I THINK quite a few anglers had a bit of a shock at the weekend when they got to the banks of several of our local waters to find a covering of ice. Unfortunately winter is far from over and we could yet see another spell of very cold weather before spring arrives.
Over the past couple of years the HAJAC Winter League has, for some reason, not been as popular as it should be. Roy Whincup has worked very hard to bring it back up to speed after years in the doldrums only to see anglers drift away again.
Thankfully with a bit of rallying and gentle persuasion Roy has managed to encourage a few extra teams this year and in Round One it was Maver Bait Tech that stole the show with a very powerful team effort finishing top with just 15 penalty points and they will take some beating in the remaining two matches.
Everyone expected all the leading weights to come from the Factory Bank section at Ramsey or perhaps the Old Nene at March on the by-pass length but in fact just about all those that made the frame came from the top end of the Forty Foot Drain in the “Narrows”.
Top rod was Sensas Mark One’s new recruit Josh Pace who caught a net of roach topped up with a bonus tench and bream to finish with 10lb 11oz; Peterborough rod Andy Ellis was second on 10lb 5oz.
Result: 1 J Pace, Sensas Mark One,10lb 11oz; 2 A Ellis, Garbolino Peterborough Red, 10lb 5oz; jt 3 P Hendy, FM Stanjay Gold, and W Swinscoe, Maver Bait Tech Black, both 9lb 10oz; 5 N Newby, March AC, 8lb 5oz; 6 M King, Garbolino Peterborough Black, 7lb 11oz; Teams: 1 Maver Bait Tech Black, 15ps; 2 Sensas Mark One, 19; 3 March AC, 26; 4 Garbolino Peterborough Black, 29; jt 5 Garbolino Peterborough Red and FM Stanjay Black, both 31.
In the Wednesday Tydd Gote AC match held at Clough Bridge, Dave Sippitts took a net of skimmers and roach on the pole with pinkie to take the top spot with 5lb 5oz. Runner-up with 3lb 4oz was Dave Steels followed by Mick Asker on 2lb 15oz.
On Sunday, Tydd Gote AC will be hosting an Open Pike Championship, tickets will be £20 all in, draw at 8.15 at Clough Treatment works and you will be fishing from 9am till 3pm. You will have to get booked in as quickly as possible for this match as tickets are going to be limited. Contact David Parlett on 01945 463913 or Colin on 07789687377 for all the details.
Last weekend saw the Chatteris Working Men’s AC semi-final take place at the tiny Horseway Drain. Current leader is Ian Warby and on Sunday he showed he is going to be a hard man to knock off the top spot as he ran out a comfortable winner putting a net of roach to the scales for 7lb 12oz.
The two anglers closest to him, John Roper and Steve Newell, came in second and third respectively, John with a level 6lb with Steve putting 5lb 3oz to the scales.
In the Sunday open match at Townsend Lakes, fishery boss Colin Begbie moved the match to the popular Cuckoo Canal Pool which produced a cracking winter event, yet surprisingly the turnout was not as good as I would have expected. Top rod with 41lb 11oz was Spalding angler Neil Parkinson, then came Colin Begbie with 37lb 9oz followed by Steve Pell on 33lb 6oz.
Woodpecker Pool, Saturday: 1 R Young, Browning Hotrods, 34lb 10oz; 2 D Corcoran, 26lb; 3 D Pearce Sn, 19lb 14oz.
Taking the honours in the Headfen Masters event on Sunday was Huntingdon rod was Simon Easey. Drawn on peg 6 he fished tight across taking 19 carp to finish with 37lb 8oz most falling to a red maggot approach.
Result: 1 S Easey, FM Stanjay, 37lb 8oz; 2 M Ayers, Dents 25lb 14oz; 3 T Oakman, FM Stanjay, 17lb 2oz.
Button Hole tournament qualifier, Saturday: 1 K Westerby, 69lb 12oz; 2 S Freeman, 56lb 11oz; jt 3 M English and M Ayres both 33lb 4oz.
Decoy Lakes, Beastie Lake, Tuesday: 1 C Barley, Bag Em, 49lb 8oz; 2 S Smith, Bag Em, 46lb 10oz; 3 A West, Webster’s, 44lb.
Decoy Lakes, Beastie Lake, Saturday: 1 A Wayman, Ringers,82lb 10oz; 2 J Whincup, FM VDE, 27lb 9oz; 3 W Shepherd, Ringers, 26lb 10oz.
Decoy Lakes, Beastie Lake, Sunday: 1 N Baxter, Bag Em, 41lb 14oz; 2 A Wayman, Ringers, 25lb 14oz; 3 N Wooding, Bag Em, 21lb 10oz.