The East Midland Winter League may not be as big an event as it used to be a few years ago but the competition is just as fierce.
Round Four of this year’s series took place on the ever-reliable Old Nene through March and out on the Bypass sections and the venue produced yet another cracking match.
New boys Maver Image have set up a grandstand finish after taking a very impressive victory, racking up just 20 points on the day and now become joint top of the leader board with two matches to go.
Once again though Sensas put in another consistent team card to take second place and still remain top on eight points.
These two teams now have a four-point cushion over the chasing pack led by Browning Hotrods so it’s hard to see beyond these two teams for a league winner. It was a good day all round for Maver Image. Gary Miller took the top individual place with 17lb 9oz of roach taken on punch then pinkie from the West End park section. Not far behind was team mate Alistair Ogilvie. He drew at the top end of the match length at the mouth of the marina and also caught small roach to weigh in 17lb 7oz. In third place was Rob Wright with 15lb 6oz.
Fenland Rods fished their last match of the year on the Six Island pool on the Decoy Complex. It was tough going on a damp and at times quite cold day. Way out in front and recording his first-ever match win was Tyrone Horn. He drew peg 8 and caught on the feeder to the island and also in the margins on maggot, weighing in a very impressive 99lb 10oz. Second was the ever-consistent Kev Lee on the opposite bank and caught on the long pole and later in the margins for 56lb 9oz. In third place was Tim Bates, 49lb 10oz.
Local rod Andy Adams has been out of the fishing scene and only recently decided to start fishing matches again and already he has shown he has not lost his touch, topping the latest Townsend Lakes open match fished on the Kingfisher Lake. Drawn on peg 18 Andy caught the majority of his fish on a long pole line with pellet, putting 76lb to the scales. Runner-up was Colin Begbie, sweetcorn over pellet for 69lb 10oz, followed by Derrick Upson on 38lb.
This Saturday is the turn of the country’s predator anglers to take centre stage as they fish the Angling Trust British Pike Championship. Once again it’s going to be fished on Fenland drains and hopes are high for a good event, especially as most of the venues will have seen a little extra water over the past week or so. The Twenty Foot Drain should be a consistent performer but it’s quite possible the likes of Glassmore Bank could produce a shock result as several big fish have been taken from the drain recently. Good luck to all those taking part, especially all our local contingent.
Drennan have again agreed to sponsor the Winter Pairs that has been very popular over the past few seasons for local anglers, offering the league some excellent prizes. The matches are again 50 pegs, 25 on the Town Welland and 25 on the River Glen (roadside) at Pinchbeck. League to be decided on total weight over the four matches.
The dates are all Sundays: December 28; January 4, 2015; January 25; February 8; £40 for pairs (£20 each). £20 pools on the day. Draw 8am for all the matches at the Fishermans Arms, Pode Hole. Fishing 10 am-3pm. Breakfasts at the draw from 7.30 am.
To book contact Wayne Swinscoe on 07737 056767.