Round Four of the Pairs League was tough fishing with the Hatton Locks in surly mood. However there were still some terrific fish caught and a deserved victory for Carl and Leo as Team SHUK lead the way with 13 fish for a total of 251cm including bonuses. Potto chipped in with a cracking best Zed of 51cm, Felix had a chunky best perch of 36cm and Karl had the only pike of the day at 58cm all of which earned their teams an extra 5 bonus points.
A great turn out on the clubs famous Warwick Stretch. 15 teams attended and nearly all teams caught fish. A relatively hard day for the majority but those who put the leg work in were rewarded for their efforts.
Top 10 Results
Worcester Wanglers – 784cm
SHUK – 534cm
Zander Hookers – 409cm
Push It Reel Good – 396cm
Team No Name – 369cm
Canal Masters – 276cm
Inter Yana FPAUK – 200cm
The Brummies – 192cm
Spinning Club PKS – 171cm
River Guide – 155cm
Biggest Perch – 35cm Greg Bafia
Biggest Zander – 59cm Gary Palmer
Biggest Pike – 55cm Steve Wilson
At the beginning of the day it looked like it was going to be a wash out with heavy rain however these subsided leaving us with a great sun packed afternoon.
Fishing for the majority was fairly hard leading to a very trampled tow path in search of finding a few fish. The ever consistent Canal Masters managed to buck the trend finding 4.95 meters of fish between them including a 36cm Perch. Second place fell to team No Name with 3.33 meters and not far behind in third place team Vampires with 3 meters.
Also worth a mention was a special capture by John Cheyne. He managed to land a magnificent Roach of just over 1lb. Not something you catch everyday let alone on a lure.
A total of 27 Perch were caught with 7 being over 30cm.
A total of 50 Zander were caught with 8 being over 40cm.
PAIRS LEAGUE DATES 2017/18
Only Open to Members of The Lure Anglers Canal Club
The diary of events and Competitions for 2017/18 is as follows
Round 1 league – April 1st – Radford Stretch
Round 2 league – May 20th – Knowle Stretch
Round 3 league – Sep 23rd – Warwick Stretch
Round 4 league – January 13th – TBC
Round 5 and AGM – Feb 24th – South Stratford Canal Lowsonford
2016/17 League Table after final round
2016/17 was a fantastic year for the club, with membership topping out at well over 200 members and some memorable fish being caught. Our Pairs League was as popular as ever and a big congratulations go to Vidar Thomassen and Alan Brown who dominated the league from the start and were very worthy winners.
Well it was wet and mild for the 5th round of the LACC Pairs Championship on Sunday and 9 teams braved the elements to fight it out for top spot on the day. League Leaders “The Team With No Name” (Vidar and Alan) never really hit their stride but still finished 3rd with 147cm to consolidate their position at the top. Carl Arcus and Jamie Potts ( Team SHUK) seem to be getting better and better at the moment and took a well deserved 2nd place with 165cm. However it was last years champions The Worcester Wanglers (John and Steve) who re-found some of their form to record the win by banking a number of fat 30cm + perch in their 216cm.
As ever our Warwick stretch provided some fantastic fishing for the teams that got the tactics and location right on the day and I’m happy to say that no team blanked. Team No Name (Vidar and Alan) showed the consistency that has seen them figure highly in every match this season, by catching a total of 9 zander, 7 perch and 2 pike for an overall total length of 595cm with bonuses. They also picked up 5 bonus points for the best pike which measured 56cm. In second were The popular duo of Rob Busby and Joel Kempson who fish as “Fishy McFishface” ! they managed 7 zander and 8 perch for a total of 485cm and picked up 10 bonus points for both best zander (52cm) and best perch (34cm). But perhaps the story of the day was the performanc eof young Alex Palmer who along with his dad Gary caught a fantstic total of 435cm and also picked up 5 bonus points for joint biggest perch (34cm).
We had 12 teams competing for the 2nd round of the pairs league and everyone was at the meeting point at the Grand Union nice and early for a planned 8.00am start. The water was a nice colour with pretty good visibility and the weather looked set to be hot and sunny. Having been energised by some free chocolate thanks to Rob Busby, everyone set of in pairs to try to make the most of the conditions before the sun made it too tough and the bank holiday boat traffic started in earnest. Every team caught fish, and not surprisingly considering the conditions most of the fish were caught in the first three hours. In total there were 41 perch caught over half of which were over 20cm and eight were over 30cm ! in fact there was only one fish that could be considered a “wasp” caught all day. There were 37 zander caught in total the biggest being 46cm. In total four teams managed to catch over 3m of fish (including bonuses). Felix and Anthony (Catching Z’s), Vidar and Alan (Team with No Name), Canalmasters (Mike and Richard) and John & Steve (Worcester Wanglers). All four teams were very close, but Steve Wilson of the Worcester Wanglers managed to land a bonus pike of 65cm which tipped them over the 4m mark and handed them the victory. Our only Polish competitors “Team Widly” who caught the biggest Zander in round one, struggled a little and came last on this occasion, but unfortunatley they could stay for the pub prize-giving and so Yatesy had to wear the Bunny ears on behalf of Him and Bill for coming second last ! Sorry mate !
2016/17 Round 1 report
Well we had a fantastic turn out with 14 teams competing and decent weather for the 1st Pairs match of the season on Saturday. The fishing was fairly tough, but every team caught fish with 4 species being recorded Perch, Zander, Pike and Ruffe. Full report will appear on the LACC site later this week, but the day was won by “Team No Name 1” Vidar and Alan with a great haul of 4.44m of perch. “The Canalmasters”, (Mike and Richard) just pipped last years league winners “Worcester Wanglers” for 2nd place.
2015/16 Season Report
Well the final round of the Pairs League was held at our Stratford canal stretch and conditions were tough. It was great fun though and included a couple of cracking fish. Andy Mason had a 100cm pike fishing for Team Rapture and Derek Holmes had a 61cm Zander for the aptly named team Zander Hookers. It was the Zander Hookers who took forst place, followed by the Worcester Wanglers, Team Rapture and Team No Name 1.
Derek with his 61cm Zander
Final League Table
Congratulations are due to John Cheyne and Steve Wilson of The Worcester Wanglers for their League win.
Best fish caught in a league match went to:
Biggest perch – Joel Kempson
Biggest Zander – Derek Holmes
Biggest Pike – Andy Mason
The Best Junior Award went to Alex Palmer
The prizegiving was held at the AGM, big thanks to Gary Palmer for his help at the Trophy presentations.
John & Steve with the winners trophy Vidar and Alan were Runners Up Busby and Kempson were in 3rd place
Derek wins best Zander Joel wins best perch Andy wins best pike
Alex Palmer getting is Best Junior Award from Club Chairman John Cheyne
Below are the rules for this league competition, however whilst the matches are for “pairs” we would like to point out that individual members who do not have a team mate are very welcome to fish the events as friendly fish-ins, we can either pair you up with a another member who doesn’t have a partner or you will be free to fish for fun as a single. It’s all about fishing for fun, meeting other members and getting on the bank.
LACC PAIRS LEAGUE RULES
Entry to each round of the competition will cost £5.00 per team (payable in advance via our website).
Fishing is with lures only.
The league will be competed over 5 matches, with each teams best 4 results counting towards the final league table.
Each angler may only fish with one rod at a time. (although they may carry as many rods as they wish)
Each anglers may only use one lure at a time (no multi-lure rigs).
All teams must photograph all fish caught on the fish measure provided ( on an unhooking mat) and with their competitors card in the picture using a camera or phone which allows photos to be viewed
All anglers must carry an unhooking mat and net.
The winners of each round will be decided by which team catches the longest combined length of perch, pike Zander and Ruffe.
There will also be a bonus of 25cm given to each team for each different species of qualifying fish they catch (ie. if you manage to catch at least one perch, pike and zander then your team will get a 75cm bonus).
Points will be awarded to the top six teams at each event as follows:
1st – 20 points
2nd – 16 points
3rd – 13 points
4th – 11 points
5th – 10 points
6th – 9 points
All other teams who catch will be awarded 5 points
Each team will be allowed to use one substitute angler on two occasions during the duration of the league competition, so if your partner is unavailable, you can fish with a substitute partner on a maximum of two occasions.
The longest perch, pike and zander caught at each event will also earn their team an extra 5 points and there will be a prize at the end of the year for the anglers who have caught the longest pike perch and zander during a club event.