Several matches were cancelled in the area but round three of the HAJAC Winter League went ahead, match organiser Roy Whincup deciding on the Old Nene at Benwick and Factory Bank at Ramsey.
It proved to be a wise move. The winner came from Factory Bank but both venues produced the goods for most of the competitors. The unstoppable John Taylor took the honours making it three wins in a week, this one saw him putting an excellent 18lb 8oz to the scales from Factory Bank, the Sensas Mark One rod took close to 10lb of perch and topped the catch up on a pinkie and squatt approach with small roach and rudd. It was good to see match organiser Roy Whincup making the frame he took the runner-up spot despite the headache of ensuring the match ran smoothly both before and after the event. Roy was also at Factory Bank he took over 300 small fish on the four metre line weighing in 13lb 8oz. On the team front once again it was tight at the top, Stanjay Bronze finishing top with 17 points just ahead of Browning Hotrods and Stanjay Silver with 18. With just one round to go Stanjay Silver have a handy two point advantage over the chasing pack but anyone of four teams could quite easily claim this years event particularly if the weather does not improve.
Result: 1 J Taylor, Sensas Mark One, 18lb 8oz; 2 R Whincup, Stanjay Silver, 13lb 8oz; 3 D Ray, Stanjay Bronze, 10lb 9oz; 4 P Kilby, Browning Hotrods, 9lb 10oz; 5 J Hazeldin, Browning Hotrods, 9lb 5oz; 6 G Welton, Stanjay Silver, 9lb 3oz.
Teams: 1 Stanjay Bronze, 17pts; Jt 2 Stanjay Silver and Browning Hotrods, both 18; 4 Stanjay Gold, 23; 5 March AC, 27; 6 Sensas Mark 1, 32.
Before the winter weather decided to return Townsend Lakes held a match on the Cuckoo Canal pool and as expected the result was very respectable Top rod was Steve Sharpe from Huntingdon, he fished the long pole with pellet and caught well throughout the day to record 72lb 12oz. Runner up was Colin Begbie he opted for a pole and maggot aproach, finishing on a level 61lb followed by Derrick Upson on 49lb 10oz.
In Wednesday’s Tydd Gote match held at Clough on the North Level drain I think the fish must have known some wintery weather was on its way as they fed well, with small fish expert John Taylor putting a fine 14lb 4oz catch to the scales to finish well clear of the chasing pack. John fished the pole with pinkie on the hook taking well over 400 fish. Runner up was Emneth Tackle Dealer Mick Asker he weighed in 8lb 12oz followed by Sammy McSpadden with 8lb 11 1/2 oz
Unfortunatly Sunday’s match was called off due to the poor weather conditions but this weeks fixtures are expected to go ahead as planned, with both the Wednesday and Sunday matches drawing at 9am at Clough Treatment Works, fishing is from 10am till 3pm.
The fen drains have been very popular venues over the past few years for pike anglers from across the country and the success of the Tydd Gote, Ramsey and Whittlesey Pike matches seems to have drawn even more to our local waters of late. They still have the locals to beat though and in the latest Whittlesey Pike match local rods Liam Wade and Martin Smith stole the show with a conbined weight of 33lb 10oz. Chatteris rods Norman Knightly and Paul Lenton came a close second with a total of 27lb 2oz followed by John Lennon and Brian Green with 19lb 5oz.
Mick Brittian, caught the biggest fish weighing in at 13lb 14oz.