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Aston Magna Tankard - 1

Held at Aston Magna 

                                                        Saturday 25 March 2023

    This was the first round of four at Aston Magna for the Aston Magna Tankard series and there was a good turn out of 27 anglers. 

    We guessed from the start that it was going to be tough going and a good draw was the most important thing but as it sometimes happens in fishing the usual best pegs weren't so good and some of the other pegs came good.  The rsults were:
    1st pace was the young l7 year old James Yates  proved that by winning the match from peg 3 that hasn't shown for a while, he weighed in 8lb 13oz of carp to take his first Shipston-on-Stour and District Angling Club win after several second place finishes this season. 
    2nd place was 
Colin Barratt and a section win from another unfancied peg and weighed in 8lb 07oz also carp from peg 22.

    Other section winners were Baz Barnes with 6lb 04oz , Steve Arthurs 5lb, Stuart Fleming  4lb 14oz and 8 drams and Kenny Watts with 5lb 12oz.









                                                     James Yates                             Colin Barrett



         Chris Hallows                      Stuart Fleming                         Les Ashby

Shipston AC/ADDAC -4

Held at Aston Magna and Clifford Chambers Lakes

                                                        Sunday 12 March 2023
    The last round of the Shipston/ADDAC Winter league match at Aston Magna and Clifford Chambers was fished yesterday and after the recent snow melt and wintery weather it wasn't too bad weather wise but the fishing was hard as expected and weights were considerably lower.

    The Aston Magna contest was won by Graham Finch with 5lb 03 oz and 08 drams, John Walkden was second with 5lb 03 oz and Andy Bruce was third with 4lb 06 oz.

    At Clifford Chambers the other match was won by Tony Hunt with 28 lb 11oz, Stuart Fleming came second with 9 lb 04 oz and James Yates was third with 7lb 14 oz, which meant that Stuart Fleming with two wins in the first two rounds a second in the last match and third place went onto win the league with 7points, Graham Finch claimed second place with 12 points, Tony Hunt was third with 14 points and it was a tie for fourth place between Les Ashby and John Walkden on 15 points with Les just edging ahead of John on count back of previous weights with 125lb 01oz to John's 70lb 15oz.

    This is always a great league and very competitive from start to finish.

    Thanks to Martyn Edwards from Stratford tackle shop for supporting the league as he has from the very beginning .

      James Yates                  Gary Didcock                   Tony Hunt                   Stuart Fleming

25th Upper Stour Open

Held on the River Stour Shipston

                                                        Saturday 04 March 2023

    20 anglers competed on a freezing cold day but after a good heart breakfast at The Lazy Pug in Shipston we were set for the day's fishing ahead.

    Malcolm Barnes was the out and out winner on the day with a catch of chub weighing in at 12 lb 12oz from Honnington bridge, second spot went to Baz Barnes with 7 lb 05 oz from Willington & Adrian Ager was third with 7lb 05oz from The Sports Club.

    Section winners were

    Andrew Wheildon A- section 3lb 08oz 08 drams

    Chris Hallows B- section. 5lb 03oz

    James Yates just missed out on a section with 3 lb 14 Oz from Honnington and also Austin Dawe with 3 lb 12,Oz.

        Malcolm Barns              Baz Barnes                  Chris Hallow                    James Yates

Shipston AC/ADDAC -3

Held at Aston Magna and Clifford Chambers Lakes

                                                        Sunday 26 February 2023

    This was the third round of the league match and the overnight frost and bitterly cold wind throughout the match had a huge impact on the league as fish shoaled up or stopped feeding. 

The top weights were caught at Clifford Chambers.  The results were:
    1st place was Gary Didcock with 38lb 04oz.
    2nd place was Tony Hunt with 36lb 08 oz.
    3rd place was Stuart Fleming with 29lb 12 oz.

    The winner at Aston Magna where the fishing was harder.  The results were: 
    1st place was Pete Morgan with 4lb 05oz.
    2nd place was John Walkden with 2lb 02oz.
    3rd place was Graham Finch with 1lb 06oz 08 drams.

    Therefore: after this penultimate round at the top of the league is Stuart Fleming with 5 points, Les Ashby with 10 points, Graham Finch with 11points and four anglers on 13points are Tony Hunt,John Walkden, Pete Morgan & Mick Belgrave followed by Ian Harris and Andy Bruce with 14 points.

                      Gary Didcock                             Tony Hunt                      Mick Belgrave

MK Hawkes Cup

Held on the River Stour 

 Sunday 19 February 2023

    Ten anglers fished and some big chub were caught and lost on a nice spring like day with ideal conditions.
    1st place was Austin Dawe who weighed in 12 lb 12 oz.
    2nd place was James Yates with 9 lb 13 Oz.
    3rd place was Barry Giles with 5 lb 07 Oz.

    The river looks in good shape for the 25th Annual Upper Stour Open Competition on  4th March booking in is essential as numbers are limited.

                       Austin Dawe                    James Yates                         Barry Giles

Shipston AC/ADDAC -2

Held at Aston Magna and Clifford Chambers Lakes

                                                        Sunday 08 January 2023

    Yesterday  we fished the second round of the annual Shipston/ADDAC WINTER LEAGUE and it was back up to Aston Magna for some of us and after a week that saw the pools solid with ice we feared the worse but luckily the milder nights job dt before the match and a bit of ice-breaking assistance  the pools was clear for the match.

    1st place was Stuart Fleming who caught some nice size rudd & roach from the off and a couple of decent perch before losing a proper bream! and weighed in 7lb 14 oz.

    2nd place was James Yates with 3,lb 15oz and the biggest perch on the day (1,lb 05oz 08drams).

    3rd place was Michael Belgrave was with 3lb 01oz.

    The other match at Clifford Chambers which wasn't frozen as bad had some good weights of carp considering the recent cold spell.

    1st place was Les Ashby first with 78lb 06oz.

    2nd place was Ian Harris second with 38lb 04oz.

    3rd place was Steve Harris third with 37 lb 06oz.

    Still all to play for in the last two rounds of this league.








               James Yates                       Stuart Fleming                     Phil Outram

Allinson plate

Held on the River Stour 

 Sunday 05 February 2023

    Not bad weights but fish are shoaled up at the moment and it's a case of either you're on them or you aren't.15 fished this match.  The results were:

     1st place was Peter Morgan with 14lb 09oz from the Sports club.

     2nd place was Malcolm Barnes came with 13lb 14oz of nice chub from Honnington.

     3rd pace was Baz Barnes with 8lb 15oz from Shipston Bridge.

     4th place was Stuart Fleming fishing the end peg at Fell Mill with mainly roach  for 7lb 06oz         5th place was Andy Wheildon with a mixed net of fish for 6lb 07oz.


                    Malcolm Barnes             Andy Wheildon               Stuart Fleming

W Steel Cup - 2

Held on the River Stour 

 Sunday 29 January 2023

     Its wasn't great on all the pegs after a week of hard frosts, it has to be said but still some nice fish caught.

    It was first and second again for Stuart Fleming and young James Yates and with quarter of an hour to go James had the match in the bag but with 15 mins to the final whistle Stuart landed a brace of chub and decent roach to win the match with 8lb 10oz. James Yates had three cracking chub for 7lb 10oz and came second on only his second match on the Upper Stour.   That's twice he has done that and well done to him on that achievement.Barry Giles was third with 7lb 08 Oz.

       Stuart Fleming             James Yates                   Dave Smith                   Barry Giles      

Sparrow Winter League - 2

Held on the River Stour 
 Sunday 22 January 2023

    Yesterday's match meant a change of plan at the last minute with the pools frozen and the Shipston ac/ADDAC WL postponed until next Month .

    Any how, luckily the Stour looked spot on but with the cold water and sharp frost we had no idea how it would fish.  The results were:
    1st place was Stuart Fleming drawing the end peg at the Sports club and caught lots of small dace and chublets for 6 lb 01 oz.
    2nd place was James Yates who did exceptionally well from peg 1 at the Sports club with 5lb 15oz 08 drams and came second on his Birthday.
    3rd place was Barry Giles with 5lb 02 oz from Honnington.

    The Stour has a mass of small dace and chub at the moment but they are shoaled up in their favoured spots.


                                                James Yates                            Stuart Fleming

W Steel Cup - 1

Held at Aston Magna 
 Sunday 15 January 2023

    This match was rearranged and held at Aston Magna due to flooding on the river.  The change in temperature meant bites were hard to come by for some of us.   The results were:

    1st place was Baz Barns with 5 lb 04ozs.

    2nd place was Les Ashby with 4 lb 02 Oz's.

    3rd place was Steve Arthurs with 3lb 06 ozs. 

                    Baz Barnes                      Les Ashby                          Steve Arthurs

Shipston AC/ADDAC -1

Held at Aston Magna and Clifford Chambers Lakes

                                                        Sunday 08 January 2023

    Results from the first round match of the joint ADDAC and Shipston angling club Winter league. 

    The weights from Clifford Chambers were higher than Aston Magna as expected.  Andy Bruce took top spot with carp weighing in at 51 lb 12 oz, Les Ashby came second with 42 lb 14 oz and Graham Finch was third with 41 lb 06 oz.

    Stuart Fleming had a decent draw and caught small silvers and one small ghost carp that weighed 6 lb 12 oz and was enough to win at Aston Magna, Michael Belgrave came second with 4 lb 12 oz and Tony Hunt came third with 4 lb 06 oz, He also had the biggest perch on the day 1 lb 06 oz for that prize at Aston Magna on the day.

    Martyn Edwards very kindly gave every Angler a goodie bag at the start, much appreciated












                      Stuart Fleming                   Phil Outram

24th Stour open

Held at Aston Magna 

                                                        Monday 02 January 2023

    This that should have been held on the river Stour, but due to a flooded river was fished at Aston Magna and 17 fished.With the overnight frost and rush of cold water entering the pools it fished a lot harder than was expected.  The results were:

    1st place was Barry Giles with 8 lb 10oz.

    2nd place was Trevor Bradley with 5 lb 08oz.

    3rd place was Steve Arthurs with 3 lb 15oz.

    Section winners were Dave Evason, Bryan Morgan and Malcolm Barnes.










                            Trevor Bradley                          Steve Arthurs

J Bryan Cup

Held at Borton On The Water Lake

                                                        Sunday 30 October 2022

    18 fished this well known pool and some big bream, tench and roach were caught.  Results were:

    1st place was Steve Aston with 35lb 11oz.

    2nd place was Les Ashby with 25lb 11oz.

    3rd place was Steve Harris with 24lb 12oz.


                                Steve Aston                                           Les Ashby

Peter Jackson Shield (Over 65's)

Held at Aston Magna and Willington Lakes

                                                                        2022 Session

    This competition was won by Dave Oxford and was fished over 10 matches and has grown very popular over the years. Final result table below:

KP Eastbury Cup

Held on the River Stour

                                                        Sunday 16 October 2022

    The river has still got very little flow and is low for the time of year but the weights in this match were good.  The results were:

    1st place was Luke Mason caught with 9lb 15oz of chub dace and rudd.
    2nd place was Stuart Fleming with 6lb 08oz with mainly dace and chublets.
    3rd place was Barry Giles with  6lb 02oz.

                             Luke Mason                               Stuart Fleming

Help for Heroes Match

Held the Canal at Newbury 

                                                        Sunday 02 October 2022

     This was the annual match on the canal, a great turnout of 31 anglers fished it, 9 of Shipston ac fished it. Shipston anglers did well with two in the top three.  Peter Morgan (Shipston ac) came second overall with 7lb plus and Stuart Fleming (Shipston ac)won his section and third in the match with 6lb 09oz catching a mixed bag of skimmers, perch, roach and even a small tench.  Thanks to Dave Smith who organised the day and Newbury ac for making us so welcome and Hopefully a lot of money was raised for this great cause.

                                                      Stuart Fleming & Pete Morgan

Honnnigton Shield

Held on the River Stour

                                                        Saturday 25 September2022

    With the river still very low and in desperate need of a flush through the fishing has not really got into it's full autumn swing yet and the fish showed in short bursts. This match was extremely close with only ounces between the top three weights.  The results were:
    1st place was Austin Dawe with 4lb 12oz.
    2nd place was Pete Morgan 4lb 10oz.
    3rd place was was Stuart Fleming 4lb 08oz.

                                                                   Pete Morgan

Shipston/Newbury Challenge-2

Held On The River Stour Shipston

                                                        Sunday 18 September 202

    Shipston carried on from last weeks Cotswold Cup win with another team win. It was hard fishing on the river which had little to no flow at all but luckily fish were caught by all.  The results were:
    1st place was Luke Mason (Shipston) with 8lb 12oz from Honington.
    2nd place was Dave Smith (Newbury) with 5lb 12oz from Sports club.
    3rd place was Barry Giles (Shipston) with 5lb 05oz from Shipston bridge.
    4th place was Kenny Watts (Shipston) from the bridge with 5llb.
    5th place was Stuart Fleming (Shipston) was fifth with 4lb 14oz.
    Shipston won on points.



                                     Dave Smith                               Stuart Fleming

Cotswold Cup

Held At Bourton On The Water

                                                        Sunday 11 September 202

    Moreton angling club hosted this annual competition and ten anglers in each team from Moreton, Burford, Shipston and Norgren competed for the impressive Cotswold Cup.  The match could have gone anyway with some anglers catching bream consistently whilst the rest were left struggling for bites but Shipston came out on top with 3 section wins, 5 second section places and 2 third in section places.

Andy Bruce(Shipston ac) was the overall winner with 83lb of bream, Gary Didcock(Shipston ac) 77lb bream and Richard Rouse (Norgren ac) 73lb bream.

    Team positions-

    Shipston 19points.

    Burford.   22points.

    Norgren.  25points.

    Moreton. 35points.












Dave Oxford, Gary Didcock, Mick Belgrave, Les Asby, Steve King (steward), Luke Mason, Andy Bruce, Stuart Fleming (captain), Kenny Watts, Phil Outram and Peter Morgan.

Farmers Cup

Held At Clattercote Reservoir

                                                        Saturday 13 August 2022

    On the hottest day of the year and the reservoir being very low the 12 anglers from Shipston angling club knew from the starting whistle that fishing was likely to be tough.  Les Ashby had a flying start with 2 carp straight off on the pellet waggler but only caught one more after that but that was most carp caught on the day and his 38lb won the match. 

    After that only 4 anglers weighed in, Gary Didcock came second with 13 lb and Phil Outram came 3rd with 9lb 08oz, Mick B3lgrave was 4th with 4lb 04oz and Steve King came 5th with 04oz.

    Not a great match with a lot of anglers not even getting a bite at all but they all got a great tan and had a laugh that's what match fishing is about its not just about catching fish🐠 ... 

Colin Barratt Cup - 3

Held At Boddington Reservoir

                                                        Saturday 06 August 2022
    15 anglers fished the dam-wall side at Boddington and some great weights caught.  The results were:
    1st place was Luke Mason with 199lb 04oz.
    2nd place was Kenny Watts with 97lb 08oz.
    3rd place was Phil Outram 88lb 04oz.

              Luke Mason                                   Kenny Watts                              Phil Outram

Fish "n" Frolics Consolidated Report for 2022

Fish "n" Frolics Report

Held On The River Avon, River Stour and Aston Magna Lakes

                                                        Saturday 22 - 24 July 2022

    A total of 44 anglers fished this annual event hosted by Shipston angling club and held on the Stour at Shipston, the Avon at Stratford-upon-Avon and Aston Magna pools. The overall winner was Baz Barnes with 7points , Kenny Watts was second with 9 points and Luke Mason was third with 9 points after count back of river weights. 

    Photos with permission are Baz Barnes the winner with the white cap and sunglasses, Ade Ager with the beard and blue cap with top river weight of 38lb caught at Seven Meadows.

Next week is the 3 day junior tuition on the river Stour, anyone is welcome to come along and on Saturday its the 9th annual FISH'n'FROLICS music festival, its free entry and live bands and singers alongside the river Stour at Shipston Sports club. 

                                         Baz Barnes                              Ade Ager

Dave Jones Memorial Match

Held On The River Avon

                                                        Saturday 10 July 2022

    This was the first match held in memory of Dave'Dabber' Jones. He had a fishing tackle shop in Stratford for many years and his family asked for him to be remembered by a match on his beloved river Avon and Seven Meadows and Stannels was the perfect place to hold it. 

37 anglers fished on a sweltering hot day on a very low and clear river but some good weights were had. The results were:

    1st place was James Wilson with 18lb 06oz from Stannels.

    2nd place was Mark Shreeves with 13lb 08oz.

    3rd place was Brian Morgan with 13lb 06 oz.

    Section winners were:

    Jim Brooke with 10lb 06oz.

    Lea Gardner with 11lb.

    Sean Reidy with 8lb 09oz.

    A tie with 6lb Lenny Kings and Michael Caddick, Michael was the grandson of Dabbers which was nice on the day.

                                                        Brian morgan

Colin Barratt Cup - 2

Held At The Brook Hatton

                                                        Saturday 02 July 2022

    This match was on the idyllic offshoot of the river just below the weir and where it re-joins the main river. 10 anglers fished on a very wet day indeed and fishing was hard.  The results were:

    1st place was Stuart Fleming caught 7lb 7oz of perch from the weir.
    2nd place was Andrew Wheildon with 6lb 08oz.
    3rd place was Peter Morgan with 5lb 08oz.

AC Claridge Cup

Held At Addlestrop

                                                        Saturday 25 June 2022

    Ten anglers fished the lake and although the weights weren't big most anglers caught on the day. The Results Were:

    1st place was Stuart Fleming with 5lb 06oz which was made up of a Tench and small perch.

    2nd place was Pete Hill who caught a decent net of perch for 4lb 09oz.

    3rd place = was Gary Didcock and Peter  Kilbride weighing in 2lb 13oz.

Colin Barratt Cup - 1

Held At Meadowlands Lake

                                                        Saturday 08 June 2022

    21 anglers fished in horrendous conditions that followed the extreme heatwave the day before.  The results were:

    1st Place was Richard Hornsby with 92lb who was jumping for joy at the end of the match as he said it was his best result ever.

    2nd Place was John Walkden who caught 52lb.

    3rd place was Michael Townsend with 50lb.

    4th place was Phil Outram with 49lb 04oz.

                                        John Walkden            Jack Schumann

K Eastbury Cup (Pairs)

Held on Aston Magna Lakes

                                                        Saturday 03 June 2022

    This match was the first match on the new 2022/2023 Shipston On Stour and District angling club season club card and was a pairs competition. 

    1st place and the The overall winner on the day was kenny Watts with 29lb 11oz and he and        partner Pete Morgan won the pairs match with a combined total weight of 36lb 07oz.

    2nd place was Baz and Mal Barnes with a respectable combined catch weight of 33lb 03oz ( 16lb 13oz & 16lb 08oz).

    3rd place Stuart Fleming came second with 17lb 09oz but with the combined catch from Pete Hill of 13lb 06oz the pair came 3rd with 30lb 15oz.

                         Kenny Watts                    Baz Barnes                    Stuart Fleming

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