Fly fishing expert

There are two items of interest for the fly casters amongst us this week, starting with an expert on our doorstep.

Chris Watson, of Worksop, is a name many of you will recognise from previous columns thanks to his exploits at Lakeside fishery and his first attempt at trying for the England river fly fishing team.

Last year he missed out by just one point, which is an amazing achievement for a first time out.

Whereas most coaching sessions last just a few hours Chris specialises in full day sessions specifically for no more than two participants at a time to ensure that you will receive a more personal experience.

An added bonus is that Chris knows the Lakeside trout lake like the back of his hand, with his best return standing at 76 fish in a single session at the Ranskill venue.

For further information you can contact Chris on 07790 259392.

The other bit of news is that Toft Newton fly fishery reopens for game fishing this weekend, back to normal on Saturday from 7.30am.

Pricing will be the same as 2011, with a new reduced time/price catch and release option.

Stocking weekly and providing great value sport once again, with fresh fish going in towards the end of the week, they should be in for a decent start.

Prices are available on request from Jason Foster on 01673 878453 or at

On the coastal front Jack Wilson took two quality cod from Spurn Road on a short solo session last week as well as some quality whiting, this is the news that we have been waiting for and with a more northerly direction the possibilities are looking excellent.


STARTING at Lakeside fishery Phil Morgan triumphed in the Wednesday open on the match lake, landing 23lb 6oz of skimmers taken on pole fished pellet from peg 20.

Garry Brookes was second on peg 13 weighing 19lb 8oz.

In Saturday’s team of four event A. Greenside claimed the honours with a silverfish net taken on the maggot feeder weighing 34lb 15oz from peg 14.

Les Richmond was runner-up on peg 4 with 32lb 15oz on the second strip pond.

Regular visitors DJ Angling held their weekly jaunt with Danny Cadwell landing two carp as well as skimmers in his net of 27lb 11oz on pole fished pellet from peg 8.

On the carp lake John Thompson landed four specemins topped by a common of 23lb from peg 3 on his maggot ring, whilst over on the trout lake Chris Watson landed 20 fish to 5lb on his green blob cast on an intermediate line.

Mark Richardson slipped his landing net under 15 fish to 5lb tempted on his segmented blood worm cast on a sinking line.

At Lodge Farm fishery Tuesday’s open event was fished on the signal pond, where Andy Bailey put a fine net together of 88lb 10oz pole fishing pellet on peg 6.

Steve Bingham was a distant second on peg 4 fishing the method feeder for 46lb 11oz and Daz Oldham took third on peg 8 pole fishing pellet for 33lb 5oz.

Wednesday’s over 50s on the lily pond saw the in-form Dave Evans triumph on peg 54 weighing 52lb on waggler fished meat, with Steve Nemass finishing second on the method feeder with a net of 40lb 13oz from peg 53.

Thursday’s competition was fished on the lily and long island with Dave Evans winning again, this time on peg 93 with a bag of 91lb 3oz on waggler fished meat or corn.

Jack Locket claimed the runner-up position on peg 91 with 60lb taken on bomb fished meat and Wayne Ibbertson made up the frame on peg 52 with 48lb 15oz taken on the ground bait feeder.

Saturday’s contest on the long island was won by Keith Morris on peg 101 weighing 51lb caught on waggler fished meat or corn, with Steve Nemass in second place on peg 91 with 29lb 3oz.

Just down the road at Riverside, Friday’s open saw John Bleakley claim first place on peg 9 with 20lb 12oz bomb fishing corn, with Jimmy Naylor triumphing in Saturday’s open with a net of 14lb 7oz taken on the feeder.