OVER the past few weeks the HAJAC Winter League seems to have got away from the worst of the weather and managed to find venues that have fished well so it was no surprise to see the final match of the series back on Ramsey Narrows, Factory Bank and the Old Nene.
It should have been a roach match, but match winner Mark Pollard had other ideas. Drawn on the Narrows the Fox Match Stanjay caught a total of six tench on chopped worm and caster to end the day with 22lb 7oz. Mark’s victory helped his team finish third on the day, with Sensas Mark One taking the team event. The victory for the Wisbech-based side saw them head the league table with five points to spare over their nearest rivals.
Result: 1 M Pollard, FM Stanjay Gold, 22lb 7oz; 2 D Hall, March AC, 14lb 13oz; 3 M Asker, Sensas Mark One, 12lb 5oz; 4 G Welton, FM Stanjay Gold, 11lb 13oz; 5 B Fitzjohn, March AC, 11lb 10oz; 6 P Green, Garbolino Peterborough Red, 9lb 3oz.
Teams: 1 Sensas Mark One, 19pts; 2 Garbolino Peterborough Black, 20; 3 FM Stanjay Gold, 21; 4 March 23. League: 1 Sensas Mark One, 5pts; 2 Garbolino Peterborough Black, 12; jt 3 March AC, Stanjay Gold and Stanjay Black, all 13. Top individual: Mick Asker, 7pts.
Looking around the results it’s obvious the return to winter like conditions has seen anglers right across the area struggling for bites. In Sunday’s Tydd Gote match on the North Level Drain, Colin Gibbons needed just 2lb 6oz of small fish to take the honours.
Mick Gamble came in second on 1lb 5oz followed by Andy Lawrence with 1lb 1oz. The club have matches on Wednesday and Sunday, draw at 9am at Clough Bridge, and they will also be running the final pike match of the season on Saturday. Draw for that one is at Clough Treatment Works at 8.15am.
Horseway’s Sluice is yet another very reliable winter water for the Chatteris WMC angling section yet even on this water anglers struggled to put fish in the net.
Steve Newell won the day with a respectable 5lb 7oz. Second place with 4lb 11oz was John Roper followed by Tom Boswell with 3lb 10oz. Sunday will see the final match of the season on the drain, draw is at 8.30am.
One water that seems to have bucked the trend is Buttonhole Fishery, Matt Ayres fished pole and pellet to finish top of the Saturday open with a fine 78lb 2oz net of carp. Lester Pratt came in second on 74lb 12oz followed by Ian Darrington with 74lb 4oz.
There was a lot of activity in the Saturday open match fished on the Woodpecker pole. Andy Adams did well to take the top spot with 51lb 12oz on the pole with pellet. Runner-up on 42lb 1oz was Don Burns followed by Dave Corcoran with 37lb 10oz.
The big match on Sunday saw Townsend Fishery take on the JVAC side from Peterbor-ough in the Angling Times Super Cup event. Unfortunately our local lads took a bit of a beating, losing seven to one.
It was quite tight in several of the sections but the Peterborough team were just a little too strong in the end. Top rod from peg 1 was Adrian Wylde. He finished on 48lb 15oz, his catch included a 15lb plus carp taken on the final whistle. Colin Begbie came second with 38lb 4oz followed by Nick Carlton on 32lb 8oz.
Former world champion Bob Nudd took time off from the busy match fishing scene to do a feature for the Total Coarse Fishing magazine on Townsend Lakes and he went home very impressed with the fishery after catching a fine bag of skimmers. Have a look at the magazine, it’s out now and you could well pick up a few tips on the Kingfisher Lake.