March marvels take HAJAC team honours

Brendan Strowgler
Brendan Strowgler

In the final round of the HAJAC Winter League, March AC put in one of the best performances of the season to take the team honours on the day with 21 points, writes Ken Wade.

It’s been some time since March took first place and it was made all the sweeter as they also filled the top two individual places.

The match was fished on Factory Bank, Raveley Drain and the Old Nene at Benwick and it was once again the Benwick sections that produced many of the leading weights.

Out in front from his peg at Benwick village was Ian Warby the March AC angler catching five tench late on in the match on a chopped worm and caster approach to weigh in 18lb 4oz.

Not too far away was team mate Bob Fitzjohn. He set off like a house on fire netting five tench in the first two hours of the match and looked to be on course for a huge weight. Unfortunately his swim dried up and he struggled to put any more fish in the net, although his weight of 17lb 8oz was still enough for second place. Young James Drakalic came in third with a net of roach taken from Factory Bank for 16lb 6oz. The lad from Bedford has had a great series and came out top of the individuals with a four match score of just nine points.

Overall winners of the league were the Stanjay Posh side, they held off the challenge of stable mates Stanjay Gold to take the title for the second year running, a very good achievement considering the strong line-up of teams again.

Result; 1 I Warby, 18lb 4oz; 2 B Fitzjohn, 17lb 8oz; 3 J Drakalic, 16lb 6oz; 4 A Bates, 15lb 5oz; 5 B Hughes 14lb 2oz; D Rowell, 13lb 9oz.

Teams; 1 March AC, 21 pts; 2 Garbolino RAF, 23; 3 Stanjay Posh, 26; 4 Stanjay Gold, 32; jt 5 Maver Bait Tech, Sensas Mark One Black and Browning Hotrods, all 36.

Final League; 1 Stanjay Posh, 10 pts; 2 Stanjay Silver, 13; 3 Browning Hotrods, 18; 4 Garbolino RAF, 19; 5 Maver Bait Tech, 20; 6 Sensas Mark One White, 25.

The Sunday open match at Townsend Fishery saw Brendan Strowgler way out in front of the field with a fine 60lb 12oz catch taken from peg 12. Brendan fished a long pole and pellet approach for most of the match, coming into the margins late on to pick up a few better samples.

Colin Begbie came in second, on peg 10 and caught on the pole with caster, taking a couple of carp from the margins on sweet corn to finish with a level 21lb. Third went to Andy Adams with 16lb 6oz. He caught skimmers on the feeder.

This Saturday it’s the fishery’s pairs match.

If you fancy fishing but haven’t got a pair please phone as they have a couple of anglers looking to make up a pairs team for the day. Call the fishery on 01945 774008 for all the details.

The Sunday open match will once again be on the Kingfisher Pool.