IT was a strange weekend for match anglers right across the area: with the King of the Fens match cancelled, there was very little else in the way of an event.
Most it would seem had a day off as attendances at other matches did not rise significantly. No one is quite sure when or even where the last of this event is going to take place as there are quite a few fixtures coming up and Sunday dates will become difficult to fit in.
There was a good attendance for the Saturday open match on the Cuckoo Canal Pool at Townsend Fishery with some very impressive weights recorded topped by the in-form Andy Adams.
He drew on peg 22 and fished the pellet close in for 126lb 6oz. March rod Barry Mason came in second with 117lb from peg 12 followed by Dave Priestly Jnr on 113lb 10oz.
Fenland Rods AC enjoyed a cracking day on the Snake Lake at Headfen Fishery, the fish there are fighting fit and several anglers had their tackle tested to the limit.
It is a real job these days to match your rigs and tackle to the venues you fish, but it’s well worth doing as lost fish, broken rigs and, indeed as happened at this match, smashed poles inevitably follow.
Top rod was James Garner, he drew on peg 14 and fished a rod and line approach taking a very good 125lb 10oz on luncheon meat. Runner-up with 112lb 6oz was Mac Campbell followed by Kevin Lee on 96lb 2oz.
This weekend’s Fenland Rods match will be on the Six Island Pool at Decoy Lakes.
If there is one water Ray Sladden has mastered to perfection it’s Fields End Water at Doddington. Week after week he fishes a pellet waggler, invariably makes the frame and often records a match winning weight.
In the latest Senior Citizens match fished on the Match Pool, Ray dominated proceedings, putting a fine 111lb 4oz of carp to the scales. Runner-up was Don Burns on 73lb all taken on maggot, followed by Ted Rowe with a net of 67lb taken on caster up in the water.
Cedar Lake on the Decoy Complex was the venue for the latest Spratt’s AC match. Mac Campbell took the top spot with a level 73lb.
Mac drew one of the corner pegs and fished close in on meat. Bryan Lakey fished sweetcorn close in to take the runner-up spot with 67lb followed by Trevor Cousins with 59lb, again fishing close in with meat.
Tydd Gote AC
With no match on the big North Level Main Drain I expected to see at least one of the Tydd Gote AC club matches on it but they stayed with the Black Dyke and to be fair it did produce some reasonable sport right through the week.
Top rod on the Tuesday match was Mark Lynn, he fished the pole and pinkie taking roach and skimmers for 6lb 6½oz.
Runner-up with 6lb 6oz was Dave Sippitts followed by Rob Wright with 6lb 3½oz.
Thursday’s match saw Dave Parlett out in front with 7lb 9oz to the scales on pinkie. Runner-up was Phil Parnell with 3lb 15oz followed by Dave Sippitts on 2lb 4oz.
A good turnout of club members for the Sunday match held at Blackdyke saw the venue in good form, Paul Constable taking a fine 13lb 9oz net of skimmers on the tip and worm to finish well clear of the chasing pack. Runner-up with 10lb 8oz was Bob Fitzjohn followed by Ray Groom on 6lb 3oz.
The draw time for the Tuesday and Thursday evening matches will now be 4.30pm and on Sunday it’s draw at 11am and fishing times will be noon-5pm. Once again all are on the Blackdyke.