The Green Heart of Poringland


Kingfishers’  Year Ends in Smiles

The final Kingfisher club event took place on Saturday 19 October, with 10 juniors in attendance. A cool but bright morning on Duffield lake presented the juniors with a struggle to get the fish on the go, but all caught. Some of the juniors had a go at using a waggler setup on rods and reels.

At the end of the event this year’s prizes were awarded, which included the overall match series winner, most improved angler, biggest bream, biggest tench, biggest crucian carp, heaviest combined match weight and best fish of the year.

Club co- founders Andy Dewar and Ryan Westgarth were on hand to present the Dewar Shield and the Westgarth Cup to the respective winners.

Mick Morley also awarded both the juniors and volunteers with their Cast Awards which they had been working towards during the events held this year. Well done to all those who won trophies and prizes.

“A huge thanks goes out to all the volunteers for their sterling work this year” said a Kingfisher spokesman.  “Your hard work and dedication is always very much appreciated.  We couldn't do it without you!  Thanks also to PW Angling for supplying the bait throughout the year and supporting the club.”

The volunteers will now begin work on next year’s events programme as we look forward to seeing the return of our juniors.

Tristan’s Carp Proves a Winner

The sixth Kingfisher Club event took place on Saturday 21 September.  This was also the third and final match of their series

10 juniors fished the event which was held on Gudgeon lake. It was a difficult day for the juniors but they all managed to catch fish. A 5lb 6 oz common carp helped Tristan into first place, Charlie taking second and third place went to Bailey.

Thanks to all the volunteers and to PW Angling for supplying the bait.

Kingfishers Rewarded

Just seven Kingfishers turned out for the fifth meet of the year but they were rewarded with some good fishing on a glorious August morning.

The carp were feeding well.  Fish of the Day award went to George with a fine common of just over five pounds, beating Tyler who landed one over four pounds.

During the mid-morning break, coach Mick Morley took the juniors to the conservation lake and taught them how water temperatures relate to oxygen levels and fish behaviour which they all enjoyed learning.

Despite the low numbers, everyone had a really good day according to fellow coach Mark Casto.

"We had a great day today despite half of the members unable to attend for various reasons.  Our juniors are obviously excited about the next match and were practising their fishing skills to the max in order to get ready for the match and win the grand prize" said Mark.

Kingfishers Going Down a Storm

The second match in the series took place after some careful deliberation as the weather forecast predicted possible thunderstorms.

At 7.15 in the morning, the organisers decided that the match should go ahead and if it was necessary to abandon the event, the result would be declared at that stage.  However, things turned out better than expected and the match proceeded without a hitch.

Ten youngsters took part in a closely contested match on Gudgeon and everyone caught.  Several good bream were landed together some nice crucians.  Fish of the Day went to young Charlie who caught a fine tench from the margins.  Unfortunately only one carp was caught, a very small common banked by Lewis.

The result was: Bailey 7lb 6oz, Lewis 3lb 10oz, Colby 3lb 8oz, Tyler 3lb 5oz, Charlie 3lb 1oz, Jack 3lb 0oz, Scarlett 1lb 9oz, Zach 1lb 8oz, Tristan 1lb 5oz, Leo 1lb 2oz.

Prizes in the form of vouchers valid at PW Angling were award to the top three.

The overall series couldn’t be closer.  Tyler and Lewis share the lead with 26 points, just five ahread of Colby in third place.

Lewis 26 pts, Tyler 26, Colby 21, Bailey 18, Scarlett 17, Charlie 15, Leo 11, Louis 11, Joe 10, Tristan 10, Jack 9, George 7, Zach 7

So it’s all to play for in the final match which takes place on Saturday 21 September.  In the meantime the next Kingfisher meeting is on Saturday 17 August.  Thanks as always to the volunteers and to PW Angling for supplying all the bait.

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.