Flurry of activity to mark start of season

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THE start of the new coarse fishing season on our Fenland rivers and drains gets underway again on Thursday, June 16.

Sport is expected to be quite good right from the off this year thanks to a very warm spring, although the weather has turned much cooler of late.

There should be plenty of club matches and several open matches are expected around the area too.

Parson Drove match organiser John Spalton has once again produced a long fixture list for his King of the Fens Summer League.

He has had to reduce the team size to accommodate smaller clubs, so now it will be just teams of four taking part.

There are still a few places available for anyone interested in entering. You can contact him on 0780 750779 for details, have a look at the fixture list below for the venues.

June 19: Open match – North Level Drain. June 26: League match – North Level.

July 10: League match – South Holland Drain. July 17: League match – River Ouse, Littleport.

July 24: League match – Old Nene, Benwick.

Aug 7: League match – North Level.

Aug 21: League match – Old Nene, March.

Some of our local stillwaters continue to produce some cracking action which I am sure will continue to draw anglers to them even when the new season gets underway.

Buttonhole Fishery is on fire right now.

In the midweek match John Clarke took the honours with 124lb 12oz followed by Phil Hurn on 85lb 9oz and Pete Lambdin with 83lb 3oz.

At the weekend Matt Ayres stole the show putting a fine 145lb 8oz catch to the scales. Alan Archer came in second on 96lb 6oz followed by Todd Archer with 86lb 3oz.

Fenland Rods

In the Fenland Rods matches over the past couple of seasons if you beat Kev Lee you are almost certain to frame! On Sunday at Headfen Fishery he once again proved to be too good for the opposition.

He did draw well on peg 25, which in fact turned out to be the golden peg worth an extra £100, but a masterly display of pole fishing in windy conditions saw him finish top with 92lb 1oz taken on meat and corn close in.

Runner-up was Darren Ogden who came close, finishing just short with 90lb 1oz with Mac Campbell third on 82lb 4oz.

Metal Box

Metal Box fished the Decoy complex recently on the Oak Channel. The weather conditions for this match were poor with a very strong gusting wind so most anglers fished the feeder.

The winner with a weight of 70lb 2oz was Tony Campion who fished the ground bait feeder with maggot hook bait over to the island. Runner-up with a weight of 64lb 7oz was Peter Harrod. Peter also fished the  groundbait feeder but used luncheon meat hook bait. Third place went to Paul Green on 59lb 6oz.

Another of our local waters in good form is Townsend Lakes. Saturday’s match on the Kingfisher Pool saw Ricky Young taking the top spot with 93lb 4oz taken from peg 6 on the pole with soft pellet.

Sunday’s open match saw the anglers lining up on the Snake Pool. A spare peg gave match winner Andy Adams the edge, but he still did very well to produce the only three figure catch, all taken close in on pellet for 118lb 14oz. Andy Carter took second place with 66lb 5oz followed by Stuart Redman on 64lb 11oz.

Golden Lion

The windy conditions were far from ideal for the Golden Lion club fishing on the match lake at Fields End Water, Doddington. Paul Hollingsworth took first place from peg 22 netting 50lb 4oz of ide taken up in the water on maggot.

Runner-up with 32lb 10oz was Derek Moss, he caught carp on the pellet fishing the long pole line. In third place with 21lb 4oz was Kev Bridgement. This weekend’s match for the club will be on the Woodpecker Pool at Townsend Fishery.

Spratt’s AC

Mac Campbell is in fine form and took the honours in the midweek Spratt’s AC match to continue his winning run. Mac fished peg 35 at the back of the island and caught carp close in on luncheon meat to weigh in 86lb 8oz. a very close runner-up with a level 86lb was Colin Varney followed by Shaun Buddle on 63lb.

Big fish anglers are certainly not missing out on the action on the Six Island Pool at Willowcroft. Aiden Edwards had 15 fish and beat his personal best twice and Martin Bell had 17. They were caught on scattered Mainline Cell with a snowman presentation over the top.