Ossett crowned Division Two National Champions

Mon 11 September 17

Ossett crowned Division Two National Champions

The Angling Trust Division Two National Championships was fished on the infamous Aire and Calder and The New Junction Canals with 250 anglers making their way from all around the country to compete for prestigious title. Competitors had to endure yet more poor weather as they were blighted with heavy downpours throughout the day. Even under these conditions the canals fished really well and delivered some spectacular canal weights and no blanks.

There was a large shoal of skimmers spread several pegs in J section at Rawcliffe that took four of the top five weights, but topping the pile was Browning Ossett’s Michael Lodge, who drew end peg J25 at Polllington, where he amassed 22.560Kg of skimmers, roach and bream to 4lb. Michael fished the pole at 8m to bag up on worms and casters and subsequently take the Division two Individual crown. The Canal & Rivers Trust captain, Carl Nicholls drew peg J5 at Rawcliffe and fished worms and maggots with a groundbait feeder to take 40 skimmers to 2lb for 17.560Kg and claim the runner up spot. Maver North East’s Keith Mumby fished at the next peg F6 and fished the same methods as Carl catching 16.600Kg of skimmers to 3lb and taking individual third.

On the Team front, local knowledge paid dividends for Browning Ossett as they swept all aside and were crowned Division Two National Champions with an outstanding display. Though each angler was left to sort out their own pegs, their main plan was to target the roach with a squatt attack which saw them record 215pts out of a possible 250pts.

Preston Innovations Black Horse also gave us another impressive display of canal fishing and they weren’t too far behind, racking up 209pts. They too relied on a squatt attack for the roach but also started on the groundbait feeder which put a few bonus skimmers in the nets early on for them. Rounding out the top three were Sensas North who finished with 179pts.

The Angling Trust would like to thank local organisers Ian Hurst and Paul Caygill for running the event, Doncaster & District AA, the Boothferry Joint Committee and the Canals & Rivers Trust for use of their waters.

Team Result:

1st Browning Ossett 215pts
2nd Preston Innovations Black Horse 209pts
3rd Sensas North 179pts
4th Mirfield Willyworms 176pts
5th Wigan Match 175pts
6th Maver North East 171pts

Individual Result:

1st Michael Lodge Browning Ossett 22.560 Kg
2nd Carl Nichols Canal & Rivers Trust AC 17.560Kg
3rd Keith Mumby Maver North East 16.600Kg
4th Michael Bowers Browning Ossett 15.830Kg
5th David Hiley Sensas North 12.000Kg
6th Alan Donnelly Preston Innovations Black Horse 11.730Kg

Next year’s Division Two National is to be held on the River Nene at Peterborough on the 8th of September and we hope to see a continued upsurge of interest in the contest.