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Match Results and Reports for 2017/18 season. 

1st July 2017
Wecome to the new season..

Sturminster and Hinton waters have got off to a good start in the new season.

Several reports of good catches on the river topped by a cracking 21-bream haul of fish up to 6.5 lbs caught by Dean Walters near Sturminster Mill - a bag totalling around 100lbs. Other good nets of bream reported from between Stur Mill and Colber and from Fiddleford weirpool.

The first match of the river season was held at Wood Lane and every one of the 20+ competitors had a decent net of small fish. On the day Terry Sergeant topped the weights with a net of small chub, roach and dace, a totalof 9lbs 10ozs. Whilst nearly all competitors used pole tactics Terry fished a waggler running-line rig and fed maggot and hemp for his good win. Next was Dean Walters, pegged opposite Dunch mouth, who used a short pole 'to hand' and maggot hookbait to catch 8lb 8ozs of small fish. In third position Bill Hanson had 8lb 5ozs, helped on by a nice bream of 4lb (perhaps one of the several he took to win the same match last year...) Fourth was Ian Paulley, pegged a couple of swims below Dunch mouth, who use a long pole and very light tackle rig to catch 5lb 8ozs, in fifth position Andy Miller had 5lb 3ozs of small fish and, making up the frame, Nigel Bartlett had 4lb 10ozs.

The next S&HAA match will be this coming Sunday, 2nd July, and will be held on the Sowley/Steart length. Book in with Ian Steele on 07748 626427.
We held our second match of the season on the Sowley stretch - above Fiddleford weirpool - last Sunday,
2nd July.

Another good turn-out of over 20 anglers had a nice day's fishing with everyone catching a lot of small roach, perch and small chub . Nigel Bartlett was pegged on the downstream end peg a couple of swims above the weir pool and fished waggler towards the far bank and caught a nice all-roach net of 11lb 9ozs for first place.

Bill Hanson was pegged in Little Ham field and had a net of small roach and a nice tench of over 4lbs, caught with worm hook bait, for a total weight of 10lb 8ozs and runner-up spot.

Martin Tizzard drew peg number 2, near the upstream end on Little Ham, and had around 60 or 70 small roach and a bonus chub of about 12ozs, fishing red maggot hook bait on the pole, for a weight of 8lb 3ozs and third position.

Keith Baker was pegged two up from the downstream end of the match length and had lot of small fish to make up the frame in 4th place with 7lb 5ozs.

The section winners were Will Kendrick, Terry Sergeant and Neil Sims.

6th August 2017
S&HAA held our Read Trophy match on the river at Sowley today. The river was in good condition but the fishing was tough with the field having to fish hard with only small fish being caught. Nevertheless every one of the turn-out of over 20 anglersput lots fish in the net and the weights were very close.

Kev Bennett made his journey from Ringwood worth it with a lot of small fish for a winning weight of 6lb 12ozs. He was pegged half way along the match length opposite Girdlers Coppice and used pole-fished maggot bait to catch a net of small roach and rudd. John Cattell was on the upstream end peg in Little Ham field where the extra flow held a lot of small fish and he caught 5lb 14ozs of them for the runner-up spot. Andy Miller was in the second peg from the downstream end above Fiddleford weirpool and he used pole tactics to catch 5lb 12ozs for third place. Neil Sims had a bonus bream of around 4lbs which boosted his weight to a fourth-placed 5lb 11ozs, Ian Paulley was fifth with 5lb 6ozs and Jeff Sibley 6th with 5lb 4ozs.

The next match on S&HAA waterswill be the next round of the North Dorset Shield series and will be held on the same stretch at of the river at Sowley on Sunday 12th Aug.

Tue 26th Sep 2017
We had our Singles Trophy match on the river above Fiddleford mill on Sunday. A good turnout of over 20 anglers found the river in good condition but the fish a little uncooperative.
Three out of the top four weights came from the second field upstream - Little Ham - with Simon Dennis, alternating between the pole at 12 metres and an 8-metre whip,with pinkie on the hook, catching small roach throughout for a winning weight of 5lbs 15ozs. A couple of pegs upstream from Simon, Andy Miller again figured in the frame with a second-placed 5lb 5ozs of small pole-caught roach. In fourth place, pegged between the two top place anglers on the very deep bend, John Perry fished a short pole line close to the bank for a net of roach weighing in at 4lb 13ozs. Breaking up the monopoly of Little Ham, Mick Haskell, fishing the downstream end peg, a couple of swims above the weir, had a couple of small chub to go with his dozen or so roach for a total third-placed weight of 4lbs 14ozs.

The next S&HAA match will be the Stour Cup competition on the river this coming Sunday, 1st October, match length changed from Wood Lane to Colber. Book in as usual with Ian Steel on 07748 626427.
11th October 2017
We had our Stour Cup match on the river at Colber a week last Sunday (1st).A good turnout of over 20 anglers braved the wet and windy conditions with decent weights coming from the whole match length.

On the downstream end peg, just above the white footbridge, Simon Dennis had a match-winning total of 13lb 2ozs. In the same downstream section Jamie Stone had a net of 10lb 8ozs and, also in the same section, Mick Haskell took third place with 8lb 7ozs. All these weights were made up of roach and perch; as usual at this stage of the season the good perch are beginning to show up on the Colber stretch between the footbridge and the old railway bridge.

On the upstream section all anglers had good all-roach bags topped by new club member, England international Des Shipp (welcome aboard!), with 7lb 14ozs. Second in the section was Andy Miller with 5lb 7ozs of roach and third was Pete Edwards with 4lb 15ozs.

The next match will be the Edwin Short Trophy event, to be held on the same stretch at Colber, this coming Sunday, 15th October. Book in with Ian as usual on 07748 626427.

18th Oct 2017
We held our Edwin Short Trophy match on the river at Colber last Sunday.

Another good turnout found the river in good form in spite of the pegs having to be carefully placed to avoid the profusion of duckweed on the river at the moment...

Pegged above the old railway bridge Andy Miller had a good net of roach weighing in at 12lbs 5ozs. Andy fished pole and alternated hookbait between maggot and caster with caster taking some nice roach up to 12ozs in weight. Just two pegs away Steve Harvey used maggot hookbait for a nice net of roach of up to 1lb apiece for a runner's up spot with 10lbs 10 ozs. In third place in the same section Ian Dunlop, pegged just above the white footbridge, had a mixed bag of roach and perch for 8lbs 4ozs.

In the top section, well up from the railway bridge, Dean Walters won the section with lots of maggot-caught roach totalling 8lbs 8ozs. Jamie Stone fished the pole with maggot and caster hookbaits to take second in section place with 8lbs 4ozs and Simon Dennis had quite a task to land a tench of 4lbs 8ozs on light pole tackle to take his weight to 8lbs 3ozs and claim third place.

The next Sturminster match will be on the river at either Colber or Sowley on October 29th. Book in with Ian on 07748 626427.
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