Local winter league successes

John Spalton Bourne Winter Angling League
John Spalton Bourne Winter Angling League

Last weekend saw some cracking sport right across the area with pleasure anglers and matchmen alike enjoying the spring-like conditions.

Once again those fishing the Bourne Winter League were treated to some spectacular roach fishing on the River Welland through Spalding which saw double-figure weights common place.

Top rod with 39lb 15oz was Steve Slater, he fished upstream of the footbridge netting roach to 1 ½ lb on bread punch and hemp seed. Parson Drove angler and match organiser John Spalton came in a close second he fished hemp seed all day to record 35lb 7oz. It turned out to be quite a good day for our local anglers as Emneth Tackle dealer Mick Asker scooped third place with 33lb 2oz.

On the team front a fine all round performance from the strong Maver Bait Tech “A” side saw them romp home with a fine 14 point tally. The Wisbech based Sensas Mark One lads kept their nerve, the “Black” team second on 26 points with the Whites third on 27.

There is one match to go and that is on March 18 on Westwood Lakes, an interesting choice of venue as it’s at Boston! Hardly a local venue, but some would argue a chance for those that now prefer stillwaters.

It does look as if the Maver Bait Tech “A” side have the league wrapped up though, they are six points clear at the top but there is every chance Sensas Mark One will take second and third places.

Chatteris WMC

The final round of the Winter League saw a head to head battle between the club’s front runners, Steve Newell and John Roper. Steve, with a little help from a good end peg draw, comfortably took first place on the day with 5lb 5oz.

The tiny Horseways Drain fished quite well with plenty of small fish showing, runner-up was John Roper on 3lb 9oz followed by Norman Frear with 3lb 2oz. As I said Newell won the winter league with 99 points, second Roper on 94, third Paul Hollingsworth on 89.

The club will be running a match on Sunday at Horseways, draw is at 8.30am, fishing 9.30 till 2.30pm. In the latest match weights were low, Fred Hart taking the honours with a modest 1lb 11oz. Paul Frear came in second with 1lb 9oz followed by Jack Halverson with 12oz.

Tydd Gote AC

Wednesday’s match fished at Clough on the North Level Drain saw the venue respond to the milder conditions, top rod with 7lb 3oz of small roach on the whip and pinkie approach was Phil Parnell. Runner-up on 6lb 10oz was Mick Asker followed by Dave Parlett with 6lb 3 ½ oz.

Sunday’s match was just as good, Colin Gibbons first with 7lb 10oz. Ray Groom came in second with 6lb 8oz followed by Sammy McSpadden with 5lb 13oz.

As usual the club have matches on the North Level on Wednesdays and Sundays with the draw at 9am.Committee member Ray Groom witnessed a 31.3 pike caught on the water last week.

Townsend Lakes Fishery

The Woodpecker Pool continues to see improved catches. On Saturday venue regular Ricky Young topped the small field with 45lb 8oz from peg 10. Nick Carlton second with 42lb 8oz followed by Colin Begbie with 34lb 8oz.

On Sunday Steve Sharpe topped a small but strong field with 28lb 10oz from peg 9. Colin Begbie came in second with 27lb 14oz, then Rob Hewison 27lb 12oz.

As we head towards the end of the season on our Fenland Drains pike anglers have been making hay. The Old Nene produced a cracking result in the latest Ramsey AS pike match.

Top rod with four fish for 56lb 3oz was Enzo Serino on smelt and lures, his best fish of the day weighing in at 26lb 14oz. March specimen angler John Watson came second, he put four fish to the scales for 31lb 6oz, followed by John Freeman from Wisbech with three fish for 26lb 6oz.