Dave Crookes Memorial Match

Good afternoon all hope your all well.
A massive thank you to all of you who turned up to fish the Dave Crookes memorial Match at the weekend. Two matches were run over the weekend, a 6 hour match on Withy Pool and a 24hr match on the main lake. Thank you to all who donated raffle prizes.
Premier angling
Steve Brown(burt baits)
Luke Fothergill(u zit baits)
R.J Floats.
It was very much appreciated. Also a massive thank you to the guys who organised the event and stayed all night to weigh the fish caught on the main lake you all did a fantastic job. The amount raised for the uk lung foundation in memory of Dave Crookes was £608 which B A A will be rounding up to £1000. So once again thank you all for your support and hopefully see you all again next year to do it all again.
Match results.

Withy Pool
1. Kev Fothergill 89-03-0 peg 10

2. John Smith 52-0-0 peg 3

3. Kev Winstone 45-09-0 peg 12 (P51)

4. Leighton Palmer 42-0-0 peg 17 (P42)

5. Luke Fothergill 41-15-0 peg 8


1. Mike Nicholls 14-07-0 peg 6

2. Kev Winstone 11-06-0 peg 12

3. John Smith 11-06-0 peg 3

Main lake

1st M Riddler peg 24
21lb-03oz mirror
21lb-07oz mirror
20lb-09oz mirror
Total 63lb-04oz

2nd S Coster peg 28
18lb-14oz mirror
28lb-12oz mirror
Total 47lb-10oz

3rd T Morrison peg 33
20lb-06oz common
25lb-10oz mirror
Total 46lb-00oz

The biggest fish was caught by K.Watts from peg 6 a 29lb-01oz mirror

Well done to all.

September 3rd 4th Overnight Fishing Results at Hunstrete

Total fish caught 16

Total weight caught 338lb

Peg 41


5 fish caught

18lb 4oz  common at 20.30 sat

20lb common at 21.20 sat

24lb mirror at 23.45 sat

23lb mirror at 00.40 sun

23lb mirror at 02.35 sun

Total 108lb 4oz

Peg 5


4 fish caught

34lb 8oz mirror at 19.15 sat

24lb 8oz common at 21.20 sat

23lb 12oz common at 03.00 sun

15lb mirror at 04.00 sun

Total 97lb 12oz

Peg 28


23lb common at 09.45 sat

Peg 7


23lb mirror at 22.30 sat

Peg 20


23lb mirror at 21.00 sat

Peg 34


18lb common at 19.00 sat

Peg 1


15lb mirror at 01.30 sun

Peg 31


15lb common at 04.00 sun

Peg 27


14lb mirror at 00.00

August 6th 7th Overnight Fishing Results at Hunstrete

Peg 20


4 fish caught

22lb mirror at 14.30 sat

18lb mirror at 22.00 sat

23lb mirror at 22.15 sat

14lb mirror at 4.15 sun

Total 77lb

Peg 22

C Simpkins

4 fish caught

16lb 15oz mirror at 16.30 sat

23lb 14oz mirror at 18.45 sat

20lb 1oz mirror at 19.50 sat

14lb 5oz mirror at 21.15 sat

total 75lb 3oz

Peg 35


3 fish caught

20lb 4oz mirror at 17.20 sat

12lb 2oz common at 1.40 sun

18lb common at 2.00 sun

Total 56lb 6oz

Peg 34

G Handcock

2 fish caught

22lb 30z mirror at 1.30 sun

26lb 5oz mirror at 2.55 sun

Peg 24

B Metcalf

2 fish caught

18lb 12oz mirror at 15.00 sat

18lb 8oz mirror at 22.oo sat

Total 37lb 4oz

Peg 7

A Dudbridge

25lb mirror at 00.45 sun

Peg 5

R Dudbridge

22lb mirror at 9.00 sun

Peg 33

R Click

20lb common at 1.00 sun

Total fish caught 18

Totla weight caught 364lb 9oz

July 9th 10th Overnight Fishing Results at Hunstrete

Peg 29


5 fish caught

Mirror 22lb at 13.30 Sat

Common 18lb at 8.30 Sat

Common 21lb at 10.00 Sat

Common 19lb at 18.00 Sat

Mirror 22lb at 19.30 Sat

Total 102lb

Peg Bridge Swim


4 fish caught

Mirror 21lb 2oz at 1.00 Sun

Mirror 24lb 4oz at 1.30 Sun

Mirror 15lb 10oz at 2.00 Sun

Mirror 14lb 2oz at 3.30 Sun

Total 75lb 2oz

Peg 24

Ben Metcalf

3 fish caught

Common 14lb at 14.30 Sat

Linn 18lb 2oz at 23.30 Sat

S/Scale 26lb 8oz at 3.30 Sun

Total 58lb 10oz

Peg 25

Jack Carley

3 fish caught

Mirror 21lb at 2.30 Sun

Common 15lb at 22.00 Sat

Common 17lb at 0.00 midnight

Total 53lb

Peg 34

J Buckle

2 fish caught

Mirror 21lb 4oz at 20.00 Sat

Mirror 29lb 4oz at 3.00 Sun

Total 50lb 8oz

Peg 21

Arron Burke

2 fish caught

Mirror 14lb at 1.00 Sun

Mirror 22lb at 3.30 Sun

Total 36lb

Peg 31


2 fish caught

Mirror 15lb at Midnight

Mirror 20lb 2oz at 2.00 sun

Total 35lb 2oz

Peg 8


Common 26lb 6oz

Peg 28


Mirror 26lb 4oz at 20.00 Sat

Peg 27


Common 24lb 4oz at Midnight

Peg 32

Hew Jackson

Mirror 22lb at 6.10 Sun

Peg 5


Common 17lb 4oz at 5.30 Sun

Total fish caught 26

Total weight caught 524lb 8oz

May 7th and 8th 2022 Overnight Results

Peg 22 R.Dickson

2 fish caught

17lb mirror at 21.30 pm Saturday

21lb mirror at 23.30 pm Saturday

Total 38lb

Peg 24 M.Collins

22lb mirror at 00.00 midnight

Peg 32 D.Palmer

21lb 4oz mirror at 13.30 pm Saturday

Peg 21 C. Pugsley

17lb 8oz mirror at 22.30 pm Saturday

Peg 10 M.Efteme

16lb mirror at 19.30 pm Saturday

Total fish caught 6

Total Weight 114lb 12oz

October 2nd – 3rd 2021 Overnight fishing results Hunstrete

Peg 5

3 Fish caught
28lb common
19lb mirror
9lb mirror
total 56lb

Peg 1

2 Fish caught
20lb common
26lb common
total 46lb

Peg 35


2 fish caught

25lb common

16lb 8oz common

total 41lb 8oz

Peg 8


29lb 12oz mirror

Peg 34


25lb common

Peg 6


24lb 9oz mirror

Peg 28


19lb 6oz mirror

Peg 25


18lb 10oz mirror

Peg 29


8lb common

Total fish caught 13 Total weight caught 268lb 3oz

The Manor Field at Claverton River Avon Bathampton Angling Association

Tench Record Long Meadow Update

I had this message from a member so thought I better update. Any other fish records then please let me know.
This season I re joined Bathampton after being a long time member of ATAA. (Fly fishing and arthritis doesn’t mix).
Many years ago I caught a 4lb 8oz tench from the Avon at Claverton the Meadow field but I could not find it in the record fish list.
I remember it well and recall removing several tiny hooks from its lips before it was witnessed and returned.
Interestingly my brother caught a 3 pounder the following week.
I would be grateful if it could be listed as its probably my only claim to fame in a lifetime of fishing.
All the best
Bob Williams

Bathamtpon Club History Dave Crookes Alan Gilbert Terry Fell

Saturday 11/09/2021 – Bathampton AA – Dave Crookes Memorial Charity Match – Bridge Pool

Saturday 11/09/2021 – Bathampton AA – Dave Crookes Memorial Charity Match – Bridge Pool


Because Dave Crookes was a long time good friend I have wanted to fish this match for some time but for various reason couldn’t. Dave and I joined the BAA committee at the same time through the affiliated clubs. Dave representing the RAF and me MST. Dave was a natural angler but didn’t regularly fish matches, when he did he often framed. I would love to win this one in his memory.

Because there were two matches today, ours on Bridge Pool and a 24 hours Carp match on the Main Lake I arrived to a packed car park . I had a walk around the Pool with Dave Gillard. Apparently some heavy rain last week had knocked the colour out, so expectation was for it to fish hard.


Back to the draw and it was a nice touch by the BAA committee to lay on bacon and sausage rolls and hot drinks – all FOC – well done to them. Cant beat the smell of bacon especially cooked out doors. Pools paid – raffle tickets purchased – no more on this one. The draw put me on peg 19, the peg I had last match here and got frustrated because I couldn’t see the float due to the sun shining on silver flotsam. For company I had matey Kev Winstone on peg 18 who would be difficult to beat especially if he listened to my advice!

Any peg on this Pool with cover hold F1’s. I have noticed that BAA have trimmed some of the islands which is OK but please leave the margins overgrown, otherwise we won’t be able to catch the F1’s in any numbers. Won’t catch these fish on a mud bank. As can be seen from the picture above peg 19 had plenty of margin cover and therefore holds plenty of F1’s – the problem is encouraging them out from the reeds to feed.


Two paste rigs – one for out in front and one for both margins just in front the reeds in 31/2 foot of water at top set plus three barrels of margin pole. Also the Ronnie rig in case I couldn’t see the down the margin. Started out in front with the paste over a pot of micro and as expected the same as previous match plenty of nibblers. So quickly abandoned after feeding some DR’s in GB for the Silvers as back up. Went down the RH margin which felt as if it wouldn’t produce. So round to the left with paste over micro and kindered hard 4’s and could just about see the float and had a couple of F1’s before the sun squeezed through the trees and hindered my vision. So thought I would try the Silvers with singe LR over the GB and loose fed LR’s. I fished this for an hour which accounted for 8 lb of Silvers. I felt I had a chance to frame in the Silvers, but wanted to go for the win. So back in the margin but the sun was a pain, so set up the waggler to fish further down to the end bank where visibility was far better. With double LR over loose fed LR’s I had two quick big F1’s before I was pestered by small Perch. Luckily the sun had moved on and I could go back to the margin paste rig. This resulted in spells of catching F1’s catch two and the shoal backed off. Late on I caught two small Carp and two better ones, the largest coming just before the whistle. Kev had caught a very similar amount of fish as me so it was going to be tight. 


My silvers weighed 8 lb 2 oz, The four carp 30 lb and the F1’s 24 lb 12 oz for a match winner weight of 62 lb 14 oz beating Kev in to second spot by just 3 lb 2 oz which was the difference between our Silvers weights! 

I usually give my trophies to the junior for recycling, however for sentimental reason I will be keeping this one in the office.

The Silvers was won by Paul Barnfield with a low weight of 14 lb 4 oz from peg 14. Paul Caught at 13 metres using his worm hook bait over chopped worm and copious amounts of micro. Well done matey.

Back to the pub with the usual suspects and a nice end to another memorable day mainly thanks to Arron Britnell, James Buckle and the rest of the BAA committee.


Weigh Sheet:


August 7th – 8th 2021 Overnight fishing results Hunstrete

G Fisher
5 Fish caught
25lb 8oz mirror at 12.00 midnight
15lb common at 6.30am sunday
28lb mirror at 4.30am sunday
18lb mirror at 5.30am sunday
25lb Lin at 8.00am sunday
Total 111lb 8oz

M Ridler

3 fish caught

15lb 12oz common at 15.00 Saturday

17lb mirror at 1.00 Sunday

14lb mirror at 5.00 Sunday

Total 51lb 12oz


S Coster

2 fish caught

33lb 6oz mirror at 18.30 Saturday

15lb 8oz common 0.45 Sunday

Total 48lb 14oz

S Rowe

2 fish caught

31lb 120z mirror at 0.30 Sunday

13lb 2oz mirror 2.00 Sunday

Total 44lb 14oz

Mitch Gilliam

2 fish caught

27lb 2oz common 12.00 midnight

12lb mirror 12.30 sunday

Total 39lb 2oz

S Williams

2 fish caught

18lb mirror 18.30 Saturday

20lb 8oz mirror 12.00 midnight

Total 38lb 8oz

J Filer

2 fish caught

12lb mirror 15.00 Saturday

17lb mirror 12.00 midnight

Total 29lb

P Barry

1 fish caught

26lb 6oz mirror 21.00 Saturday

G Barry

1 fish caught

23lb mirror 6.00 6am Sunday

K Click

1 fish caught

19lb common 8.30 Sunday

G Budd

1 fish caught

14lb Lin 16.00 Saturday

Total fish caught 22

Total weight caught 445lb 4oz