March Open set for hot finale

ANOTHER mild week saw the area once again produce some cracking action with both Fenland drains and stillwaters in fine form.

With not too long to go before the season draws to a close, make the most of these unexpectedly mild conditions as I have a feeling winter is not yet finished with us.

As expected there was a very big turnout for the penultimate March Open fished on the Old Nene right through the Fenland town and what a match it was. The venue has certainly returned to form this year, hot on the heels on some tremendous weights in the last match this one was just as good with the Nene Parade section producing the winner and runner up.

Out in front from peg 32 was Browning Hotrods’ star Stuart Northrop returning to the match fishing scene after a spell of ill health. Drawn on the noted Nene Parade section Stuart fished down the middle with squatt and pinkie over groundbait taking a net of skimmers and roach to weigh in 20lb 1oz. Runner-up at the very next peg was the in-form Steve Winters who had a similar catch to the winner falling just short with 18lb 9oz. Dan Mason came in third with 17lb 4oz followed by Wisbech rod Andy Greenwood with 16lb 15½oz.

So with just one match left to go I expect match organiser Bob Fitzjohn is going to be inundated with ticket requests and is sure to have a sell-out match, just like the good old days!

Result: 1 S Northrop, Browning Hotrods, 20lb 1oz; 2 S Winters, Maver Bait Tech, 18lb 9oz; 3 D Mason, Bills Tackle,17lb 14oz; 4 A Greenwood, Wisbech, 16lb 15oz 8dr; 5 M Pollard, Fox Match 16lb 14oz; 6 S Slater, Maver Bait Tech, 16lb 10z.

Tydd Gote

In the Tydd Gote Wednesday open match, held on the North Level drain at Clough Bridge, Mick Asker put a modest 5lb 2½oz to the scales to take first place. The Emneth tackle dealer took a net of small fish on the whip close in on pinkie. Sammy McSpadden came in second on a level 5lb followed by Dave Sippitts with 4lb 9oz.

Sunday’s match on the same venue saw the venue in much better form with Andy Lawrence taking the honours as he caught a net of skimmers, perch and roach on the pole with red maggot, finishing on 17lb 13oz. Colin Gibbons came second with 8lb 10oz followed by Andrew Spence with 6lb 12oz.

It’s going to be a busy time for the Tydd Gote officials this coming week as they have a match to run on Wednesday and Sunday with the draw for both at 9am, at Clough Treatment Works, fishing 10am to 3pm. Also on Sunday is a Pike Championship qualifier, draw at Clough Treatment Works at 8.15 fish 9-3.

Chatteris WMC

Some big fish were taken at Horseways, Chatteris last week but come the Chatteris Working Men’s Club predator match on Sunday quite a few were hooked, but unfortunately only a few made it to the scales. Top rod was Steve Newell with a total of 19lb 15oz followed by K Finch on 14lb 24oz.

This weekend it’s back on the drain for a club match, draw is 8,30am on the bank.

Townsend

Townsend Lakes continues to fish really well and in Saturday’s match on the Kingfisher Pool, local rod Andy Adams put in a fine performance on the long pole with soft pellet taking first place with 42lb 15oz of skimmers and carp from peg 9. Runner up on 40lb 8oz was Colin Begbie followed by Ricky Young with 28lb 14oz.

Sunday’s match on the Cuckoo Pool saw Ricky Young improve on his Saturday showing comfortably taking the top spot with a mixed bag taken on the maggot and pellet weighing in 41lb 2oz. Then came Colin Begbie with 29lb 2oz followed by Peterborough rod Chris Shortland on 24lb 5oz.

Willowcroft

The mild weather has also seen the bigger carp on the feed at Willowcroft Fishery at Wisbech St Mary and in a recent 24-hour session at the fishery Michael Gerran took a massive 31lb fish from the Six Island Pool and there have been several other reports of good carp being taken. Once the weather settles into spring this venue is sure to be very popular with the big fish anglers.

Headfen Open: Trev’s Lake, Sunday - 1 T Dabrowa, FM Stanjay, 35lb 11oz; 2 A Hayward, Ely, 21lb 13oz; 3 V Easey, Cambridge, 16lb 10oz.

Headfen Masters Qualifier: Sunday - 1 R Bond, Bury St Edmunds, 37lb 12oz; 2 S Easey, FM Stanjay, 29lb 4oz; 3 G Arnold, Suffolk’s Finest, 24lb 9oz.