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Match Results and Reports for 2019/20 season. 

24th June 2019
Our first match of the new season was held yesterday on the river at Wood Lane.
16 anglers turned up and found the river in its usual early-season fickle mood but everyone caught and reasonable weights were needed to make the frame.
Andy Miller won the match (and the Pearson Trophy) with a net of 8lbs 3ozs. In runner-up spot was Mick Hurst who had 7lbs 7ozs and Bill Hanson came in third with 6lbs 4ozs.
The two section prizes went to Dean Walters with a weight if 5lbs 5ozs and Richard Chave with 4lbs 3ozs.
The next match will be the White Hart Trophy competition to be held on the Sowley stretch on July 7th.
5th August 2019
S&HAA held our annual Pairs Trophy competition yesterday.
The stretch fished was the Ham, Little Ham and Sowley part of the river, downstream of the Bull pub reach.
A good turn-out of 20 anglers found the river in a dificult mood with very little flow and gin-clear water.
However everyone caught a lot of small fish with the top two weights boosted by one bonus fish each.
Pegged at the upstream shallower end of the match Andy Miller weighed in 7lbs 15ozs for a winning total which included a nice bream of around 4lbs and a lot of small roach and perch. Half way down the match length Mick Hurst had a good tench of 3lbs 7ozs to boost his weight to 7lbs 7ozs and get the runner-up spot. On the downstream end peg Jeff Sibley, in spite of several 'pike attacks' (in common with many of the other anglers on the day) weighed in 4lbs 2 ozs for third overall.
Section 1 was won by Dean Walters 2lbs 13ozs, section 2 Simon Dennis with 2lbs 13ozs and section 3 was won by Pete Edwards with 3lbs 15ozs.
The Pairs Trophy this year was won by the unbeatable, top-class team of Miller and Dennis!
The next S&HAA match will be the annual visit to Wardour Castle lake on Sunday 18th August. Book in with Ian Steele on 07748626427, places limited and on a first-come first-served basis.

19th September 2019
We had a good turn-out of over 20 anglers for our latest match, held on the river at Colber last Sunday.
Everyone had a decent net of small fish - lots of fish caught but no double-figure weights.
Dean Walters won the closely-contested event with 8lbs 10ozs, Bill Hanson was in runner-up spot with 8lbs 6ozs, Jeff Sibley was 3rd with 8lbs 3ozs, Neil Sims fourth with 7lbs 15ozs and in fifth place Den Cory had a weight of 7lbs 10ozs.
8th Oct 2019

On Sunday we had our Stour Cup match on the river at Colber.

The river looked in good condition with a bit of flow and colour, conditions normally good for few bream to be caught. However only a couple of 'slabs' were netted and these provided bonus weights for the 2nd and 4th placed individuals.

Top weight of 9lbs 10ozs of small roach and perch was caught by Mick Hurst pegged a few swims up from the old railway bridge. In second place Dennis Cory had one bonus bream and a couple of skimmers to boost his weight up to 8lbs 3ozs. Close behind in third place Ben Dukes had a 7lbs 15ozs bag of small fish, Dave Wilde included a bream in his fourth-placed 7lbs 3ozs net, Bill Hanson was 5th with 6lbs 15ozs and John Candy made up the frame with 6lbs 6ozs.

The next S&HAA match will be a club competition on the same length of river on 20th Oct.
Pike anglers note that the first match of your season will be held on Sunday 13th.
6th January 2020
S&HAA had a good turnout for our club match on Sunday. Fished on the Fiddleford and Sterte stretches some good weights were recorded.

Fishing on the favoured length near to the Trailway bridge Dave Rigby had a nice winning all-roach weight of 20lbs 6ozs. Fishing a whip at between 4 and 7 metres and maggot bait 'up in the water' from 2 to 5 ft deep in 10ft of water he had almost a bite-a chuck with a few decent fish around the 6oz mark and lots of small roach kept interested by a few loose-fed maggots at every cast.

Just one peg downstream in the 'cow drink' peg veteran Brian Preston employed similar tactics (great [veteran] minds think alike...) and had a lot of small roach for an excellent runner-up total of 16lbs 8ozs. The third place saw a draw between Bill Hanson, pegged just upstream of the Trailway bridge, and Steve Harvey, pegged half-way down the Sterte field, who had 11lbs 12ozs apiece. Bill used maggot bait on a shallow waggler set-up loose-feeding maggot and Steve fished the pole feeding groundbait and maggot. On the last peg downstream below the Trailway bridge Neil Sims made fifth place with another double-figure weight of roach at 10lbs 15ozs.

The upstream section prize was taken by Ian Paulley with a weight of 8lbs 6ozs and Neil Sims took the downstream section with his 10lbs 15ozs. The second place in each section was claimed by Jamie Bumbey and Mick Hurst.

S&HAA's next club match will be on the Sterte stretch, and maybe the Town stretch if numbers require, on Sunday 19th Jan. Book in with Ian Steele on 07748 626427.
27th Jan 2020
A couple of PIKE matches have been held over the last fortnight.
Two Sundays ago the Fiddleford stretch produced a weight of 22lb 15ozs for match-winner Martin Colohan with runner-up John Mack weighing in 13lb 13ozs.
Yesterday at Wood Lane Lee Thompson won the match with 22lb 6ozs and Martin Colohan came a close second with 22lb 2ozs.
These matches are open to all members, if you're interested contact John Mack - click on 'Contacts'.
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