Headfen just miss national semis

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A much better week weather wise and a vastly improved weekend saw some cracking action right across the area with both pleasure anglers and matchmen alike taking full advantage of warm, sunny conditions.

JVAC have reached the semi-final of the national Angling Times Supercup with a hard-fought victory over Little Downham’s Headfen AC at Yew Lake, Decoy. Winning five pairs to Headfen’s three, the eight-man locals JVAC used a variety of tactics to beat our fenland team.

Individual winner was JV’s Nick Carlton who used method feeder with meat and pole with paste for an impressive 91lb 5oz from peg 22. Almost opposite on peg nine was runner-up the best of our local lads, Alan Archer, who fished pole with paste for 81lb 5oz. A disappointing day for Headfen as a place in the semi-finals at Packington Somers in Warwickshire would have seen them doing quite well, I am sure.

Peg-by-peg rundown, Headfen v JVAC: Keith Westaby 4lb 1oz, Kevin Wilmot 42lb 12oz; Dave Priestley 40lb 2oz, Andy Gausden 61lb 4oz; Alan Archer 81lb 5oz, Adrian Wylde 57lb 15oz; Marcus Bailey 68lb 8oz, Mike Mitchell 73lb 12oz; Ron Cuthbert 44lb 3oz, Jon Preedy 61lb 12oz; Tim Dabrowa 57lb 15oz, Nick Carlton 91lb 5oz; Steve Jackson 80lb 14oz, Alan Warren 31lb 1oz; Dave Rodwell 64lb 1oz, Dave Parsons 50lb 13oz.

Townsend AC

Rook Lake at Pidley is never an easy water but the lads did find some fish. Winner was Paul Constable with a weight of 48lb 4oz, fishing the pellet waggler and catching carp up to 5lb early on from peg 13. Runner-up was Carol Davis who also chose to fish the pellet waggler, her fish came later on in the day from peg 12 weighing in 46lb 14oz. Shaun Strachan rounded off the frame, he caught all of his fish in the first 90 minutes of the match and nothing from then on putting 31lb 14oz to the scales

Townsend Fishery

There was a much better turnout for the latest Open match fished on the productive Cuckoo Canal Pool. Top rod this week was Rob Hewison with a cracking 158lb 4oz from peg 16. Rob was kept busy all day opting for a caster and maggot approach. Pushing him all the way was runner up Josh Pace who put 146lb 14oz to the scales taken on pellet followed by Alan Owen with 122lb 14oz This weekend’s match will be on the Kingfisher Pool

Fenland Rods

At the Willow pool on the Decoy complex at the weekend the club expected some huge weights.

Unfortunately the warmer weather saw the fish spawning and they were in the main uninterested in feed. Mac Campbell drew fancied peg 23 and stole the show, together with the golden peg of prize of an extra £42, he won the match with a weight of 73lb 13 ½ oz, fishing close in on meat. Runner-up was Tim Bates from peg 13, he caught in the margins on maggot for 58lb 10oz followed by Kev Lee with 55lb 6oz.

Fields End Water

Queens Fishing Club fished the match pool at Doddington at the weekend and perhaps made the mistake of allowing Peterborough rod Stuart Redman into the fray.

He completely dominated the club match putting a huge 132lb 10oz to the scales fishing maggot up in the water. Ray Sladden came in second with 68lb 4oz, taking his fish on a pellet feeder followed by Paul Kirk with 65lb 12oz.

Buttonhole Fishery

This again fished really well for both the Tuesday and weekend matches. Andy Lawrence topped the evening match with a fine 115lb 15oz catch of carp taken on meat, followed by Sammy McSpadden on 80lb 6oz and Andrew Carter with 54lb 14oz.

The weekend match was probably better. Les Barry topped the field in what was a Buttonhole Qualifier with 124lb 12oz from peg 5. Close by was Ian Haynes with 83lb, Matt Ayres on 80lb 10oz.

Rose and Crown AC

The Chatteris based club fished the Jay Lake at Pidley which has yet to produce its best form. Fishing the pegs from 20 through to 40 saw the lads taking plenty of small fish later in the day as it warmed up. First past the post with a weight of 40lb 12 oz was Bill Savage, he caught on a small feeder with meat on the hook. Runner-up was Kev Bridgement, he caught on the long pole line on pellet netting 36lb 8oz followed by Paul Hollingsworth with 32lb of small carp taken in the margins on corn and maggot.