canal archive


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Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Pairs Canal Championship 2015

In conjunction with the above qualifier held on sunday the 3rd May at Grafton and Yardley, the Nenes angling coaches were out with a junior match held at Stoke bottom lock.

Although most fish were noticeable by there absence some of the 13 attendees managed to bank the odd fish or two, top weights being 11ozs by two of the youngsters one with 1 fish and the other with three fish. Everybody enjoyed themselves and all entrants received a gift of tackle to help them pursue their angling career all of which was generously donated by the CanalRiver Trust through the efforts of John Ellis the trusts fisheries manager.

John managed to spare some time and obliged us by giving out the “goodies” at the end of the day.

Dougie doing a groundbait teach in prior to fishing.

John Ellis with joint first Alfred weighing 1 fish at 11ozs.

John with other joint first Finlay with 3 fish for 11 ozs.

John with Leo 2nd placed with 8ozs.

John with all entrants.


Two shots of entrants, helpers, parents and carers.

The Nene coaches were out on the canal midweek 22nd April with some juniors and were pleased that the juniors managed a few fish as pictures below show as well as being out in the fresh air.

some nice junior caught perch and skimmers
catch them young! beats class any day.

This weekend 19th April saw a few pleasure anglers scattered about our stretch with most reporting catching mixed bags of perch and skimmers up to a few lbs in weight with one bag reported up to 17lb.

The Mobbs Miller match at Heyford on 19th April was won with 7lb 8oz with 7lb 1oz second and 5lb 14oz for third place all mixed bags skimmers and perch.

Lower down at Grafton on the same day the Nene open winner weighed 6lb 15oz with 6lb 3oz in second and 5lb 13oz for third mixed bags again.

Another chunky canal perch for the net

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.

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.