It was a big weekend on the match fishing scene with two prestigious events taking place, writes Ken Wade.
First up was the Riverfest Qualifier fished on the Old Nene through March town.
It was very disappointing to note that there were so many no-shows at the draw despite the venue always producing a cracking match. Worse still is that I know of quite a few local anglers that would have been very happy to make up the numbers.
The venue fished really well for this first ever Riverfest Qualifier in the area, top rod Danny Mason put a fine 31lb 10oz to the scales to top a strong field.
Drawn on one of the fancied pegs just on the boats at the bypass, he fished a chopped worm and caster approach netting five tench and an eel, then switched to a waggler fished over to the boat up in the water with maggot to take around 150 rudd to give him a section win and a crack at the all-winners’ final. Colin Oakman from Huntingdon came second from the same section. He caught a tench on worm and a good net of roach and rudd for 20lb. Then came England international Steve Hemmingray on 19lb 3oz. Local rod Graham Welton made it through to the final thanks to a section win from below the bypass bridge.
Result: 1 D Mason, Bills Tackle, 31lb; 2 C Oakman, Browning Hotrods, 20lb; 3 S Hemmingray, Drennan, 19lb 3oz; 4 A Graham, Vauxhall, 15lb 13oz; jt 5 G Welton, Garbolino RAF and R Wright, Browning Hotrods, both 15lb 12oz. Qualifiers: A S Hemmingray; B G Welton; C D Mason.
It was a very disappointing result for the Sensas Mark One lads in round three of the East Midland Winter League fished on the Old Nene at Benwick as they could only manage fourth. Browning Hotrods stole the show topping a strong field with 25 points and that now moves them into contention for the title at the half way stage.
Maver Image made it an individual one-two, John Weedon taking first place. He drew at the Halfpenny Toll end and caught a brace of tench, several eels and some roach and rudd for 18lb 6oz. Team-mate Steve Fry came in second, four tench for 15lb 14oz.
Result: 1 J Weedon, Maver Image, 18-6-0; 2 S Joy, Maver Image, 15-14-0; 3 M Caldicote, Stanjay Gold, 11-12-0; 4 P Lamdin, Stanjay Silver, 10-13-0; 5 D Rawlings, Stanjay Silver, 10-4-0; 6 M Asker, Mark One, 9-9-8.
Teams: 1 Browning Hotrods, 25; 2 Stanjay Gold, 32; 3 Maver Image, 34; 4 Sensas Mark One White, 35; 5 Mark One Black, 39; 6 Stanjay Silver, 44
League: 1 Sensas Mark One White, 6pts; 2 Maver Image, 7; 3 Browning Hotrods, 8; 4 Stanjay Gold, 11; 5 Mark One Black, 14; 6 Stanjay Silver, 17.
On Sunday was round one of the Guru/Bag Em Festival at Decoy Lakes run by March rod Barry Mason who got the series off to a flying start topping the field with 98lb 10oz.
He caught on a Method feeder early on from peg 4 before switching to a pellet waggler then the margins. Steve Freeman came second with 92lb 3oz followed by Andy Leathers on 82lb 1oz.
Since returning from a break, Trevor Cousins has hardly put a foot wrong. In the Spratt’s AC match on the big lake at Kingsland Fishery, Coates, he fished meat close in from peg four netting carp to double figures for 133lb 7oz. Peter Spriggs came second, 74lb 4oz, followed by Peter Parlett with 64lb 3oz.
The Kingfisher Lake at Townsend Fishery was in good form on Sunday for the latest open match. Andy Adams topped the field from peg 14 with 95lb 8oz, his first time back onto the match fish scene for a long time. Andy caught on the long pole with pellet, switching to sweetcorn later in the match close in. Colin Begbie second 86lb 8oz, third 58lb 4oz Harry Morgan.
Fenland Rods were at Decoy Lakes on Sunday fishing the Yew Pool where a top end draw was crucial. Top angler Kev Lee bagged peg 15! He netted 83lb 15oz and won £100 off the golden peg. Mac Campbell came in second on 40lb 1oz, Callum Judge 33lb 12oz.