WITH the region having taken a battering from sustained rainfall, many people heeded the warnings to stay away from local riverbanks.

But some cautious and persistent anglers have reported multiple catches of perch, some weighing up to one and a half pounds, being landed on the Aire.

A jack pike with an estimated weight of around 5lb was brought to the bank near Stockbridge before being returned safely to the water.

As temperatures continue to fall, grayling are shoaling in their usual haunts and taking red maggot fished with stick-float and feeder methods mainly on size 16 hooks. Light frosts should encourage more grayling especially on faster flowing sections of the river.

Following a successful year, Keighley Angling Club hopes to attract a good number of members to its annual general meeting at the Rishworth Club, Crossflatts on Tuesday, November 19. The meeting starts at 7.30pm.