We have been very fortunate with regard to the winter weather this year, with only the odd sharp frost over the past couple of months. But it does look as if we can expect a much colder spell and if it is prolonged it’s sure to affect sport across the area.
Last weekend’s sport was not as good as many had hoped, so even a light frost can and indeed did put the fish off the feed. This coming weekend it’s round two of the HAJAC Winter League which will see several of our local teams in action and with the venues likely to be the Old Nene at Benwick, Factory Bank at Ramsey and possibly Raveley Drain. Thankfully we got used to fishing in bitterly cold weather last season so a few frosts will affect the fishing rather than the anglers lining the banks. The draw will be the George Pub at Ramsey Forty Foot at 8.15am.
A small match was arranged for Sunday on Factory Bank by Stanjays, weights were low and with a few more frosts to come some of it could be difficult by the HAJAC league match. Top rod was Roy Whincup, he drew peg 5 and took a net of small roach on bread punch for 6lb 9oz. Runner-up with 3lb 5oz was Tony Hayden followed by Trevor Oakman on 2lb 15oz.
At the weekend again the Wisbech based Sensas Mark One lads did well, the Black team taking second place and the White team coming third. So after two rounds the Whites are in second place on six points and the Blacks third on seven. The match took place on the River Glen which saw Alistair Ogilvie a clear winner putting 12lb 8oz to the scales, a net of perch and roach. Dale Stones came second with the only other double figure weight, putting 10lb 4oz to the scales. Steve Slater was third on 7lb 14oz.
Result: Ind; 1 A Ogilvie, Maver Bait Tech, 12lb 8oz; 2 D Stones, Garbolino Peterborough, 10lb 4oz; 3 S Slater, Maver Bait Tech, 7lb 14oz.
Teams; 1 Maver Bait Tech, 17pts; 2 Sensas Mark One Black, 19pts; jt 3 Sensas Mark One White and Lincs County, both 20.
League; 1 Maver Bait Tech, 2pts; 2 Sensas Mark One White, 6pts; jt 3 Garbolino Peterborough and Sensas Mark One Black, both 7pts.
Saturday’s Open Match on the Snake Pool saw fishery boss Marcus Bailey topping the field with a very respectable 47lb 13oz net of small carp taken on the pole with red maggot. Runner-up was Matt Ayers with 24lb 8oz, followed by Dave Rodwell with a level 14lb. Sundays match at the fishery saw a good turnout on the Trev’s Pool with anglers looking to qualify for the big £2450 final later in the year. First place in this one went to match rod Ian Warby, he drew peg 37 and fished a straight lead approach over to the island taking carp to 7lb for a match winning 83lb 4oz. Steve Cowley came second with 77lb 8oz followed by John Millard on 32lb 10oz.
This coming weekend it’s the same arrangement, Saturdays match is on the Snake Lake, Sunday’s event will be fished on Trev’s.
Ricky Young is the man to beat right now after taking the honours two days running. On Saturday the open match was fished on the Woodpecker pool which saw the Browning Hotrods angler put 37lb 10oz to the scales from peg 5. Ricky fished the long pole with pellet taking carp, the roach and bream fell to red maggot. Colin Begbie came second on 20lb 10oz followed by Harry Morgan with a level 16lb. Sundays match was fished on the Kingfisher pool saw Ricky Young bagging 19lb 13oz to take the honours, Harry Young came second with 7lb 9oz followed by Steve Hillman and Derrick Upson, both on 5lb 13oz.
A cold east wind slowed sport for those fishing the Qualifier on Sunday, Les Barry taking first place with 29lb 10oz. Runner up was Richard Button on 29lb 9oz followed by Mark Bradford with 25lb 5oz. There is another open qualifier on the fishery this Sunday.
Local rod Jon Young continues his good run of form by taking the top spot in the midweek match fished on the North Level Drain at Clough. Jon took a net of roach on hemp seed for 5lb 4oz. Mick Asker came second on 4lb 9 ½ oz. followed by Andy Greenwood on 4lb 9oz.
Ray Groom topped the Sunday match with 6lb 10oz of small roach taken on the whip with pinkie, then came Andy Greenwood and Phil Parnell, both weighing in a level 6lb.
Considering the tiny drain at Horseways Sluice is being dredged those angling fishing round four at the weekend did remarkably well. Top rod with a net of small fish was Neil Newby with 4lb 7oz, then came Steve Newell on 4lb 5oz and in third place was John Roper with 3lb 9oz.
Steve Newell is currently leading the league with 97 points, 2nd John Roper with 91 points, third is Fred Hart on 84 points.
Despite an overnight frost, the small carp fed well on Jay Lake for the regular Friday Open matches at Rookery Fishery, Pidley. First place went to Roy Whincup on peg 40, he caught small carp on pellet and maggot for 34lb 2oz. March rod Gary Burton finished second on 25lb 4oz followed by Chris Saunders with 21lb 3 ½ oz.
The consistent Roy Whincup, winner at Factory Bank on Sunday