The Green Heart of Poringland


The Machine in Overdrive

Mick (The Machine) Morley once again cemented his reputation as Poringland Lakes’ leading match angler with another fine performance in the sixth and final round of the Summer League series. 

With fishing back on Duffield after a two week break, expectations were high but unfortunately holidays and illness reduced the field to just six anglers.  The low entry meant that Eric Peak had little hope of catching Morley in the points race and so it proved. 

Morley was in constant action throughout the five hour match, his metronome style banking fish after fish including some quality carp and a very good perch.  It was a stellar performance that not only won the Mundham rod the series title but also the Irene Gudgeon memorial trophy for top aggregate weight.  To cap a memorable day, Morley also took the golden peg money to add to his match winnings. 

Perhaps his only disappointment was that he finished marginally short of the all-time match record of 33lb 7oz achieved by Angling Trust coach Mark Casto in the very first match back in 2016.

Organiser Alan Crabb enjoyed his best match of the season, his 14lb 12oz bag more than doubling his total from the previous five events, so earning him second place.  Defending champion Eric Peak enjoyed another podium position, his fifth in a row, with 10lb 12oz, just one ounce ahead of fourth place man Liam Crowley.

So match fishing starts afresh with the Winter League in October.  It would take a brave man to bet against Mick Morley and Eric Peak continuing to dominate the lakes’ match scene. 

The trophy and prizes were presented by PCFLA’s president Dave Gudgeon. 

Summer League Match Six

Mick Morley 33lb 0oz, Alan Crabb 14lb 12oz, Eric Peak 10lb 12oz, Liam Crowley 10lb 11oz, Jonny Causton 6lb 12oz, Trevor Radley 2lb 8oz 

Summer League Grand Prix

Mick Morley 54 pts, Eric Peak 47, Trevor Radley 32, Bob Bailey 30, Alan Crabb 28, Ryan Westgarth 27, Liam Crowley 19, Justin Randall 17.5, John Hodgson 15, Jonny Causton 14, Frank Whiting 5.5 

Irene Gudgeon Memorial Shield (aggregate weights)                        

Mick Morley 99lb 8oz, Eric Peak 45lb 13oz, Trevor Radley 36lb 9oz, Alan Crabb 27lb 9oz, Ryan Westgarth 27lb 0oz, Liam Crowley 17lb 13oz, Bob Bailey 17lb 6oz, Jonny Causton 16lb 12oz, Justin Randall 13lb 9oz, John Hodgson 5lb 0oz, Frank Whiting 1lb 10oz 

Morley Increases Series Lead 

Series leader Mick Morley reinforced his claim on the Summer League title when he comfortably won the fifth event in the six match series, this time on Gudgeon lake. 

Surprisingly Morley’s 16lb plus tally didn’t include any carp.  Instead the Mundham angler targeted the bream, a ploy which proved highly successful, especially as he bagged one specimen close to 5lb. 

If Winter League champion Eric Peak had any realistic hopes of wrestling the Summer League crown from Morley, this was one match he really had to win.  Unfortunately it was not to be as Morley turned the screw to finish well clear of his rival. 

Mathematically, Peak could still overtake Morley at the death in the grand prix but the smart money is firmly on the Seething man.  Morley would have to have a meltdown in the final match to hand the title to the Pakefield-based angler. 

Morley also has a seemingly unassailable lead in the chase for the Irene Gudgeon Memorial.  Still there’s an interesting battle for the runner-up spot where just a pound in weight separating Eric Peak and Trevor Radley. 

After a couple of inauspicious starts to his match fishing career, Jonny Causton enjoyed his best match of the series, finishing third, just a few ounces behind Eric Peak. 

After enduring a tortuous series so far with just a pound to show for his first three outings, Liam Crowley was firmly back in the groove.  His 6lb 2oz tally did not elevate him back to the top of the rostrum but it did prove his form is on an upward trend. 

Meanwhile head bailiff Ryan Westgarth will be cursing his luck.  Unfortunately he lost several good carp, which, had he landed, would have almost certainly given him the winners’ money. 

The sixth and final match takes place on Duffield on Saturday 1 September.  It promises to be another cracker! 

Summer League Match Five

Mick Morley 16lb 7oz, Eric Peak 8lb 4oz, Jonny Causton 7lb 14oz, Liam Crowley 6lb 2oz, Alan Crabb 5lb 13oz, Bob Bailey 2lb 2oz, Ryan Westgarth 2lb, Trevor Radley 1lb 11oz, John Hodgson 13oz, Frank 11oz

Summer League Grand Prix Standings

Mick Morley 47 points, Eric Peak 43, Trevor Radley 31, Bob Bailey 30, Ryan Westgarth 27, Alan Crabb 23, Justin Randall 17.5, Liam Crowley 16, John Hodgson 15, Jonny Causton 12, Frank Whiting 5.5

Irene Gudgeon Memorial Shield (Aggregate Weights)

Mick Morley 66lb 8oz, Eric Peak 35lb 1oz, Trevor Radley 34lb 1oz, Ryan Westgarth 27lb 0oz, Bob Bailey 17lb 6oz, Justin Randall 13lb 9oz, Alan Crabb 12lb 13oz, Jonny Causton 10lb 0oz, Liam Crowley 7lb 2oz, John Hodgson 5lb 0oz, Frank Whiting 1ib 10oz 

Peak Challenges for Grand Prix Title

Umbrellas were the order of the day at today’s Summer League match but for once it wasn’t rain but blistering sun that was the determining factor. 

Difficult conditions, bright sunshine and a mirror smooth surface, did little to produce bites but it did result in a grandstand finish, just a couple of pounds separating the top four finishers. 

Wily campaigner Eric Peak closed the gap on Grand Prix leader Mick Morley to just two points, thanks to a stunning 4lb 10oz common carp with accounted for over 50% of his total weight. 

Disappointingly Peak lost at least five decent carp in the weeds and reeds. Had those been converted, Peak could have dramatically closed the gap on aggregate weights leader Mick Morley who has a seemingly unassailable lead in the chase for the Irene Gudgeon memorial shield. 

Two good carp helped to swell Ryan Westgarth's 7lb 11oz tally to finish second.  It was his best performance in the series so far and the first time ever he has beaten close friend Mick Morley who finished in third spot.  Meanwhile Trevor Radley turned in another solid performance finishing fourth. 

The next match, the fifth in the six match series, takes place on Saturday 4 August when big guns Peak and Morley resume their dual in the sun. 

Summer League Match Four

Eric Peak 8lb 15oz, Ryan Westgarth 7lb 11oz, Mick Morley 7lb 5oz, Trevor Radley 6lb 11oz, Bob Bailey 1lb 4oz, Alan Crabb 11oz, John Hodgson 6oz, Liam Crowley 4oz, Justin Randall 0oz, Frank Whiting 0oz 

Summer League 2018 – Standings

Mick Morley 36 points, Eric Peak 34, Trevor Radley 28, Bob Bailey 25, Ryan Westgarth 23, Justin Randall 17.5, Alan Crabb 17, John Hodgson 13, Liam Crowley 9, Frank Whiting 4.5, Jonny Causton 4 

Irene Gudgeon Memorial Shield (aggregate weights)

Mick Morley 48lb 1oz, Trevor Radley 32lb 8oz, Eric Peak 26lb 13oz, Ryan Westgarth 25lb 0oz, Bob Bailey 15lb 4oz, Justin Randall 13lb 9oz, Alan Crabb 7lb 0oz, John Hodgson 4lb 3oz, Jonny Causton 2lb 2oz, Liam Crowley 1lb 0oz, Frank Whiting 15oz 

Morley Opens Up A Gap 

Sickness and family commitments reduced match three in the six match series to just eight competitors but once again the cream rose to the top in the form of ever consistent Mick Morley. 

The only angler to catch an elusive carp, the level one coach from Mundham finished well clear of the field to set up a virtually unassailable lead in the aggregate weights chase for the Irene Gudgeon memorial shield.  And to cap a memorable day, Morley won on the golden peg, taking is daily winnings to a very acceptable £63. 

Meanwhile Bob Bailey’s good run of form continued, the Poringland-based angler just edging out Eric Peak by a mere two ounces, so keeping in touch with the grand prix leaders. 

Trevor Radley’s hopes leap-froging Morley and Peak at the top fo the GP leader board suffered a setback when he lost two really good carp, one very late in the day. 

The summer League has now produced three different winners (Radley, Peak and Morley).  Not surprisingly it’s those three who lead the standings; however with three matches still to go it really is everything to play for. 

Summer League Match Three

Mick Morley 13lb 15oz, Bob Bailey 5lb 4oz, Eric Peak 5lb 2oz, Alan Crabb 4lb 6oz, John Hodgson 2lb 6oz, Trevor Radley 2lb 5oz, Jonny Causton 1lb 14oz, Frank Whiting 13oz 

Summer League 2018 – Standings

Mick Morley 28, Eric Peak 23, Trevor Radley 22, Bob Bailey 20, Justin Randall 16, Ryan Westgarth 14, Alan Crabb 13, John Hodgson 10, Liam Crowley 7, Jonny Causton 4, Frank Whiting 3 

Irene Gudgeon Memorial Shield (Aggregate Weights)                   

Mick Morley 40lb 12oz, Trevor Radley 25lb 13oz, Eric Peak 17lb 14oz, Ryan Westgatrh 17lb 5oz, Bob Bailey 14lb 0oz, Justin Randall 13lb 9oz, Alan Crabb 6lb 5oz, John Hodgson 3lb 13oz, Jonny Causton 2lb 2oz, Frank Whiting 15oz, Liam Crowley 12oz 

Peak Back on Pole

After a disappointing showing in the opening event of the six match Summer League series, Pakefield veteran Eric Peak was back to his best, heading a ten man field on another difficult day on Gudgeon.

A sweltering hot day with temperatures in the mid twenties, a cloudless sky and a  burning sun made conditions far from ideal but experienced Peak winkled out a mixed bag to edge out arch rival Mick Morley by less than a pound.

Adopting his usual ploy of little and lots, Morley finished runner-up for the second successive event, a result which saw him leapfrog to the top of the points and aggregate weights tables.

Justin Randall and Trevor Radley both had a decent day, keeping them in contention in the points race, in fact the chase for the grand prix is wide open, just three points separating the top four contenders. 

Further down the order, Bob Bailey weighed in 4lb 6oz, which was identical to his tally in the opening match.  The next match takes place on Duffield Lake on Saturday 2 June when again it’s all to play for.  

Summer Series Match Two
Eric Peak 10lb 0oz, Mick Morley 9lb 2oz, Justin Randall 8lb 0oz, Trevor Radley 5lb 8oz, Bob Bailey 4lb 6oz, Ryan Westgarth1lb 12oz, Liam Crowley 7oz, Alan Crabb 6oz, John Hodgson 4oz, Frank Whiting 2oz.

Summer League Grand Prix Standings

Mick Morley 19, Trevor Radley 19, Eric Peak 17, Justin Randall 16, Ryan Westgarth 14, Bob Bailey 13, Alan Crabb 8, Liam Crowley 7, John Hodgson 6, Jonny Causton 2, Frank Whiting 2 

Irene Gudgeon Memorial Shield (Aggregate Weights)

Mick Morley 26lb 13oz, Trevor Radley 23lb 8oz, Ryan Westgarth 17lb 5oz, Justin Randall 13lb 9oz, Eric Peak 12lb 12oz, Bob Bailey 8lb 12oz, Alan Crabb 1lb 15oz, John Hodgson 1lb 7oz, Liam Crowley 12oz, Jonny Causton 4oz, Frank Whiting 2oz

RadleyTakes Duffield Memorial

Trevor Radley continued his good form by winning the opening match of the 2018 Summer League, taking the Glenn Duffield memorial cup in the process.  It was his fourth successive podium and his second victory in four outings.

Another good turnout meant that the 11 strong entry had to be divided into two groups, eight fishing Noble and three on Gudgeon.  The match resulted in one of the most keenly contested yet with less than three pounds separating the top three.

In contrast to the Winter League when bites were at a premium, the Duffield memorial produced some good weights, primarily of carp and quality bream, indeed all of Radley’s winning bag consisted of bream in the four pound bracket with not a carp in sight!

Ever consistent Mick Morley finished just short of the line, only five ounces separating him and Trevor Radley while head bailiff Ryan Westgarth enjoyed his best ever match, finishing third overall.  In fact had he not lost two sizeable carp in the last half hour, the level one coach could have scooped the honours and £45 for fishing on the golden peg.

Winter series winner Eric Peak struggled in the new season opener finishing mid table but he did have the consolation of netting a handsome crucian carp weighing in at 1lb 5oz.

The opening match of the summer season traditionally hosts the Glenn Duffield memorial cup in memory of one of the lakes founding trustees who died in June 2014.  Fittingly the third staging has now seen three different winners, Trevor Radley, Justin Randall and Danny Morley who was unable to defend his title because of business commitments.

Summer League Match One

Trevor Radley 18lb 0oz, Mick Morley 17lb 11oz, Ryan Westgarth 15lb 9oz, Justin Randall 5lb 9oz, Bob Bailey 4lb 6oz, Eric Peak 2lb 12oz, Alan Crabb 1lb 9oz, John Hodgson 1lb 3oz, Liam Crowley 5oz, Jonny Causton 4oz, Frank Whiting nil return