The sport of angling was still trying to recover after the blast of winter weather followed by heavy rainfall last weekend.
Thankfully we have seen much milder weather move in and we can look forward to some much improved action over the next week or so.
Pleasure anglers found it difficult to find fenland drains producing fish and with several stillwaters still having a covering of ice many anglers kept well clear of even the usually prolific waters. Thankfully one or two clubs did manage to produce a result.
In the big Maver Pairs match which included quite a few of our local anglers found it tough going on the usually productive Town Welland.
Match winner Michel Buchwalder made it two wins in a row, after topping the March open the previous week on the Old Nene he bagged another cracking roach weight of 32lb to top round three. Fishing bread punch close in the Midlander caught over 200 fish.
Pushing him all the way was Brian Harding, 29lb 7oz, taking good quality roach on bread, hemp and a few better samples on tares. Third Chris Jenkinson with 29lb 2oz. The pairs event saw Alistair Ogilvie and Phil Chesterton taking the honours with a combined weight of 34lb 2oz.
Tydd Gote AC got their local matches back on track. On Wednesday on the North Level Drain small fish expert John Taylor topped the field with 6lb 10oz, all taken on the pole with pinkie. Andy Greenwood runner-up 6lb 6oz, followed by Tom Wilson with 5lb 9oz.
Sunday’s match saw club stalwart Dave Parlett out in front on a tough day for fishing, a modest 3lb 15oz of small fish to the scales. Alan Lemmon second with 3lb 10oz, Andy Greenwood 3lb 10z.
The club will be running their regular Wednesday and Sunday matches from now until the end of the season, this weeks match will draw at Clough at 9am, fishing is from 10am till 3pm.
Townsend Lakes had been closed for a few days but thankfully there were more than enough pegs available for both pleasure and match anglers at the weekend. In the fishery match venue expert Ricky Young topped with 50lb 8oz net of carp taken on the pole with pellet from peg 36. Brendan Strowgler 37lb 5oz, Steve Sharpe on 25lb 8oz.
Difficult conditions greeted Ramsey anglers on several of the clubs venues at the weekend but thankfully after settling for the Old Nene at St Mary’s the club match anglers found the roach more than willing to feed. Despite a strong, blustery wind Paul Kilby got a very respectable 9lb 9 ½ oz from peg 5 to top the small field. Paul fished the pole close in with pinkie over groundbait. Runner-up was his brother Andrew 4lb 9 ½ oz, Nigel Loker on 3lb 15oz.
A little bit of controversy now as anglers turn their thoughts to the re-introduction of otters back into the wild all over the country. That also included the fenland drains, plenty of food for them to go at some might say.
But like most anglers I am very concerned about the possible damage they could do to our fish stocks over the next few years as they breed and spread right across the country. Some still waters have already felt the full force of otters with one fishery owner said to have lost the majority of his fish before opening.