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

The Kingfishers turned out for the fifth meet of the year and 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.

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

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.

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

“A Great Little Club for Kids to Enjoy”

With scattered showers widely forecast and temperatures barely above five degrees, attendances were low 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.