With quite a few of the area’s top matchmen preparing for the forthcoming Division One National on the Trent and Mersey Canal there were no big open or league matches fished on the Fen drains last weekend.
But with our local stillwaters in fine form there was no shortage of matches to fish for those not travelling out of the area.
It’s been yet another very busy week for the Tydd Gote club and club stalwart Colin Burton as he took the honours in both the Tuesday and Sunday matches.
Tuesday’s match was held at Black Dyke which saw Colin topping with 7lb 4oz, he had a net of skimmers and a good eel taken on the pole with worm. Runner-up with 7lb 1oz was Andrew Goodyear followed by Dave Parlett.
Thursday’s match was fished on the same venue, Dick Paul catching bream and a few small perch for a comfortable victory putting 10lb 11oz to the scales. Goodyear second 3lb 11oz, Parlett 3lb 9oz.
Sunday’s big match on the North Level Drain along the Main Road section saw bream on the feed and match winner Colin Burton was on top form, taking a match win with a fine net of skimmers and bream going to the scales at 33lb 14oz, all taken on the quivertip with a worm and red maggot cocktail on the hook. Andy Lawrence second 28lb 15oz, Dick Paul 22lb 6oz.
Tydd Gote fixtures this week: Thursday and Tuesday evening matches, draw at 5pm, fish 5.30-8.30, at Black Dyke. Sunday: Main Road section, draw at 11am, fish 12-5.
There are very few matches on Fields End Water this year so just the one result, the OAP’s event last week. Good news for pleasure anglers though as they have been enjoying some cracking weekend action through the summer months.
Venue expert Ray Sladden won with a net of carp taken on a big pellet waggler 122lb 8oz from peg 4. Runner-up Stuart Naylor 105lb 4oz, David Smalley 72lb.
Anglers have always been a little superstitious about the draw bag, some like to get in first while others will hang back until the last few pegs are ready to be drawn. I like to leave it late and it would seem March rod Tim Bates goes a step further and always insists on being the last one to draw in the Fenland Rods matches. Last weekend the club had an away day at Westwood lakes, Boston and last to draw was Tim, pulling out hot peg 14. It was also the Golden Peg worth an extra £100 should he win. He did, putting 89lb 11oz to the scales all taken on meat and maggot close in. Runner-up with 60lb 7oz was Mac Campbell, Dave Garner 57lb 11oz.
This weekend the club are back at Decoy Lakes with a match on the Cedar Pool
Metal Box on the Decoy complex at the weekend fished the Cedar Pool, out in front with a massive 125lb 3oz was Tony Campion. Tony fished a Method feeder. Second Paul Green with 116lb 4oz, Paul Bennett on 114lb 10oz.
The last of the Summer series of matches run by Chatteris Working Mens Club saw Steve Webb out in front, a few small fish together with a bonus tench for 5lb 6oz. Steve Newell 4lb 15oz, Bob Fitzjohn 4lb 10oz.
The club will be running a “Winter Series” of matches at Horseway from Sunday, October 20.
Townsend Lakes Fishery restarted their open matches and the fishing is just as good as when they left off. Fishery boss Colin Begbie topped the list with 75lb 11oz taken from the Kingfisher Pool on peg 15. Colin mostly fished the pole, catching well on worm. Ricky Young second 54lb 6oz, Harry Morgan 52lb 4oz.