I was in the Clay Cross Angling tackle shop last weekend chatting to owner Lee Rhodes and he tells me the angling club is running evening junior matches throughout August for its youngsters.
It’s free to enter with prizes for all entrants. Dates for the matches are August 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. The draw is 4.30pm with fishing from 5-8pm.
There are three ponds available for club members: Meadow Farm Pond at Clay Cross, Wingerworth Lido and the Lodge (or Wall) Pond.
Membership for juniors is only £7.50 for the year. Season tickets for seniors are priced at £15 for two rods. A passport style photo is required for all season tickets.
Day tickets are also available from bailiffs on the bank at just £2.50 per rod. For more information contact Lee at the tackle shop on (01246) 251777.
On the way back home I called into the Williamthorpe A.C. waters at Temple Normanton, where a junior match was being held. 23lb won the first match with the winning weight for the second match pulling the scales down to 11lb. I watched lots of fish being caught this weekend with quality barbel showing to paste in the margins.
There are three superb waters on the Temple Normanton site, all stuffed with quality fish. They also have Lings, Grassmoor Res and Pilsley Pond, so lots to choose from.
Membership is £32 for seniors (with a £10 admin fee for the first year). Junior tickets are £16 with concessions for over 65s. Day tickets at £5 are available on the bank.
Nuts are the only banned bait but there is a 5lb bait limit. For further info contact the junior match secretary Kev Lilley on (0791) 613 4892.
Meanwhile, the Alma Angling Club held a fun day last Sunday on the Wolfie, which is on the left just as you drive into North Wingfield from Grassmoor. It’s a lovely water set in beautiful countryside on the Five Pits Trail.
Season tickets are available at £15 for seniors and under the 16s tickets are only £6. Day tickets are also available on the bank at £5 for adults and £2 for juniors. Although the club secretary tells me if any youngster visits three times on a day ticket, they will qualify for a season ticket. No bait bans, but barbless hooks please. For further information contact the club secretary on 0774 390 5583.
Just one unanswered question though, how did the water get the name Wolfie? If anyone out there has any ideas, please let me know.