Barry is the one to beat at Wisbech Buttonhole Fishery

Matthew Lutkin, John Garner's match winner on Sunday.
Matthew Lutkin, John Garner's match winner on Sunday.

In the latest Buttonhole Lake Tuesday match once again it was Les Barry out in front, writes Ken Wade.

Since the series began he has put in some fine performances and right now he is the man to beat at this cracking fishery at Wisbech.

Andy Adams

Andy Adams

As usual he started fishing across on the long pole with pellet up in the water, but this method was not as successful as it has been. Thankfully he was priming his margin swims and a switch to his close in line soon produced the big carp he was looking for. At the weigh-in he put 120lb to the scales from peg 8 to see off the challenge of the chasing pack. Taking second place with 105lb was Andrew Carter – he opted for a straight lead approach with banded pellet, it worked well but fell just short. Mark Grange completed the frame with 95lb.

The Spratt’s AC match was on the small carp lake at Kingsland Fishery. Don’t let the small in the title fool you though as the carp in this venue run to 20lb-plus these days and put up a very strong fight.

Top rod was Trevor Cousins from peg 8. He caught on pellet fished high in the water, taking carp at various lengths throughout the day to finish with 164lb.

Fishing similar tactics to the winner saw Peter Parlett take the runner-up position from peg 4 with 104lb 10oz, then came Mac Campbell with 63lb 12oz. He caught close in with meat and sweetcorn, although he did catch a few early in the match on the long pole with pellet.

Gavin Butler topped the Saturday £1,000 qualifier from peg 18 with 111lb 14oz. Runner-up was Sean Higginbottom who caught on various methods to keep the fish coming, weighing in 89lb 14oz, then came Geoff Arnold on 80lb 10oz.

In the Thursday £1,000 qualifying open on Magpie Pool at Rookery Waters making the most from a favourable area of the lake Browning Hotrods angler Andy Leathers caught steadily all day on meat at 2+2 to catch carp up to 4lb for his 139lb 12oz winning bag.

Runner-up was Roger Gowler who fished shallow with pellets and fished pellets down the margins for 103lb 10oz, then came Kevin Shellie on 93lb 2oz.

Match organiser Dave Lack showed the rest of the field how to do it with a very hard earned 101lb 14oz in the latest Over 60’s match on the Jay Pool – all caught on paste. Runner-up from peg 43 was Ken Gammon who caught on cat meat short for 88lb 6oz, followed by Mick Curtis on 76lb 6oz.

A good turnout for the first match organised by Abbi Kendal to raise funds for the England Ladies team saw the March ace win her own match in fine style.

These Friday evening matches at Rookery Waters are going to be cracking little events if this one is anything to go by. The fish were close in on lots of pegs and Abbi took full advantage, bagging 122lb all taken on the pole with meat.

Runner-up Rob Wright fished similar tactics to the winner, finishing just short with 119lb 8oz, followed by Keiron Payne with 106lb.

John Garner has been running Bank Holiday matches for several years now and on Sunday invited anglers to fish the Six Islands pool at Decoy Lakes. Leading the way was Matt Lutkin who drew peg 25 at the car park end and fished the long pole with meat close to the sunken island to finish with 125lb 6oz.

Second place went to March rod Tim Bates on peg 11 who fished dead red maggots in the margins for 118lb 11oz; third place went to Dave Garner with 76lb 5oz, followed by Neil Garner on 72lb 5oz.

n In the latest Townsend Lakes open fished on the Woodpecker Pool it was Andy Adams topping the field with a fine 130lb of carp taken on the pole with pellet fished up in the water. Colin Begbie came second with 109lb, then came Sam Hawks with 103lb 8oz.

Woodpecker Pool: 1 Andy Adams - peg 9 - 130lb - pellet shallow; 2 Colin Begbie - peg 16 - 109lb - long pole and meat on the deck; 3 Sam Hawkes - peg 18 - 103lb 8oz - pole and pellet.