The penultimate round of the East Midland Winter league proved to be a classic case of the top team showing their real class when the chips were down, writes Ken Wade.
Maver Image stormed to an emphatic victory taking seven section wins from a possible ten.
Thankfully for our local side Sensas Mark One not too much damage was done to their aspirations to make it through to the semi finals as they hung onto second place thanks to coming third on the day, just behind Browning Hotrods.
On the individual front once again it was Alistair Ogilvie taking the honours and again from the prolific Factory Bank.
Despite match organisers pushing their luck by having five sections on the tiny drain it still produced some top class match fishing, Alistair bagging 24lb 4oz of roach from the end peg to seal his second victory in as many weeks from the venue.
Fishing groundbait and pinkie on a short whip the Maver Image rod took over 300 fish in the five hour match.
Team-mate Chris Jenkinson came a close second, he had a better stamp of fish, catching on pinkie then hemp seed for 22lb 8oz.
Keeping the local flag flying was Sensas Mark One rod Paul Spriggs he came third on 21lb 3oz.
Result; 1 A Ogilvie 24lb 4oz; 2 C Jenkinson, 22lb 8oz; 3 P Spriggs, 21lb 3oz; 4 R Young, 20lb 13oz; 5 S Welford, 19lb 5oz; 6 R Wright, 18lb.
Teams on the day; 1 Maver Image, 16 pts; 2 Browning Hotrods, 29; 3 Sensas Mark One White 34; 4 Stanjay Gold, 35; 5 Stanjay Silver, 47; 6 Sensas Mark One Black, 48.
League; 1 Maver Image, 9 pts; 2 Sensas Mark One, 11; 3 Browning Hotrods, 14; 4 Stanjay Gold, 18; 5 Sensas Mark One Black, 25; 6 Stanjay Silver, 28.
The final match of the series is going to be back on Factory Bank along with the prolific Old Nene through Benwick.
So those fishing can look forward to a cracking end to this years winter league, which looks like being one of the best for several years thanks to the relatively mild weather since the start of the campaign in October.
The draw for the practice match this weekend and also for round six will be at the Five Alls at Benwick, once again anglers fishing will be asked to park sensibly in the village and as quiet as possible so as not to upset the local residents.
Tickets and all the details as usual from Roy Whincup on 01487 822333.
The other big match of the weekend was the winter series of matches run on the Beastie Lake on the Decoy Complex. March rod and match organiser Barry Mason has done a very good job of working the sections out so that each one is as fair as possible.
Never easy through the summer months let alone at this time of year.
The Guru/Bag Em sponsored event saw Yaxley rod Simon Dow taking the honours, he drew peg four and fished a long pole line for most of the day catching F1’s and carp on red maggot for 62lb 11oz.
Pushing him all the way to the final whistle was Martyn Freeman, he was on peg 17 and caught on a feeder, recording 61lb 8oz.
Third place went to organiser Barry Mason with 55lb 13oz and a mention to another local rod Peter Carter, the Chatteris rod did well, to claim the top spot in “C” section.
A section winner was Martin Freeman: B - Simon Dow; C – Pete Carter; D – Nigel Baxter.
Townsend Lakes continues to fish really well, there were some fine weights recorded in the latest open match fished on the Cuckoo Canal pool at the weekend.
Top rod with a very respectable 95lb 10oz was Steven Hillman, he drew peg 39 and took 95lb 10oz of carp on pellet taken down the middle in the deeper water.
Not too far behind was March rod Andy Adams, he was on peg 31 and caught 84lb 12oz on the long pole again with pellet on the hook. Colin Begbie came third, he weighed in 68lb 2oz fishing the long pole with maggot.
Pike anglers have been waiting for a spell of colder weather so that the predator fishing picks up.
It has been a relatively slow start on the Twenty Foot drain and indeed the usually productive smaller drains around the area with only a few big fish being reported. If the forecasters have it right though the next few weeks leading up to the Christmas holiday period should see a big improvement, particularly for those fishing static baits trying to hunt out the bigger specimens. Glassmoor bank is still productive and worth a visit, on a recent outing Gavin Stewart took several decent pike including a 20lb 8oz fish.