The Green Heart of Poringland


Peak Back To His Best

Pakefield angler Eric Peak was back to his very best in the third of the six match Summer League series.  Fishing the favoured bench peg in Duffield, Peak notched half a dozen carp to push his final tally to just over 20lb, leaving him well clear of his closest challenger, Matt Charlton.

Peak’s performance saw him leapfrog up both the points and weights ladders, bringing him within touching distance of series’ leader Colin Hinsley.

Fishing the neighbouring peg below the sandface, big fish expert Matt Charlton had to call on all his experience to wheedle out a couple of good sized carp late in the day to secure second place ahead of Mick Morley, a 6lb 8oz common proving the biggest fish of the day.

Having missed the second match because of coaching commitments, Morley was desperate for the win and bonus point to drag him back into overall contention.

Sadly things didn’t quite work out that way.  Morley lost a couple of carp in the weeds but still managed over ten pounds, a creditable performance given the circumstances.

Talking of lost fish, John Hodgson hooked what looked to be a monster mid-match (pictured).  Despite battling with the giant fish for several moments, the wily carp proved too strong, leaving disconsolate John with a only a straightened hook for his efforts.

Once again, anglers had to catch a good sized carp or two if they wanted to be in contention.  The peg draw and wind direction also proved a key factor with the bigger weights coming from the east bank.

Summer League Match Three

Eric Peak 20lb 10oz, Matt Charlton 11lb 15oz, Mick Morley 10lb 6oz, Colin Hinsley 9lb 12oz, Justin Randall 8lb 8oz, Bob Bailey 7lb 9oz, John Hodgson 6lb 1oz, Trevor Radley 1lb 14oz, Jonny Causton 1lb 13oz, Alan Crabb 1lb 10oz

Summer League Grand Prix

Colin Hinsley 23 pts, Eric Peak 22, Bob Bailey 19, Matt Charlton 19, Trevor Radley 18, Alan Crabb 16, Mick Morley 16, Justin Randall 15, Liam Crowley 12, John Hodgson 11, Jonny Causton 8

Irene Gudgeon Memorial (Aggregate Weights)

Colin Hinsley 44lb 9oz, Eric Peak 40lb 3oz, Mick Morley 21lb 11oz, Trevor Radley 19lb 12oz, Matt Charlton 19lb 0oz, Bob Bailey 19lb 7oz, Justin Randall 14lb 12oz, Alan Crabb 13lb 0oz, John Hodgson 10lb 1oz, Liam Crowley 9lb 13oz, Jonny Causton 5lb 3oz

Popular Crowley Wins Match Two

Popular Liam Crowley was a deserved winner of the second summer league match fished this time on Noble.  It was the Norwich man’s first success since his inaugural victory in the opening match of the Winter League in 2017 – ironically also on Noble.

Using the feeder to good effect in preference to the more traditional pole method, Crowley managed to weed out a few carp off the bottom.  In contrast, those drawn on the gate bank really struggled, quality anglers like Colin Hinsley and Eric Peak managing less than four pounds between them!

The chase for the six match series was thrown wide open after habitual winner Mick Morley dipped out of this round in order to sit his Angling Trust coaching examination at Great Witchingham.

As a result, the Summer League is building up to be the most keenly contested ever.  Colin Hinsley remains in pole position for the moment but a bevy of potential champions are in hot pursuit, so Hinsley’s grip on the grand prix series appears flimsy to say the least.

However, it’s a very different story in the chase for the Irene Gudgeon Memorial where Hinsley still holds a healthy lead, thanks to his remarkable catch in the opening match.

Summer League Match Two

Liam Crowley 9lb 12oz, Bob Bailey 8lb 0oz, Alan Crabb 5lb 14oz, Matt Charlton 5lb 4oz, Trevor Radley 5lb 1oz, John Hodgson 3lb 4oz, Colin Hinsley 2lb 4oz, Justin Randall 2lb 3oz, Jonny Causton 1lb 1oz, Eric Peak 1lb 0oz

Summer League Grand Prix

Colin Hinsley 16, Alan Crabb 15, Trevor Radley 15, Bob Bailey 14, Liam Crowley 12, Eric Peak 11, Matt Charlton 10, Justin Randall 9, Mick Morley 8, John Hodgson 7, Jonny Causton 6

Irene Gudgeon Memorial (Aggregate Weights)

Colin Hinsley 34lb 13oz, Eric Peak 19lb 9oz, Trevor Radley 17lb 14oz, Alan Crabb 11lb 6oz, Mick Morley 11lb 5oz, Bob Bailey 10lb 14oz, Liam Crowley 9lb 13oz, Matt Charlton 7lb 1oz, Justin Randall 6lb 4oz, John Hodgson 4lb 0oz, Jonny Causton 3lb 6oz 

Maiden Win in New Season Opener

The first match in the Summer League series produced an unexpected result.  Once again the Peak, Radley, Morley combination were well to the fore but this time all three were eclipsed by a stunning performance from newcomer Colin Hinsley.

Making his first ever appearance in a Poringland Lakes’ match and sporting his distinctive trademark brown Safari hat, an attire almost as famous as Bob Nudd’s white cap, the Upper Stoke matchman capitalised on the fancied black pipe swim in Gudgeon, decimating the field with a 32 pound plus tally which included celebrity common, Tango, weighing in at healthy 12lb 15oz.

Surprisingly, despite their dominance in Poringland Lakes matches, neither Mick Morley nor Eric Peak, have ever won the Summer League opener for the Glenn Duffield memorial cup which also went to Colin Hinsley.

If this performance is anything to go by, the popular Hinsley could be the first to break the Mick Morley/Eric Peak monopoly as he certainly got his Summer League campaign off to a flying start.  

Still, with five matches to go, it remains all to play for but the inclusion of Hinsley and big fish expert Matt Charlton joining the usual regulars, the Summer League promises to be a fascinating competition this year.

Summer League Match One

Colin Hinsley 32lb 9oz, Eric Peak 18lb 9oz, Trevor Radley 12lb 13oz, Mick Morley 11lb 5oz, Alan Crabb 5lb 8oz, Justin Randall 4lb 1oz, Bob Bailey 2lb 14oz, Jonny Causton 2lb 5oz, Matt Charlton 1lb 13oz, John Hodgson 12oz, Liam Crowley 1oz

Summer League Grand Prix

Colin Hinsley 12pts, Eric Peak 10, Trevor Radley 9, Mick Morley 8, Alan Crabb 7, Justin Randall 6, Bob Bailey 5, Jonny Causton 4, Matt Charlton 3, John Hodgson 2, Liam Crowley 1