Going Cuckoo for good sport

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If there is one water in the area that you can rely on for a cracking days sport now the cold weather has gone it’s the Cuckoo Canal pool on the Townsend Lakes complex at Upwell.

In recent weeks some really big weights have been taken and at the weekend venue expert Ricky Young once again took the top spot in the fisheries latest match. Ricky weighed in a massive 250lb 2oz from fancied peg 14 fishing the pole with banded pellet. Liam Darler came in second not too far behind on 221lb 12oz fishing a similar method followed by Matt Ayres on 198lb 8oz and then Brendon Strowgler with 173lb 8oz. This weekend’s match will be on the Woodpecker Pool this Saturday, not Sunday as is usually the case for the open matches.

If you would like to try the prolific Cuckoo Pool I can give you a little more detail on it. There are close to 40 pegs all have concrete bases in them for stability and pegs 1 and 2 also have a ramp going down into them for the disabled anglers. The biggest carp are around the 5lb mark so no need for really heavy set ups but you will need plenty of pellets to feed although check out the bait restrictions before fishing, they include:

No groundbait not even in feeders or for dusting; no meat of any kind; no paste of any kind not even bread; no bread; fishery only feed pellets that are available for £1 a bag in the shop; use any hook pellets on the hook only and not thrown in for feed.

Maggots and corn are also good baits on here and both produce well. Please remember size 14 maximum hook and all fish to be netted.

Bites for all anglers were at a premium in the latest Fenland Rods fixture fished on the usually productive Kingsland Large Carp Lake at Turves it was even a struggle for some of the more experienced rods. Guest angler Clive Foster fished the Method feeder with pellet all day taking a very comfortable victory putting 68lb 6oz to the scales. Some way behind with 46lb 11oz was runner up Mac Campbell, he caught several big fish on meat, then came Tim Bates with 44lb 8oz.

One of the biggest individual angling competitions is the Fish O’Mania event, with a massive first prize of £30,000 its no wonder the qualifying matches attract a high class field. In the latest one fished at Barford Fishery, Huntingdon rod Andy Leathers made it through to the grand final putting a fine 154lb 15oz to the scales. It really was the Browning Hotrods day as lady luck played her part in the event, first off he was only on the reserve list but managed to get one of the no show tickets. Then after drawing a hot corner peg on the Match Lake, he was fortunate to see an empty peg to his left thanks to several anglers failing to show at the draw. Andy started his match on the long pole line down to the corner of the lake with a chopped worm and caster approach which saw him take lots of F1’s and small carp giving him around 50lb on his opening gambit. He switched to margins close in which produced next to nothing but fishing the long pole down to the spare peg to his left with worm over groundbait saw him bag up in the third and fourth hour as he caught big carp to double figures.

The records keep tumbling over at Buttonhole Fishery, the latest in the three hour Tuesday evening. Again local rod Andrew Carter took honours with 151lb 8oz. Second Jamie Crown on peg 2 for 105lb 12oz, then Bob Bates 78lb 8oz. Last Tuesday Les Barry won with 132lb 15oz, Danny Button 82lb 5oz, Dave Corcoran 63lb.