The Green Heart of Poringland


Normal Service Resumes

The sixth and final match of the Summer League series saw normal service resume with ace matchmen Mick Morley and Eric Peak once again spearheading affairs.

While Morley won the match at a canter, Peak confidently saw off his main rivals to win the series and extend a truly remarkable record.  There have been seven Summer and Winter Leagues.  Remarkably between them Eric Peak and Mick Morley have won them all.

Fishing the seat peg in Duffield, Morley was quickly into his stride and went on to easily win the match with a 27lb 8oz bag. Unfortunately he had to dip out on a couple of matches this term otherwise he would have been challenging Peak at the top of the Grand Prix ladder.

Meanwhile at the other end of the lake, Eric Peak had to call on all his experience to see off the challenge of series contenders Matt Charlton and Colin Hinsley who went into the match within touching distance of the Pakefield veteran.

Despite losing a couple of good fish in the reeds and having to resort to using a weed rake to retrieve some of his tackle, Peak still managed a creditable 16lb 14oz to make him the outright winner of the six match series.

Sadly Charlton and Hinsley saw their title chances evaporate.  Targeting the bigger carp, Charlton only managed to catch one, a modest 1lb13oz common while facing him directly on the opposite bank, Hinsley did little better.

Still, going into the final match with a 20lb plus lead over Peak, Hinsley's advantage was virtually unassailable - and so it proved although Peak gallantly closed the gap to under 5lbs.

After whirlwind start that saw him land a 6lb 7oz carp with virtually his first cast, Trevor Radley added a few silvers to take third place while Bob Barber completed the rostrum places from a difficult peg.

So ended another League Series, unquestionably the most exciting and closest fought ever, with Eric Peak heading the Grand Prix points ladder and Colin Hinsley winning the Irene Gudgeon memorial shield for aggregate weights.

Fittingly the prize vouchers were presented by PCFLA match organiser Alan Crabb who has arranged every match since the series began in 2016, now close on 40 matches  - an achievement to be equally applauded alongside Peak and Hinsley's successes.

Summer League Match Six

Mick Morley 27lb 8oz, Eric Peak 16lb 14oz, Trevor Radley 9lb 14oz, Bob Bailey 3lb 7oz, Colin Hinsley 3lb 2oz, John Hodgson 3lb 2oz, Justin Randall 2lb 11oz, Alan Crabb 2lb 10oz, Matt Charlton 1lb 13oz

Summer League Grand Prix

Eric Peak 44 pts, Colin Hinsley 39, Matt Charlton 36, Bob Bailey 33, Trevor Radley 33, Justin Randall 31, Mick Morley 29, Liam Crowley 27, Alan Crabb 26, John Hodgson 16, Jonny Causton 15

Irene Gudgeon Memorial (aggregate weights)

Colin Hinsley 77lb 5oz, Eric Peak 73lb 0oz, Mick Morley 54lb 5oz, Matt Charlton 45lb 5oz, Justin Randall 45lb 5oz, Trevor Radley 36lb 5oz, Bob Bailey 29lb 1oz, Alan Crabb 23lb 14oz, John Hodgson 13lb 11oz, Jonny Causton 11lb 13oz 

Final Match Promises to be a Cracker

The sixth and final match in the Summer League series promises to be a real cracker.

Just two points separate the three leading contenders, Eric Peak (36pts), Matt Charlton (35) and Colin Hinsley (34).  Peak in particular will be under enormous pressure if he hopes to extend a remarkable run.  Together with ace matchman Mick Morley, the pair have totally dominated both summer and winter league events but there is no doubt Charlton and Hinsley will be going all out to break the Peak/Morley monopoly.

It’s a different story on the chase for the Irene Gudgeon Memorial for aggregate weights.  Close on 20 pounds separate the leading duo Colin Hinsley and Eric Peak, so it looks inconceivable that the Pakefield rod can overhaul the man from Upper Stoke.

The match takes place on Duffield on Saturday 7 September.

Hinsley in the Driving Seat

Colin Hinsley all but sealed the Irene Gudgeon memorial shield after he convincingly won the fifth event in the six match summer league series.

Fished in terrible conditions with the wind gusting close to 50mph for much of the day, Hinsley drew the fancied corner peg close to the gate and took full advantage of it.  With the wind pushing virtually all the fish to that end of the lake, Hinsley bagged over 25lb, including seven carp and a net full of roach and skimmers.

Fishing in the very next peg, Hinsley’s nearest challenger Eric Peak could only watch in awe as he saw the gap between him and Hinsley increase, so much so that nearly 20lb now separate the duo, surely too much for Peak to claw back in the final match next month.

In comparison, there’s a grandstand finish in the summer league grand prix where just two points separate the top three.  Amazingly a 5lb 5oz carp caught seconds before the end could have a huge effect on the final outcome as it brought Matt Charlton within touching distance of series leader Eric Peak.

Meanwhile Hinsley’s victory this afternoon has really put him in contention leaving the scoreboard as Peak 36pts, Charlton 35, Hinsley 34. It’s all building up to the closest series ever!

At the other end of the spectrum, Justin Randall was suffering a bad attack of wind.  Having totally dominated the last match with a 27lb plus haul, Randall didn’t catch a single fish as all the fish moved on the wind to the other end of the lake.

Summer League Match Five

Colin Hinsley 25lb 4oz, Matt Charlton 11lb 4oz, Eric Peak 7lb 12oz, Liam Crowley 7lb 7oz, Alan Crabb 2lb 15oz, Trevor Radley 1lb 0oz, Bob Bailey 14oz, Justin Randall 0oz

Summer League Grand Prix

Eric Peak 36 pts, Matt Charlton 35, Colin Hinsley 34, Justin Randall 28, Bob Bailey 27, Liam Crowley 27, Trevor Radley 26,  Alan Crabb 24, Mick Morley 19, Jonny Causton 15, John Hodgson 12

Irene Gudgeon Memorial (aggregate weights)

Colin Hinsley 74lb 3oz, Eric Peak 56lb 2oz, Matt Charlton 43lb 8oz, Justin Randall 42lb 10oz, Liam Crowley 31lb 5oz, Mick Morley 26lb 13oz, Trevor Radley 26lb 7oz, Bob Bailey 25lb 10oz, Alan Crabb 21lb 4oz, Jonny Causton 11lb 13oz, John Hodgson 10lb 14oz

Match Five Re-Scheduled for Saturday

The eagerly awaited fifth event in the six match summer league series has been rescheduled to take place on Noble this coming Saturday (10 August).

Originally planned for last weekend, the match was postponed because the lakes’ were closed.  Now, the closest fought series ever is racing towards a grandstand finish and Saturday’s match will play a major part in the eventual outcome.

Just five points separate the top five in the grand prix and less than a pound stands between the top two in the Irene Gudgeon memorial for aggregate weights.

Traditionally the summer and winter leagues have been dominated by two anglers, Eric Peak and Mick Morley.  With Morley’s hopes all but dashed after missing one match because of coaching commitments, the pressure is really on GP leader Peak.  The Suffolk-based veteran is just a couple of points ahead of principal challenger Matt Charlton, with Justin Randall, Bob Bailey and Colin Hinsley all breathing down the front-runners’ necks.

It promises to be some match.

Randall Dominates Summer League Four

Local angler Justin Randall totally dominated the fourth match in the six match summer league series.

Fished on Gudgeon, Poringland-based Randall targeted the bream as opposed to the wary carp.  It was a tactic that proved highly successful Justin finishing over 13lb ahead of his nearest rival Liam Crowley.

The match certainly put the cat among the pigeons when it came to the various league tables.  Eric Peak’s fourth place saw him leap frog leader Colin Hinsley in the Grand Prix standings and bring him within a few ounces of Hinsley in the chase for the Irene Gudgeon memorial shield.

But it’s far from a done deal as far as the top two are concerned.  Just five points separate the top five anglers in the grand prix series while Justin Randall’s outstanding performance saw him dramatically close the gap on Hinsley and Peak in the Gudgeon memorial.

It all adds up to the most competitive series ever so all eyes will be on the penultimate match in the six match series which takes place on Saturday 3 August.

Summer League Match Four

Justin Randall 27lb 14oz, Liam Crowley 14lb 1oz, Matt Charlton 13lb 4oz, Eric Peak 8lb 3oz, Jonny Causton 6lb 10oz, Bob Bailey 6lb 5oz, Trevor Radley 5lb 11oz, Alan Crabb 5lb 5oz, Mick Morley 5lb 2oz, Colin Hinsley 4lb 6oz, John Hodgson 13oz

Summer League Grand Prix

Eric Peak 30 pts, Matt Charlton 28, Justin Randall 25, Bob Bailey 25, Colin Hinsley 25, Trevor Radley 23, Liam Crowley 22, Alan Crabb 20, Mick Morley 19, Jonny Causton 15, John Hodgson 12

Irene Gudgeon Memorial (Aggregate Weights)

Colin Hinsley 48lb 15oz, Eric Peak 48lb 6oz, Justin Randall 42lb 10oz, Matt Charlton 32lb 4oz, Mick Morley 26lb 13oz, Trevor Radley 25lb 7oz, Bob Bailey 24lb 12oz, Liam Crowley 23lb 14oz, Alan Crabb 18lb 5oz, Jonny Causton 11lb 13oz, John Hodgson 10lb 14oz

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