Dave clearly on top at Rookery

Picture is of Ricky Young, winner at Townsend Lakes.

Picture is of Ricky Young, winner at Townsend Lakes.

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The regular weekend matches run at Rookery Farm Fishery at Pidley have been producing some close matches, but Sunday’s match saw a clear winner in Dave Rawlings.

He fished close in on the Jay Lake, netting 71lb to comfortably take the top spot. Runner-up with 57lb 4oz was Kevin Medlock followed by John Hunt with a level 55lb.

Holland Drain

In the recent Holbeach club match those fishing were hoping for some better action on the Main Holland Drain at The Orchard near Foreman’s Bridge.

The lads were competing for the Sewell Cup, and once again found the drain very clear indeed and consequently most found it a struggle. Match winner was angling journalist Richard Grange, he found a big bream and also took a net of small roach for a very respectable 9lb 8oz.

Richard fished over to the rushes with pinkie over a little groundbait but took his bonus tench on a chopped worm line. Crip Wright came in second with 3lb 2oz followed by Jonathan Stubley with 2lb 14oz.

Spratt’s AC

In the midweek match on the Willows Lake, Decoy, once again the lake did not fish to form, with several anglers finding it tough going on a venue renowned for some very big weights.

Trevor Cousins kept his good run going, taking the top spot with a modest 48lb taken from peg one close in on luncheon meat. Whittlesey rod John Smith came in second putting 38lb 8oz to the scales, again close in with meat followed by Ted LIoyd who caught on pellet for a level 37lb.

Tydd Gote AC

In a usual three-match run of fixtures last week, all were on the Black Dyke section. In Tuesday’s match Mark Lynn took the honours with 5lb 2oz of small roach and skimmers taken on the whip with pinkie. In second was Dave Sippitts with 4lb 2oz followed by Andy Greenwood on 4lb 1oz.

Lynn again came out on top on Thursday evening, this time with roach taken on the pole with red maggot. Runner-up with 6lb 6oz was Andy Greenwood followed by Rob Wright on 6lb 2oz.

Small fish were again in evidence in the bigger Sunday club match, Colin Gibbons topping it with 8lb 6oz. Then came Ray Groom with 7lb 13½oz followed by Alan Lemmon with 6lb 1oz.

For the Tuesday and Thursday evening matches here the draw is at 5pm, at Blackdyke, while for Sunday’s match at Blackdyke the draw will be at 11am, fish 12-5.

Headfen Lakes

These continue to fish really well. In the latest open match on the Snake Pool fishery boss Marcus Bailey took the top spot from peg 6, netting 40 small carp on meat over hemp seed for 94lb 14oz. Runner-up with 88lb 10oz was Adam Playford followed by Jimmy Brooks with 86lb 4oz.

This week it’s a Saturday open, again on the Snake Lake, draw is at 8.45am. 

Townsend Fishery

After a lean spell of form Ricky Young bounced back to the top of the frame at the weekend, putting a level 89lb to the scales to take first place in the Tuesday open.

Saturday’s match on Kingfisher Pool saw Dave Priestly out in front with 77lb 12oz, runner-up with 53lb 13oz was Steve Hillman followed by Dan Rust with 42lb 4oz. 

The best lake on the fishery right now is the Cuckoo Canal Pool, in Sunday’s open match Andy Adams took the honours with a fine 126lb 6oz net of carp taken close. Matt Sheldrake took second place with 105lb 8oz followed by Steve Hillman with 97lb 12oz.

The fishery runs regular opens through the year on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Metal Box

A challenge match against H.L. Foods at the Decoy complex on the Oak Channel turned out to be very good although the venue fished hard, with tight pockets of fish.

The match was won by Metal Box’s 12 anglers who weighed in a very credible 262lb 13oz to the H.L. Foods 12 who weighed in with 197lb 10oz. On the individual front Metal Box supplied the top three with Tony Campion 47lb 3oz. Tony fished a feeder with maggot.

Runner-up was Roger Archer 42lb 8oz fishing the pole at eight metres with maggot followed by Paul Green on 36lb 8oz.

Chatteris WMC

Where have all the tench and bream gone from the Forty Foot Drain, that’s the question Chatteris must be asking themselves after yet another small fish tussle on the drain last weekend.

Top rod with an all-small fish catch taken on pinkie was Steve Newell with 3lb 4oz, then John Roper with 2lb 12oz and Mark Dunham with 2lb 4oz. On Sunday the club have another fixture on the Fenland drain, draw is 7.15am at the pump.