THE Old Nene that runs through March has been struggling to produce the kind of form that attracted anglers from all over the country this season.
Many thought that was just down to the conditions but some felt the venue was past its best. Well, the March Open certainly proved all those that doubted the fishery completely wrong.
Conditions were ideal with good colour and flow and by the end of the match you needed double figures to win your section let alone make the frame.
The top six leading weights all put 20lb plus to the scales with every section being won with double figures.
Leading the way home with an excellent 23lb 7oz was Danny Mason, who drew three above the Health Centre Bridge and for the first hour fished bread punch then switched to hemp seed for the last quarter of the match which saw roach to 12 ounces coming to the net.
Runner-up Dave Priestley from Wisbech was on the BMX section and he took 15 skimmers topped up with roach to finish with 22lb 13oz.
Result: 1 D Mason, Bills Tackle, 23lb 7oz; 2 D Priestley Jn, Shipshape, 22lb 13oz; 3 R Reynolds, Quorn VDE, 22lb 5oz; 4 D Greenwood, March AC, 20lb 10oz 8dr; 5 W Freeman, Browning Hotrods, 20lb 4oz; 6 W Swinscoe, Maver Bait Tech, Notts 20lb 2oz.
Townsend Lakes Fishery continues to pick up in form, on Saturday the open match was fished on the Cuckoo Canal Pool.
Top rod was Tony Grigorjevs he fished maggot and caster to record a level 48lb. In second place was Brian Coulson, who came close with 43lb 10oz followed by local rod John Buckingham on 29lb 13oz.
Yet another water open to anglers again after the enforced lay-off due to the fishery being iced over was Headfen Lakes near Ely and in the latest £2,400 Masters Open Qualifier on the Snake Lake match winner was Simon Easy who bucked the trend by topping the field with a fine 63lb 1oz from peg 6. The Fox Match Stanjay rod caught on red maggot steadily all day netting 34 carp to 3lb fished tight across.
Result: 1 S Easy, FM Stanjay, 63lb 1oz; 2 J Brooks, Anglers Corner, 29lb; 3 AM Ayers, Dents, 28lb; 4 M Cross, Littleport AC,19lb 6oz; 5 M Nicholas, Suffolk’s Finest, 17lb 14oz; 6 S Jackson, Headfen,11lb 14oz.
The Tydd Gote angling club resumed their winter league calendar on the North Level at Clough Bridge. The venue fished well after a spell of much milder weather. Out in front with 12lb 10oz of roach and skimmers was Colin Gibbons. Phil Parnell came in second on 8lb 10oz followed by Mick Evered with 4lb 11oz.
The club’s pike match was a great success, Colin Bartram taking the honours on French Drove with 12 fish for 50lb 4½ oz. Mick Mumby took seven fish to weigh in 44lb 3oz followed by Robert Hurst on 35lb 15 oz.
Pike anglers fishing the Whittlesey pike match also saw some cracking weights recorded as the fish fed well on the Fen drains.
It was a pike pairs match which saw Wisbech rods Robbie Wright and Wayne Bryan topping the field with a combined weight of 58lb 8oz. Wayne also took the best fish of the day weighing in at 17lb 11oz. John Watson and Norman Knightly from March came second with 34lb 15oz followed by Paul Keeping and Terry Walpole on 27lb 12oz.
Townsend AC fished on the Elm Pool on the Decoy Lakes complex on Sunday, Lee Crowson taking the honours with 24lb 8oz. Runner-up with 18lb 8oz was Tom Sharpe followed by Barry Pearson with a level 10lb.
Lots of roach feeding kept the Chatteris AS lads busy all day on the clubs water at Horseway which saw Ian Warby out in front with 9lb 12oz. Results: 1st I. Warby 9lb 12oz, 2nd S. Newell 8lb 15oz, 3rd J. Roper 7lb 9oz.