England Ladies debut for Abbi

Abbi Kendal
Abbi Kendal

The Buttonhole Fishery is fast becoming one of the top waters in the area after yet another cracking final to the popular two-day festival, writes Ken Wade.

Throughout the year anglers fish qualifying matches at the fishery which gets them into the grand final.

At the weekend the top rods from around the area descended on the venue but it was March rod Barry Mason who took the honours in the two-day Buttonhole Final with a perfect score at the weekend.

On day one Barry fished shallow to the island from peg 14 for 133lb, a big weight from there, as it wasn’t fancied at all. It won the match by a mile on the day though.

On the second day he drew peg 23 and fished towards the aerator for most of the match on the pole and feeder for 84lb and another section win. However angling journalist Tony Grigorjevs also had two section wins, 72lb from peg 4 on day one and 104lb from peg 6 on day two but last year’s winner just missed overall victory on weight count back!

Lady anglers are few and far between – on the whole our sport is still male dominated. That’s not to say we do not have some very good lady anglers and in our area we have one of the very best. Despite her tender years Abbi Kendal, from March, finally broke into the England ladies team last week in the World Ladies Championship in Croatia.

Despite having a first and two seconds in practise Abbi wasn’t selected on day one which she took well, but was disappointed. The managers opted for experience.

However the team slumped to a disappointing seventh on the first day with Italy the runaway leaders. On day two Abbi got her chance, replacing a very unlucky Julie Abbot. She drew E section which had been very fair on the first day.

She put in a fantastic performance and won her section with 4.668 kilo, catching five barbel on a big waggler at 50 yards in the first hour, then on pole at 6 and 11 metres for bleak, small barbel and mullet feeding groundbait and balls of sticky maggot. Our girl was fifth overall in the match with the top four all coming from the much-fancied A section.

The Spratt’s AC match on the Beastie Lake at Decoy produced something of a surprise result. The venue has been in cracking form, but a cold wind blowing across the lake did no favours to anglers.

Paul Cousins topped the field with a modest 73lb 7oz. Paul fished meat and paste close in from peg 18 and also the pellet waggler, catching F1s to 2lb and carp to 6lb. Second was John Smith who also fished meat in the margins from peg 21 catching carp to 8lb for 71lb 9oz. Trevor Cousins third 66lb 14oz, he fished a pellet waggler from peg 23.

Tydd Gote results Wednesday, Main Road: 1 John Taylor 15lb 12oz, 2 Don Green 7lb 4oz, 3 Sammy McSpadden 7lb. Thursday Evening Match, Black Dyke: 1 Phil Parnell 4lb 5oz, 2 Andy Greenwood 3lb 2oz, 3 Andy Lawrence 2lb. Sunday, Main Road: 1 Carol Davis 14lb 13oz, 2 Dick Paul 11lb 5oz, 3= Dave Corcran & Colin Gibbons 9lb 9oz.