The first really cold spell of winter hit home at the weekend with quite a few anglers not bothering to wet a line after the poor forecast.
As it turned out Sunday was not as bad as predicted but generally sport was difficult.
That was the case in the final round of the East Midland Winter League which saw local lads Sensas Mark One bidding for a place in the semi-finals along with four other teams. The match was fished on the Grand Union Canal which had been out of sorts for the practice match so hopes were not too high when the match got underway.
By the time the final whistle had come around I think most anglers would not be disappointed if they did not have to fish the venue for some time to come. It was a really close affair as the final points tally was added up back at the HQ.
Maver Bait Tech won it on the day followed by Fox Match Stanjay Gold. Then came Browning Hotrods and Sensas Mark One joint third on points but with Hotrods having a better total team weight that pushed Mark One even further down the order.
Browning Hotrods topped the overall league with 14 points and Sensas Mark One went through in second place after match wins, seconds and thirds were all added up on 15 points.
Unfortunately no-one seems to know where the semis are, when they are, what dates have been arranged and even what format they will take. Hopefully the Angling Trust who now run the event will let all the teams know by the end of the year so that practice sessions etc can be arranged.
Result: 1 J Drakulic, Fox Match Stanjay Gold, 4lb 9oz 8dr (small roach and perch on bloodworm and joker); 2 B Wiggington, Maver Bait Tech, 3lb 6oz 8dr; 3 A Bates, Maver Bait Tech, 3lb 4oz 8dr; Jt 4 I Benton, Fox Match Stanjay and P Chesterton, Maver Bait Tech, both 3lb.
Teams; Maver Bait Tech, 24 pts; 2 Fox Match Stanjay Gold, 27; 3 Browning Hot Rods 32 (weight advantage); 4 Sensas Mark One, 32; 5 Fox Match Stanjay 46; 6 Garbolino Peterborough, 48.
League; 1 Browning Hotrods, 14 pts; 2 Sensas Mark One 15 (match win count-backs); 3 Fox Match Stanjay Gold, 15; 4 Maver Bait Tech, 16; 5 Garbolino Peterborough 32; 6 Fox Match Stanjay, 35.
Top Indv.: Rob Hewison, Sensas Mark One, 10 pts.
It was rather quiet on the local match fishing scene, although one or two clubs did brave the weather. Metal Box AC had their last match of the year fished on the Six Island Pool on the Decoy Lakes complex.
Top rod was Roger Archer, he fished a small maggot feeder to finish with 36lb 9oz. Runner-up with 29lb 10oz was Rod Melnyk followed by James Maile with a level 26lb.
Despite a general lack of water in the fen drains sport has been reasonably good as the Chatteris Workingmen’s Club anglers found in Sunday’s match at Horseways Sluice. Way out in front was one of the junior members Keiron Woolhouse, the youngster put together a fine net of small fish along with a few better samples for 10lb 6oz. Second place went to Fred Hard with a level 6lb followed by Sean Frear on 5lb 10oz.
Tydd Gote AC
Once again there were plenty of matches for club members, in the Wednesday match fished on the North Level Drain, Emneth tackle dealer Mick Asker took the honours with 5lb 10oz of small roach taken on the whip. Dave Parlett came in second on 4lb 0 ½ oz followed by Andy Greenwood with 3lb 15oz.
Sunday’s match on the same venue saw Dave Parlett taking the top spot, again small roach and skimmers on the whip weighing in 5lb 8oz. Runner-up with 4lb 8oz was Colin Gibbons followed by Mick Asker with 3lb 13oz.
On Sunday the club also held an Angling Trust Pike Qualifier on French Drove which saw quite a lot of pike taken topped by Mick Mumby with eight fish weighing in at 53lb 13oz. Runner-up with 21lb 6oz was Mick Gethin followed by Robert Hurst on 14lb 14oz.
Rookery Farm Fishery
Roy Whincup is still running the Friday open matches at Pidley and in the latest match fished on the Jay Lake Jimmy Brooks that took the honours with 29lb 10oz of small carp from peg 30 taken on maggot. In second place was John Millard on 22lb 14oz followed by Kevin Medlock with 22lb 10oz.
l The big Christmas March open takes place on Sunday on the Old Nene through March and with a bit of luck it should fish a little better than of late thanks to a drop of rainwater perhaps giving it a tinge of colour.
As usual Bob Fitzjohn will be running it, contact him on 07970 673439 to get booked in.