Opening day action spot-on

Nigel Briggs 95lb14oz
Nigel Briggs 95lb14oz

Unfortunately it’s too early to bring you any news of first day action on our local fenland drains, but I am expecting to hear of good nets as conditions on opening day were spot-on, writes Ken Wade.

This coming weekend looks like being very busy as clubs and pleasure anglers get onto their waters for the first time after the three month lay-off.

One of the biggest matches coming up at the weekend is sure to be the opening round of the King of the Fens series. Round one will see the North Level Drain at Tydd Gote being used, after a relatively mild winter, plenty of rain and now warm weather hopes are high with many predicting bumper bream weights being taken.

It’s not too late to put a team in and with four good, local venues the fishing should be first class. Dates and contacts are as follows (all Sundays): June 22, Tydd Gote; July 20, Middle Level; August 10, Tydd Gote; August 24, Middle Level.

For more info contact John Bates on 07709282965 or Caroline at cburton caz4@talktalk.net.

Don’t forget Tydd Gote will be running their regular Wednesday matches and the popular Ramsey AS Thursday matches also get underway this week.

There was plenty of action for those clubs and anglers fishing commercial waters over the past week. After spawning, carp are now on the feed with some huge weights now being recorded.

In the latest Ramsey AS match fished on the Magpie Pool at Rookery Farm Fishery, Pidley, Andrew Rayment put a magnificent 203lb 4oz to the scales to top an impressive line up. Andrew caught close in feeding and fishing red maggot.

Runner-up on 198lb 4oz was Alex Bates, he also fished close in but fished luncheon meat, as did Josh Pace who took third place with 192lb 4oz. Three great weights but after them came a string of huge weights – eighth place still had over 100lb. The result must be one of the best to ever come from this in form fishery.

Metal Box AC fished the Snake Lake at Headfen Fishery recently. In the winner’s berth with a fine 104lb was Tony Campion. Tony drew on peg 25 and fished a Method feeder across with maggot hook bait and groundbait on the feeder. Second place went to Rodney Melnyk putting 91lb 8oz to the scales from peg 5, followed by Shaun Buddle with 84lb 8oz and Richard Morris on 80lb.

The first round of the four match series for Deeping St James AC’s South Holland Cup Series was held on the small lake at Gedney Hill’s North View Fishery. This is beginning to be a favourite venue for several clubs across the area. Well worth a visit for club matches or indeed for a day’s pleasure fishing.

For match winner Nigel Briggs it certainly is his favourite fishery at the moment, he had another win by putting 95lb 14oz of carp to the scales from peg 6 using hair rigged sweetcorn and groundbait on the Method feeder to the side of one of the islands, before switching late on in the margins for a few better fish.

In second place on peg 3 was Jon Bowland fishing the feeder to the corner of the other Island to take 74lb 13oz and third went to Liam Tucker fishing the opposite side of the Island.