Fenland carp king Carter knocks Barry off top Buttonhole spot

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One or two anglers were beginning to wonder if anyone was going to knock Les Barry off the top spot in the Tuesday open matches at Buttonhole fishery, writes Ken Wade.

At long last though it’s happened: Andrew Carter actually managed to beat Les.

He had 91lb of carp with about half caught on paste at 2 and 3 and a few big fish from the margins late on meat.

The weather didn’t help much as it was atrocious for the time of year, and I think all the heavy rain slowed sport down a little but still very respectable weights.

Runner-up was Danny Button, he caught well on paste to finish with 82lb 3oz, followed by Nathan Johnson on 78lb 8oz.

A mix up on which venue Fenland Rods should be fishing in the club’s pairs match at Decoy Lakes saw them move off Six Island and onto Elm Pool. Thankfully they made the most of it and it still produced some good weights.

Top pairing on the day was Dave Garner and Kev Lee. Dave won his section with 91lb 5oz from peg 5, while Kev came in second from his peg 14, putting 149lb 1oz to the scales.

Runners-up were Mel Lutkin with Dick Warrener followed by Tony Nesbitt and Clive Foster. Once again though there was some disappointment for anglers at Decoy Lakes as they fell foul of the net rule. This match saw one of the club’s anglers going over weight in three nets, always disappointing when you have such a fine day’s sport.

This coming Sunday Fenland Rods are at Headfen Ely where we they are fishing a handicap match for the first time, something new for them. Let’s hope they are on the right lake this time too.

A different lake was used for a change in the Saturday £1,000 qualifying open at Rookery Waters as the match moved onto Rook Lake.

Unfortunately anglers found the lake fishing very hard with some even targeting the silvers to keep a few bites coming. Overall winner was Rob Humphries who booked a place in the August final with 42lb 8oz all caught shallow on maggot and casters.

Runner-up was Marcus Normington from peg 11. He caught on the slow sinking bomb for 34lb 10oz, followed by Tom Edwards with 29lb 10oz.

In the Thursday qualifying open on the Jay Lake Len Stephens fished meat and hemp at 14.5m tight over to catch carp averaging 2-3lb for 114lb 10oz and won the golden peg too!

In second place was Tony Watling, who caught in the margins all day for 103lb 2oz, followed by Tim Bates with 90lb. The Wednesday over 60’s were on the Magpie Lake which saw John Belshaw put a modest 57lb 8oz to the scales to take first place.

He caught on corn and pellet tactics.

In second place was Roy Whincup fishing maggots and pellets to finish with 56lb 14oz, with Dennis Jarvis third on 50lb 8oz.

Lou’s Lake on the Decoy Lakes complex was the venue for the latest Spratt’s AC club match which saw Bob Barrett taking first place from peg 7 netting carp to 6lb close in on corn and meat.

In second place on peg 6 was Peter Parlett. He also fished close in, finishing on 77lb 10oz, then came Trevor Cousins with a level 77lb from peg 3: a very good catch indeed from a peg most clubs miss out as it very rarely produces any amount of fish.

l Family Fishing Days in the Fens is a series of free sessions coming up in the summer for all the family on two great venues.

They have upcoming days at both Townsend Lakes, starting June 11 and July 2 (PE14 9HJ; contact Colin Begbie on 01945 774008); and at Rookery Waters on August 29 (PE28 3DF; contact Alex on 07824 878492).

Or contact James Lewis, Angling Trust regional officer, at: James.lewis@anglingtrust.net

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