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Club Match – GUC – Furnace Lane – 15th March 2015

The final club match of the 14/15 season was attended by 16 anglers and was fished from the brambles at Furnace Lane going back towards the bridge. The first eight pegs were in reasonable shelter but from then on the other anglers had to contend with a cold easterly wind.

Fishing on the day proved to be very hard with any early bites dramatically ending after about an hour of the match and only a few big fish being caught towards the end of the match.

At the final whistle seven anglers did not weigh in and yet again the probable main factor behind these dry nets was the presence of zander in the stretch. Several were caught throughout the match including four in a row by Les Wallis, all around four ounces each.

On peg 15 was Pete Laughton who caught two big Perch and a few bits, mainly on worm, for a winning weight of 5lb 3oz. Second on peg 1 was George Mineards, who had two good fish including a bream at around 3lb and a perch, but who also lost two decent bream late in the match, one estimated to be around 4lb. Completing the frame in third place and despite the presence of numerous zander in his peg was Les Wallis on peg 13 who managed 3lb 15oz, one decent perch and a few bits on worm.

As this was the final club match the club championship was at stake and despite not framing this time around John Balhatchet (177 points) held on to the slender lead he had built up over recent weeks to take the honours from Dave Gibbins (173 points)  in second place ad Les Ramsden (172 points) in third place, well done John.

1st – Pete Laughton –      5lb 3oz

2nd – George Mineards – 4lb 0oz

3rd – Les Wallis   -         3lb 15oz


Club match points after 15 matches – final points for 2014 – 15


1st John Balhatchet  177 points

2nd Dave Gibbins     173 points

3rd Les Ramsden       172 points

Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Pairs Canal Championship 2015

Northampton Nene AC are holding 1 of the 11 rounds of the above championship on Sunday May 3rd between Stoke Bruerne & Yardley Gobion

Also 3 open practice matches of 60 pegs will take place on the above canal length on 3 Sundays in April:-

12th April Stoke Bruerne

19th April Bozenham – Grafton Regis

26th April Yardley Gobion

All entries to either Paul on 01604 587382 or Chris on 01604 414791 or mobile 07711086436


Club Match  – GUC- Heyford New Bridge   – 22nd February 2015

                                  ‘Stripeys give Baz top spot on the day’

The penultimate club match was held on the GUC at Heyford New Bridge section (in between Nether Heyford and Flore) on a bright, cold and blustery day which by the end of the match had seen the skies turn dark grey and with it bring persistent rain. There was ice on certain areas of the match length to start but this soon cleared as the match got underway.

The area along this match length that has produced good weights over the years and where a good draw would put you in with a chance was opposite the marina. And so it proved with eventual winner Baz Eaton (peg 5) and third place Brian Beard (peg 6) both drawing in this area.

Throughout the match bites were hard to come by for all, which can be partly attributed to overnight frost and cold water but also to the now familiar presence of zander in the canal. Eight were caught during the match!

Baz Eaton caught three decent perch and a skimmer for 4lb 9oz and first place. On end peg 12 Les Wallace came second catching the majority of his fish in the first 45 minutes of the match and finished with 2lb 9oz of roach and skimmers. Brian Beard completed the frame with five skimmers in the 6oz-8oz bracket for 2lb 6oz and third place.

1st – Baz Eaton -      4lb 9oz

2nd –Les Wallace     2lb 9oz

3rd – Brian Beard     2lb 6oz


Club Match  – GUC- Castlethorpe   – 11th January 2015

                    ‘Net of silvers ensures a ‘Matt’ finish’

 The latest joint club match between Towcester DAA and NNAC was held on the GUC at Castlethorpe on a cold and windy day. Fortunately the cold wind was at the anglers backs making fishing a little more comfortable than it could have been.

The form area on this stretch from previous matches was opposite the moored boats which covered the first half dozen or so pegs of the match length and so it proved again with the majority of the top weights coming from this section.

Those anglers that drew pegs in second half of the match length really struggled to catch and indeed several failed to register a bite at all!

Matt Webb made the most of his draw pulling out peg 4 on the boats. He caught steadily throughout the match finally registering 102 fish for 4lb exactly and first place. Kev Elliot on peg 1 also had a net of small silvers for 3lb 10oz and second place. On peg 9 John Balhatchet managed to snare a 2lb plus Perch and along with a few silvers weighed in 3lb exactly and third place.

Other anglers who managed a few pound of fish on a very tough day were Dave Gibbins and Brian Beard in the early pegs who both managed 2lb plus of fish as did Les Ramsden on end peg 19.

1st – Matt Webb -           4lb 0oz

2nd –Kev Elliott              3lb 10oz

3rd – John Balhatchet     3lb  0oz


Club Match (F&F) – GUC- Banbury Lane   – 14th December 2014

                                         ‘Beard wins it by a whisker’

The annual Fur & Feather match was held on the clubs Banbury Lane stretch of the GUC on a cold morning with a chilling breeze blowing down the canal.

Eighteen anglers lined the towpath either side of the new road bridge going down towards the bridge at Gayton.

This section of the canal had recently seen several hundred pounds of silver fish introduced by the Canal and River Trust as part of a restocking programme so it was hoped that all participants would have a decent day.

Unfortunately bites were very hard to come by, six anglers did not weigh in and several others only had one bite resulting in one fish. Of those that did not weigh in a couple of anglers did catch a species that was probably the reason for the lack of fish caught, zander! (zander do not count in club matches).

After finishing second in the previous club match Brain Beard went one better this time and won a very close match with 3lb 12oz, his weight made up of four skimmers, two caught on bread punch and two on worm.

Baz Eaton was only three ounces behind Brian with three perch caught on worm for 3lb 9oz and just one ounce behind Baz was Dave Gibbins, again with a net of worm caught perch for 3lb 8oz. Completing the frame and two ounces further back was John Balhatchet with two perch for 3lb 6oz.

There were three prizes for each section of five anglers so despite the lack of fish caught most participants has something to take home for their efforts.

1st – Brian Beard -          3lb 12oz

2nd –Baz Eaton               3lb  9oz

3rd – Dave Gibbins –       3lb  8oz

4th – John Balhatchet      3lb  6oz


Mixed catch of Skimmer Bream, Perch & Roach reported from Stoke Bruerne

Chris Howard and Paul Minney reported a catch on Friday 17th October from the long pound opposite the trees at Stoke Bruerne of about 25 pounds of Skimmer Bream to 1 pound 4 ounces, Roach to a pound and Perch to 3 pound caught on bread punch caster & worm. A total of about 100 fish caught in just over 4 hours

Roach catch reported from Swan Valley

Stuart Eggleton reported this catch of quality Roach caught in a couple of hours from Swan Valley lake on Sunday 28th September with some Roach taken from the hook by a large Pike in the swim


Pictures from an Environment Agency netting at Turvey




Another incident has been reported of persons stating they are a club bailiff and attempting to get money from anglers. All current Northamptonneneac bailiffs and officers have been issued with their new badges for the 2014/2015 season. If approached please ask to see this  badge which has a photo and an identity no. for that bailiff or officer. if in any doubt please ring Mick on 07833967186 for confirmation. This number will also be found on the Neneac signs on our waters. If you are approached by what you think is a bogus bailiff any information you can remember and pass on to us would be greatly appreciated.


Northamptonneneac receives Clubmark accreditation

Ron Collins collects award on behalf of NNAC

Clubmark Cert


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 Canal latest news

For those interested the following is an excerpt from a  copy letter received by our club secretary Neil from the Canal and River trust in answer to queries from himself about the presence of Zander in the canal system. It does at least lay out the legal position as per the law.

Thanks Neil,
I can confirm that zander are a non-native species as set out in the Import of Live Fish Act legislation. They are held under temporary license by the Trust and we are instructed to remove all zander caught as part of our day to day fisheries management activity e.g. in fish rescues or in fish population surveys. It is an offence to return them to the water if caught by rod and line.  Although I am not aware of any prosecutions in this regard I would have to advise clubs that this is the current law so realistically any zander caught must be killed to comply with the legislation.



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