Matches begin at Townsend

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It’s good to see matches are again taking place at Townsend Lakes, writes Ken Wade.

In the first match for some time venue regular Steven Hillman took the top spot in a very close match fished on the Woodpecker Pool.

Drawn on peg 15 Steve caught on a small Method feeder to start with switching to the pole line with sweetcorn later in the match to finish with 75lb 11oz. Runner-up was Ashley Kinsey, he fished the pole and pellet for 71lb 11oz followed by Colin Begbie on 71lb 8oz, all caught on the pole close in with caster.

It’s been a very busy time over at Buttonhole Fishery, Les Barry topped the field in the Tuesday Open putting 104lb 12oz to the scales. Richard Button was the runner-up, he weighed in 72lb 6oz followed by Andrew Carter on 69lb 14oz.

In the Saturday Open some huge weights were recorded topped by the inform Andrew Carter who in fact broke the fishery record which he had already held! Fishing close in with meat over a bed of sweetcorn from peg 18, Andrew caught fish after fish from start to finish, several fishing weighing in well into double figures to finish on a massive 269lb 2oz. Runner-up Andy May put a very respectable 141lb 8oz to the scales followed by Mike Whittaker on 113lb 2oz.

Six Island Pool on the Decoy Complex has been very heavily fished over the past few weeks and with a cold spell leading up to the weekend I am sure it made a difference to the weights in the Fenland Rods match on the pool last Sunday.

Nevertheless there were some good leading weights topped by Darren Ogden on fancied peg 17. He had a slow start but sport picked up as the match progressed to see him run out a clear winner with 89lb 15oz taken on luncheon meat.

Neil Garner took second place with 88lb 5oz, again on meat followed by James Garner on 73lb 12oz and Kev Lee with 72lb 8oz.

On Sunday Fenland Rods are at Buttonhole Fishery.

In their latest match Metal Box Angling Club fished at Headfen fishery on the Snake Lake and like one or two other clubs out at the weekend found it a little more difficult than expected.

The winner with a weight of 61lb was Shaun McKenna, he drew peg 5 and fished down the edge with a variety of baits netting carp to 6lb.

Runner-up with 59lb 2oz was Shaun Buddle with third placed Tony Campion putting 55lb 2oz to the scales. Fourth place went to Jim Allen with 50lb.

In the Wednesday Tydd Gote match fished on the Main Road section of the North Level Drain it was Don Green that took first place with 7lb 2oz, his catch included a decent bream and a few roach and skimmers taken on the pole with pinkie.

Runner-up with 5lb 6oz was Peter Hauker followed by Ray Groom with a level 5lb.

On the same length on Sunday it was Ray Groom taking the honours, he put 8lb 12oz to the scales, a net of small fish all taken on the whip with pinkie. Andy Greenwood came in second with 7lb 9oz followed by Paul Ringham on 6lb 10oz.

Please note change of venue for Sunday (September 29) to Black Dyke, draw at 11am, fish 12-5pm; also Wednesday (October 3) at Black Dyke, draw at 9am, fish 10am-3pm.