River Derwent Match Round-up – 2021

River Derwent fishing match at Belper

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19-12-21 Phil Smith Memorial Charity match results – River Derwent top stretch (alongside the pond).

Elliott Boam caught 3 grayling, a dace and a few minnows for the win off newly created peg 17.

£80 was raised for charity today. Well done to everyone who took part.

1st Elliott Boam 11oz, peg 17

Joint Second with 10oz: Peter Doran, peg 6 & Stephen Posiak, peg 21

4th Phil Hoad, 8oz peg 2

Winner of the Phil Smith Memorial Match 2021, Elliott Boam

17-10-21 Roy Melbourne Memorial Match results – River Derwent

Roy was match secretary of Belper Angling Club for over 20 years, he created many pegs on the river with the help of volunteers and his Christmas matches had 160 anglers in attendance.

Results:

1st Martin Jacques 10lb 10oz, peg 6

2nd Steve Posiak 6lb 9oz, peg 3

3rd Gary Wingfield 2lb 9oz, peg 5

4th Mark Gregory 2lb 5oz, peg 22

5th Bryan Woolley 1lb 11oz, peg 2

6th Phil Hall 12oz, peg 12

Well done to everyone who took part.

Part of a catch during the Roy Melbourne Memorial Match 2021 on the River Derwent at Belper

05-09-21 – River Derwent top stretch (alongside the pond) match results.

1st Elliott Boam 3lb 15oz, peg 10 – 42 Roach on Waggler.

2nd Roger Stone 2lb 8oz, peg 17.

3rd Tony Carline 2lb 6oz, peg 21.

Well done to all who fished with tough conditions on a low clear river.

A large perch from the River Derwent at Belper, caught during a Monday evening match

22-08-21 – John Mason Memorial Match results – River Derwent sewerage works section

This years winner is Mark Gregory with a weight of 3lb 5oz from peg 4 above the pontoon bridge. Mark fished waggler and maggot catching roach. £60 was raised for charity, well done to everyone who took part.

09-08-21 – River Derwent top stretch (alongside the pond) match results.

A bit of extra flow but little colour in the river tonight.

1st Sam Wildsmith 4lb 13oz, peg 6 – waggler and maggot.

2nd Terry Gough 2lb 2oz, peg 9 – waggler and maggot.

3rd Tony Carline 2lb 1oz, peg 2 – whip over groundbait with maggot hookbait.

4th Leo Verdi 1lb 15oz, peg 8 – pole and maggot.

5th Bob Harrison 1lb 14oz, peg 5 – waggler and maggot

6th Paul Spencer 1lb 8oz, peg 7 – waggler and maggot

08-08-21 – River Derwent sewerage works section open Match Results

Fished in heavy rainstorms, although the river remained fairly clear and was hard going for most, bites mainly coming in the last hour as the river began to colour up and a bit of extra flow. Winner Martin fished peg 16 with flat float and worm and netted 2 big perch, Mark on peg 12 had 30 roach on waggler and maggot, Paul on peg 17 fished bolo and maggot for a mixture of roach and perch.

1st Martin Jacques 3lb 9oz, peg 16

2nd Mark Gregory 2lb, peg 12

3rd Paul Spencer 1lb 10oz, peg 17

4th Tony Carline 1lb 8oz, peg 11

5th Adam Ingram 1lb 2oz, peg 20

02-08-21 – River Derwent top stretch (alongside the pond) match results.

The rain last week definitely improved sport on the river, some lovely fish caught tonight. Bob Harrison with a roach over a pound on waggler and maggot, Leo fishing the river for the first time also caught a pound plus roach on chopped worm on the pole. Highlight of the match was a 4lb 8oz Ide caught on waggler and maggot by Sam Wildsmith.

Well done to everyone who took part.

1st Sam Wildsmith 10lb 12oz, peg 5

2nd Leo 4lb 14oz, peg 3

3rd Martin Jacques 4lb 4oz, peg 1

A match-winnign net from the River Derwent at Belper which included a large ide

26-07-21 – River Derwent top stretch (alongside the pond) match results.

Another close match tonight.

1st Terry Gough with 2lb 12oz from peg 3 – caught on pole

2nd Tony Carline with 2lb 4oz from peg 5 – on waggler

3rd Mark Gregory with 2lb 2oz from peg 1.

25-07-21 – Frank Posiak Memorial Pairs Match results – River Derwent sewerage works section

14 anglers took part in todays memorial match. The hope was that the roach that have been showing would give a good days sport, but today they were notable by their absence. Some nice perch caught and Roger Stone had a good day on the pipe peg number 1, catching roach, perch, grayling and dace.

Overall pairs winners: Roger Stone and Bryan Woolley

Runners up: Mark Gregory and Stefan Harhat

19-07-21 – River Derwent top stretch (alongside the pond) match results.

1st Steve Posiak 3lb 2oz – caught on pole

2nd Terry Gough 2lb 2oz – caught on pole

3rd Sam Wildsmith 2lb 1oz – caught on waggler

Good turnout of 12 anglers and only 2oz separating 2nd, 3rd and 4th

12-07-21 – River Derwent top stretch (alongside the pond) match results.

Nine fished the Monday night match with the river fishing pretty hard with very little colour.

1st Terry Gough 2lb 15 oz, peg 5 – pole over ground bait.

2nd Elliott Boam 2lb 13 oz, peg 4 – pole over ground bait and waggler.

3rd Asa Cooper 2lb 10oz, peg 1 – pole over ground bait.

05-07-21 – River Derwent top stretch (alongside the pond) match results.

1st Elliott Boam 2lb 2oz

2nd Jim Marcer 1lb 9oz

3rd John Nelson 1lb 8oz

Elliott worked hard catching gudgeon on pole over groundbait , also catching some on the waggler further out over loosefeed.

04-07-21 – River Derwent sewerage works section open Match Results

A section

1st Tony Carline 4lb 5oz

2nd Bryan Woolley 4oz

B section

1st Mark Gregory 9lb 9oz

2nd Gary Wingfield 8lb 4oz

28-06-21 – River Derwent top stretch (alongside the pond) match results.

Eight Anglers fished a low clear river this evening with Asa Cooper winning of peg 6 with 6lb 2oz followed by Bob of peg 8 with 4lb 2oz.

Well done to all who fished.

Open match this Sunday on the Sewerage works stretch and Evening match next Monday on Wyver Lane stretch.

Asa Cooper had this to say about the match on Facebook:

Been on Monday night match at Belper on the river at back of pond. Started on the waggler for 10 minutes with no bites. Went on pole at 13 meters catching 81 small Dace 20 odd small roach and 2 gudgeon; all on the pole over groundbait. Three hour match, 6 ‘til 9pm, weighing 6 lb 4 oz to win the match happy days😀😀😀👍👍👍

River Derwent match winning bag from Belper

21-06-21 – River Derwent top stretch (alongside the pond) match results.

The river was still low and clear last night and it fished hard. Pegs 1-8 were fished and all anglers caught.

1st Bob Harrison 4lb 7oz, peg 6

2nd Elliott Boam 3lb 3oz, peg 7

3rd Mark Gregory 1lb 12oz, peg 5

Bob fished the waggler with loosefeed and caught better fish than those who fed groundbait. Groundbait drew in lots of small dace which resulted in lots of missed bites for most.

Pleasure Catches from the River Derwent & Wyver Lane Pond – 2021

Philip Shaw with a 17lb Belper common carp

Anglers have sent us their catch pictures via our catch report page and through Facebook. Here are some of the best we were sent during 2021.

Back in January, Adam Ingram braved the cold on Wyver Lane Pond and had this lovely carp. Caught on single red maggot, size 20 hook, 1lb 8oz hooklength, 3lb mainline, quarter ounce tip, on his 10ft light bomb rod. It went 10lb 10oz:

Adam Ingram with a 10lb January carp from Belper
Adam Ingram with a 10lb+ January carp from Belper

In February, new Committee member Elliott Boam fished the Derwent and landed 4 chub on a mixture of waggler and stick float tactics, with bronze maggots doing the business:

Also in February on the Derwent, Adam Ingram shared a nice bream he caught, as the river looked in great shape for the final weeks of the season:

Adam Ingram with a bream from the Derwent at Belper
Adam with his Derwent bream

In May, Tom Dukes fished Wyver Lane Pond and landed this beautiful 17lb 6oz common carp:

Tom Dukes with a 17lb common carp from Wyver Lane Pond in Belper
Tom Dukes with a 17lb common carp from Wyver Lane Pond in Belper

In June, Philip Shaw also caught a 17lb common from Wyver Lane Pond. It was his first visit to the pond after an absence of 25 years. Not bad for his first btime back! He submitted this photo using the catch report page on the website.

Philip Shaw with a 17lb Belper common carp

On the first day of the river season, Adam Ingram was back into the bream on the sewerage works section. This cracking fish tipped the scales to 6lb 4oz. Great start to the new season!

Adam with a beautiful 6lb+ Derwent bream

Also in June, venue regular Jonah Cooper found this 6lb+ pike willing to take his sprat, which he’d rigged on a circle hook to ensure the fish could be quickly and safely released. He said of the capture:

“The fish gave me a decent fight and another Pike even followed it in whilst reeling in the hooked fish so that was cool to see.”

Jonah Cooper with a River Derwent pike

The bream continued to show on the Derwent throughout June. Elliott was rewarded with this fine bag of six fish, which included a few lumps:

Elliott Boam with a bag of six bream from the River Derwent

Thomas Webster had a nice afternoon session on the pond with a nice mixed bag, which included large perch, numerous silver fish, a carp and a barbel. Great fishing!

Jonah returned to the Derwent chasing pike and was rewarded for his nocturnal efforts with this fish. Jonah caught the pike after midnight, having only been fishing for an hour. Lure tactics proved successful this time, with Jonah putting an Abu Garcia 10cm Soft Plastic Trout to good use. As always, Jonah submitted details and photos of his capture using the catch report form.

Jonah Cooper with a Derbyshire Derwent pike caught lure fishing in the dark!
Jonah Cooper with a Derbyshire Derwent pike caught lure fishing in the dark!

In July, roach were showing well on the sewerage works section of the River Derwent at Belper. This bag of around 150 fish were caught on stick float, with single maggot hookbait over loose-fed hemp and maggots.

A huge bag of prime River Derwent roach caught on trotting tactics
A huge bag of prime River Derwent roach caught on trotting tactics

It wasn’t just on the sewerage works stretch producing roach, as John Hargreaves showed with this nice bag of roach and dace caught from the members-only top stretch alongside Wyver Lane pond. All were caught on maggot and waggler tactics.

A mixed bag or roach and dace from the River Derwent at Belper
A mixed bag or roach and dace from the River Derwent at Belper

In August, John was back to bother the silver fish on the top stretch. He put together this nice net of mainly roach and dace from alongside the pond, adding a lovely golden rudd.

John Hargreaves' mixed net of roach, dace and rudd from the Derbyshire Derwent
John Hargreaves’ mixed net of roach, dace and rudd from the Derbyshire Derwent

Soon after John’s catch, Elliott Boam proved that if silver fish are your quarry, the Derwent was the place to head. It fished superbly throughout August and roach to 1lb+ were caught both pleasure fishing and in matches. Waggler and maggot was the favoured method.

These bags of roach, dace, gudgeon and grayling were caught by Elliott Boam, a regular on club matches and also a member who contributed many hours on work parties last year, improving the pegs on the river.

Bailiff, Andrew Kennedy, wanted in on some action after being unable to fish much during the season. He visited the river at dawn for a three-hour session and had this to say about his experience:

“Trotting mainly caster, shallow under a stick float, I had over 20 lovely dace, a wild brownie and a chublet. In the last hour I was mobbed out by minnows until a shoal of good chub moved in, just as it was time to pack up! I could see them picking off free offerings in the shallow water but I think the alloy stick float stem kept spooking them. If I’d had time to refine my approach they were there for the taking, but I had to get home. It goes to show that if you keep the feed going in regularly, the big fish can turn up. Exciting fishing and just what I needed for my first trip to Belper this season.”

In October, Dale Lander emailed us details of a 19lb mirror carp which had picked up his 2 x 12mm boilie offering at Wyver Lane Pond. Dale noted how recognisable this fish is, missing the lower half of its tail. Have you caught this fish before?

19lb mirror carp from Wyver Lane Pond at Belper
Dale’s 19lb mirror carp

If you have any captures you’d like to share with us, please either head to our catch report page or the Club’s Facebook page and include as many details as possible, including whether or not you’re happy for us to share the photos and details.

Work Parties, Peg Creation & Improvements – 2021

River Derwent peg improvement works during December work parties

Once again, the Club was privileged to have some hard-working members giving up their free time to make improvements which benefit all anglers on our waters, as well as the Club.

Here we take a look back at some of the superb work undertaken during work parties on our venues last year.

May 2021

More pegs were completed on the sewerage works section below the railway bridge, with around another 5 to put timber on as well. This will give us 30 pegs on this section of the river. Great work by our volunteers!

Another project undertaken over the past 6 months, previously the last peg on this stretch of the River Derwent was peg 16, this was due to further access being blocked by boggy ground and a jungle of dead trees. Trees were removed and a raised walkway installed, which gives anglers access to another 5 pegs up to the railway bridge and also pegs above the bridge towards the pumphouse and beyond. Many thanks to our volunteers!

The Facebook video below shows a number of these swims and pegs, in our lovely, peaceful setting, upstream of Belper town centre. It’s best viewed fullscreen.

June 2021

Three more pegs completed on the sewerage works section, with thanks to Elliott, Adi and Martin.

Strimming was done around the parking area of the sewerage works section, along with pegs 1 to 14, in readiness for the river opening on June 16th. There was also a new peg installed below the railway bridge on the Willows section. Great work thanks to Stefan Harhat, Adi and Martin.

Another peg was completed on the pond field section – this one is the new peg number 3, downstream of the bridge.

July 2021

Peg 1 on the pond field section has benefited from a new walkway, great work by Phil Hoad and Tony Carline!

River Derwent peg improvement works during July work parties

August 2021

The walkway to peg 4 was completed, on the river alongside the pond. Great work once again by Phil Hoad and Tony Carline!

River Derwent peg improvement works during August work parties

September 2021

Another peg was created by Martin and Elliott, on the top stretch above the pond. This gives us a total of 22 pegs from the pond gate entrance to this peg; just below the railway bridge.

River Derwent peg improvement works during September work parties

November 2021

Peg 11 on the pond has now been replaced, great work by Phil Hoad, Tony Carline and Sandra Hoad!

River Derwent peg improvement works during November work parties

December 2021

Peg 17 was completed on the top stretch, whilst the walkway on peg 10 was replaced and a small extension added to get from under the tree canopy, above and nearer the flow. Great work by our volunteers, Adi, Elliott, Roger and Martin!

On stretch at the back of Morrisons, we have chopped out the first peg above the wires, which has produced barbel and chub in the past. More pegs will be developed in the coming months.

Peg 19 on Wyver Lane Pond was sorted. Great work by Tony Carline,  Phil Hoad , Adi Ingram  Bob Large,  Roger Stone and Sandra Hoad. Many hands make light work!

If you would like to participate in future work parties, to maintain and improve our venues, please contact the club directly to express your interest and provide details of availibility, along with any skills and equipment you can provide.

Belper Angling Club Match Dates 2022 – River Derwent

The following dates are for a series of regular evening fishing matches, along with numerous special memorial matches, which BDAC runs on the River Derwent at Belper between June & December each year. The 2022 match dates are as follows:

River Derwent Memorial Match Dates for 2022:

  • John Mason Memorial Match – Sunday 21st August (fished on Sewerage Works section of River Derwent)
  • Roy Melbourne Memorial Match – Sunday 16th October (fished on top section of River Derwent, behind Wyver Lane Pond)
  • Phil Smith Memorial Match – Sunday 18th December (fished on top section of River Derwent, behind Wyver Lane Pond)
  • Roy Melbourne Memorial Match – Sunday 16th October (fished on top section of River Derwent, behind Wyver Lane Pond)
  • Frank Posiak Memorial Pairs Match – Date and Venue TBC (fished on River Derwent)

River Derwent Regular Monday Evening Match Dates for 2022:

Fished each Monday evening from the start of the river season until the light fades too much to make an evening match viable. Fish from 6pm until 9pm.

  • First Monday evening match: June 20th 2022
  • Last Monday evening match: September 12th 2022