There were some very good weights taken over the weekend as the weather for once was kind to us, writes Ken Wade.
In fact it was so warm one or two anglers went home with bright red faces.
In the latest Fenland Rods fixture at Kingsland Fishery on the Big Carp lake it was meat expert Kevin Lee that took the honours. He drew one of the better pegs in the corner and took full advantage, putting a fine 136lb 6oz to the scales, his best fish a little over 13lb. Just about all his fish came to cat meat fished on the pole. Runner-up was Mac Campbell, who fished luncheon meat and corn close in for 115lb 6oz, followed by James Garner with 90lb 1oz and Matt Lutkin on 87lb 5oz.
The Townsend Lakes open on Cuckoo Canal was another fishery producing some really good sport, top rod with 195lb 12oz from peg 33 was Matt Wiles, he caught on the pole with pellet close in. Second place went to Colin Begbie, he fished peg 39 and put 168lb 12oz to the scales, again close in on pellet. In third place with 143lb 12oz was Jack Gill, he fished the long pole with pellet and also close in with sweetcorn.
Rookery Waters is starting to draw in some big names on the Saturday £1,000 qualifiers, in the latest match fished on the Magpie Lake first place went to Steve Clark. He drew peg 34 and put 137lb 14oz to the scales. Second place went to Jimmy Brooks on 116lb 14oz, followed by Tom Edwards with 105lb 8oz.
In the Thursday £1,000 qualifier again fished on the Magpie pool, local rod Steve Dorks topped the field with a massive 215lb 2oz of carp taken close in feeding heavily with red maggot. Another angler who always does well at the fishery, Kevin Peacock, took the runner-up spot. He fished meat and paste for 146lb, followed by Jim Garrity on 140lb 8oz
Spratts AC were at the Decoy Lakes for their latest match and saw the Oak Pool in very good form. Paste expert Peter Spriggs topped the field with a huge 190lb 5oz. He caught out on the long pole to start with then switched to the margins later in the day from peg three, netting carp to double figures. Runner-up was the man in form, Trevor Cousins, who drew peg 22 and caught on a pellet waggler and later on the pole for 177lb, followed by Mick Raby with 148lb 4oz. He fished meat from peg 1.
If you are looking for an alternative water to hold club matches on then the new Wagtail Pool on the Float Fish Farm Fishery could be the one to try. In the very first match on the lake at the weekend it produced a string of 100lb plus weights and some very good backing nets of fish, too. It has 22 pegs on it so it’s ideal for club matches.