Colin is British pike runner-up

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It was a big weekend of sport on our local waters – on Saturday the Angling Trust British Pike Championship took place and Sunday saw the practice match for the East Midlands Winter League.

The pike match has been fished on the fens for many years now and has normally been quite successful, but I think this year’s match will go down as one of the best seen for many years with well over 100 fish being taken.

Top rod was Pete Brice from Oxfordshire, he made the trip well worth the effort netting two big pike from the Twenty Foot drain on legered dead bait. We did have some local success, runner-up was Wisbech rod Colin Bartrum. He caught a total of six fish throughout the day from the Glassmoor Bank Drain.

With the drains fishing so well organisers are very hopeful of an even bigger turnout next year and after this result there seems no reason at all to change the venue.

Results: 1st – Peter Brice, Bicester – 2 fish (19lb 14oz & 15lb 14oz) – peg 206 on 20 Foot River (£700 plus £800 pools plus £90 first in section pool).

2nd – Colin Bartrum, Wisbech – 6 fish (1lb 9oz; 2lb 4oz; 1lb 7oz; 2lb 6oz; 9lb 2oz; 12lb 1oz) peg 131 Glassmoor Bank (£350 plus £400 pools plus £90 first in section pool).

3rd – Robert Harden, Letchworth – 5 fish (2lb 8oz; 6lb 12oz; 3lb 8oz; 1lb 8oz; 14lb) peg 92 on 20 Foot River (£200 plus £250 pools plus £90 first in section pool).

4th – John Palmer, Whittlesey – 3 fish – (5lb 8oz; 2lb 8oz; 18lb 12oz) peg 174 on 20 Foot River (£125 plus £200 pools plus £90 first in section pool).

5th – James Jakeman – 1 fish (22lb 8oz) – peg 126 on 20 Foot River (£75 plus £130 pools plus £50 second in section pool).

6th – Gareth Dewdney, Whittlesey – 1 fish (21lb 12oz) – peg 234 on 20 Foot River (£50 plus £90 pools plus £50 second in section pool).

RAF man Graham Welton took the honours in what turned out to be a very difficult match for the majority of anglers fishing the East Midlands practice match.

Whilst anglers struggled on the usually productive Old Nene at Benwick and Whittlesey Dyke the three sections on the Forty Foot Drain produced some very encouraging weights. This was where the winner drew, just to the left of the Forty Foot Bridge.

Graham fished the chopped worm and caster approach, netting a tench along with a good net of skimmers for 16lb 3oz. Wisbech rod Bob Bates drew the other side of the bridge and took a net of small skimmers for 12lb 8oz which gave him the runner-up spot followed by Alistair Ogilvie with 11lb 4 ½ oz.

Chatteris WMC

The first match of the club’s angling section was fished at the Horseways Drain and it fished well with lots of small fish showing and a few better samples too.

Top rod was Neil Newby, he put a fine 13lb to the scales followed by John Roper on 10lb 15oz and Steve Newell with 9lb 15oz. If this sort of form keeps up the club can expect a few more anglers eager to have a fish on this small but top quality venue.

Rookery Farm Fishery

Sport has been quite good of late. The recent Friday match on the Magpie Lake saw Roger Abbott again taking the honours with 56lb 8oz from peg 10, a net of small carp and barbel taken on pellet and maggot close in. Kevin Peacock came in second with 39lb 2oz followed by Roy Whincup on 27lb 14oz.

Fields End Water

Whittlesey All Stars fished the match lake at Doddington on Saturday and they had a good day’s sport topped by Richard Linnell with 66lb 6oz of carp all taken on the pole with worm and maggot. Runner-up with 55lb 2oz was Terry Moat followed by Paul Rayner on 46lb 12oz.

Tydd Gote

The midweek match on the North Level Drain saw Mick Asker topping the field with 8lb 1oz, Mick fished the whip with pinkie. Runner-up was Andy Greenwood on 6lb 10oz followed by Dave Sippitts on 5lb 15oz.

Ray Groom took the honours in Sunday’s match on the same venue, with 7lb 14oz to the scales. Once again Andy Greenwood came in second, this time with 5lb 8oz followed by Sammy McSpadden with 4lb 14oz.

The club have two matches again this week, both the Wednesday and Sunday matches draw at Clough at 9am, fish 10-3.

On Sunday the club will also be running a Pike Qualifier, draw at 8.15 at Clough Treatment Works. Contact 01945 463913 for more details and entry.

Fenland Rods

Yew Lake was the venue for the penultimate match of the year and, considering the conditions, it fished reasonably well.

Top rod was Mel Lutkin, he drew peg 18 and took most of his fish on a straight lead approach with hair rigged pellet for 82lb 2oz. Runner-up was Dave Stimpson on 53lb 5oz followed by Dave Farrugia with 40lb 5oz.

Townsend Lakes Fishery

The open on Saturday saw venue expert Andy Adams out in front on 39lb 2oz fishing the pole with pellet. Colin Begbie came in second with 37lb 12oz followed by Steve Hillman on 24lb 10oz.

Sunday’s match on the Kingfisher Lake was won by Steve Hillman, he drew peg 25 and fished the long pole with caster netting 42lb 12oz. Runner-up on 27lb 2oz was Alan Owen followed by Steve Sharp with a level 21lb.

Headfen Fishery

Matt Ayers is the man to beat right now, Sunday’s open match on the carp pool saw him top the field with a fine 93lb 8oz taken on punched bread from peg 17. In second place with 70lb 2oz was Dave Priestley followed by Richard Bond with 56lb 1oz.