AFTER what seemed like week upon week of warm summer weather a cold northerly wind dropped in over last weekend and it was quite noticeable how many anglers decided to give fishing a miss.
Weights were down at just about all our local waters although pleasure anglers did have some success at the likes of North View Fishery at Gedney Hill. Townsend Fishery also produced good weights from some of the more sheltered pegs and Buttonhole Fishery also saw some consistent sport.
In the recent Qualifier Open Match Andy Carter put a fine net of carp to the scales from peg 16 all taken on luncheon meat. In second place was Pete Lambdin. He fished pellet to record 172lb 6oz followed by Steve Pell on 86lb 9oz.
Dave Rodwell came out on top in the Tuesday Evening match. Fishing the low numbers the King’s Lynn rod weighed in 62lb 11oz. Runner up with 47lb 12oz was Lester Pratt followed by Andy Carter on 40lb 13oz.
The midweek open match run by Roy Whincup on the Rookery Farm Fishery at Pidley saw Pete Holland once again taking the honours: that’s now three wins out of three visits. Despite a lower than expected turnout that still takes some doing.
In an emphatic victory, he drew peg 12 and fished pellet close in and up in the water putting 129lb 1oz to the scales. Kevin Peacock came in second on 87lb 9oz with Chris Saunders third on 59lb 12oz, all pegs were on the Jay Lake. This week’s fixture will be on the Magpie Pool, draw is 9am at the fishery.
Spratt’s anglers enjoyed some cracking midweek action on the Cedar Pool at the Decoy complex, in fact the top three anglers all put 100lb plus nets of carp to the scales.
After a slow start to the year Colin Varney looks to be running into top form and could well be the man to beat after a fine performance in this match. Colin drew peg 16 and fished two lines, the long pole with pellet and later in the match switching to his inside line in the margins to record 163lb 8oz.
Not too far behind was Trevor Cousins. He was on peg 7 and fished meat close in for 140lb followed by John Smith on similar tactics, who put 113lb to the scales. There were also a string of fine backing weights, making it one of the best match results of the season so far for the Wisbech based club.
On Sunday Fenland Rods’ fixture also saw them on the Cedar pool at Decoy and I think many of the lads were rubbing their hands with great expectations after hearing of the Spratt’s results, but the bitterly cold wind on the water put paid to any hopes of big weights.
Dave Stimpson drew fancied peg 3 and took full advantage of a good draw putting the only three figure weight to the scales, a level 106lb all taken close in on pellet. Runner up was the ever consistent Kevin Lee, he caught barbel on meat close in for 83lb 9oz followed by Mel Lutkin with 70lb 1oz.
I thought we had heard the last of the close season debate on rivers and Fenland drains but apparently not.
A small club in the midlands decided to test some very old ruling that allows anglers to fish for eels using big hooks with baits such as prawns, shrimps and worms. So even if you happen to also catch chub and barbel it’s not illegal.
The Environment Agency heard the match was taking place and went down to administer the law but were powerless to stop the match despite it being close season on the river as the anglers to a man told the bailiffs they were fishing for eels quite legally!
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