Fen anglers Sensas Mark One face big Division One National match

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It’s a big weekend coming up for one of the area’s top match fishing outfits, Sensas Mark One, writes Ken Wade.

They take on the cream of England’s angling clubs in the Division One National.

The match takes place on Saturday with the venue the Tidal River Trent. The team have put in a lot of time and effort as they usually do for these big events and hopes are high of a good result.

They have a long history of excellent results in these big matches but this one could prove to be very difficult as a good draw will be essential given the fact that there are some very poor areas to negotiate. The good news is that the tide times are just about spot on so at least the organisers have got that right and some big weights should be recorded. But it’s a team event and even a few ounces can make all the difference to the team score card. The team have a strong line-up, so let’s hope it all falls into place for them and they come home with a top ten position – anything more will be a real bonus.

On the local match scene the Tydd Gote club anglers have been very busy of late, fishing their club waters three times over the past week. John Taylor started the ball rolling in the Wednesday open match fished on the North Level Drain, he caught a net of skimmers, roach and bream for a match winning 16lb 4oz. Runner-up was Colin Burton with 8lb 12oz, followed by Pete Emery on 8lb 8oz.

Thursday’s match on Black Dyke saw Andy Greenwood out in front with a modest 5lb 5oz of roach. Then it was Dave Williams with 3lb 5oz and Rob Wright on 2lb 12oz.

Back on the Main Drain for Sunday’s match which saw Paul Bowden putting a fine mixed bag of skimmers and roach to the scales along with three decent bream to finish with 15lb 1oz. Pete Emery came in second with 10lb 2oz, then it was Andy Greenwood with 8lb 6oz.

Buttonhole Fishery has been in fine form of late, reflected in the two match results. In the open match Andrew Carter took the honours with 113lb caught on a straight lead approach with pellet from peg 3. Runner-up came from peg 2, Marc Bradford taking 111lb on pellet fished shallow. In third place was Des Proud on 102lb.

The Tuesday match at the fishery saw Les Barry back at the top of the leader board, he weighed in 148lb on paste, several of his fish weighing into double figures. The consistent Andrew Carter came second on 113lb, followed by Andy Lawrence on 104lb.

Some huge weights were taken in the latest Spratt’s AC match fished on the Cedar Pool at Decoy Lakes. Topping a strong field with a fine 196lb 6oz was Trevor Cousins, he drew peg 2 and caught on the bomb then the margins with meat. John Smith came second from peg 13 fishing close in on meat. Then it was Peter Parlett coming third with 162lb 7oz.

Top rod with a fine 240lb 14oz net of carp in the Rookery Waters open match fished on the Magpie Pool was John Cartwright, he caught on cat meat all day netting fish to 8lb. Simon Godfrey came second on 194lb 8oz, followed by Graham Welton with 187lb 4oz.

In the Wednesday over 60’s open on the Jay Lake Ken Gammon made light work of the difficult conditions topping the field with a level 71lb taken from peg 24. Runner-up was Mick Curtis with 65lb 4oz, then came Roger Abbott with 56lb 4oz.

The midweek match run by Chatteris Workingmen’s Club at Horseways saw Steve Newell out in front with a net of small fish weighing in at 4lb 3oz. Runner-up with 1lb 15oz was Chris Gubler, followed by John Roper and Jack Halverson both on 9oz.

Fishery boss Colin Begbie won the latest open match fished at Townsend Fishery, Colin put 120lb 2oz to the scales from peg 15 fishing a long pole with pellet. Runner-up on 105lb was Ricky Young, he fished up in the water then later switched to the margins.