New Year Shield 2nd January 2022

The New Year Shield was fished on the canal at Lower Enborne on a very wet and windy Sunday. The seven new fishing pegs with purpose built stagings proved successful, keeping anglers away from the towpath and the continuous movement of walkers, runners and cyclists – dogs! Perhaps Newbury AA should consider increasing the number of stagings which would then give us a great match venue. A New Year but same old routines as Golden Arm Smith drew Peg 1 on Tim's River match. With a small turnout of 6 anglers, all quality acts, Dave Smith won with 18lbs 12oz followed by Henry Sadler with 10lbs 5oz and Steve Myers with 6lbs 12oz. The main catch by all anglers were perch and roach. This match was open to all age groups but sadly the anglers requesting more matches of this type did not attend. Tight lines, Henry.

Over 60's match 1st December 2021

On a cold clear canal, eight enthusiastic anglers prepared for battle on the muddy towpath at Avington. With a strong, cold down stream wind it would not be easy. The first two hours passed with little being caught, although rumour had it Les Durnford had a small Perch. After two hours the odd small fish began to appear. At the weigh-in Dave Smith weighed 2lbs 4oz for another win, followed by Les Durnford 1lb 15oz and Steve Myers third with 1lb 13oz. Tight lines to all. Henry Sadler.

Over 60's match 3rd November 2021

On a frosty morning 13 anglers faced a moody canal. All pegs were placed at the western end of the reach due to several boats being moored. Bites were slow for most of the day but suddenly fish appeared in the last hour, for some. Top weight was Keith Payne (AKA The Man From Atlantis) with 4lbs 8oz, mainly roach, followed by Brian Pallett with 3lbs 5oz, again roach, and third Dave Smith (AKA Golden Arm) on end Peg 1 with 2lbs 2oz. Top three league placings are 1st Dave Smith 61 points, 2nd Tim Wirth 45 points and 3rd Les Durnford with 40 points. Tony Franklin also fished his first over 60s match, finishing fourth. Tight lines, Henry Sadler.

Over 60's match 17th November 2021

With Guyers Lock under repair and boat travel curtailed, the Enborne canal was looking clear and moody. Thirteen anglers prepared for battle, all looking for a decent draw. The sun was bright and the wind cool as battle commenced. Bites were hard to get and slowly fish were put in the nets. The weight of the day was 5lbs 10oz by Alf McGarry from Peg 16, just reward for an angler increasing his weights match-match. In second place with 4lbs 9oz from Peg 4, Golden Arm, the consistent Dave Smith, end peg again. Following in third place from Peg 18 Steve Thame with 3lbs 11oz and fourth place was Brian Pallett from Peg 17 with 3lbs 10oz. Tight lines to all. Henry Sadler.

Over 60's match 27th October 2021

On a blustery but mild 27th October, 12 over 60s prepared for battle at Enborne Up. The draw was made and anglers made their way to the draw pegs. Match secretary struggled to his peg as he had forgotten the handle for his fishing box! Rescue was on hand as a handle was provided by Steve Thame. With a strong down wind and boat traffic steady all day, conditions were tricky. The weight on the day was 12lbs 8oz by Steve Thame from peg 17, followed by Dave Smith, peg 12 with 10lbs 7oz and third Steve Myers with 8lbs 6oz on peg 16. Perch were the main catch followed by roach. A total weight of 65lbs 3oz, giving an average per angler 5lbs 7ozs. Next match at Avington. See you there. Tight lines, Henry Sadler.