March Open sees good weights

Picture is of Ray Groome, Sunday winner on the North Level Drain in the Tydd Gote match
Picture is of Ray Groome, Sunday winner on the North Level Drain in the Tydd Gote match

The March Open, fished on the Old Nene right through the town sections and out on the bypass length, saw quite a few good weights despite the difficult conditions.

The attendance on this match was boosted by those practising for this weekend’s penultimate round of the East Midland Winter League on the same venue, which should see even better weights if it’s pegged out well giving anglers a little extra room.

Out in front from the end peg on Nene Parade was John Taylor. The Sensas Mark One backed rod fished bread punch all day netting 86 skimmers for 14lb 3oz.

Runner-up from the Marina mouth at the Bypass was the in-form Andy Greenwood, he fished bread punch to take 6lb of fish but in the final hour added a further 30 hemp roach to weigh in 12lb 15oz.

Result: 1 J Taylor, Sensas Mark One, 14lb 3oz; 2 A Greenwood, Wisbech, 12lb 15oz; 3 B Harding, Maver Bait Tech, 12lb 3oz; 4 R Whincup, FM Stanjay, 11lb 13oz; 5 T Stacey, Match Pack, 11lb 6oz; 6 A Palmer, Sensas Mark One, 11lb 1oz 8dr.

One of the small clubs from Peterborough came over to fish the March Twenty Foot Drain at the weekend and found top quality fishing on a water many anglers just do not bother fishing anymore.

Pete Molesworth (Sn) from the Allsorts AC drew two pegs from the old footbridge and fished the waggler with caster over a little brown crumb. Pete finished with a net of skimmers for 12lb 2oz.

Carl Stones came in second with a net of rudd and a bonus tench caught late on to weigh in 10lb 1oz followed by Dave Arbon on 7lb 14oz. The result proves to many that the fen drains are far from finished and are well worth a try even through the winter months.

Townsend Lakes

Sunday’s open match saw Derek Moss taking the honours, he drew peg 15 on the Woodpecker Pool and fished red maggot on the pole for 23lb 6oz. Runner-up with 14lb 10oz was Colin Begbie followed by Ricky James on 13lb 4oz.

On the Headfen Masters open fished on the Snake Lake, local rod Matt Ayres took a narrow victory. Drawn on peg 25, Matt fished maggot on the long pole line for 48lb 9oz of carp to 4lb. Second place went to Mick Langley on 48lb 8oz, with Roger Bond third with 46lb 12oz.

Metal Box

The Wisbech based angling club fished on the Decoy complex for their latest match using the Cedar pool. Top rod was Rodney Melnyk with a mixed bag of fish which included carp to 4lb and barbel to 2lb putting 50lb 11oz to the scales. In runner-up spot was Jim Allen with 40lb 8oz followed by Peter Harrod on 32lb 6oz

Spratt’s AC

Spratt’s AC were also on the Cedar pool, but obviously on a different day and they managed to find a few extra fish willing to feed. Top rod was Colin Varney, he caught well on the long pole line feeding and fishing red maggot to weigh in a level 71lb.

There was a tie for second place between Bryan Lakey and John Smith, both putting 60lb to the scales. Bryan fished meat and corn close in while John caught in the margins late on with meat.

Tydd Gote

One of the top rods in the area has to be Andy Greenwood at the moment,

In Wednesday’s match held at Clough Bridge on the North Level Drain he once again took first place adding to several other very good results over the past month. Andy fished the pole with pinkie to finish with 5lb 2oz. Runner-up with 2lb 6 ½ oz was Len Shucksmith followed by Trevor Haycock and Mark Lynn on 2lb 5oz.

Sunday’s match on the same venue saw Ray Groom well ahead of the field weighing in 8lb 7oz of small fish all taken on the whip. Mick Gamble came in second on 3lb 10 oz followed by Colin Gibbons with 3lb 8oz.

The club’s Wednesday and Sunday matches will draw at Clough Bridge at 9am, fish 10-3.

Rookery Farm Fishery

The popular Friday opens have seen some good weights recorded and it was no different in the latest match fished on the Jay pool. Top rod was Matt Ayres with 63lb 13oz of small carp taken on pellet from peg 36. Runner-up with 50lb 12oz was Dave Reece followed by Roy Whincup on a level 47lb.