There was a good turn-out for the East Midland Winter League practice match, but unfortunately the conditions were far from ideal, writes Ken Wade.
Quite a few fishing the Great Ouse at St Ives and Godmanchester were less than impressed with the venue.
Low, clear and cold water put paid to any hopes of a really good result although the leading weights were very respectable. Top of the list with a fine 17lb 3oz net of roach was James Drakalic. He drew one of the end pegs on the Dolphin Meadow at St Ives and caught an all-roach net on bread punch on a long pole line.
Runner-up from the Godmanchester recreation ground section was former World Champion Bob Nudd. He showed he has lost little of his touch, fishing bread punch on a very clear river to finish with 13lb 11oz. Trevor Oakman came in third with 12lb 8oz followed by Pete Vasey with 11lb 7oz.
If conditions remain the same this round could prove to be the one fixture out of the six to cause a major upset. Already organisers are looking to switch a couple of the sections as the fishing was so poor. However with the rain already falling and expected to last for most of the week it’s going to be a completely different venue by the time round two takes place on Sunday and anglers could well be fishing a coloured river which is up and running hard.
Kev Lee got back to winning ways in the Fenland Rods fixture on Lou’s Lake on the Decoy Lakes complex, drawn on hot peg six. He made no mistake, bagging 80lb 4oz of carp taken close in on luncheon meat. Weights fell away then, Will Foster came in second with 38lb 15oz, taken on the feeder from peg eight. Third place went to Dave Garner with 31lb 4oz, followed by Mel Lutkin with 28lb 6 ½ oz.
Metal Box AC were also at Decoy Lakes recently. They fished the Willow Pool which had been in good form, but it can also be a difficult water at times and unfortunately no really big weights were taken.
Top rod with 56lb 14oz was Roger Archer. He drew peg 35 and fished a small Method feeder for most of the day, alternating his baits to keep the fish coming. Second place went to Shaun Buddle with 47lb 11oz, followed by Jim Allan with 40lb 9oz and Mick Raby on 36lb 5oz.
Spratt’s AC welcomed back match organiser Trevor Cousins after a few weeks in Australia and he promptly took up where he had left off, bagging 133lb 6oz to win the club’s latest match on the Cedar Pool at Decoy. Trevor fished meat close in on corner peg 14, netting carp to double figures to give him a comfortable victory. Mac Campbell was next man home. He also fished meat close in putting 116lb 9oz to the scales. Third place went to Bob Allen with 76lb 2oz, Bob caught on paste netting carp and barbel from peg 18.
Last week’s Spratt’s result at Kingsland Small Lake: 1 P. Cousins 157lb: 2 P. Parlett 132lb 2oz; 3 P Spriggs 129lb 9oz.
Venue regular Ashley Kinsey topped the latest open match at Townsend Fishery on the Woodpecker Pool.
Drawn on peg seven, he caught on the long pole with maggot to record 64lb 3oz.
Runner-up with 51lb 14oz was Harry Morgan. He fished the pole with sweetcorn close in and was followed by Bob Smith on 46lb 14oz.