LAST Sunday saw our November association match fished on Beats 4 & 5 on the River Kennet in Reading, writes Alan Hughes.

The prize for the winner was the Association Shield trophy.

Thirty anglers were booked in with four pegs remaining in the draw bag. The weather was mainly dry, overcast, cool and with a slight, cool breeze blowing, and the Kennet had a strong colour and was flowing strongly due to recent rain.

The total match weight was 27lbs and the top three teams were TRBLAS with 13lbs 3ozs, Reading Civil Service with 3lbs 12ozs and Reading Fishing Club with 2lbs 11ozs.

The match was won by Andy Chapman of TRBLAS.

Fishing on the 'concrete blocks' peg on Beat 5A section, he banked two chub, including a fine personal best specimen of 6lbs 7ozs, and roach, fishing bolo float tactics with single and double red maggot on the hook, over maggot feed, to record a weight of 10lbs 4ozs.

Phil Allen of Reading Civil Service was second overall. Fishing on the first peg upstream of the 'holy brook' on Beat 5B section, Allen banked one chublet and roach during the course of the match.

He fished a combination of bread feeder and stick float tactics, with single and double red maggot on the hook, over maggot feed, to record a weight of 3lbs 12ozs..

Mick Donohoe of Kennet Ospreys was third. Fishing on the first peg downstream of the 'concrete blocks' on Beat 5A section, he banked five chublets and perch, fishing waggler tactics with single and double red maggot on the hook, over groundbait and maggot feed, to record a weight of 2lbs 9oz

The section weights were: A section (Beats 4A & 4B) – 3lbs 10ozs; B section (Beat 5A) – 15lbs 4ozs; C section (Beat 5B) – 7lbs 8ozs.

This was the last match of the current RDAA season to be held on the Kennet and from December all matches will move to Froxfield on The Kennet & Avon Canal.

Reading Fishing Club top the Championship table with 102lbs 9ozs with TRBLAS in second place with 85lbs 13ozs.

Terry Littlewood tops the weight table with 38lbs with Donohoe in second place with on 20lbs 3ozs.

The points table is tied between Donohoe and Allen, both with 30 points.

THE RDAA fisheries forum will be held next Wednesday at Tilehurst British Legion, Downing Rd. RG31 5BB (7.30pm).

A new Fisheries Management Committee (FMC) has been established under the chairmanship of our President, Martin Salter.

The FMC is tasked with developing strategies and plans to increase volunteer engagement from the wider membership in support of the Fisheries Officer in the management, maintenance, care and promotion of the RDAA fisheries and to look for new opportunities and collaborations as a means of improving the quality of fishing available to members.

The FMC will be announcing some exciting new developments at the meeting and want to hear members’ views on how RDAA fisheries can be improved and developed.

All are welcome.