There was no doubt winter arrived over the past week and that saw quite a lot of our local anglers deciding to put the tackle away over the weekend.
With very few matches on in the area I suspect a touch of last minute Christmas shopping was also the order of the day. I am sorry to say that on the whole those that did give fishing a rest did not miss out on too much action.
Even the usually productive Old Nene through March failed to produce the top quality roach weights we have come to expect from the venue at this time of year.
With very few matches taking place right across the country last weekend we were all pleasantly surprised to see a cracking turnout on the Old Nene at March.
This usually means a string of double figure weights but once match organiser Bob Fitzjohn saw there was absolutely no colour or flow to the venue he told everyone there would not be a double figure weight recorded and to expect a tough time in most sections.
He was unfortunately spot on with his prediction. Many had never seen the venue so clear, only match winner Alistair Ogilvie making it into double figures. He finished top with 11lb 4oz.
The Maver Bait Tech rod drew on peg 18 three above Wigstons Bridge and caught good quality roach on a six metre line with bread punch.
Runner-up was Bob Nudd, the Browning superstar weighed in 205 small roach taken close in on bread punch for 9lb 2oz.
Result: 1 A Ogilvie, Maver Bait Tech, 11lb 4oz; 2 B Nudd, Browning, 9lb 2oz; 3 J Foreman, JP Tackle, 8lb 12oz; 4 S Clark, Maver Image, 8lb 2oz; 5 D Page, Garbolino Peterborough, 7lb 11oz; 6 T Marshall, Quorn VDE, 7lb 4oz.
The first hard frost saw anglers breaking ice to fish the latest Buttonhole Qualifier match on Sunday but thankfully the carp decided it was not too cold to feed.
In fact King’s Lynn fishing tackle dealer Lester Pratt put a very respectable 63lb 13oz net of carp to the scales to top the field. After breaking the ice and a slow start on the pole Lester decided to switch tactics to a small feeder with red maggot. It worked out well as he took carp to 7lb.
A straight lead and sweetcorn approach saw Robert Walton into second place with 49lb 1oz followed by John Preedy with a level 30lb.
Fishery owner Richard Button was on the whole very pleased with the result and will be running another qualifier for his annual big money final and should see a cracking turnout on Sunday, January 8.
Tydd Gote AC
Wednesday’s Tydd Gote AC match held at Clough Bridge on the North Level drain saw the in form Andy Greenwood taking the honours with a modest 4lb 6oz of small roach and skimmers taken on the pole with pinkies. Mick Asker put a level 4lb to the scales to take the runner-up spot followed by Dave Sippitts on 3lb 7oz.
As expected Sunday’s match on the same venue saw weights much lower. Ray Groom ran out a comfortable winner with a net of small fish taken on the whip, finishing on 3lb 1oz. Colin Gibbons took the runner-up spot with 1lb 13oz followed by Mick Gamble with 11oz.
Tydd Gote will be running a Wednesday match, draw at Clough at 9am, fishing 10am until 3pm.
The next match will be on the Sunday New Years Day, it’s an open match, with the draw again at 9am at Clough fishing 10am-3pm.
l May I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, I do hope Santa brings you lots of fishing tackle, all we will need then is a few days over the holiday period to get out and have a days action. Tight Lines.