If you’ve hung your rods up for the winter, you might want to think again.
We’ve just had some rather bleak weather with most small stillwaters getting iced over but we’ve only really had a few harsh frosts so water temperatures have remained higher than average.
Rivers have been slightly coloured but still fishable, with many species continuing to feed as normal.
Match results have expectedly dropped off a bit as big bags of carp have been replaced with roach and skimmers.
John Slinn (pictured) had to fish around the thawing ice but still had a bumper day at Sherwood Forest Fisheries with a nice bag of silvers and some bonus carp.
Specimen anglers are filling their boots.
Large predators; zander, pike and perch have been reported in numbers from all water types.
Bigger than average barbel have been coming off the Trent with double figure fish coming out in numbers from non-tidal reaches.
Specimen carp fisheries have also reported some huge carp showing over the last few weeks.
Sherwood Forrest Fisheries: Tue Open, Sherwood Lake: 1st Ben Holmes, Dynamite, peg 25, 41-0-0, the wind didn’t put Ben off using short pole at 6m with maggot over groundbait for mixed silvers; 2nd Dave Hiley, Dynamite, peg 27, 39-14-0, pole pellet for skimmers and bream; 3rd Chris Greensides Dynamite, peg 23, 34-10-0, pole caster for an all-roach net; 4th Brian Elliott, peg 13, 20-5-0; 5th Dave Nicholls, peg 19, 17-15-0; 6th Steve Richards, peg 30, 16-12-0.
Daiwa Hallcroft Fisheries: Fri Open, Moat Pool: 1st A Oldham, Frenzee, peg 40, 42-14-0, feeder for carp and pole for silvers; 2nd P Miles, peg 31, 21-8-0, maggot feeder with dead maggots on the hook for a mixed bag of carp and skimmers; 3rd J Barningham, peg 47, 21-5-0, short pole with casters over groundbait for mainly skimmers.
Sat Silverfish Open, Moat Pool: 1st G Gibson, peg 40, 23-7-0, maggot and pellet feeder down the margins for a mixed bag of carp and silvers; 2nd S Gray, peg 62, 20-5-0, long pole with expanders over feed pellets; 3rd P Miles, peg 21, 19-3-0, long pole with pellet for an all-skimmer net.
Sun Open, Reed Pool: 1st S Robbins, Leegem, peg 31, 21-4-0, pole with expanders for small carp; 2nd N Vernon, peg 5, 19-5-0, bomb corn down margins for carp; 3rd M McIntyre, peg 38, 17-7-0, pole maggot for carp and a few skimmers.
Sun Teams of 4 Silverfish League Rnd 5, Moat/Bridge/Croft Pools: 1st P McIntyre, Kelly’s Stores, peg B11, 21-4-0, pole maggot over groundbait for a good net of skimmers; 2nd G Mumby, Frenzee, peg M39, 19-10-0, caster over groundbait at 9m for skimmers; 3rd G Gibson, MAX Tackle, peg B6, 19-3-0, bomb maggot for bream to 2lb.
Hayton Lakes Fisheries: This newly opened complex will be running a series of Tuesday open matches.
The catch reports are already suggesting that this is set to become one of the area’s top match waters.
The Retford Angling Centre Open matches will be staged on the Kingfisher Lake, draw at the Reception Office at 8:45am.
Entry fees £17 with generous section and over-all winner payouts.
Contact Chris Line for further details or to reserve a place on 07747 015727
Tue Retford Angling Centre Open: 1st Chris Line, peg 35, 17-3-0, bomb maggot for small chub; 2nd Mark Cordall, peg 37, 13-7-0; 3rd George Wallis, peg 33, 14-14-0.
Junior anglers needed for Cadet Squad: Worksop Angling Cadets are on the lookout for more juniors tojoin their squad.
This is a rare opportunity for youngsters to receive expert coaching and tuition and to fish for one of the most successful local clubs.
If your child is between the ages of nine and 13 years and interested in fishing for the Cadets, contact Doreen on 01909 770546.