Round one of the HAJAC winter league got off to a flying start, writes Ken Wade.
The Old Nene at Benwick was the star venue of the show, easily performing better than both Factory Bank and Raveley Drain.
Steve Slater topped a very strong and impressive turnout from Benwick with a massive 40lb 6oz net. Drawn just before the first bend at Benwick the Maver Bait Tech team man caught on a chopped worm and caster approach, netting nine tench, a decent bream and a few perch.
Team mate James Drakalic caught six tench and topped them up with close to 200 small roach for 27lb 12oz which gave him the runner-up spot. Pete Wills has been out of the match fishing scene for some time, but having moved to March decided to give it another go and, my goodness, it has not taken him long to pick up where he left off, taking third place with 17lb 5oz.
On the team front Sensas Mark One White took the honours, despite Maver Bait Tech grabbing three section winners. A more consistent Mark One team card saw them home on 21 points.
It’s another good start for our local team, let’s hope they can hold onto the top spot in the remaining three matches and not let it slip as they did in the Angling Trust league before the Christmas break.
The other big match of the weekend was the Barry Mason run Guru/Bag Em backed winter series fished on the Beastie Lake on the Decoy complex at Eastrea.
The March rod ran a cracking series of matches, splitting the sections up by peg numbers as opposed to the usual all in a line method. You are always going to fall foul of pegs that produce better catches than expected but in the main he got it spot on and those that fished are already asking for a spring, summer and winter series, so he must have done something right.
Leading the way on the day on what turned out to be a difficult match for many was Nigel Baxter. He drew peg 9 and caught small carp fishing short with maggot for a level 50lb. Barry Mason came second from peg 13 putting 47lb 6oz to the scales, followed by John Whincup on 39lb 4oz.
When all the points were totalled up and anglers could deduct their worse points score Baxter and John Whincup tied on seven points at the top of the leader board, John taking the honours thanks to a total weight of 303lb 7oz to Nigel’s 255lb 1oz. Simon Godfrey came third on eight points with Mason and Rob Goodson equal fourth on nine points.
The Woodpecker Pool was the venue for the latest Townsend Lakes open match and it fished very well. Top rod was fishery boss Colin Begbie, he drew peg 4 and fished the long pole with pellet for most of the day, finishing on 60lb 12oz. The in-form Brendon Strowgler took the runner-up spot. He alternated between a small banjo feeder and pole with pellet for 60lb 1oz, followed by Ricky James on 51lb 6oz again fishing the pole with pellet. A very good winter result on a fishery that regularly has open matches. Give them a call, I know Colin will make you feel most welcome.
Don’t forget it’s the big March open this coming Sunday and with the Old Nene in good form through the town and out along the by-pass section some good weights are expected and a big turnout is on the cards as there are very few fixtures on the day other than this one.
Match organiser Bob Fitzjohn will once again be in charge of tickets and the match. Give him a call on 07970 673439 to get booked in.
I had not been getting any news from the Buttonhole Fishery for some weeks now and after making a few inquiries found out owner Richard Button has been ill. I am sure all anglers that fish his very pleasant water wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to meeting him at the gates to his water very soon.
There were no really big fish taken in the latest Tydd Gote Pike match fished on French Drove at the weekend.
Top rod with two fish weighing a total of 18lb 1oz was Rob Wright, both caught on deadbait. Second place went to Paul Keeping with a brace weighing 8lb 10oz, followed by James Cooper with 5lb 12oz.
Next match will be Sunday, February 8, draw at 8am at Clough treatment works, for more info contact Mike Mumby on 07749100145.