The East Midlands Winter League Practice moved off the fenland drains and onto the Grand Union Canal, the venue chosen to close the league event this coming weekend.
In fact this week’s final round of the Angling Trust Winter League is going to be a really tight match if this result is anything to go by. Way out in front with a cracking 8lb was Alistair Ogilvie, the Maver Bait Tech backed rod taking a net of roach from the New Inn section all on a bloodworm and joker approach.
Then came a string of close weights, Sensas Mark One rod Paul Wright taking the runner-up spot with a net of roach, perch and gudgeon for 5lb 6oz 8dr. With only a few better fish showing it looks like being and out and out small fish race to the whistle which should see a ding dong battle between the top two Browning Hotrods and our local side Sensas Mark One.
Result: 1 A Ogilvie, Maver Bait Tech, 8lb; 2 P Wright, Garbolino Peterborough, 5lb 6oz 8dr; 3 K Jerrom, Browning Hotrods, 4lb 12oz; 4 J Price, Sensas Mark One, 4lb 11oz.
There were a few new faces at the latest Buttonhole Qualifier at the weekend, they must have heard how well the fishery has been fishing over the past few weeks. As it turned out the result must go down as one of the best right across the county. Top rod was Martyn Freeman, he drew peg 4 and took a cracking net of carp on pole and pellet for 98lb 6oz.
Runner-up from the very next peg was John Preedy he weighed in 97lb 15oz followed by Lester Pratt on 84lb 13oz then Richard Button with 84lb 6oz.
It was not quite so good on the latest open fished on the Kingfisher Pool, this normally productive water was a little subdued, local rod Steve Hillman taking the honours with a modest 17lb 7oz. Steve drew peg 15 and fished the pole with pinkie over a bed of casters, a 7lb carp in the last few minutes gave him the edge. Colin Begbie took the runner-up spot with 17lb 3oz followed by Derek Moss on 16lb 12oz. Tydd Gote
Wednesday’s match fished at Clough on the North Level Drain saw Parson Drove angler John Spalton out in front with a net of small fish taken on the pole with squatt weighing 5lb 7oz. Andy Greenwood came second on 4lb 9oz followed by Sammy McSpadden with 3lb 3oz.
Sunday’s match on the same venue saw several better weights, Ray Groom leading the way with a net of roach and skimmers for a level 7lb. John Young came second with 5lb 14oz then Colin Gibbons with 5lb 11oz.
The Sunday and Wednesday Tydd Gote matches draw at 9am, fish 10-3 both at Clough Bridge.
The club also have a Pike qualifier, draw at Clough Treatment Works at 8.15am, contact Dave Parlett on 01945 463913 for all the details and to get booked in.
Final match result of the year was fished on Oak Lake at the Decoy Lakes complex. This was also their Christmas match where prizes ranged from BBQs to lawnmowers, beer and spirits. A special thank you to Peter Parlett for getting all the prizes, and also to Peter and Di Band for their hospitality.
John Smith rounded off the season in fine style taking first place with 72lb 8oz, a net of carp taken on worm and maggot with the feeder from fancied peg 11. Martin Parker came close, he finished on 65lb 8oz followed by Colin Varney with a level 48lb.
The first hard overnight frost of the winter and a cold wind took its toll of the Jay Lake for the regular Friday open matches, which saw it fish much harder than normal. Top rod with a modest 28lb from peg 33 was John Milland, he took one big carp and a net of smaller fish on the long pole with pellet. March rod Barry Mason came in second on 24lb 8oz followed by Gary Burton with 23lb 8oz.