APOLOGIES for the lack of information over the past couple of weeks, but the cold meant the canal was frozen at Froxfield cancelling the Association match and clubs cancelled their matches when the floods hit the Kennet, writes Alan Hughes.

Last weekend saw three clubs out on RDAA waters with two on the canals and one on the Thames.

Reading Fishing Club were booked on to the A section at the Froxfield section of the Kennet & Avon Canal and their oldest member Bill Tucker, at 91 years of age, took top spot with 9lbs 4ozs of perch, roach and skimmers.

In second place was Terry Littlewood with similar species which took the scales down to 8lbs 12ozs and with the same species third place was taken by Pete Budaji with 7lbs 8ozs.

Prescold A.C were on the Padworth section of the canal where Geoff Eley took first place with 5lbs 12ozs of roach and gudgeon.

Gordon McGee claimed the runner-up spot with 3lbs 11ozs of similar species.

Graham Hawkins took third place with 1lb 10ozs of small roach and gudgeon.

The Thames did not fare so well with Tring Anglers fishing their match on the Mapledurham stretch.

Bites were certainly at a premium on what looked a perfect winter venue.

Nine anglers fished the match and Mick Sibley took the honours with 1lb 2ozs of small silvers.

Second spot was claimed by Andy Allday, who weighed in two small roach for 2ozs and just half an ounce behind was Simon Pavey to complete the trio. Nobody else had a bite.

The next Association match will be in the teams of four competition and this will be held on Sunday, March 3, at Froxfield.

If you are interested in fly fishing, Highdown Rodders Fly Fishing Club is a small friendly group in the Reading area who arrange outings to various waters, social events, and fly tying evenings, and are always willing to welcome new applicants.

For full details and contact information see www.hdrffc.org.uk