Summary of Watford Piscators Competitions for the 2017 – 2018 Season

November 16, 2017

March 12th

Club Championship - leg No 1

8 Members fished the River Colne and caught a total weight of  14lbs 9 ozs

1st  Wally Thomas with 5 lbs 2 ozs including a Perch of 2 lbs 10 ozs - Sweep £25.00
2nd Bob Horwood with 4lbs 0 ozs - £15.00

April 9th

Club Championship – legNo 2

11 Members fished Dickinsons Canal and caught a total weight of 13lbs 3ozs

1st  Paul Spiller with 3lbs 8 ozs - Sweep £30.00
2nd  Tony Edwards with 2lbs 3ozs - £15.00
3rd  John Sears with 2lbs 0ozs - £10.00

May 7th

Club Championship – leg No 3

16 Members fished Castles and caught a total weight of 37 lbs 9 ozs.

1st Bob Horwood with 19 lbs 15 ozs - Sweep  £40.00
2nd Richard Lear with 10 lbs 1 oz - £25.00
3rd Terry  Monk with 10 lbs 0 ozs - £15.00

15 small Carp were also caught but the practice of not weighing them, but counting every one caught as weighing 2 lbs, did not prove to be popular.

Golden Swim Sweepstake (GSS) £15.00 C/F

May 10th

Wednesday “Spring” League -leg No 1

8 Members fished Castles and caught a total weight of 18 lbs 12 ozs. Carp caught were not weighed or counted

1st Bob Horwood with 5 lbs 1 ozs - Sweep £30.00
2nd Tony Edwards with 4 lbs 4 ozs - £10.00

May 17th

Wednesday “Spring” League – leg No 2

7 Members fished Tolpits and caught a total weight of 32 lbs 13 ozs

1st Ron Larkin with 11 lbs 12 ozs including a Tench of 8 lbs 0 ozs - Sweep £25.00
2nd Trevor Judge with 8 lbs 6 ozs - £10.00

May 24th

Wednesday “Spring” League – leg No 3

11 Members fished Thurlows and caught a total weight of 69 lbs 3 ozs

1st Dave Sephton with 13 lbs 4 ozs - Sweep £25.00
2nd Ron Larkin with 9 lbs 12 ozs - £20.00
3rd Trevor Judge  with 8 lbs 5 ozs - £10.00

May 28th

The “Walker Shield Pairs” and “The Walker Challenge Cup”

12 Members fished Broadacres and caught a total weight of 108 lbs – 3 ozs

The Walker Challenge Cup

1st  Paul Spiller with 25lbs 0ozs - Sweep £30.00
2nd Barry Parker with 23lbs 4ozs - £20.00
3rd   Bob Horwood with 13lbs 0ozs - £10.00

The Pairs

1st  Paul Spiller & Tony Edwards with 29lbs 10ozs
2nd Bob Horwood & Dave Sephton with 24lbs 4ozs

Trophy fish claims

Bob Horwood – Tench of 5lbs 8ozs
John Sears – Roach of 0lbs 12ozs
Paul Spiller – Bream of 6lbs 8ozs

GSS Pot No 1 C/F £27.00

The 2017 Knockout Competitions

1st round - John Sears 3lbs 0ozs beat Richard Foulger 1lb 6ozs
1st round - Ron Larkin 9lbs 12ozs beat Ian Halford 7lbs 10ozs

May 31st

Wednesday “Spring” League – leg No 4

9 Members fished Stanley Lake and caught a total weight of 101lbs 11ozs

1st Bob Horwood with 31lbs 0ozs - Sweep £30.00
2nd Richard Lear with 28lbs 4ozs including  Carp of 19lbs 12ozs - £15.00

June 7th

Wednesday “Spring League -leg No 5

8 Members fished Broadacres and caught a total weight of 57lbs 40zs

1st Ian Halford with 25lbs 8ozs Sweep - £25.00
2nd Dave Sephton with 11lbs 12ozs - £15.00

June 11th

Club Championship – leg No 4

15 Members fished Thurlows and caught a total weight of 177lbs 7ozs

1st Trevor Francis with 42lbs 0ozs Sweep - £40.00
2nd Bob Horwood with 31lbs 8ozs including a Roach of 0lbs 10ozs - £25.00
3rd Terry Parker with 23lbs 0ozs - £10.00

June 11th

The 2017 Knockout Competition (First Round)

Trevor Francis with 42lbs 0ozs beat Terry Monk with 12lbs 10ozs
Bob Horwood with 31lbs 8ozs beat Ray Collins with 1lb 12ozs

June 21st

Wednesday “Spring League”  leg 6

Six members fished Castles Lake and caught a total weight of 24 lbs 13 ozs

1st Trevor Francis with 10lbs 7 ozs - Sweep £20.00
2nd Ron Larkin with 7lbs 4ozs - £10.00

June 28th 

Wednesday “Spring League” leg 7 

Eight members fished Tolpits and caught a total weight of 12 lbs 7 ozs

1st Bob Horwood with 3 lbs 2 ozs - Sweep £25.00
2nd Tony Edwards with 2 lbs 4 ozs - £15.00

July 2nd

Championship – leg 5  (Float fishing only)                                                             

14 members fished Stanley Lake and 3fished Castles and caught a total weight of 85lbs 7ozs.

1st Tony Edwards with 29lbs 8ozs - Sweep £45.00
2nd Dave Sephton with 7lbs 15ozs - £25.00
July 2nd  should read :- Joint 3rd & 4th Martin Body and Frank Tucker both with 7lbs 2ozs
Sweep £7.50 each.
GSS B/F £42.00 + £17.00  
C/F Pot No 1 £50.00  &  Pot No 2 £19.00

July 5th

Wednesday “Spring League” leg 8

8 members fished and caught a total weight of 120lbs 0ozs

1st Bob Horwood with 36lbs 8ozs - Sweep £25.00
2nd Ian Halford with 19lbs 8ozs - £15.00

July 9th

2017 Knockout Competition (second round)

Trevor Francis with 6lbs 0ozs beat Bob Horwood with 4lbs 12ozs

The event by common consent was fished on the River Colne

Knockout matches to be fished :-

Paul Spiller versus Richard Lear (second round)
Tony Edwards versus Ted Erdwin “ “
John Sears versus Trevor Francis (third round)

July 12th

Wednesday League leg 9

9 members fished Stanley Lake and caught a total weight of 64lbs 6ozs

1st Ron Larkin with 13lbs 12ozs Sweep £30.00
2nd Ian Halford with 13lbs 7ozs “ £15.00
Tony Edwards caught a Tench weighing 5lbs 10ozs

July 16th

The Jack Taylor Cup and the Wesley over 60s Cup (Two Competitions)

14 members fished Thurlows and caught a total weight of 160lbs 8ozs

Jack Taylor Cup

1st Barry Parker with 33lbs 7ozs Sweep £35.00
2nd Ian Halford with 28lbs 4ozs “ £20.00
3rd Richard Lear with 25lba 8ozs “ £15.00

Wesley over 60's Cup

1st Ian Halford with 28lbs 4ozs
2nd Richard Lear with 25lbs 8ozs

GSS B/F Pot No 1 £50.00 and Pot No 2 £9.00
GSS C/F Pot No 1 £50.00 and Pot No 2 £23.00

Barry Parker caught a Crucian Carp of 2lbs 4ozs

July 19th

Wednesday League leg 10

To be fished on Broadacres Lake

July 26th

Wednesday Spring League leg 11

6 members fished the River Colne and caught a total weight of 9lbs 11 ozs

1st with 2lbs 15ozs Trevor Francis Sweep £30.00

August 2nd

Wednesday Spring League leg 12

10 members fished Castles and caught a total weight of 64lbs 10ozs

Carp caught were returned to the water and not included in the weigh in.

1st with 18lbs 0ozs Bob Horwood Sweep £25.00
2nd with 15lbs 0ozs Terry Parker “ £15.00
3rd with 10lbs 8ozs John Sears “ £10.00

Concern was expressed at the number of Tench hooked in Castles but lost in the Water Lilys which had now spread into very large clumps. It was thought that these clumps should be reduced in size by about half.

Some of the Carp recently put into Castles being caught were now weighing up to four and five pounds.

In the second round of the Knockout Competition Tony Edwards with 4lbs 13ozs beat Ted

Erdwin with 4lbs 0 ozs.

August 6th

Championship leg 6

12 members fished Broadacre Lake and caught a total weight of 90lbs 4 ozs

1st with 19lbs 10ozs Bob Horwood Sweep £30.00
2nd with 16lbs 10ozs Terry Monk “ £20.00
3rd with 14lbs 9ozs John Sears “ £10.00

GSS C/F :- Pot No 1 £50.00 & Pot No 2 £35.00

August 9th

Wednesday Spring League leg 13

7 members fished Thurlows and caught a total weight of 37lbs- 13ozs

1st Ian Halford with 16lbs-6ozs Sweep £25.00
2nd Trevor Francis with 14lbs-2ozs “ £10.00

August 16th

Wedneday Spring League leg 14

10members fishedThurlows and caught a total weight of 117lbs-10ozs

1st Ian Halford with24lbs 0ozs Sweep £25.00
2nd Richard Lear with 23lbs 2ozs “ £15.00
3rd Ron Larkin with 22lbs 9ozs “ £10.00

The 2017 Knockout Competitions

In the second round Richard Lear with 23lbs-2ozs beat Paul Spiller with 8lbs-2ozs.

In the third round Richhard Lear with fish against Tony Edwards and John Sears will fish against Trevor Francis.

August 20th

The Watford Observer Cup

12 members fished Castles Lake and caught a total weight of 78lbs 1oz.

1st Tony Edwards with 13lbs 9ozs Sweep £30.00
2nd Ron Larkin with 12lbs 14ozs “ £20.00
3rd Richard Lear with 9lbs 12ozs “ £10.00

In the third round of the knockout competition Tony Edwards with 13lbs 9ozs beat Richard Lear with 9lbs 12ozs.

August 23rd

Wednesday Spring League leg 15

10 members fished Stanley Lake and caught a total weight of 97lbs 14ozs

1st Paul Spiller with 23lbs 4ozs Sweep £ 25.00
2nd Trevor Judge with 22lbs 8ozs “ £15.00
3rd Bob Horwood with 16lbs7ozs including a Tench of 6lbs2ozs “ £10.00

August 30th

Wednesday Spring League leg 16. (Final leg)

9 members fished Broadacres and caught a total weight of 45lbs 5ozs

1st Trevor Francis with 11lbs 4ozs Sweep £30.00
2nd Bob Horwood with11lbs 0ozs “ £15.00

The final positions for the Wednesday Spring League are as follow :-

1st Bob Horwood with 93 points
2nd Ian Halford with 82 points

September 3rd

Championship leg 7

14 members fished Tolpits and caught a total weight of 55lbs 15ozs

1st Frank Tucker with 14lbs 14ozs Sweep £35.00
2nd Terry Monk with 12lbs 12ozs £25.00
3rd Paul Spiller with 9lbs 8ozs £10.00
Trevor Judge caught a Roach of 1lb 6ozs
Frank Tucker caught a Carp of 13lbs 0ozs

A Barbacue, and the prize giving for the 2016/2017 Season took place after the Competition. Trevor Francis thanked all those who had helped throughout the Season and with the food and preparation for the Barbacue.

The Golden Swim Sweepstake (GSS) C/F :- Pot No1 £50.00 & Pot N 2 £49.00

September 6th

Wednesday Summer League leg No1

Eight members fished the River Colne and caught a total weight of 15lbs 2ozs

1st Bob Horwood with 3lbs 10ozs Sweep £25.00
2nd Richard Lear with 3lbs 4ozs “ £15.00

17th September

The Adrian Gooch & John Chapman Memorial Competition has been cancelled

The 2017 Knockout Competition

Trevor Francis with 11lbs 4ozs beat John Sears with 1lb 12ozs in the third round and will now meet Tony Edwards in the Final.

Tickets to watch the final are on sale now, at only £120.00 each including VAT. Demand is expected to be high so you are advised to book early to ensure that you do not miss this amazing once in a lifetime spectacle. A notice advising the time and date will be posted on the gate. All cheques to be made out to Watford Piscators

13th September

Wednesday Autumn League leg No 2

Eight members fished Castles Lake and caught a total weight of 80lbs 7ozs

1st Tony Edwards with 28lbs 6ozs Sweep £25.00

2nd Richard Lear with 22lbs 4ozs “ £15.00

Carp that were caught did not count.

It was reported that at least 16 Carp had been hooked, but only four were landed, before being returned to the water. The heaviest Carp landed and weighed was a 5lb 14 ozs Mirror but there was a claim that one of 8lbs had been caught from Castles a few days before. The rapid gain in weight of the Carp recenly put into Castles Lake seems quite astonishing, and has drastically changed the nature of fishing in Castles Lake and the equipment being used.

Ian Halford caught a Crucian weighing 2lbs-10ozs

15th September

Ian Halford caught a Carp weighing 22lbs 0ozs witnessed by Ian Atkinson and Trevor Judge.

17th September 

Unlisted Sweepstake only competition

11 members fished Thurlows and the best four weights totalled 75lbs 12ozs

Other members were not weighed in but the estimated total weight was about 97lbs.

1st Ian Halford with 23lbs 8ozs Sweep £30.00
2nd Paul Spiller with 23lbs 4ozs “ £15.00
3rd Terry Parker with 16lbs 8ozs “ £10.00

Special Prize WP1 – WP4 & WP7

1st - 2nd & 3rd rounds of the Club Championship
1st Terry Monk with 53 points
Joint 2nd Bob Horwood & Paul Spiller with 52 points each

27th September

8 members fished Thurlows and caught a total weight of 89lbs 3 ozs

1st Paul Spiller with 36lbs 0ozs Sweep £25.00
2nd Bob Horwood with 22lbs 12 ozs 9including a Carp of 10lbs 4ozs “ £15.00

30th September

The Nick Beale Memorial Competition

15 members fished Castles Lake and caught a total weight of 71lbs 14ozs. This included two Carp which were deemed to weigh 4lbs each and were immediately returned to the water Seven members weighed in and the individual weights caught were as follows -

Terry Monk........................19lbs 10ozs
Wally Thomas....................11lbs 14ozs
Martin Body.......................11lbs 0ozs
Tony Edwards....................9lbs 2ozs
Ian Halford.........................8lbs 12ozs
Paul Spiller.........................7lbs 8ozs
David May..........................4lbs 0ozs

After the competition drinks and an excellent Barbacue and other food were provided and the Memorial Cup was presented to the competition winner Terry Monk. This was followed by a Fiirework display.

A range of photographs of the events was taken by Peter Hadwin.

1st October

The Club Championship leg No 8

11 members fished the River Colne and caught a total weight of 9lbs 4oz

1st Trevor Francis Sweep £30.00
2nd Paul Spiller “ £15.00
3rd TerryMonk “ £10.00

With one leg left to fish the leading contenders are :-

Bob Horwood with..............111 points
Terry Monk “ ..............108 “
Paul Spiller “ ............. 105 “
Tony Edwards “ ...............101 “

1st October

Oakins Sabin Handicap Cup

With one leg left to fish the leading contenders are :-

Terry Monk with....................25 points
Ron Larkin with.....................24 “
Tony Edwards with.................23 “
Bob Horwood with............... .19 “

1st October

Final of the Knockout competition was fished on the river.

Trevor Francis won with 1lb 14ozs Sweep £40.00
Tony Edwards was runner up with 1lb 0ozs “ £25.00

The Golden Swim Sweepstakes (GSS) carried forward are :-

Pot No 1 £50.00
“ “ 2 £50.00
“ “ 3 £10.00

4th October

Wednesday Autumn League leg 5

8 members fished Broadacre Lake and caught a total weight of 4lbs 5ozs

1st John Sears with 2lbs 0ozs - Sweep £25.00
2nd Ron Larkin with 1lb 14ozs - £15.00

And a jolly good time was had by all!

Special Prize WP2 – WP5 & WP8 (2nd -5th & 8th rounds of the Club Championship)

1st Tony Edwards with 56 points
2nd Terry Monk with 49 points
3rd John Sears with 40 points

11th October

Wednesday Autumn League leg 6

9 members fished Broadacre Lake and caught a total weight of 38lbs 101ozs

1st Trevor Francis with 12lbs 14ozs Sweep £30.00
2nd Terry Parker with 9lbs 8ozs £15.00

15th October

The Adrian Gooch Memorial Trophy   

14 members fished Tolpits Lake and caught a total weight of 47lbs 0ozs

1st Bob Horwood with 11lbs 6ozs Sweep £35.00
2nd Terry Parker with 5lbs 4ozs £20.00
3rd Wally Thomas with 4lbs 10ozs including a Perch of 1lb 8ozs £15.00

18th October

Wednesday Autumn League leg 7

8 Members fished Thurlows and caught a total weight of 47lbs 2ozs

1st Bob Horwood with 16lbs 0ozs £25.00
2nd Ron Larkin with 12lbs 4ozs £15.00

22nd October

The Mike Cole Memorial Cup and the Colliver Cup

Not fished

25th October

Wednesday Autumn League leg 8

8 members fished Castles and caught a total weight of 63lbs 9ozs

1st Tony Edwards with 18lbs8ozs Sweep £25.00
2nd Richard Lear with 12lbs 8ozs £15.00

1st November 

Wednesday Autumn League  leg 9

11 members fished Thurlows and caught a total weight of 20lbs 6ozs

1st Richard Lear with4lbs 12ozs Sweep £30.00
2nd Paul Spiller with 3lbs 8 ozs £15.00
3rd Ted Erdwin with 3lbs 0ozs £10.00

5th November

Championship leg 9  (final round)

16members fished  Thurlows Lake and caught a total weight of 105lbs 10ozs

1st Terry Monk with32lbs 8ozs Sweep £40.00
2nd Paul Spiller with 24lbs 8ozs £25.00
3rd Richard Lear with 10lbs 4ozs £15.00

Wally Thomas caught a Perch weighing 1lb 10ozs

The Club Championship Memorial Trophy 2017

Winner Terry Monk with 112 points
Second place Bob Horwood with 111 points
Third place Paul Spiller with 110 points
Fourth place Tony Edwards with 101 points

The Handicap Championship 2017

Winner Ron Larkin with 27.5 points
Second place Tony Edwards with 25.5points
Third place Terry Monk with 25points

Special Prizes WP3-WP6 & WP9

( 3rd- 6th & 9th rounds of Championship)

1st Terry Monk with 57 points
2nd Bob Horwood with 51.5points
3rd Ron Larkin with 45.5 points

22nd November 

The Mayfield Pike Competitions

To be fished on Thurlows Lake

10th December

The Christmas Memorial Rose Bowl

To be fished on Tolpits Lake

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