Old Nene at March still good for sport

MFCP angl John Bates 25lb 3oz middle level
MFCP angl John Bates 25lb 3oz middle level

Despite the continued cold spell sport on the Old Nene at March never seems to let us down, writes Ken Wade.

In Sunday’s penultimate March open match once again there were some outstanding weights.

I am sure the last match of the season is going to be a cracker, perhaps seeing the biggest attendance of the whole season, such is the draw of this fine venue. Top rod in this one was Midlander Micheal Buckwalder. He drew the fancied pegs on the By Pass section. It’s renowned for it big fish action and it certainly did not disappoint. After heavy feed at the start of the match with a mix of chopped worm and caster Micheal eventually saw the tench move in on the feed. At the final whistle he had taken five big tench and together with 3lb of small fish put a winning 23lb 8oz to the scales. Danny Mason came in second from the opposite end of the match length, known as the BMX section. He found the roach willing to feed, first on bread punch fished down the middle, then switching to hemp seed on a long pole line to weigh in 22lb 5oz. Best of our local rods was Sensas Mark One angler John Bates, he put 19lb 12oz to the scales, mostly roach on bread to secure third place.

Another venue worthy of a mention and indeed well worth a visit before the end of the season on March 14 is the North Level Drain. Over the past couple of weeks both pleasure anglers and matchmen alike have enjoyed some fine action. Skimmer bream and a few better samples have been showing but its the winter roach fishing that has seen anglers heading over to the Tydd Gote AA waters.

In the club’s Wednesday open match Sensas Mark One rod John Taylor topped the field with an impressive 17lb 10oz net of roach and skimmers from peg 1 at Clough Bridge.

John fished the pole on several lines feeding a little groundbait and fishing pinkie over the top. Runner-up with 13lb 8oz was Pete Emery, he caught 13lb 8oz of roach and skimmers followed by John Young with 12lb 3oz.

In an earlier Tydd Gote AA match at Clough Bridge, again on the North Level it was Don Green out in front with 13lb 14oz, by far the best weight on the day made up of roach and skimmers from peg 1. John Young took second place with 8lb 12oz, followed by Sammy McSpadden with 8lb 4oz.

Next Tydd Gote AA Pike Qualifier will be held on Sunday March 1, draw at the treatment works at Clough Bridge, contact Dave Mumby 07749100145.

The Woodpecker Pool was the venue for the latest Townsend Lakes open match at the weekend, fishery boss Colin Begbie taking the honours with 30lb 14oz. Colin drew peg 14 on the lake and caught a mixed bag on the long pole with pellet.

Ashley Kinsey came in second. He opted for a pole and maggot approach for 20lb 12oz.

In third place with a level 17lb was Harry Morgan, he fished the pole with pellet

The Chatteris Working Mens’ Club (C.W.M.C.) Angling Club AGM will now be held on Tuesday, March 10, at 8pm, all club members are most welcome to attend.

As good as the March open was on the Old Nene, it can also be tough going on one or two fen drains as the C.W.M.C match proved on Sunday fished on the Horseway Drain, Top rod with a modest 1lb 12oz of small roach and rudd taken on the whip with pinkie was John Roper, in fact the old angler to muster more than a pound of fish. Tom Boswell had 10oz followed by Steve Newell on 7oz.