The Green Heart of Poringland


Kingfishers Return To Noble

The third Kingfisher club meet of the year took place with eight juniors attending.

For the first time in over three years, the event was held on Noble lake.  Although all the youngsters caught fish, the going was slow, however a few carp and a tench were landed alongside the customary small roach and skimmer bream.

The youngsters were given a demonstration by newly qualified level two coach Mick Morley on how to prepare and use expander pellets.  However this did not prove the best bait on the day, Zach’s 3lb plus carp being the only notable capture using pellet.

Once again, organiser Andy Dewar was full of praise for the volunteers and sponsors.

“Thanks to all the volunteers for their assistance as ever and also to the lakes newly qualified and licenced level two coach Mick Morley who stepped in to run the day in the absence of Mark Casto who was ill.  Thanks also to our bait supplier PW Angling” he said

The next Kingfishers’ meet will be on Saturday 20 July and take the form of a match, the second of three planned this year.

Tyler Wins Kingfisher Opener

The second Kingfisher meet of the year took the form of a fishing match, the first of three planned this season.

Twelve members turned out on an overcast day.  All were up for the challenge and a very competitive and enthusiastic match ensued, spurred on by the incentive of fishing vouchers for the top three places.  There were also grand prix points up for grabs with a handsome Maver seat box the prizes awaiting the series winner.

Organiser Andy Dewar was delighted with the event.

“All appeared to enjoy the day and everyone managed to catch a variety of fish ranging from roach, skimmers, the odd bream, small tench and two crucians.  The competition was tightly fought with the largest weight being 5lb 10oz.  Two were on the same 4lb 3oz and two around the 3lb mark – so it was a very close and hard-fought contest.  Fish of the day went to George for a nice tench”

Special mention goes to the club’s newest recruit, Charlie.  Despite never having fished before, young Charlie was keen to join the match and enjoyed catching a nice net of roach, rudd and bream including his first ever fish, so everyone thought he did really well.

During the break, head coach Mark Casto gave a lesson on how to identify bites, the tutorial going towards the Kingfishers’ level one Cast awards.

Match Result. Grand Prix Points

Tyler 5lb 10oz, Elliot – 4lb 3oz, Lewis 4lb 3oz, Louis 3lb 12oz, Joe 3lb 1oz, Colby 2lb 13oz, Scarlett 2lb 13oz, George 2lb 10oz, Leo 2lb 8oz, Charlie 1lb 14oz, Tristan 14oz, Bailey 8oz

Grand Prix Points

Tyler 15pts, Elliot 13, Lewis 13, Louis 11, Joe 10, Colby 9, Scarlett 9, George 7, Leo 6, Charlie, 5, Tristan, 4, Bailey 3

The next club meeting takes place on Saturday 15 June starting at 9.30am.

“A Great Little Club for Kids to Enjoy”

With scattered showers widely forecast, temperatures barely above five degrees and holiday commitments, only six of the Kingfisher club’s 14 members turned out to fish Gudgeon on a bitterly cold day.

Still those hardly youngsters who battled the elements all managed to catch, some more than others, but a good time was had by all on their first session of the year. There were two nice bream caught along with a quality tench and a couple of common carp. These were backed up with some nice roach, all taken on maggot.

The newly modified top kits, which handled the bigger fish much better, proved a resounding hit.  Meanwhile, during the interval, head coach Mark Casto gave a demonstration on the important subject of using a disgorger.

“Unfortunately, while lacking in junior members for the first event of the year, we still had a great day and it was good to meet everyone again, plus some nice fish came out as well, so a good start to the season” summarised coach Casto.

“This is a great little club for the parents and kids to enjoy” he added.

Next time round sees the first of three matches planned this year.  There’s an earlier start time, 9.30am, for the event which takes place on Saturday 18 May.  Each match will have a £45 prize fund in the form of vouchers redeemable at PW Angling, £20 for first, £15 for second and £10 for third.  In addition the three matches will be run on a grand prix basis and the series winner will win a nearly-new seat box which is in excellent condition.

Kingfisher Date Change

The date for the first Kingfisher event of the year has been changed.

Traditionally Kingfisher meets are held on the third Saturday of each month but this season the April event clashes with the Easter holidays.

Conscious that some families may be away or committed elsewhere, organisers have brought the meet forward a week to Saturday 13 April.

Club Meetings Expand in 2019

The popular Kingfisher club for local youngsters under-16s will continue next year with an expanded programme.

The participation sub-group confirmed that seven sessions will be held in 2019 starting in April and continuing until October.  The events will still be held on the third Saturday of each month from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

The second, fourth and sixth meetings will incorporate a junior match.