THE Carp were biting for Gary Etheridge as he strolled to victory in The Ivy House Saturday Open.

Nine of them contributed to a comfortable winning total of 46lb 14oz - virtually three times the weight of nearest challenger Dave Halliday (16lb 10oz). Mick Gale took the silvers honours as six bream made up his 15lb 1oz haul.

Round two of the Ivy House Club Match on Sunday proved a far closer affair, as Joe Thompson took 25lb 15oz from ‘golden peg’ 14, to pip John Williams (24lb 12oz.

John Brady made light work of the cold conditions to win the Roaming Rods event at Bourton on the Water on Sunday. Brady topped a 15-strong field with 50lb of carp and silvers caught on the pole using pellet, meat and corn, with the lowest weight on the day 4lb 12oz of silvers.

Elsewhere, Dave Keen saw off John Williams’ challenge to take top prize at Intake Angling Club’s match at South Cerney on Friday, while Steve Upton was streets ahead of the field in Intake’s Sunday gathering at Ridgeway Fisheries.


Ivy House Saturday Open, February 16: 1 Gary Etheridge (46lb 14oz) peg 49, 2 Dave Halliday (16lb 10ozs) peg 13, 3 Mick Gale (15lb 1oz) peg 18.

Silvers won by Mick Gale (15lb 1oz) peg 18.

Ivy House Club Match (round 2/21), February, 17: 1 Joe Thompson (25lb 15oz) peg 14, 2 John Williams (24lb 12oz) peg 8, 3 Dick Young (13lb 1oz) peg 10.

Silvers won by Gary Davis (11lb 11oz) peg 37.

Roaming Rods AC match at Bourton on the Water, Sunday Februuary 17: 1 John Brady (51lb 8oz), 2 Derrick Hillier (38lb 2oz), 3 Cliff Brown (36lb), 4 Terry Hicks (30lb 8oz), 5 Dave Simpkins (27lb 4oz), 6 Fred Parker (27lb 2oz).

Intake Angling Club at South Cerney Wick 2, February 15: 1 Dave Keen (101-0-0), 2 John Williams (88-0-0), 3 Alan Clarke (62-0-0), 4 Ralph Hillier (48-4-0).

Intake Angling Club at Ridgeway Fisheries, Sunday, February 17: 1 Steve Upton (150-12-0), 2 Graham Rose (21-1-0), 3 Ralph Hillier (16-8-0), 4 Mick Flynn (14-12-0).


Sunday, February 24: Roaming Rods at Tirley Court, 18 pegs fish 10-4.

Sunday, March 3: Roaming Rods at Ridgway Blues and Whites - 26 pegs, fish 10-4. Members please refer to club book for booking in details.

Sunday, March 10: Roaming Rods at Bourton on the Water - 15 pegs, pole only


  • Raychem Angling Club will hold their AGM on Thursday, March 21 at the Haydon Wick Club. Meeting wlll open at 8pm prompt. Agenda will be published online by March 14 and any motions to carry or agenda items are to be seconded and submitted to the secretary in writing by March 7 - or Raychem AC c/o 62 Eastern Avenue, Swindon, SN3 1AD.
  • Due to the ongoing engineering works, Raychem Lagoon will remain closed until the June 14. Please check website for updates. 2012/13 memberships will remain valid for the entire 2013/4 season (subject to ratification at the forthcoming AGM).