Angler Roper uses hot pegs on Old Nene March By-pass

Mick Linnell.
Mick Linnell.

The last match of the season on the Old Nene through March once again produced some fine sport, writes Ken Wade.

The March Angling Club will be very pleased with results the venue has produced over the winter months. Despite heavy pressure time and time again it’s never failed.

Sunday’s match was no exception, Martin Roper took the honours from the hot pegs on the March By-pass section. Martin drew the end peg and went all out for the resident tench. He finished with three big tench, three bream and a few skimmers and perch taken on the pole with a worm and caster approach to take a comfortable victory with 35lb. Rob Hubbard came in second. He was at the other end of the match length at Wigstone’s Bridge and caught rudd and roach on the pole with maggot to finish on 17lb 9oz. Rob Wright came third with 14lb 6oz.

Anglers will now be looking to fish all our local still waters and with so much choice we should not go without bites for very long. Over at Townsend Lakes all of the pools have been in good form and the regular weekend open matches are sure to see an increase in attendance.

The latest open was fished on the Woodpecker Pool which saw Andy Adams in great form, putting 45lb 12oz to the scales. Drawn on peg 15 Andy started on a small method feeder, before switching to his pole line with pellet. Colin Begbie was not too far behind. He fished the pole with pellet and even took a few fish shallow to record 40lb 12oz. Harry Morgan came third with 38lb 14oz, he also caught on the long pole with pellet.

In the latest results from Rookery waters it was Simon Godfrey leading the way with 61lb 5oz. He drew peg 1 and caught on bread. Mick Morris came in second with 42lb 1oz, followed by Lee Marlow with 39lb 14oz.

Over the past few weeks the Jay pool at Rookery Waters has had a massive makeover with new platforms built and now parking has been made available behind anglers’ pegs. A new bridge has been installed and with a healthy tree planting operation finished it really does look very good indeed.

Buttonhole Fishery on the outskirts of Wisbech will be high on the list of venues anglers will be heading for over the next few weeks. It really is a top quality venue, ideal for club matches and even better for a day’s pleasure fishing.

Matchmen will be pleased to know that the regular Tuesday evening matches will be up and running again this year. The first match will take place on Tuesday, March 28, with the draw at 5pm. Everyone will be made very welcome and the fishing is as good as it gets with a variety of methods capable of producing 100lb-plus nets.

Decoy Lakes is always a popular choice for Fenland clubs to fish their regular matches and is just running into form now after a difficult winter. Red maggot has worked well and over the past weekend, sweetcorn on the bomb and a pole and pellet approach have also produced three figure weights.

Kingsland fishery at Turves is another water starting to fish well. This is one water that allows floating baits. Although there are not too many carp on the surface right now it only takes a few mild days and you will see carp well into double figures taken off the top. Float Fish Farm Fishery have several lakes for both the pleasure angler and specimen hunter and with clubs also booking matches on some of the lakes, it’s well worth a visit.

I have just been informed the HAJAC Winter League AGM will take place on Thursday, April 6. Venue will be the 5 Alls at Benwick, starting at 8pm. We all know AGM’s can be a little boring at times but several committee men have worked very hard over the past few years to get this organisation back on its feet, so for those teams involved and indeed new teams wanting to join it’s worth a couple of hours to make sure even more progress is made and, of course, the all-important fixtures for the 2017/18 season will need to be sorted out.