Important Notices For All Anglers
It is requested that anglers ensure that all nets, weigh slings, unhooking mats and stink bags are dried completely, in direct sunlight if possible, between fishing any venue. There have been a number of outbreaks of Koi Herpesvirus (KHV) throughout the country, and in particular in South Yorkshire. This virus is easily spread on any equipment which makes contact with infected waters and causes large scale fish fatalities, especially in species of the carp family. There is no known cure for the disease so any fish which aren't killed by the virus may still act as carriers to spread the disease and may be present in waters which, up to now, haven't yet to been confirmed infected sites. If anglers do not ensure all nets, ect. are dried completely, the virus may spread to club waters, causing fish stocks to be wiped out.
Kirklees (Clifton) Lagoon
Following a meeting between the club, Brighouse Police and Calderdale Council, members fishing this venue must not confront people committing 'illegal activities' or allow violence to take place. If you do witness such 'activities' taking place, please report it to us by emailing email@example.com, including your name, address, date and time and the location. This information will then be passed on to Brighouse Police and Calderdale Council for them to follow up. Please note that complaining to our bailiffs to report the incident is not sufficient as all the reports are coming from one person and are dealt with by the authorities as just being one incident, we need complaints from individuals for action to be taken.
23rd March 2015
Andy Jacques clinched first place in this years Raskelf Winter Series by winning the final round, taking his points total to 125 points from the four matches. Andy caught a net of F1’s, ide and skimmer bream on pole for 42lbs 10oz in last Sunday’s final round, while Ian Graham came second on the day with 30lbs 8oz on feeder and pellet. Eric Wright caught 25lbs 14oz of F1’s on pole for third place, followed by Graham Brammer on 19lbs 14oz. Steve Hodson finished the series as runner up with a total of 105 points, closely followed by Fred Prudham (101 points) and Eric Wright (90 points). A full list of total points can be found on the club Facebook page.
The members match at Ripon in August is now sold out.
Knotford is fishing very well, with a number of anglers catching carp to over 20lbs and bream over 8lbs. A limited number of night permits are still available for here and Kirklees Lagoon. Members are reminded to ensure that all gates are closed behind them. The River Calder at Elland is worth a visit for trout on fly or worm.
9th March 2015
Howard Foster won the final open match of the season at Cowthorpe on Sunday with 7 chub and a barbel for 27lbs 1oz. Gavin Mitchell claimed second place with 21lbs 3oz of chub, followed by Bob Newby with 19lbs 9oz and Eric Wright with 14lbs 3oz. Widdington Hall will be closed on Saturday for an outside booking.
This Saturday is the final day of the river season, which reopens on March 25th for trout or June 16th for coarse fish.
There will be a working party at Raskelf this Sunday to remove any fallen branches and general peg maintenance. Anyone willing to help out should meet at the lake at 10am.
Knotford is now starting to produce catches of carp, tench and bream as the water temperature rises. A limited number of night permits for Knotford and Kirklees are still available from the ticket and licence secretary or online.
23rd February 2015
Thirty one anglers braved the elements for the third round of the Raskelf Winter Series on Sunday, which was won by Dave Bainbridge with 21lbs 7oz of F1’s on pellet and feeder. Other results: 2nd Steve Fox 20lbs 6oz, 3rd Andy Jacques 16lbs 2oz, 4th Fred Prudham 15lbs 13oz. Andy leads the series with one match remaining with 89 points, five points ahead of Fred, while Steve Hodson is third with 74 points. A full list of anglers' points totals for the series so far can be found on the club Facebook page. The final round will be on March 22nd.
Well done to the Bradford No1 AA team who finished 6th out of 17 teams in Saturday’s RSPS Team Masters. The match was won with 62lbs of chub, while second place caught 42lbs of chub from our stretch at Pickhill.
Tickets are still available for the open match at Cowthorpe on March 8 from Simon on 01274 571175. Widdington Hall will be closed this weekend for outside bookings.
Members are reminded to ensure all gates are closed behind them and that the dials are turned on the lock at Knotford after closing the gate.
Polo shirts embroidered with the club logo are still available from the online shop.
16th February 2015
Maunby, Gatenby and Catton will be closed on Saturday for the River Swale Preservation Society’s Team Masters, for which team members should be at Woodlands for the draw at 8.30am. This Sunday sees the third round of the Raskelf Winter Series, which draws at the Golden Lion at 9am. Meanwhile, Widdington Hall will also be closed this weekend for outside bookings. Tickets are still available for the open match on the River Nidd at Cowthorpe on March 8 from Simon on 01274 571175.
Well done to Reece Lisle, who last weekend caught a carp weighing 25lbs 8oz from Kirklees Lagoon. Fish are beginning to show on most of the clubs waters, with the River Calder at Brighouse also fishing well for grayling and chub.
The club has this winter stocked a number of quality C4 carp into Queen Mary's Ponds in Ripon, Knotford and Kirklees Lagoon, as well as around 1000 ide into Raskelf Lake. More details can be found in the monthly committee reports on the members forum, with identification pictures of the carp to follow shortly.
Members are reminded to ensure that all litter is taken home, including any discarded line. Leave litter, leave the club.
13th January 2015Last weekend’s open match at Cowthorpe was cancelled due to the river being flooded. Tickets are available for the next open match at Thornton Bridge and Maunby on the River Swale on February 8th from Simon on 01274 571175.
Any members willing to volunteer as a club bailiff should contact the head bailiff Paul Hopkins, whose number is in the yearbook.
Widdington Hall on the River Ouse will be closed to members on the following dates, in addition to those already published in the 2015 yearbook: Jan 24th, 25th, Feb 1st, 7th, 8th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, March 1st, 7th. This is due to a number of late outside match bookings.
22nd December 2014
Membership for 2015 is now available to purchase from the subscriptions page and most local tackle shops. Senior membership costs just £46 a year for access to over 75 waters throughout Yorkshire, while junior membership is £5 a year. Night permits for Knotford and Kirklees Lagoon are also now available to purchase online for the coming year.
A full list of club matches for 2015 is available on the match results page, with the club hosting 30 matches this coming year including open and members matches as well as the two annual junior matches.
8th December 2014
Simon Freer won the opening round of this years Raskelf Winter Series with 22lbs 3oz of F1’s on Polaris float. Eric Wright claimed second place with a catch of F1’s for 21lbs 12oz, with Andy Jacques catching 17lbs 13oz of ide on pole and maggot for third. The next round of the four match series will take place on January 25. Cowthorpe will be closed on Sunday for the last open match of the year, with tickets still available from Simon on 01274 571175.
Extra care should be taken on all club waters as temperatures drop and ice begins to form.
The club now has a range of merchandise available for members to buy. This includes polo shirts, hoodies, caps and beanie hats, all embroidered with the club logo. These can be purchased via the online shop and are a perfect present for Christmas.
1st December 2014
Raskelf will be closed on Sunday for the first round of this years Raskelf Winter Series, which draws at the Golden Lion at 9am. Tickets are still available for the open match at Cowthorpe on Dec 14th from Simon on 01274 571175. Membership for 2015 will be available from the back end of December at all the usual tackle shop agents and online. Gratrix is fishing well for roach, chub and ide on maggot or bread and waggler or pole.
24th November 2014
This years Raskelf Winter Series begins on December 7th, with a couple of places still available from Simon on 01274 571175. Please could Dave Moffatt contact the match secretary regarding the junior trophy. Milby Cut canal should be worth a visit this weekend for roach, perch and pike, while Widdington Hall on the River Ouse is fishing well for roach on long rod or feeder.
10th November 2014
Adrian Lewis caught three chub for 7lbs 11oz to win the open match on the River Swale at Thornton Bridge and Maunby. The match went ahead as planned, despite the river carrying extra water and colour, and produced a number of chub, including two for Pete Vickerman for 6lbs 9oz and second place, followed by Andy Fox with 6lbs 6oz. The next river open match will be at Cowthorpe on December 14th, with tickets available from Simon on 01274 571175. Widdington Hall will be closed this Sunday for an outside booking.
Membership for 2015 should be available from the middle of December.
3rd November 2014
Maunby, Catton and Thornton Bridge on the River Swale will be closed on Sunday for an open match, which draws at the Golden Lion in Helperby at 9am. Tickets for this match are still available from Simon on 01274 571175. Maunby is fishing very well for chub, with nets in excess of 20lbs being caught. Raskelf is continuing to produce large nets of F1 carp on pellet or meat.
Members are reminded to ensure that gates are closed at all times, especially on waters with otter fences.
6th October 2014
Simon Foster won the final members match of the year, at Roecliffe, with 40 roach for 5lbs 6oz. Second place went to Ian Newby with 4lbs 8oz of silver fish, followed by Matt Foster (3lbs 5oz) and Howard Foster (3lbs 4oz). Howard also won the aggregate weight trophy for the seven match series with 83lbs 14oz. Howsham Wood on the River Derwent will be closed on Sunday for an outside booking.
Due to misuse, guest tickets will no longer be available for Knotford. Please could any members willing to volunteer as a bailiff contact the head bailiff.
2nd October 2014
Membership for the remainder of 2014 is now half price, and available to purchase online here. This means that junior membership costs just £2.50 while senior membership will cost £22. A limited number of night permits for Knotford and Kirklees are also available to purchase online for just £35.
29th September 2014
This year's Calder League came to a dramatic end last Sunday, with Mirfield winning the team tournament due to having a superior aggregate weight after finishing joint on 34 points with Punky's 8, and just half a point ahead of Drennan Barnsley after the sixth, and final, match. Trevor Hewitt won the individual aggregate weight with an impressive 110lbs 7oz, while Craig Turbitt and Dennis White finished joint second with 86lbs 1oz. The final match was won by Mirfields Martin Highe with 19lbs 8oz of grayling, followed by Dave Pilgrim with 17lbs 6oz, both from Lillands Farm. The match saw over 460lbs caught between 52 anglers, taking the total for the series past the 3000lbs mark.
The final members match of the year will take place this Sunday at Roecliffe on the River Ure, drawing at 9.15am under the motorway bridge. Howard Foster leads the aggregate weight going into this match with 80lbs 10oz.
The trout season on rivers ends on Wednesday so anglers shouldn't purposefully target these fish.
A combination lock has been placed on the gate at Knotford due to it being repeatedly left open. The code can be obtained from either of the head bailiffs, whose phone numbers are in the yearbook and any member found to leave it open will be banned from the club.
Finally, the clubs AGM and prize presentation will take place on Wednesday 8th October at Moorlands Social Club in Cleckheaton (7.30pm) and all members are invited to attend but must bring their yearbook to gain entry.
22nd September 2014
Nick Chaffer claimed the title of Calder Champion 2014 with a catch of chub and grayling for 18lbs 12oz from the Cornmill to take home the top prize of £625. Paul Bennett finished second in the 75 peg match with 17lbs, while Keith Hobson caught 15lbs 14oz. 4 D Pitt 15lbs 7oz, 5 T Peel 13lbs 6oz, 6 J Mills 12lbs 15oz, 7 I Bradley 12lbs 10oz.
Some sections of the River Calder will be closed Sunday for the final round of this years Calder League, which draws at The Railway Inn at 9am. Trevor Hewitt leads the aggregate weight for the series with 107lbs 3oz from the five matches, while Mirfield lead the team competition with 29 points, closely followed by Barnsley with 27.5 points.
The clubs AGM will be held on October 8th at Moorlands Social Club in Cleckheaton at 7.30pm. All members are invited to attend and are reminded that they must bring their 2014 yearbook for entry.
Membership for the remainder of the year will be half price from Wednesday 1st October on the Subscriptions page or from the Ticket & Licence Secretary, meaning that adult membership will be £22 while junior membership is just £2.50.
Members are reminded to ensure that the gate at Knotford is closed at all times to protect fish stocks.
8th September 2014
Newns won round five of the Calder League with 26lbs of roach from
below John Cottons, just beating Punky’s 8 teammate Trevor
who caught 25lbs 7oz from Lillands. Third place went to John Mills who
caught 20lbs 12oz, followed by Steve Raper with 20lbs 1oz. With 560lbs
of fish caught between 47 anglers, the river is fishing very well in
the build up to the Calder Championship on Sept 21, which has a £500
first prize. Tickets for this match are available from Simon on 01274
Raskelf will be closed on Sunday for a members match, which is sold out, as will Roecliffe for an outside booking.
Members are reminded to ensure that all gates are closed and all nets are dried before fishing club waters.
1st September 2014
Martin Highe caught 72 roach for 18lbs 6oz from the Old Hee stretch at Beal to win the Lower Aire Championship, which was fished by 88 anglers. David Armitage claimed second place with 17lbs 3oz in the match held jointly with Leeds DASA, with Tony Earnshaw third with 16lbs 2oz.
The next open match is the Calder Championship on Sept 21, which has a guaranteed first prize of £500. Tickets for this match are now available from Simon on 01274 571175.
Some sections of the River Calder will be closed on Sunday for round 5 of the Calder League, which draws at 9am at The Railway Inn. Beal will also be closed on Sunday for an outside booking, with the Old Hee stretch closed on Saturday.
Any propositions for this years AGM must be received, in writing, by the Secretary one month prior to the meeting, which takes place on October 8.
18th August 2014
The fourth round of the Calder League was won by Mirfield’s Dave Pollitt with 20lbs 8oz of dace on the pole. Punky’s 8 angler Tom Gausden came a close second with five chub for 20lbs 6oz from Lillands, which helped his team finish top on the day with 44 points. Third place went to Colin Hardy, who caught 18lbs 6oz. The next round will take place on September 7th.
Tickets are still available for the Lower Aire Championships at Beal on Sunday 31st August from Simon on 01274 571175. This match is open to all anglers and is being run jointly with Leeds DASA.
Members are reminded to ensure that all nets are dried completely between fishing venues. Knotford is fishing very well for carp over 20lbs and tench and bream to over 6lbs.
11th August 2014
Five chub for a total of 16lbs 12oz from Pete Atkins won last weekends members’ match at Maunby on Swale. Second place went to Dave Bramley with 10lbs 2oz, followed by James Vickerman with 7lbs 10oz. Andy Jacques leads the aggregate weight with 64lbs 7oz, just two pounds ahead of Howard Foster with two matches remaining.
Some sections of the River Calder will be closed this Sunday for round 4 of the Calder League, which draws at the Railway Inn at 9am. Any members with club trophies are asked to return them to the match secretary ready for engraving.
4th August 2014
The third round of the Calder League was won by Willy Worms’ Andy Bradley with a net of roach weighing 24lbs 8oz. Mirfield’s Martyn Highe caught 19lbs 8oz of dace for second place, with Craig Turbit third with 18lbs 11oz. Mirfield were the winning team on the day with 44 points, followed by Punky’s 8 with 37 points. The next round will take place on August 17th. The River Swale at Maunby will be closed this Sunday for a members match.
Shelf Dam is worth a visit this week for bream and roach.
28th July 2014
Kara Sugden won last Saturday’s junior match at Raskelf with 22lbs 12oz of F1’s, in temperatures of up to 33 degrees. Second place went to Charlie Pashley who caught 15lbs 1oz of crucians and skimmers, while the under 11’s competition was won by Reilly O’Hara with a net of mainly F1’s for 14lbs 10oz. The aggregate weight trophy for the two junior matches went to Harry Sandham who caught a total of 34lbs 4oz.
Sunday saw the officials match at Maunby on the River Swale, which was won by Simon Freer with a net of silver fish weighing 5lbs 14oz. Geoff Bass and Howard Foster tied for second place with 4lbs 9oz, with Geoff winning the biggest fish trophy with a chub weighing 4lbs. The aggregate weight trophy for the officials matches was won by Howard with a total of 71lbs 1oz. Some sections of the River Calder will be closed on Sunday for the third round of the Calder League.
Knotford is fishing very well, with catches of carp over 20lbs and tench and bream over 6lbs being reported. Members are reminded that gates must be closed at all times.
21st July 2014
Andy Miller won round two of the Calder League with a catch of 17 chub for 34lbs 11oz. Second place went to Bradford’s Andy Fox who caught 17lbs 1oz, followed by Arthur Benstead (Drennan Barnsley) with 16lbs 9oz. The next round will take place on August 3.
The second junior match of the year at Raskelf takes place this Saturday, with entry free for junior members. Places for this match can be booked with Simon on 01274 571175. Maunby on the River Swale will be closed on Sunday for an officials match, which draws at 9.30am. Gatenby will also be closed on Saturday for an outside booking, as will Beal on Sunday.
Membership for the remainder of the year is still available from all the usual outlets, as well as online on the Subscriptions page
14th July 2014
James Vickerman won last Sundays members’ match at Nun Monkton with 7lbs 11oz of perch on worm. Second place went to Andy Jacques with a chub and silver fish for a total of 6lbs 9oz, which takes him to second place in the overall aggregate weight after four matches with 61lbs 3oz. Howard Foster leads the aggregate weight with 61lbs 10oz with 3 matches remaining. Some sections of the River Calder will be closed on Sunday for round 2 of this years Calder League, which draws at The Railway Inn at 9am.
Places are still available for the junior match at Raskelf on July 26 from Simon on 01274 571175. Cowthorpe and Howsham Wood are worth a visit this week for chub and barbel into double figures on float and caster.
The club now has social media pages on both Facebook and Twitter. The Facebook page can be found here and is open for members to join and share catch reports, while the Twitter page is open to all to ask questions and follow updates regarding the club.
11th July 2014
Trevor Hewitt caught 12 chub for 43lbs 12oz to win the first round of this years Calder League. Drennan Barnsley duo Dennis White (28lbs 14oz) and Arthur Benstead (23lbs 12oz) came second and third, with Mirfield’s Ricky Bonas forth with 19lbs 10oz. The next round will take place on July 20. Nun Monkton will be closed on Sunday for a member’s match. There is to be a canoe event at Howsham Weir on the River Derwent this weekend so anglers are advised to avoid this venue.
Beal is fishing very well for bream, with nets of well over 40lbs being caught. Queen Mary’s Ponds at Ripon are fishing well for tench to over 7lbs on pole and feeder.
Members are reminded that gates should be closed at all times on club waters
It's been brought to the clubs attention of a new policy for reporting poaching to the police. If bailiffs/anglers ring the police to report poaching, quote the code 116/11 to the call handler. This code should ensure that it is dealt with as a police matter, rather than a civil matter as previously understood by many officers, and allow the attending officers to check a set of instructions on how to deal with the matter.
30th June 2014
Due to vandalism and the gates being left open repeatedly, the gates on the otter fence at Knotford will be locked until further notice. The main gate to the field side will remain unlocked to allow members to park but must be closed at all times. These actions have been taken to protect fish stocks from predation and any member found to have left gates open will be expelled from the club.Howard Foster smashed the match record for Raskelf with a catch of crucians and ide weighing 62lbs 10oz in last Sunday’s officials match. Simon Freer came second with 33lbs 4oz, followed by Ian Bradley with 33lbs.
Saturday's junior match at Raskelf was won by thirteen year old Harry Sandham, who caught a mixed net weighing 26lbs 4oz in just three and a half hours. Second place went to Liam Jones who caught 15lbs 4oz of mostly crucian carp. The under 11's was won by Reece Harrison with 13lbs 9oz, closely followed by Zac Freer with 13lbs 8oz.
Some sections of the River Calder will be closed on Sunday for the first round of this years Calder League, which draws at The Railway Inn at 9am.
23rd June 2014
Howard Foster landed 6 barbel for 40lbs 11oz, with the biggest fish 9lbs 6oz, to win the members match at Cowthorpe on the River Nidd. P Wadsworth caught 24lbs 5oz for second place, with Andy Jacques catching 22lbs 7oz.
The next members match is at Nun Monkton on July 13th, with tickets available from Simon on 01274 571175. Raskelf will be closed on Saturday and Sunday this weekend for a junior match and officials match respectively. Entry to the junior is free for members and draws at 12.30pm, while the officials match draws at 9.30am. Below Beal bridge will also be closed on Saturday for an outside booking.
Cowthorpe is well worth a visit with barbel into double figures, chub and bream to 7lbs being caught, as well as double figure nets of dace and roach. Howsham Wood on the River Derwent is also fishing very well for double figure barbel and chub.
11 June 2014
The coarse season for river fishing opens on Monday, meaning that all of the clubs waters will be open as usual. Cowthorpe and Nun Monkton on the River Nidd and Thornton Bridge and Maunby on the River Swale are worth a visit for chub and barbel.
Neil Pickles won the veterans match at Raskelf, which was fished by 30 anglers, with a mixed bag weighing 54lbs 4oz on pole and pellet. Second place went to Pete Wilson who caught 49lbs 4oz, followed by Steve Warriner with 45lbs. Steve Foster won the Over 70’s shield with 32lbs 9oz of F1’s on bread. Tickets are still available for the members’ match at Cowthorpe from Tackle 2U on Manchester Road. Gravel Pits on the River Calder will be closed on Wednesday 18th June for an outside booking.
6th June 2014
Day tickets for Chellow Dene and Harold Park are now available from Eccleshill Angling Supplies, 13 Unit 2, Stoney Lane, Bradford. Tickets cost £3 for seniors or £1 for ladies, juniors and OAP's and are also available from Tackle 2U on Manchester Road, Hill Top News on Allerton Road and the Ticket & Licence Secretary, Simon Freer.
Club membership for the remainder of 2014 is also still available from all the usual outlets and on the subscriptions page.
2nd June 2014
Matt Foster won the first officials match of the year at Queen Mary's Ponds with three tench for 12lbs 12oz on pole and worm. Second place went to Simon Freer who caught two bream for 8lbs 12oz. Raskelf will be closed on Sunday for a veterans match, which draws at the lakeside at 9.30am. The first junior match of the year is at Raskelf on June 28th. Entry to this match is free for junior members and places can be booked by ringing Simon on 01274 571175.
A pair of prescription sunglasses have been found at Queen Mary's Ponds in Ripon, if these are yours, please call 01274 571175 to arrange return.
29th April 2014
The first members match of the year at Raskelf was won by Dave Bramley with 34lbs 8oz of ide and crucians. Second place went to Colin Mortimer who caught 34lbs 3oz, followed by Pete Wilson with 33lbs 8oz. The match also produced a number of notable fish, including a 4lbs 2oz F1 carp and a 6lbs 6oz tench. The next match is at Rawcliffe Bridge on the Aire and Calder Canal on 18 May.
Please could any members with old keepnets - even with holes in - which they would be willing to donate for a barley straw project at Ripon ponds please contact Simon on 01274 571175. Members are reminded to ensure that no litter or discarded line is left at club fisheries and that all gates are closed.
6th April 2014
Knotford Lagoon will be closed to angling on Monday 7th April and Tuesday 8th April due to an electrofishing project.
25th March 2014
The trout season on the clubs river stretches is now open and the only baits permitted to be used until 16 June will be fly, minnow, worm or artificial lure and no keepnets are to be used. Thank you to all who attended last weekends working party at Raskelf to repair paths and pegs.
The final round of this years Raskelf Winter Series fished very well considering the cold water temperatures. Fred Prudham won the match with 52lbs of F1’s on pole and maggot with Andy Jacques catching 42lbs 7oz for second place. Third place went to Matt Foster with 20lbs 12oz, followed by James Vickerman with 15lbs of skimmer bream. James’ 32 points helped him clinch the overall standings for the four match series with a total of 107 points, just one ahead of Andy Jacques who accumulated 106 points. Howard Foster finished 3rd overall with 96 points to narrowly beat Chris Pitman, who had 95 points. The next match will be a members’ match at Raskelf on April 27th, which is now sold out.
Chellow Dene is continuing to fish well for nets of roach and chub on maggot.
10th March 2014
The river season closes this Friday to all angling until the 25 March for trout angling or the 16 June for coarse fishing but Chellow Dene is fishing very for quality roach and chub on waggler and maggot.
The final match of the river season at Cowthorpe was won by Alan Grandidge with 5 chub for 16lbs 12oz. Second on the day was Chris Smith with 11lbs 12oz and third was Adrian Lewis with 10lbs.
There will be a working party at Raskelf on Sunday at 10am to repair pegs and paths. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
24th February 2014
Last Sunday saw round 3 of this years Raskelf Winter Series. The winner on the day was Fred Prudham with 33lbs 10oz of F1’s and ide on feeder and maggot. Ian Newby came second with 26lbs, followed by Eric Wright with 21lbs 13oz. Steve Fox is leading the aggregate points with 85 points, just one ahead of Paul Hopkins with one match remaining on March 23rd.
Widdington Hall will be closed on Saturday for an outside booking.
Anglers are asked to remain vigilant for any fish becoming trapped as river levels drop. If it is suspected that fish are trapped, please contact the Environment Agency on 0800 807060 and any committee member immediately!
11th February 2014
Membership for 2014 is still available from just £5 for juniors or £44 for seniors from all the usual outlets and on the subscriptions page.
Steve Fox won round 2 of this years Raskelf Winter series with 13lbs 2oz of F1’s on feeder and maggot. James Vickerman caught 8 F1’s and 4 ide for 11lbs 10.5oz for second, followed by Howard Foster with 7 F1’s for 10lbs 14oz. Steve currently leads the series with 69 points, three ahead of Howard Foster with two matches remaining. Last weekends open match at Cowthorpe on the River Nidd was cancelled on the morning due to the river being flooded. Maunby, Gatenby and Catton on the River Swale will be closed on Saturday for the RSPS team masters match.
Raskelf Lake is fishing very well for F1’s, tench and roach, with nets of over 80lbs being caught.Carp to over 30lbs and pike into double figures are being caught from Kirklees Lagoon. A limited number of night permits are available for this water and Knotford from Simon Freer on 01706 526356.
Members are reminded to ensure that gates are closed at all times on all of the clubs waters.
14th January 2014
There has been a further stocking of C4 carp into Knotford. This is part of an on-going initiative to improve the quality of stock at this venue.
Membership for 2014 is still available at all the usual outlets, including online. Anglers are reminded that to fish association waters in 2014 they must be in possession of a 2014 yearbook.
John Leyland won last Sundays open match at Cowthorpe with four chub for 15lbs 9oz. Nick Smith finished second with 2 chub for 7lbs and Howard Foster also had two chub for 6lbs 15oz. The next open match at Cowthorpe is on February 9th. Widdington Hall is closed on Sunday for an outside booking.
Some tackle has been found at Raskelf Lake and can be claimed by ringing Simon on 01274 571175. With the river level expected to be around normal, the Nidd and Swale are both worth a visit for chub this weekend.
15th December 2013
2014 Membership is now available online and will be
available in the local tackle shops from Tuesday 17th December. Changes
to the Agents list means membership can now be renewed at :-
Pudsey Angling Supplies
And are also once again available at
127 North Street
3rd December 2013
Membership for 2014 will be available to purchase later this month from tackle shop agents, online and from the Ticket & Licence Secretary.
The first round of this years Raskelf Winter Series went ahead, despite the lake being frozen throughout the match. The winner was Andy Jacques with 9lbs of F1’s and ide on pole and maggot, followed by S Fox with 8lbs 3oz. Howard Foster finished third on the day with 8lbs 2oz of ide and Pete Vickerman caught 8lbs 1oz for fourth place. The next round will take place on January 26th. A floating island is currently being trialled at Raskelf as an added feature along the Railway side.
Cowthorpe will be closed on Sunday for an open match, with tickets available from Simon on 01274 571175.
Chellow Dene and Widdington Hall (R Ouse) are fishing very well for roach and bream on maggot feeder.
11th November 2013
Thank you to all members who attended this years Annual General Meeting.
Widdington Hall will be closed on Sunday for a Yorkshire Winter League match.
Alan Sugden won the aggregate weight trophy for the seven match members’ series after winning the final match at Cowthorpe with 17lbs 1oz to take his total weight to 99lbs 1oz. Geoff Bass came second on the day with 15lbs 13oz and John Leyland was third with 13lbs 13oz.
Last Sunday’s open match on the River Swale at Thornton Bridge was won by Dave Robson with three chub for 7lbs 1oz. Pete Miller caught 4lbs for second place, followed by Adrian Lewis with 2lbs 12oz.
Howsham Wood on the River Derwent is fishing very well for chub and barbel, with some specimens into double figures being caught. Gratrix Dam is worth a visit for chub, ide and roach.
Membership is now available at half price.... click here
30th September 2013
Andy Miller won the final round of this years Calder League with 22lbs 4oz of grayling from Gravel Pits. Dave Pitt caught 18lbs 9oz from Lillands for second, followed by Keith Hobson with 15lbs 14oz. Mirfield were the winning team on the day and Ultimate Barnsley won the series with a total of 32.5 points. Craig Turbitt won the aggregate weight for the series with 85lbs 13oz, closely followed by Andy Miller with 82lbs 5oz.
Tickets are still available for the final members match of the year at Cowthorpe on Sunday from Simon on 01274 571175.
The Annual General Meetings is to be held on Wednesday 9th October at the Moorlands Club, Cleckheaton. Seats must be taken by 7.30pm and members are reminded entry is on production of a 2013 yearbook.
Shelf Dam is fishing very well for mixed nets of bream, chub, roach and ide.
24th September 2013
A 10lbs 5oz barbel helped Andy Bradley become the Calder Champion 2013 with a weight of 16lbs 9oz. Mick Hughes finished second with a 15lbs 6oz mixed bag and Nigel Reilly caught 14lbs 4oz for third. Some sections of the River Calder will be closed Sunday for the final round of this years Calder League. Old Hee at Beal will be closed Saturday for an outside booking.
Maunby on the River Swale is fishing very well for chub and grayling. Monday is the final day of the trout season.
10th September 2013
Pete Wilson won Sundays members’ match at Raskelf with 43lbs of F1’s on worm. Chris Jones caught 41lbs 6oz of F1’s and ide on feeder to finish second on the day with John Walsh catching 34lbs 7oz for third.
Some sections of the River Calder will be closed this Sunday for the penultimate round of this years Calder League, along with Roecliffe for an outside booking. Tickets are still available for the Calder Championships on Sunday 22nd, which has a first prize of £500, from Simon on 01274 571175.
Chellow Dene is fishing very well for skimmers and roach on feeder or waggler. The River Swale at Maunby and Thornton Bridge are worth a visit for chub and barbel.
The deadline has now passed for propositions to be submitted for this years AGM, which takes place on October 9th at Moorlands Social Club, Cleckheaton.
5th August 2013
Mirfield’s Andy Miller won the third round of the Calder League with 28lbs of chub and grayling from the Cornmill. Craig Turbitt caught 26lbs 10oz of chub for second place with Andy James catching 19lbs 12oz for third. Calder 8 won the team competition on the day and the next round is on September 1st.
Old Hee at Beal (downstream) will be closed on Saturday for an outside booking. Nun Monkton on the River Nidd will be closed on Sunday for a members match with tickets being available from Simon on 01274 571175 and the draw taking place at 9.15am. Anybody with a club trophy should return it to the match secretary by the end of the month for engraving.
Kirklees Lagoon is fishing well for carp, tench and bream. Club membership for the remainder of 2013 is still available on the subscriptions page.
22nd July 2013
The second round of the Calder League was won by Mirfield's Norman Thewlis with nine chub for 36lbs 11oz from Gravel Pits. Tony Beech caught 12 chub for 30lbs from Brighouse for second, followed by Bradford No1's James Vickerman who caught 4 barbel and 2 chub for 28lbs 12oz. The winning team on the day were Punky's 8 with 37.5 points and the next round will take place on August 4.
Gatenby will be closed on Saturday for a RSPS match and Pickhill, also on the River Swale, will be closed on Sunday for an officials match with the draw taking place on the flood bank at 9.30am.
Members are reminded to ensure that the gates at Lillands are closed at all times. Gratrix Dam is fishing very well for chub, ide and skimmers. The River Calder at Gravel Pits and Lillands will be worth a visit this weekend for chub, trout and grayling.
15th July 2013
The annual veterans match at Raskelf was won by Pete Wilson with 46lbs 2oz of bream and skimmers on pole and worm. Joint second was Graham Brammer - who also won the over 70's shield - and Geoff Cox with 32lbs and Ian Graham came forth with 10 bream for 30lbs 8oz.
Kara Sugden claimed a clean sweep of trophies from this years junior matches by winning the second match at Raskelf with 19lbs 1oz of skimmers and ide. Fourteen year old Kara also won the aggregate weight over the series with 45lbs 5oz to beat Scott Moffat who caught a combined 42lbs 12oz. Morgan Freer came second on the match with 15lbs 6oz of F1's. Scott Moffat won the under 11's trophy on the day with 24lbs 10oz of skimmers and crucians, followed by Ella Freer with 19lbs 2oz of F1's.
Sunday's members' match at Maunby was won by Peter Vickerman with 6lbs of dace. I Bradley and A Baker caught one chub each for 4lbs 14oz and 4lbs respectively for second and third places.
Nun Monkton is closed on Saturday for an outside booking. Some sections of the River Calder will be closed on Sunday for the second round of this years Calder League - draw at the Railway Inn at 9am. Shelf Dam is worth a visit this weekend for bream and chub on maggot or castor.
1st July 2013
Mirfield’s Paul Clark won the first round of this years Calder League with 36lbs 6oz of chub on stick float and maggot. Andy Bradley (Gomersal) caught 24lbs 14oz of chub and grayling from Cornmill for second, followed by Ultimate Barnsley’s Keith Hobson (21lbs 15oz) at Lillands, Gomersal’s Dave Taylor (20lbs 4oz) and Ian Fieldhouse (20lbs 3oz). Ultimate Barnsley were the winning team on the day. The next round is on July 21st.
Raskelf will be closed on Sunday for a veterans match and on Saturday 13th July for the second Junior match of the year. Maunby on the River Swale will also be closed on Sunday 14th July for a members match.
Gratrix Dam is fishing very well for quality chub and ide on maggot. The River Calder at Lillands and Gravel Pits is worth a visit for chub, grayling and trout.
24th June 2013
13 year old Kara Sugden won last Saturdays three and a half hour long junior match at Raskelf Lake with a mixed net of ide, bream, and F1’s weighing 26lbs 4oz. Sam Taylor caught a 22lbs 6oz catch of crucian carp to finish second, followed by Josh Sawyer with 21lbs 2oz. The under 11’s competition was won by Scott Harrison with 18lbs 2oz, followed by Ella Freer (15lbs 6oz) and six year old Harry Michaels (13lbs 12oz). The next junior match is at Raskelf Lake on July 13th.
Sunday saw the second Officials match of the year, also at Raskelf, which was won by Andy Fox with a 40lbs mixed bag on pole and maggot. Simon Foster caught 39lbs 10oz of F1’s and ide for second, followed by Bill Smith with 33lbs 9oz of bream, ide and crucians.
This years Calder League starts on Sunday so some of the clubs sections of the River Calder will be closed. Teams should meet at The Railway Inn, Brighouse, at 9am.
Chellow Dene is fishing very well for big nets of roach, chub and bream on bread or pellet.
17th June 2013
The first river match of the season at Cowthorpe was won by Mick Whalley with a net of chub and barbel weighing 35lbs 2oz. John Leyland caught 20lbs 12oz for second place, followed by Chris Smith with 14lbs 6oz.
Raskelf Lake will be closed both Saturday and Sunday this weekend for a junior match and officials match. Anybody wishing to book on the junior match should contact Simon on 01274 571175. This years Calder League begins on June 30th. Anybody wishing to enter a team into this six match tournament should contact Simon as soon as possible.
3rd June 2013
The second members' match of the year, at Raskelf Lake, was won by Graham Jackson with 50lbs 12oz of F1's and ide on feeder. James Vickerman caught a mixed bag for 48lbs 11oz and second place, followed by Howard Foster (46lbs 11oz) and Pete Wilson (45lbs).
The first officials match on the Big Lake at Ripon was won by I Bradley with five tench for a total of 19lbs 14oz. Howard Foster caught four tench for 15lbs 5oz to claim second place.
All of the clubs still waters are producing excellent catches of various species. Maggot and bread are working well to catch large nets of skimmer bream, roach and tench at Chellow Dene. Knotford and Kirklees lagoon are both fishing well for specimen carp, tench and bream. Shelf Dam is worth a visit this weekend for bream and roach. Raskelf Lake is continuing to produce nets of over 100lbs of crucians, F1’s, ide and tench.
Tickets are still available for the next members match at Cowthorpe on June 16th. The first of this years junior matches is at Raskelf lake on June 22nd. This match is free to all junior members and there are a number of prizes available. To book on either of these matches or enter a team in the upcoming Calder League, call Simon on 01274 571175.
A pair of glasses have been found in a peg at Kirklees Lagoon. If these are yours please contact 01274 571175 to organise return. Members are reminded that gates must be closed at all times, especially at Raskelf, Ripon and Knotford.
Club membership is still available from all the usual outlets - more details here.
25th March 2013
The final round of this years Raskelf Winter Series was fished in Arctic like conditions with snow, ice and 30 mph gales all present for the hardy anglers who attended. Despite the weather, Eric Wright caught 19lbs 11oz of F1's on maggot feeder to win the match and take the series with a total of 46 points. Billy Scott caught a 10lbs 2oz net of ide to finish second on the day followed by Andrew Thornton with 9lbs 3oz (F1's) and Simon Foster 7lbs 8oz (F1's, ide and chub). Howard Foster accumulated a total of 43 points to claim second place for the series.
The clubs next match is at Great Heck on the Aire and Calder Canal on 21 April and tickets are available for members from Simon on 01274 571175.
With continued cold weather forecast over the weekend, Milby Cut Canal and Raskelf Lake are both worth a visit provided they aren't frozen. The trout season is now open on the clubs river stretches and members are reminded that keepnets cannot be used until the coarse season opens. Gravel Pits on the River Calder is worth a visit this week using the permitted baits of fly, minnow, worm or artificial lure.
25th February 2013
January's open match at Cowthorpe was won by Howard Foster with four chub for 15lbs 9oz on float and maggot. Fred Prudham also caught four chub for 9lbs 10oz and second place, followed by James Vickerman with three chub for 7lbs 9oz.
Following the first two rounds being cancelled, the first Raskelf Winter Series match on Sunday was won by Fred Prudham with 18lbs 6oz of roach and ide on waggler and maggot. Howard Foster caught F1's, skimmers and ide for a weight of 10lbs 9oz for second while John Walsh caught 6lbs 4oz for third. The next and final match of this years series takes place on March 24th. Widdington Hall will be closed on Saturday for an outside booking. Tickets are available for the open match at Cowthorpe on March 10th from Simon on 01274 571175.
Members are requested not to rest anything against the otter fences at Raskelf, Knotford and Ripon due to damage being caused.
Contrary to what is stated in the yearbook, the club only has fishing rights on the right hand bank of Milby Cut Canal.
7th January 2013
The River Nidd at Cowthorpe will be closed on Sunday for the first open match of the year. Tickets are still available for this match from Simon on 01274 571175. Club membership will be available to purchase at both this match and the next round of the Raskelf Winter Series. Both 2013 member's matches at Raskelf Lake - one in May and the other in September - have both already sold out and a waiting list started.
Annual night permits for Knotford and Kirklees Lagoon (joint permit) are still available from the Ticket & Licence Secretary at a cost of £60 but numbers are limited to members are advised to buy early.
Members are reminded that all litter must be taken home from all club waters, especially Raskelf.
29th December 2012
Please note, Following a number of complaints from our Tackle shop agents today please see below for an explanation of rule 32
Any member wishing to renew their membership must do so within the current year (i.e. no later than 31st December). Any member not renewing their membership by this date each year shall be deemed to have let their membership lapse and must re-apply for membership in the normal way.
This means that you have until 31st December 2012 to renew your 2011 book for a 2012 one NOT a 2013 one. If you are wishing to renew you 2011 book you must now pay the joining fee.
also please note rule 9b
...No member shall be entitled to fish the associations waters unless he/she has obtained an "official receipt" for his/her subscription for the current year...
This means that in order to fish the Associations waters in 2013 you MUST have a 2013 book you cannot fish the associations waters in 2013 with a 2012 book. I hope this clarify's things but please feel free to contact the Ticket and Licence Secretary Simon with any issues.
6th December 2012
2013 year books are now available online, follow the subscriptions link on the left. Please note due to a large number of the 2012 books going missing in the post all books ordered before Christmas will be posted on the 2nd of January.
Night permits are now available from Simon (01706 526356) priced as below -
Please make all cheques payable to Bradford No1 AA
2012 Membership - £43.00
Night Permit - £60.00
2nd Rod - £16.00
Total - £119.00 (For new members please add £20.00 joining fee)
12th November 2012
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9th October 2012
Andy Jacques is the 2012 Aggregate Weight Winner with 74lbs 0.5oz from this years members' matches. He narrowly beat James Vickerman, who caught 73lbs 3.5oz, to deny him a hatrick of aggregate weight wins.
Geoff Cox won the final members' match at Cowthorpe with 7lbs 14oz of perch, including a specimen of over 2lbs. Geoff was also on the Golden Peg so picked over £420 which had accumalated over the series. Some sections of the River Calder will be closed on Sunday for the final round of this years Calder League. Mirfield have already gone clear to win this years team competition.
Keys for the gate at the Old Hee section of the River Aire are now available for members from the secretary at a cost of £5. A S.A.E is required to send the key.
Members are reminded that the gates at Knotford should be closed at all times.
26th September 2012
From October 1st, Senior membership for the remainder of the year will be half price. This will only be available from the Subscriptions page or the Ticket & Licence Secretary as all yearbooks have now been collected in from the tackle shops.
Steve Raper is the 2012 Calder Champion after catching 23lbs 11oz of chub from Lillands Farm to beat 80 anglers and take home the £625 first prize. Wayne Cowban took second place with 14lbs 8oz, including a 6lbs chub, from Gravel Pits followed by John Whittaker who caught a 13lbs mixed bag from Kosset Straight.
There were perfect conditions for the 70 anglers fishing the Lower Aire Championship at Beal, Birkin and Chappel Haddersley. Dean Grace fished feeder and worm to break the match record for the venue with 22 skimmers for 51lbs 2oz from above the pump house. Andy Miller finished second with 36lbs 14oz of bream followed by Keith Hobson with 20lbs 12oz. The members match at Raskelf was won by John Walsh with a 46lbs 4oz mixed bag, including crucians, ide and F1's. Steve Warriner caught 38lbs 12oz for second followed by Graham Jackson with 35lbs. Andy Jacques goes into the final match at Cowthorpe on October 7th leading the aggregate weight with 74lbs 0.5oz, just a pound ahead of James Vickerman.
This years Annual General Meeting is to be held at Spenborough Ex-Servicemans Club, Cleckheaton on October 10th. Members are reminded that admittance will only be granted on presentation of a current yearbook and will begin at 7.30pm prompt!
6th August 2012
In an attempt to open up night fishing to more members, weekend night permits are now available online and from the Ticket & Licence Secretary for Knotford Lagoon. The permits cost £25 and allow the holder to fish Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday night of a chosen weekend. Permits are limited to four per weekend so it is best to book early.
Work on the otter fence at Knotford should now be complete and all banks will be back open as usual. Members are reminded to ensure that gates are closed at all times to ensure that fish stocks are protected.
Kara Sugden won the second of this years junior matches with 24lbs of ide on worm and also picked up the junior aggregate weight trophy for over the two matches with a total weight of 34lbs 12oz. The first ever winner of the Harry Foster Memorial Trophy for the aggregate weight over the three committee matches was Simon Freer with 56lbs 15oz.
The first round of this years Calder League was won by Keith Hobson with a 38lbs 2oz mixed catch from Gravel Pits and his team Ultimate Barnsley Blacks were the winning team on the day. Last Sunday saw round two which was won by Keith Collinson for Ultimate Barnsley Blacks with 22lbs 2oz of dace. Paul Bennett finished second with 21lbs followed by Geoff Scollick with 18lbs 12oz - both for Calder 8. The winning teams on the day, both with 37 points, were Mirfield and Calder 8. The next round is on September 2nd.
The River Swale at Maunby is closed on Sunday for a members match. Tickets are still available for the Lower Aire Championship at Beal and Birkin from Simon on 01274 571175. This match is joint with Leeds DASA
2nd July 2012
The veterans match at Raskelf on Sunday - fished by 30 anglers - produced a new match record for the lake as Steve Warriner won with 56lbs 8oz of F1's and crucians. 2nd Pete Wilson 48lbs, 3rd Neil Pickles 42lbs 15oz, 4th Ian Graham 37lbs 10oz. The winner of the over 70's shield was Dave Curry with 34lbs 12oz.
For health and safety reasons, the field bank of Knotford Lagoon will be closed to members from Monday 9th until further notice. Sections of other banks will also be closed at different points during the next few week and the main gate will be locked throughout. This is due to essential work being carried out to erect an otter fence to protect the fish stocks from otter attacks which have plagued other venues in the area.
Nun Munkton will be closed on Sunday for a members match, draw 9:30am, along with Beal for an outside booking.
26th June 2012
Last Saturday's junior match at Raskelf was won by Connor Mahoney with 16lbs 2oz of bream and tench; joint second was Morgan Freer and Matt Foster with 12lbs 2oz. Liam Jones won the under 11's with 11lbs 13oz followed by Sam Taylor with 11lbs 2oz. All participants caught plenty of fish and thoroughly enjoyed the day. The next junior match is at Raskelf again on July 14th.
Sunday's committee match at Raskelf produced some excellent catches of fish including bream, ide, tench and F1's with the winner being Simon Freer with 51lbs 13oz. Howard Foster caught 48lbs 3oz of mainly ide followed by Eric Thomas with 36lbs 5oz including a 3lbs 11oz tench to win the biggest fish trophy.
Raskelf Lake is closed again this Sunday for a veterans match, draw at 09:30. The six match Calder League series begins next month for teams of 8 anglers. Anybody wishing to enter a team in this series, book on the veterans match or book on the next junior match should contact Simon on 01274 571175.
The river levels should finally have returned to normal level this weekend for the first time this season so all of the clubs stretches should produce good catches of fish, especially the River Swale and River Calder.
30th May 2012
The members' match at Rawcliffe Bridge on the Aire And Calder Canal was won by Andy Jacques with 14lbs 2oz of hybrids on pole and pinkie followed by Dave Bramley with 7lbs 1oz on bread punch.
Members are reminded to ensure that gates are closed at all times especially at Raskelf Lake and Queen Mary's Ponds, Ripon after further reports of them being left open.Knotford Lagoon is fishing extremely well for carp, tench and roach with most fish being caught on evening sessions. Kirklees Lagoon is also starting to produce catches of carp after the recent warm weather. Raskelf Lake is fishing exceptionally well with catches of 100lbs being caught consisting of various species including tench, roach and crucians. Anglers are advised to use two keepnets where possible when catching large quantities for the welfare and safety of the fish.
25th April 2012
James Vickerman started his quest to make it a hat trick of member's aggregate weight wins by winning the first member's match of the year at Raskelf on Sunday with 46lbs of F1's and tench on meat and pellet. James was comfortably ahead of second placed Andy Jacques who had 30lbs 12oz followed closely by Pete Vickerman with 29lbs 14oz. The next match is at Rawcliffe Bridge on the Aire and Calder Canal on May 20th. Members are reminded that they must take all litter home with them after some waters, especially Kirklees Lagoon and Raskelf Lake, have been badly affected.
29th March 2012The last of the club's open matches for the season at Cowthorpe produced some bumper catches of chub and perch all on float tactics. Steve Newns topped the catches with no less than 20 chub totalling 63lbs 11oz falling to maggot and waggler methods to find himself 20lbs above second place James Vickerman who also had 14 chub for a remarkable 43lbs 11oz. Bob Newby caught 7 chub for a honourable 25lbs 10oz followed by Alan Grandidge with 17lbs 9oz while Geoff Cox caught six specimen perch for 10lbs 11oz. A pair of glasses in a Specsavers case have been found by a member at Broughton. Please contact Simon on 01274 571175 to arrange the return if they are yours.
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL ANGLERS
It has come to light after a recent Predator Workshop meeting in Goole which was attended by our Club, the E.A., Natural England, The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Leeds University and others groups that we under a great threat from Signal Red Crayfish getting into our still waters from the rivers. Signal Red Crayfish are currently in EVERY river system in the UK and the chances of them being transferred in to our lakes on damp landing nets and keepnets is now a very high risk. The eggs and tiny crayfish larvae can survive for many days on wet or damp nets.
Therefore we recommend that ALL anglers who use keepnets let their nets completely dry out before fishing between rivers and lakes. The treat is so great that that we strongly recommend that members who regularly fish rivers and lakes should have 2 keepnets - 1 for the use in rivers and 1 for lakes. Keep them separate at all times and this will minimise the risk of transferring the crayfish.
If you 'dip' your keepnet at certain venues it is recommended that it should be for a minimum of 15 minutes to be certain of killing all unwanted diseases, eggs and larvae. A quick dip is not sufficient to kill everything.
We will keep you updated when we receive more information about this.
10th February 2012
This Sunday's match at Raskelf has been cancelled due to the lake being frozen. Widdington Hall is closed Saturday for an outside booking
29th January 2012
We have taken delivery of some more Map books so they are now available once again online.
Night permits for Knotford Lagoon are now all but sold out with only three remaining. So if you want one please act quickly to avoid disappointment.