Rumours have been spreading around the angling world about the Angling Times Team Championship event for several months now.
Many have suggested the event was about to be finished for good, but in fact the Angling Times have decided to hand over the reigns to the Angling Trust, angling’s governing body. Thankfully there was never any doubt the event would not carry on.
In the press release announcing the switch Angling Times editor Richard Lee said: “This is great news and it has long been a plan to hand over every viable event to the sport’s governing body. An umbrella body for match angling was the vision of my old friend Rodney Coldron, who worked tirelessly for many years at the National Federation of Anglers to promote the sport, and I vowed one day the event would be his...
“Thankfully, the Winter League is still alive and hopefully the excellent team at the Angling Trust can take the event on to the next level.”
I have already spoken to quite a few anglers that have fished our local East Midland League and in particular those running the very successful Wisbech based Sensas Mark One and whilst some are a little apprehensive about the change, in the main they are confident the league and indeed the event will continue.
So perhaps it is time for a change and a fresh view of the event. The Angling Trust will be expected to breathe new life into the team event. I do hope so as I have been involved with and fished in this prestigious event for many years and still believe it to be the ultimate team event to win.
One of the biggest local events was undoubtedly the two day final of the Headfen Big Money Masters event.
Day one saw local rod Geoff Arnold out in front, he drew on peg 15 and finished with 93lb 6oz. The ever consistent Steve Jackson took day two. He put a fine 155lb net of carp to the scales from peg 20 fishing meat close in. The win was enough to give him the trophy for the second year running, a remarkable achievement in such a high class field.
Result: Day One: 1 G Arnold, 93-6-0; 2 M Ayers, 91-5-0; 3 B Mason, 75-12-0.
Day 2: S Jackson, 155-0-0; 2 B Lee, 114-12-0; 3 J McGuire, 114-0.
Overall: 1 S Jackson, 2pts; 2 P Lambdin, 2pts; 3 A Archer, 2pts.
Tydd Gote AC
In the Tuesday evening match held at Blackdyke Dave Sippitts led the way with a net of skimmers on the pole weighing in 5lb 2oz. Dave Parlett came in second on 4lb 3oz followed by Mark Lynn with 3lb 14oz.
Tuesday evening’s match saw Dick Paul romp home to a comfortable victory thanks to a decent tench taken on the worm along with a net of perch to weigh in 10lb 4½oz. Runner-up with a level 6lb was Dave Parlett followed by Andrew Goodyer with 3lb 10oz.
In the Sunday club match Ray Groom fished the whip with pinkie and a little groundbait to finish a clear winner on 9lb 11½oz. Mick Gamble came in second on 8lb 14oz followed by Bob Bates with 7lb 13oz.
Thursday and the following Tuesday Tydd Gote matches will see a change of draw time to 4pm. The Sunday draw is at 11am, fish 12-5, all at Blackdyke.
Magpie Lake at Pidley was the venue for the latest match which saw a good turnout produce some cracking action despite the wind and rain. Top rod with a fine 139lb 9½oz was Tim Bates. The March rod fished on peg 5 and took pellet and corn close. Runner-up was Mac Campbell who took most of his fish on luncheon meat for 89lb 3½oz followed by Kev Lee on 87lb 13oz. This weekend’s Fenland Rods fixture will see the lads on the Cedar pool at Decoy Lakes.
Fished on the Fields End Water Match Lake at Doddington, Trevor Cousins stole the show putting 62lb 12oz to the scales from unfancied peg 8. Trevor fished the pellet waggler netting carp to 3lb. Martin Parker came in second with 36lb 12oz followed by Bob Allan on 31lb.
At the weekend on the same venue the Deeping St James club sampled this water and it did not let them down. Out in front was Stuart Redman, he fished maggot all day on the pole to finish with a fine 83lb 12oz. Andy Wilson came in second on 55lb 4oz followed by Ray Torrington with 49lb 14oz.
Metal Box AC
Metal Box fished at the Decoy complex on Elm channel. In the winner’s berth was Paul Green with a weight of 62lbs 10ozs. Paul fished a open end feeder close in to the bank and fished maggot on the hook.
Other results: 2nd Peter Harrod 52lbs, fishing similar to the winner, 3rd Roger Archer 38lbs 6ozs, 4th Richard Deller 38lbs, 5th Rodney Melnyk 32lbs 7ozs.