Clubs prepare for campaign

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With the coarse season on our Fenland Rivers and drains opening for a new campaign on June 16, local clubs have been preparing for the expected rush of anglers to their waters.

It’s not quite the magical day it used to be as many fish year round on stillwaters across the area. But for some June 16 is still a day to look forward to and this year expectations are high. Recent rain has put good colour into the majority of waters. Add to that some much warmer weather and I think we could see a cracking start to this season.

On the North Level Drain Tydd Gote AC have put in 34 new platforms at Harold’s Bridge to Maxey’s Bridge.

Club official David Parlett said: “The North Level Drainage Board have been great in helping us to achieve this, along with committee members. This now makes a total of 140 platforms on the water ready for the new season.”

Whittlesey AA members will be very pleased to hear that the club have been actively, and I might add successfully, acquiring new waters. In fact over the close season the club has almost doubled the size of the fenland waters they control, adding the Counter Drain and Morton’s Leam to their already impressive list of drains.

Local-wise, the midweek Spratt’s AC match saw Mac Campbell out in front on the Cedar Pool at Decoy Lakes. He topped a strong field with 154lb 11oz taken from peg 5 close in with meat and pellet netting carp to 8lb. Trevor Cousins runner-up with 132lb 6oz taken from the margins on meat from peg 14, third 123lb 8oz was Peter Parlett.

At Headfen Fishery the weekend open Qualifier was fished on the Trevs Lake which saw Tim Nash taking a comfortable victory, putting 82lb 15oz to the scales. Second Jimmy Brooks 67lb 13oz, Geoff Arnold 66lb 12oz.

This Sunday’s match will be fished on the Snake Lake, draw is at 8.45am.

Fenland Rods were also at Headfen, fishing the Snake Lake on Sunday. Unfortunately the fish have not yet spread right around the lake. Those fortunate to be drawn on the top of each bend all caught fish whilst those who did not really struggled for bites. Dave Garner, drawn next to the aerator, made the best of his good draw by putting a creditable 137lb 12oz to the scales all caught on rod and line using luncheon meat, some of his fish going to 5lb. In second place ,again drawn at the top of the other bend was the in form Mac Campbell, he is having a very good season so far and weighed in 110lb all on pellet and meat, followed by Tim Bates on 84lb 4oz.

This coming Saturday Fenland Rods have a pairs match on Four Island and Lou’s pool at Decoy Lakes.  
Townsend Lakes fishery held their latest open on the Kingfisher Pool and again Ricky Young took the honours with 80lb 10oz from peg 14. Some way behind was Brendon Stowlger 49lb 3oz, followed by Steve Sharp 34lb 10oz.

March rod Barry Mason put in a fine performance in the recent Decoy Lakes open on the Beastie Lake. Lots of double figure carp were taken. It was a battle for the top spot between venue regulars Barry and Tony Dawson, Barry taking the honours from peg 9 fishing corn and meat in the margins to finish on 186lb 4oz. Tony was on peg 26 and fished a similar method with 181lb 1oz, third John Whincup 144lb 11oz.

Tuesday Evening Buttonhole open: 1 Lester Pratt 119 lb 4oz, 2 Danny Button 101 lb 6oz, 3 Les Barry 98 lb 4oz.

Queens A/C fished buttonhole on Sunday: 1 Daley Self 82 lb 2oz, 2 Barry Goldsmith 66 lb 2oz, 3 Lee Ellis 58 lb 2oz.