Bypass is hot spot in winter

A winter pike taken from a Fenland drain taken on a dead bait on a bright but bitterly cold day.
A winter pike taken from a Fenland drain taken on a dead bait on a bright but bitterly cold day.

What a week it has been weather wise, and this weekend does not look much better as we are headed for more heavy frosts.

Thankfully we should see an end to all the flooding around the area and the fenland drains and rivers can get back to something like normal winter levels, but fishing did take a mighty hit.

In fact very few anglers ventured out at the weekend despite reports of some very good catches to be had on the likes of the Old Nene at March and Benwick and reports of some roach weights and an odd tench from the March Twenty Foot Drain.

With so much colour in our fen drains right now, a groundbait and pinkie approach looks to be the best bet, once the colour drops out though we can expect bread punch fishing to come into play.

The Old Nene through March and out to the popular Bypass section should fish well now right through to the end of the season in March, it’s a noted winter hot spot so make sure you get out and sample the cracking winter action.

Pike anglers have suffered more than most recently, for some reason pike are not big feeders when we have coloured water, but we should start to see a vast improvement soon. Look to fish small dead baits for best results, roach, skimmers and of course smelt and mackerel should be your best baits fished static.

Predator anglers looking for a pike match this weekend can book into the Tydd Gote Angling Trust Pike match on the North Level drain system.

Draw 8.15am at Clough Bridge Treatment Works.

It looks as if the East Midland Winter league will go right down to the wire after a tense tussle on the fen waters at the weekend in round five of six.

Team wise it was another good result for Maver Bait Tech, they put together a consistent card to finish with 26 points with locals Sensas Mark One just behind on 29 points.

So with one round to go Mark One and Browning Hotrods are joint leaders on 12 points so it should be a battle between these two now but watch out for Maver they may well have a say in the final shake up.

On the individual front it was Hotrods angler Liam Darler that topped the field from peg one at Factory Bank. The tiny water on the outskirts of Ramsey produced 11lb 5oz for Liam despite a day which saw temperatures hovering around freezing all day.

He fished a short pole line netting small roach on pinkie. Runner up was Richard Martin on 11lb 1 ½ oz followed by Martin Roper with 11lb 1oz.

Result: 1 L Darler, Browning Hotrods, 11lb 5oz; 2 R Martin, Stanjay Gold, 11lb 1oz 8dr; 3 M Roper, Sensas Mark One, 11lb 1oz; 4 C Jenkinson, Maver Bait-Tech, 10lb 12oz; 5 M Pollard, Stanjay Gold, 10lb 110z; 6 D Rawlings, Stanjay Red, 10lb 7oz 8dr.

Teams: 1 Maver Bait-Tech, 26pts; 2 Sensas Mark One, 29; 3 Browning Hot Rods, 34; 4 Stanjay Gold, 36; 5 Stanjay Red, 42; 6 Mark One Magic, 46.

League: 1 Browning Hotrods and Sensas Mark One, both 12pts; 3 Maver Bait-Tech, 14; 4 Stanjay Gold, 15; 5 Stanjay Red, 25; 6 Mark One Magic, 27.

The cold weather did not stop the midweek Tydd Gote match taking place, the consistent John Taylor finishing top with over 200 small roach and skimmers taken on the pole with pinkie over groundbait for 10lb 5oz.

Pushing him all the way was Dave West with 10lb 1oz followed by Paul Harker on 6lb 6oz.

From now until the end of the season the Wednesday and Sunday Tydd Gote matches will both be opens, draw at 9am, fishing is from 10am-3pm.