Wet weather finally caught up with us over the past week or so as the majority of our Fenland waters filled up and carried a lot of extra colour, writes Ken Wade.
Good news for those out fishing this coming weekend but unfortunately the popular Drennan Pairs match fished on the lower Welland through Spalding and the River Glen caught the brunt of the extra water and both venues suffered as anglers struggled for bites.
With many anglers from Fenland clubs taking part it was by far the biggest match in the area and at least we had the consolation of seeing one or two making the frame.
In fact March rod Pete Wills, now fishing for Sensas Mark One, took the honours from the half of the match fished on the River Welland.
In difficult conditions he put together a net of roach taken on pinkie over groundbait to put a very respectable 9lb 2oz to the scales.
Rob Wootton came in second on 7lb 11oz followed by Sam Merry with 7lb 7½ oz.
It was just as tricky on the River Glen with too much colour going through, although Mark Pollard made light work of it, topping this half of the match with a fine 14lb 4oz.
He caught on the pole with maggot netting small fish all day but added a massive 4lb perch to see him well clear of the chasing pack.
Harry Kage came in second on 7lb 3oz, with Glen Brown third on 7lb 1oz. Early leaders in the four-match pair’s series are Mark Pollard and his partner Lee Klymczuk.
Over on the North Level Drain the Tydd Gote matches are still producing reasonable weights, once again though it was John Taylor proving much too strong for the field in the Wednesday match at Clough Bridge. John put 12lb 3oz of small fish to the scales, fishing pinkie over groundbait on a three-metre whip.
Dave Priestly jnr came in second fishing similar tactics to the winner, weighing in 11lb 10oz, followed by John Youngs with 9lb 5oz.
Sunday’s club match saw Sammy McSpadden out in front with 7lb 6oz, then came Andy Greenwood with 6lb 6oz and in third place with 4lb 11oz was Andy Lawrence.
There was a good turn-out for the first match of the New Year at Rookery waters.
After a sharp frost it was always going to be a difficult match, even on the prolific Magpie pool.
Out in front was March-based angler Tony McGregor from peg 31. He presented 8mm bread punch around the reeds at 16m to catch carp to 4lb to finish with 68lb 14oz.
Runner-up was Mark Pollard who fished similar tactics to the winner, putting 56lb 14oz to the scales. Third place went to Sean Higginbottom on 42lb 6oz.
Pike anglers have had the pick of the action right across the Fens over the past couple of weeks.
Despite the unusually mild conditions the pike have been on the feed.
Most of the dedicated predator anglers all seem to agree that a proper winter with long cold spells always seems to bring the better pike on the feed, but quite a few doubles have been taken.
Glassmoor Bank has been a popular venue around Ponders Bridge and also around the pump and down to the next bridge.
There have been a few good fish also taken from Chain Bridge at March on the Twenty Foot drain.
One of the best venues right now looks to be the North Level drain and also French Drove.
On the Drove you can expect plenty of action from the smaller samples, whilst on the main drain some really big fish have been taken. The best I have come across was a fine 26lb 4oz pike taken by Harry Lucraft.
He caught the fish at Church Lane on a smelt dead bait. It was his first visit to the North Level Drain.
He also had a smaller fish of 5lb earlier in the day and he was about to pack up when the big fish struck just before dark.