (14 pegs): 1st Andy Lakey, Worksop Angling Supplies, peg 12, 6-10-0.

Ice breaking reduced the match to 4four and a half hours and it was a tough day all round but Andy came out on top fishing pole maggot for a mixed net of roach and perch; 2nd Steve Richards, peg17, 6-10-0; 3rd John Holmes, Woodhouse Angling, peg 13, 3-5-0; 4th Dave Hiley, Dynamite Baits, peg 14, 2-15-0.

Wed Open, Sherwood Lake (12 pegs): 1st Mick Langton, peg 16, 4-4-0, fishing through holes in the ice was never going to be great but Mick managed to get some small roach feeding, fishing pole with pinkies over groundbait to scrape a win; 2nd Nigel Shipman, peg 18, 4-0-0, pole caster for perch and skimmers; 3rd Geoff Mawby, Gateford Angling Supplies, peg 22, 2-4-0; 4th Craig Brazier, peg 14, 1-14-0.

Club Scene

Worksop & District Angling Association: The delegates meeting will take place on Thursday 5th February 2015 at the Manton Club on Retford Road in Worksop, starting at 7.15 p.m.

Club Affiliation fees of £10 are due by this date.

Game Scene

Toft Newton Reservoir: The new season starts this Saturday 31st January from 7:30.

All prices will remain unchanged for the start of the new season.

Most trout fisheries would be happy with a three-fish rod average over a season but Toft averages around 3.9, making it one of the most productive trout waters.

On-site coaching, both bank and boat fishing is available on a day ticket or season ticket basis.

Whether you’re a novice or seasoned trout angler, Toft is the place to be this season.

To book a coaching or fishing session contact the site office on 01673 878453 / 07806 400878 or visit their web site: www.toftnewton.com.