Kelk comes out of the Tunnel with a comfortable win

John Taylor won the Sensas Challenge match.
John Taylor won the Sensas Challenge match.
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The majority of the city-based JVAC club descended on the prolific Tunnel Barn Farm Fishery a few miles out of Solihull at the weekend for their annual away-day trip.

Day one on the Top Pool saw the in-form Lee Kendal well clear of the field on peg 14. He bagged 110lb on caster fished shallow.

Pete Howson won the Cock Inn match.

Pete Howson won the Cock Inn match.

Andy Kelk was second on 89lb 11oz.

Day two on the Extension Pool saw Kelk in full swing and he won with a 102lb 6oz net of carp taken on paste.

Runner-up was Mike Mitchell with 86lb 10oz.

Two very consistent performances from Kelk saw him comfortably take the top spot overall with just three penalty points.

Runner-up was Kendal on eight points with Andy Gausden third on nine.


Top rod in the Sensas Challenge on the Middle Level drain was Sensas Mark One angler John Taylor.

He fished the long pole with bloodworm fished over groundbait full of joker feed to put a very respectable 13lb 15oz to the scales.

Then came Mick Asker on 12lb 9oz followed by John Bates with 10lb 9oz.

Top team on the day were Sensas Mark One White. Further qualifiers for the final were the Black and Gold Mark One sides with Browning Hotrods from Huntingdon just missing out.


At long last we have a local angler topping one of the Steel City Open matches fished on Ferry Meadows Lakes.

Michael Brooker drew well - peg 126 on the Overton Lake - and took full advantage taking a net of bream and skimmers fishing the feeder at long range for 48lb 15oz.

Runner-up was Dave Stokes a couple of pegs away with 45lb 1oz, then came Vic Morley on 37lb 8oz.


In the Haddon Lodge open match, once again 13 year-old Lucio Melillio showed the field a clean pair of heels with a fine 41lb 6oz net of skimmers and carp taken on a small Method feeder.

Runner-up was dad Lucio on 20lb 2oz and Martin Harwood came third with 17lb 11oz.


The Ramsey & District Angling Society had to move their match from the roadside Forty Foot section to weed-clear pegs at the top end of the drain on the Narrows section close to the bridge.

Making it two wins out of two was Simon Wagstaff with 8lb 3oz.

He drew the end peg at the bridge and took two eels a few perch and a bonus bream all on worm and dead reds.

Equal second were Keith Rayment and Harry Young. Both caught small fish on the pole with pinkie for 3lb 12½oz,


There was a good turnout for the latest Cock Inn match fished on the Six Island pool on the Decoy complex on Sunday.

Top rod was Pete Howson from peg 23 with 97lb 8oz, fishing pellet shallow up to the island.

Second was Pete Sanderson with 89lb 2oz from peg 15. He caught all his fish on a small feeder with hair-rigged pellet.

Chris Shortland with 86lb 5oz was third from peg 25.