Carp haul seals Balmforth win

Dave Balmforth beat 17 rivals in a close Todmorden Angling Society trophy match at Town House on Sunday.

His catch scaled 12lbs 8ozs and included five carp caught using pellet on a pole.

The places were filled by Simon Newsham (12lbs), John Mellor (10lbs 10ozs) and Graham Mallinson (10lbs 3ozs).

An open match fished by 13 anglers on the Rochdale Canal at Castleton on the same day produced smaller winning weights.

Simon Walton won with 10lbs of roach caught using punch on a pole.

Dave Chadwick was second with tench and big roach in a net of 7lbs 4ozs while Derek Greenwood (7lbs 1oz) and Dave Brierley (6lbs 1oz) came next.

The next trophy match is at Croft on April 10 and the next open match on Town House on April 17.