An ode to ‘Blue’

EARLIER this year we lost one of the great characters from the local angling scene – Dave ‘Blue’ Wright.

Sunday, 21st October 2012, 3:51 pm

He was one of the finest match anglers on the circuit and an accomplished all rounder.

Blue was a regular at Lakeside Fishery at Ranskill, and was a series champion.

In Blue’s memory the regulars have put together a poem which in our mind is a fitting tribute.

Ode to Blue: The frosts are upon us the sky is clear, that means one thing, that winter is here. Time to wrap up to keep ourselves warm, a hot cup of tea on this chilly dawn.

Its’ Saturday morning,an eight thirty draw, a dip in the bag and hopefully score.

The vermin’s asleep and no skimmers on meat, because its ground bait and pinkies, that they prefer to eat, the word on the bank is that there’s one man to beat.

Its 10 am and the whistle has gone, time to find to find out who is number one.

He pots in his pudding on more than one line, letting it settle, it should be fine.

A chuck with the feeder, or maybe the bomb , may catch you a bonus fish early on.

After this “last in section” rings out so clear, “ Tha bets that mine are eight to the pound”, to anglers around him a familiar sound.

The whistle has gone it is time to see, if the anglers around him are filled with glee.

“You lying Dinno prat,”is now what you hear, the scales don’t lie is obviously clear, no names mentioned on this little letter, but if you have met this bloke, there was none better, as an angler and friend forever and ever.

With this in mind Blue’s good friend Mick Shaw is organising a memorial match with all proceeds going to the Macmillan Nurses.

The event is at Lakeside Fishery on 4th November with just a few places left at the time of writing.

The entry fee is £20 with an 8.30am. draw and fishing 10 am to 3pm.

For any more information contact Mick on 07818 273212.

Blue’s widow, and step son Jason have generously donated a trophy and anyone who can not make this match but wish to contribute can leave them either at the fishery or Ken Ward Sports on Carlton Road.


THE members of Stanley Street Sports and Social club visited Side Farm Fishery at Thurcroft on Sunday 7th October: 1st Bill Richardson peg 18 37lb 08oz pole/worm/maggot/all ide catch; 2nd Shaun Storey peg 36 24lb as above; 3rd Pete Scott peg 15 21lb 10pz as above; 4th Ben Storey peg 5 21lb 02oz as above.

Members please note the next and last match of the season is on Sunday 21st October at Candy Corner, draw at 8.30am.

The Ryton AC fished their last match of the season at Messingham Sands on the island lake: 1st S. Moore 74lb 6oz; 2nd W. Kirk 43lb 13oz; 3rd K. Morris 33lb 12oz.

The Station Hotel AC of of Shireoaks made the short journey to Lodge Farm Fisheries on Saturday 15th September where they opted to fish the Top Pond: 1st Paul Mosrove 57lbs 07oz long pole/worm and caster/mixed fish; 2nd Martin Spencer 29lbs 00oz short pole/maggot and pellet/mixed fish; 3rd Phil Wright 23lbs 14oz feeder/meat/skimmers and carp.

The Tueseday Club held a knock up at the Lakeside Fishery on the match lake: 1st Keith Walters 24lb 5oz peg 1 two carp on pole fished red maggot; 2nd Derek Brown 14lb 11oz peg 6; 3rd Sid Whitehouse 9lb 10oz peg 17.

The Grafton AA were on the Bonsai lake at Lindholme: 1st Simon Short 56lb 8oz pole and maggot; 2nd Brian Poole 23lb 1oz paste; 3rd Bill Corbett 21lb 10oz feeder or bomb and pellet.


AT Lakeside Mark Holmes won Wednesday’s open on the strip ponds on peg 1, fishing the method feeder for 32lb 5oz.

Ken Parks won a weekend club match on the match lake with 55lb 4oz of silvers taken on pole fished maggot from peg 9.

Paul Martin claimed victory in a DOBS match on the second strip weighing 82lb 9oz on peg 1 with pole fished worm.

On the carp lake Gary Croft landed four lumps, the best a common of 26lb 6oz from peg 6 using cell boilies.

On the trout lake Ian Wilkinson slipped his landing net under 12 fish to 8lb casting his black buzzer on a floating line.

John Harrison landed eight fish to 13lb tempted on his cats whisker presented on a sinking line.

At Riverside, in Tuesday’s open: 1st Mark Caudell 40lb 7oz peg 34 feeder and corn; 2nd Arthur Bird 25lb peg 10 pole and pellet.

Wednesday: 1st Terry Pixley 44lb 11oz peg 36 feeder and meat; 2nd Bob Dukes 40lb 9oz peg 10.

Friday: Mark Caudell 65lb 15oz peg 8 feeder and corn; 2nd Chris Line 40lb peg 43 pole and maggot.

Saturday: 1st Bob Dukes 75lb pole and pellet peg 34; 2nd Terry Pixley 69lob 4oz peg 36 feeder fished meat.

At Lodge Farm, Tuesday’s open was held on the lily pond: 1st Richard Allen 144lb 15oz peg 70 pellet waggler; 2nd Paul Blanksby 59lb peg 60 bubble float.

Wednesday’s over 50s on the long island: 1st Mick Witham 86lb 5oz peg 100 pellet waggler; 2nd Brian Chatterton 73lb 9oz peg 96 pole and caster.

D & P Tackle were on the signal pond where Pat Beale won, with method feeder for 75lb from peg 13.

Saturdayon the lily pond: 1st Garry Brookes 63lb peg 64 pole and pellet; 2nd Paul blanksby 61lb 9oz peg 53 pellet waggler.