Club celebrates success with new batch of tench
AFTER a hugely successful 2012, Ripley AC are hoping to emulate that success this year with exciting plans for their base at Butterley Reservoir.
The club recently added a further 1,000 tench to the water to add to the bream and carp already in there.
Work has begun on installing 20 new stands along the Pentrich Bank on the Swanwick side of the reservoir.
And the club are also planning to re-excavate a ditch which has caused problems over the years by constantly flooding the popular match straight.
Club secretary Keith Sansam said: "Following another good year's income from membership and day ticket sales, we are able to continue our annual restocking programme by adding 1,000 tench.
"Our new chairman, Lol Ellis, has said that, as long as there is money available, it will be spent on improving the venue such as installing the new stands and re-excavating the ditch – something which has been discussed many times before."
The monthly open matches are continuing throughout the winter, while the midweek ones will restart soon.
For details, contact Pat Woodward on 01773 745837.
It has been a busy week for the local clubs – with the Long Eaton Victoria AS having to battle flooding and strong winds before their match at Rycroft Fishery could commence.
The match, which incorporated the Shipstone Cup, was scheduled for the River Soar at Kegworth but this was changed at the last minute because of flooding.
So anglers fished the Old and New canals at Rycroft with those fishing the New Canal finding that the correct bait presentation ranged from difficult to impossible because of the strong winds.
Top weight of the day went to Jake Hemmings with 48lb 14oz from peg two on the Old Canal.
He switched baits between pellet, bread and maggots to catch mainly carp in the latter stages of the match.
Tom Potter (29lb 2oz) was second using similar methods on the Old Canal, while Dave Cotterill (23lb 14oz) finished third.
Neil Stevenson heads the championship with two matches remaining.
Erik Wright took top weight as Bridge Inn AC held an open match on Marston's Pool.
He caught 36lb to finish well clear of Neil Stevenson (31lb ) and Johnathan Trivett (16lb).
Wright celebrated a second consecutive win as he triumphed in the club's Winter League match at Rycroft.
He caught 10lb 2oz, beating Mick Thompson's 5lb 11oz and Lee Bennett's 4lb net.