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Club match points after 6 matches



Club Match – White Bishop Lake, Bishops Bowl  – 24th August 2014

                                     ‘Gerald finds the right method’

  It was a warm day with sunny spells and a light breeze and the eleven anglers were pegged on the far bank of the lake, pegs 14 – 26.

On the day the lake fished very well with most anglers weighing in over 20lbs.

However, it was Gerald Green, peg 16, who caught carp up to 8lb and some skimmer bream around the 2lb mark on the method feeder to record a winning weight of 70lb 2oz.

Close on Geralds heels and in second place and who probably needed one more decent carp was Dave Gibbins, peg 14, who fished the straight lead to catch carp up to 10lb and just fall short of first place with a weight of 67lb 14oz.

Bob Eales completed the frame with a net of carp and skimmers caught close in to the reeds on the pole weighing 41lb 14oz

Most anglers who fished for carp close to the reeds lost fish as they shot into rushes and snagged the line. Chris Howard opted to fish for roach and caught 177 fish mostly on hemp, along with a couple of skimmers and a tench for 29lb 6oz

1st –   Gerald Green -    70lb 2oz

2nd –  Dave Gibbins -    67lb 14oz

3rd   – Bob Eales –         41lb 14oz


Club Match – Toft Farm Fishery, Silver Lake  – 17th August 2014

                         ‘Keep it in the family, Paul and Les take top spots’

 After a disappointing match on this venue in early June, club members were hoping for better things to come second time around. There was a slight improvement in the top weights compared to the first match but generally for the time of year the venue fished poorly.

The fifteen anglers had to contend with a twenty minute spell of driving rain and strong winds whilst setting up. Fortunately the rain stopped but the blustery winds continued throughout the match.

Dick Shellard and Andy Kimpton both found out to their cost how strong the wind was at times. Dick lost several sections of his pole as the wind lifted them off of his rest and blew them straight into the water where they sank before he could retrieve them. Andy cracked two of his sections battling with the elements.

Bites were hard to come by for most throughout the match and due to the strong wind the long pole to the far side reeds was not possible so most anglers had to settle for fishing down the track or the margins.

It was in the margins that Paul Ramsden, peg 8, had a profitable last hour landing several decent carp to boost his weight to 32lb 10oz and first place. Pauls dad Les was on peg 11 and caught several carp and some silvers for 28lb 14oz and second place. Completing the frame and on the end peg was Tosh Saunders who had put a decent run of small carp together but just fell short of second place finishing with 28lb 6oz.

Just outside the frame were John Balhatchet and Simon Cordingley who finished with 27lb and 26lb respectively.

1st – Paul Ramsden -          32lb 10oz

2nd –Les Ramsden -            28lb 14oz

3rd – Tosh Saunders –         28lb  6oz



Pictures from an Environment Agency netting at Turvey





Club Match – Waterloo Farm  – 3rd August  2014

                                              ‘Dave tames the beasts’

  The club had been allocated pegs 1-19 for the latest club match fished on the main lake at Waterloo Farm. Five pegs were left out so as to more easily accommodate the 14 anglers.

The day was warm, but with a constant breeze blowing down the lake which for some made it difficult to fish the long pole as the wind was quite strong at times.

Dave Gibbins had drawn end peg 19 at the far end of the lake where the margins were thick with rushes and he made the most of this feature fishing meat to catch several double figure carp amongst his winning weight of 84lb 4oz. Dave reckons he lost almost as many of these ‘lumps’as he caught, and tackle as well, as the snared fish shot immediately into the dense reed bed and wouldn’t budge!

Not far from Dave was Dick Shellard who had his feeder rod broken by the first fish he hooked, a Barbel! These fish stocked several years ago have now grown to a fair size, 3-4lb, and give a great account of themselves as several other anglers found out during the match. Dick ended up with 30lb plus of carp plus a mixed net of barbel and crucian carp for third place.

Towards the other end of the match length Gerald Green put together a nice net of carp which weighed 51lb plus some silvers to make his weight up to 57lb 8oz and second place.


1st –   Dave Gibbins -          84lb 4oz

2nd –  Gerald Green -           57lb 8oz

3rd  – Dick Shellard –          46lb 2oz


Club Match – The Marshes 1&2, Bishops Bowl  – 20th July 2014                

                                              ‘Darren does it again’

 For the second joint club match between NNAC and Towcester & District Angling Association (T&DAA), the winner as in the first match was Darren Pannell and with a virtually identical weight of 47lb.

 On a warm and humid day, 24 anglers from NNAC and T&DAA occupied the 26 available pegs on both lakes, with two pegs being left out on Marshes 1 so that there were 12 anglers on each lake.

It was slow going in the first hour or so for most with bites being hard to come by. However as the feed began to go in and the match progressed the catch rate increased with a variety of fish being caught by all including carp, crucians, tench, roach, skimmer bream and even some small barbel and chub.

The carp were mainly of a small stamp in the 1lb – 2lb bracket but fought like fish four or five times their size when hooked and would shoot off like a torpedo.  Andy Law and Gerald Green both lost sections of their poles during the match as the lively carp shot into the reeds, snaring the end tackle amongst the roots and when pulling back to retrieve the poles off came the sections! Both pole sections were recovered, Gerald going in after his and Shaun the owner donning his chest waders to retrieve Andys.

All three top weights in the match came from Marshes 2. As mentioned first was Darren Pannell on peg 21 weighed in 47lb of mainly small carp with a few silvers, John Balhatchet was second on peg 19 had a similar catch but for 40lb 2oz as did Simon Cordingley on peg 26 with 38lb 4oz who came third.

There was also a section prize for each lake for the best catch outside the top 3 and on Marshes 1 it went to Dave Gibbins with 36lb 12oz and on Marshes 2 Dave Smart took the honours with 26lb 10oz.

The next joint match between the two clubs takes place at Stockton Reservoir on September 14th.


1st –   Darren Pannell -          47lb 0oz

2nd –  John Balhatchet -         40lb 2oz

3rd  – Simon Cordingley –      38lb 4oz



Club Match – White Bishop Lake, Bishops Bowl  – 29th June 2014

                                     ‘Darren takes top spot on the day’

 This was the first in a number of matches this season fished jointly between NNAC and Towcester & District Angling Association (T&DAA)

 On a sunny and warm day with a light breeze, 10 anglers from NNAC and 10 anglers from T&DAA lined the banks of White Bishop Lake, the venue having been moved from The Cliffs due to access problems.

Generally the match fished hard for most but top rod on the day was Darren Pannell (T&DAA) on peg 9 who caught mainly carp to around the 10lb mark using 6mm pellet in conjunction with the pellet waggler for 47lb 6oz

Joint second with 34lb 6oz and sitting next to each other on pegs 12 and 13 were Les Ramsden (NNAC) and Mick Goodridge (T&DAA). Les had carp and bream on the method feeder and Mick had mainly carp on the pole.

Mick may have had a few more fish had he not had some tackle trauma when his bait tray fell into the lake but fortunately he managed to retrieve all of the soaked items and if that wasn’t bad enough he also had  his pole pulled into the lake but was lucky enough that the fish attached to his end tackle swam into a corner where Mick was able to walk round get his pole back!


1st –   Darren Pannell -          47lb 6oz

2nd –  Les Ramsden -            34lb 6oz

2nd  –Mick Goodridge –         34lb 6oz


Club Match – Toft Farm Fishery, Silver Lake  – 1st June 2014

                      ‘Dave takes top spot on a disappointing day at Toft’

 The first club match of the new season was fished by 18 anglers on a sunny and warm day which made a pleasant change from the wet and dismal week which had proceeded the match.

The club matched fished on this venue last season had produced some excellent weights so expectations of a good net of fish for all were high second time around.

Unfortunately on the day it fished very poorly with several anglers struggling for bites. Whether it was a combination of the cold wet week leading up to the match combined with the fish either about to or just finished spawning its hard to say but the weights were well down on last year with several anglers not weighing in at all.

At one end of the match length pegged next to each other in the early 30s were Dave Gibbins, Gerald Green and Bob Eales who all managed to find some fish on various methods and baits and these were the top three in that order until the scales got to Simon Cordingley on peg 10 who had also found several small carp and F1s mainly fishing to the far side reeds and he edged out Gerald Green into second place which meant Bob Eales just missed out on a top three finish with 17lb 2oz.

The club have another match on this venue later on in the summer, lets hope the fish have got their heads down by then!

1st – Dave Gibbins -          23lb 12oz

2nd –Simon Cordingley -   22lb 6oz

3rd – Gerald Green –          17lb 12oz



Final points for club matches after 15 rounds



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.
The canal has seen a bit of pleasure activity this last couple of weeks with some varying results. South of Stoke Bruerne genuine mixed bags of perch, roach, dace the odd skimmer and noticeably seeing the return of the gudgeon with oddly enough no current reports of zander.

North of the tunnel has seen some fair bags around the 5lb mark but also we registered some blanks.

River News

With just over a month to go the rivers all look in exceptional condition and one or two people have been out scouring around  for their opening day spot.

Please note all club waters on the Great Ouse are only fishable by full club card holders only (no day tickets).

Still Waters

12th May 2014

Carp up to middle tens reported from Meadow lakes with biggest currently weighing in at 17lb. The silver fish have been very active with a fish a chuck coming to single maggot.

Sharman road also producing roach and perch from the deeper sections.

If you notice a blue tinge to the waters don’t be alarmed they have been dye treated in an effort to reduce weed growth this colouring becomes more apparent after a good blow.







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