What a week it’s been for Abi Kendall – she has been working hard to get into the England under 23 team but just failed to make the cut, writes Ken Wade.
Much better news soon followed though as once again she will be representing England fishing for the ladies team out in Spain in late August: a wonderful achievement for the March angler. The venue is the Guadiana River which was used in 2012 for the Euro Championships when England’s men finished in silver medal position.
Team manager Dave Brooks is convinced that the squad can improve on last year’s disappointment when finishing sixth in Belgium and expects to make the podium this time. Even though they are relatively young, the team has a massive amount of international experience and they all worked fantastically well together during the practice week. The tactics here should suit Abbi with slider, pole and whip fishing all playing a part and every one of the squad can compete using these styles.
Unfortunately, the teams do not receive any government funding and have to rely on the generosity of the public, so please support our ladies with any donations and help by buying raffle tickets at the fundraising events.
Abi is doing her bit by running an evening series at Rookery Waters, Pidley, to raise some funds for the England ladies team. She said: “It’s nothing too serious just a bit of fun to try and get some funds in the pot to help the ladies get to Spain.” First match will be on May 27. Draw 4.45pm-5pm.
I said to several local clubs recently if you are looking for a venue for club matches you will not go far wrong with the Cuckoo Canal Pool at Townsend Lakes and once again, to back up my advice, it produced some top quality action for those fishing the latest open on the venue. Top rod was Andy Adams with 177lb taken from peg 34 on a short pole line with pellet. Then came Colin Begbie with 166lb, caught on maggot, followed by Derrick Upson on 79lb 12oz.
The Willow pool at Decoy Lakes fished well for the Spratt’s AC members last week. Leading the way from fancied peg 25 was Mac Campbell, who fished pellet and sweetcorn close in to finish on 131lb.
Peter Parlett came in second. He drew peg 35 and caught his fish on meat, weighing in 101lb 15oz. Bob Barrett took third place with 88lb 6oz.
The popular Buttonhole Fishery Tuesday evening matches are starting to see some good returns and are expected to get even better as we head into summer. Topping the bill in the latest match was Les Barry with 87lb 12oz, all carp caught shallow fishing close to the island on pellet with a few bonus fish from the margins late on with luncheon meat from peg 9. Runner-up was Andrew Carter with 86lb 12oz, a painful pound short of the winner as he was on the golden peg, Mark Grange came third with 68lb 7oz.
The slight rise in temperature made the fish more active in the Bank Holiday match at Rookery Waters. One angler that never seems to fail at the venue is Gavin Butler.
After drawing golden peg 38 there was no stopping him as he topped a strong field with an impressive 251lb 8oz. Fishing banded 6mm pellet 2ft deep he caught 89 carp tight to the now appearing lilies to walk away with £340. Runner-up was Yaxley-based angler Si Dow on peg 35. He fished shallow long and dead maggots for 163lb, with Dan Hall third on 133lb.
Over at Kingsland Fishery, Turves, Fenland Rods found the fish more than willing to feed with most anglers catching well. There is no stopping the in-form Mac Campbell, though, as he completely dominated the match, finishing with a fine 172lb taken close in with meat.
Runner-up was Peter Parlett, 150lb 3oz, then came Kev Lee with 142lb 7oz.