More and more anglers are fishing the Decoy Fishery opens at Eastrea, writes Ken Wade.
This is to get in tune with the way it’s going to fish come the Winter League final in late February that takes place on Decoy and also the Fenland drains.
Leading the way from peg 8 on Six islands was Anthony King; he caught well on the long pole and maggot to the island before coming close in to take a few better samples, recording 86lb 1oz. Runner-up from fancied peg 25 on Willows was Paul Lamb who fished a straight lead feeding maggot over the top for 78lb 13oz, followed by Glyn West on 75lb 8oz.
The big HAJAC Winter League got underway on Sunday with the match spread across three venues as match officials tried to ensure as many anglers as possible are in with a chance of a decent day’s sport.
With the top three anglers all coming from different sections it did work out quite well, but as always winter fishing is so unpredictable and add in the very strange weather patterns and it’s never going to be that easy to find fish.
Topping a strong field from the Factory Bank section was Andy Moss. He caught on groundbait and pinkie to finish with12lb 6oz.
Sam Merry took the runner-up spot. He caught a tench on chopped worm and topped up with roach from Benwick, putting 12lb 3oz to the scales. Raveley Drain produced the third man home, March rod Alex Bates caught small roach for 12lb 2oz. On the team front it was Sensas Tackle and Bates leading the way on 12 points, followed by Sensas Mark One with 23 points, with Stanjay Gold third scoring 27 points.
One of the top anglers on the Fen drains this season has been John Taylor, particularly on the North Level Drain and on Wednesday he once again showed his class, topping the Tydd Gote match with 8lb 6oz of small fish taken on the pole with pinkie.
It was tough going in the Sunday Tydd match, Paul Bawden topping the list with a modest 4lb 11oz of skimmers, roach and perch.
In second place with 4lb 8½ oz was Andy Greenwood, then came Darren Williams on 13oz.
Andy Adams just topped the field in a tight finish with fishery boss Colin Begbie over at Townsend Lakes on Saturday. Andy caught on the long pole with pellet, although a bonus carp early on sealed the win with a total of 38lb 14oz. Colin weighed in 34lb 4oz, he caught on worm and caster, then it was Ashley Kinsey coming third with 26lb 6oz.
In the Saturday Winter Qualifying open at Rookery waters anglers fished on the Magpie Pool which saw the consistent Mark Pollard taking the honours from favoured peg 31 on the left-hand side of the island with a very good 160lb 6oz. He caught on punched bread in various spots around the reeds at 16metres. Runner-up was Tony McGregor from peg 5. He caught on similar tactics to finish with 79lb, then came Tony Watling with 46lb 12oz. Local rod Will Hadley continues his great run of form since the turn of the year, topping the Over 60’s Wednesday match from peg 10 with a level 28lb. John Belshaw came second on 25lb 8oz, then came Bob Coulson with 17lb 13oz.
Sad news from the Sensas Mark One camp as it was announced that team member Alan Lemmon died suddenly in the early part of last week.
He was the backbone of that side for many years and won several major honours, including an NFA National. It came as a great shock to the angling world with tributes being paid from fellow fisherman right across the country.
Our thoughts are with Alan’s family and close friends at this sad time.