FOLLOWING the recent rainfall and the very high river levels, some clubs cancelled their matches on RDAA but some were booked on canals which were fishable, writes Alan Hughes.

The Canal at Froxfield provided a lot of small pike to hinder the catches, but 10 Reading Fishing Club anglers still caught 56lbs 7ozs between them.

Terry Littlewood fished the groundbait feeder in the lock of the short pound for first place with skimmer bream and perch for 10lbs 9ozs.

In second spot was Bill Tucker with 9lbs 12ozs of mainly perch.

He was pegged above the short pound middle lock, and in third place was Malcolm Vigor on the first lock peg who had an all-roach catch on the whip/pole.

The local Angling Trust British Pike Championship Qualifier was held last Sunday on RDAA venues Farnham Flint and Englefield Lagoon Lakes. Nineteen anglers fished the match where the weather was bright with a cool breeze blowing across the lakes.

The total match weight was 83lbs 14ozs and the match was won by Ian Quinn with seven pike for 60lbs 14ozs – a new match venue record.

In second place was Owen Finneymore with two pike for 16lbs 14ozs and completing the trio was Jason Newman with one fish which totalled 5lbs 4ozs.

Tilehurst Royal British Legion fished their stretch of the Thames at Hardwick.

With the river carrying extra water and rising as the day went on a tough day was expected.

Six anglers fished and a total of 39lbs 14ozs was put on the scales.

In top spot on the day was Fred Jones with 12lbs.

His catch consisted of a bream of 7lbs 15ozs and the rest was roach.

In second spot was Simon Couling who had 8lbs 5ozs of roach and dace, while in third place was place was Tony Tibble who had 6lbs 12ozs of roach.