Old Nene sees superb sport

Phil Chesterton
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Over the past few years angling has dramatically changed as more and more anglers head to commercial waters for their weekly fix, often chasing huge 100lb bags of carp.

Yet there is still a large group of match anglers that prefer to fish natural waters and with the quality of fishing we have on offer in the area that should come as no surprise, the only disappointment is that a few more do not give them a try.

Without doubt we have one of the best winter venues in Eastern England on our doorstep: the Old Nene that runs through March and again some cracking sport took place.

Top rod with 18lb 8oz was Maurice Mobbs, he drew down at the bypass end and started the match on the waggler taking rudd on red maggot from the far side. Mid match saw him switch to the chopped worm and caster line, that produced a tench, bream and a few smaller samples.

Another March rod, Tim Bates, fished the pole all day, taking roach and some good perch for 16lb 3 ½ oz followed by Tony McSpadden with 15lb 14oz. The next match will be run in conjunction with the East Midland Winter League practice. Match organiser Bob Fitzjohn is already taking bookings on 07970 673439.

Round two of the East Midland Winter League on the North Level Drain saw Phil Chesterton continue his amazing form with another match win, 11lb 10oz. The Maver Bait Tech man drew an end peg on the Black Dyke and fished the long pole with chopped worm and caster netting four good tench and a few perch.

Team mate Gavin Butler caught three perch and over 100 small roach for 11lb 6oz followed by Bob Bates on 11lb 3½oz. On the team front Stanjay Gold from Huntingdon were in front, 25 points, followed by Maver Bait Tech and Sensas Mark One White 28.

After two rounds Stanjay Gold and Maver Bait Tech are on three points with the chasing pack four points adrift. Round three will be on the Old Nene at Benwick. Draw for this weekend’s practice at the Five Alls in Benwick at 8am.

It was tough going on the Forty Foot Drain at Bulls Mill for the lads fishing the latest Chatteris Working Men’s Club match, Steve Newell taking the honours with 3lb 5oz. Runner-up Shane Webb with 1lb 10oz, Tom Boswell 1lb 7oz.

In the Tydd Gote Wednesday open match fished on Black Dyke March rod Alex Bates topped the field with 9lb 7oz, a net of skimmers and roach together with a bonus tench taken on the pole with pinkie. Runner-up David Parlett 7lb 5oz, Phil Chesterton 6lb 9oz.

The Wednesday and Sunday matches will draw at Black Dyke at 9am, fishing 10am-3pm.

In the Spratt’s AC match Mac Campbell was in form once again taking the top spot on the Horseshoe Pool at Decoy Lakes with 73lb 3oz taken from peg four on luncheon meat. Runner-up was Trevor Cousins, a level 58lb, Peter Spriggs 54lb 12oz.

Over at Townsend Lakes Brendon Strowgler topped the open match fished on the Kingfisher Pool. The local rod caught a few fish early on with a Method feeder then switched to the close in pole line with meat to finish with 74lb 14oz. Runner-up on 51lb 14oz Colin Begbie, then Robert Betts on 47lb 9oz.

There is no stopping Kevin Lee in the Fenland Rods matches. On the Oak Pool at Decoy, Kevin took 98lb 4oz. Runner-up Dave Garner 63lb 8oz, Matt Lutkin 57lb 1oz, John Garner 40lb 8oz. This week’s fixture will be the Snake Lake at Headfen Fishery.