Begbie takes honours on Townsend Lakes in-form Fen water

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Townsend Lakes continues to be one of the in-form waters across the Fens right now, with all the lakes fishing really well, writes Ken Wade.

In the latest match fished on the Woodpecker pool Colin Begbie took the honours from peg 8.

Colin fished the long pole with meat in the first half of the match, switching to the margins to catch on sweetcorn later in the day to finish with 120lb 12oz. Steven Hillman came second. He fished pellet long for 100lb 10oz, then came Jordan Osborne with 91lb 2oz.

It’s been a busy time on the North Level drain for those fishing the Tydd Gote matches. Top rod on the Wednesday match was John Taylor, who caught 11lb 6oz of skimmers and small fish on the pole. Runner-up was Dick Paul on 8lb 8oz, followed by John Young with 8lb 4oz.

Rob Wright topped the Thursday match on a difficult drain with a modest 5lb 3oz and in the Sunday club match Mick Dixon topped a strong local field with 8lb 6oz. Runner-up with 7lb 6oz was Ray Groom and in third place on 6lb 10oz was Andy Greenwood.

Round Two of the King of the Fens match saw the North Level drain being used. Leading the way on the team front were Wisbech-based Sensas Mark One Black and, at the halfway stage, they are two points clear at the top.

Individual results: 1 Pete Wills 16lb 8oz Sensas Topgun, a large perch & tench topped up with 7lb of roach
2 John Taylor 16lb 3oz Sensas Mark 1 Black, perch & roach
3 Kev Hunt 14lb 6oz Boston A.A 2 tench & skimmers on feeder.

It was tough going in the Chatteris Workingmen’s Club event fished on the Forty Foot Drain, top rod with a modest 4lb 10oz was Steve Newell. Derek Leek came second on 2lb 7oz, followed by Peter Cornwell with 1lb.

Another water producing cracking weights is Kingsland, Turves. Spratt’s AC fished the large carp lake and saw John Buckingham taking the honours with a fine 142lb 1oz net of carp. John fished paste on the long pole line.

Bob Allan came in second again on paste but caught closer in for 94lb 1oz. Third place went to Trevor Cousins, who fished pellet up in the water to finish with 88lb 2oz.

In the Tuesday evening match at Buttonhole Fishery it was Les Barry once again leading the way with 159lb of mainly big carp from the margins, all taken on large pieces of meat to keep the silvers at bay, from peg 4.

John Clark fished the margins catching on paste to take the runner-up spot with 114lb, then it was Andrew Carter on 101lb.

Fenland Rods fished the popular Magpie Pool at Rookery Waters on Sunday and with a strong wind blowing down the lake it was obvious that a high number draw would find the fish.

Drawn on peg 13 Kev Lee stamped his mark on the match with a creditable 108lb 15oz, most of his fish coming close in on luncheon meat, to take a comfortable victory.

Matt Lutkin came second on 71lb, followed by Mac Campbell on 67lb 5oz and a special mention for Wendy Bedford making the frame with 63lb 12oz.

It was the Jay Lake at Rookery waters that saw anglers lining the banks in the latest Saturday £1,000 qualifying open. Leading the way with 141lb 10oz was Tom Edwards.

Catching steadily all day on meat over meat and hemp tight over in 12 inches of water, he caught 72 carp.

Runner-up from peg 28 was Graham Welton who caught on pellets and cat meat over micros and groundbait down the margins. Third place went to Tony Evans on 95lb 12oz.

The Thursday £1,000 qualifying open on Magpie Lake saw some good weights taken, topped by
match winner and golden peg winner Graham Welton with 138lb 6oz from peg 11.

Runner-up Roger Gowler caught the majority of his fish in the margins on pellet and corn for 126lb, then came Sean Coaton on 115lb.