With the close season for fenland drains and rivers all but over a good turnout for the last March Open on the Old Nene was expected.
In fact match organiser Bob Fitzjohn was very pleased with the attendance given the weather forecast with the whole of the town sections being used and out past the bypass too. In fact the slightly deeper pegs on the bypass section proved to be the best area, with match winner Phil Chesterton grabbing the top spot with a cracking 15lb 5oz.
Phil decided on a chopped worm and caster approach instead of the usual bread or pinkie fishing for the roach and his bold approach paid off handsomely as he took two good tench, several big perch and one or two rudd. Not too far away in the same section was runner up Alan Lemmon, the Sensas Mark One rod also fished with worm and caster taking a net of skimmers and roach for 13lb 2oz.
Third was Josh Pace, a net of roach from the Nene Parade area weighing in 13lb 13oz.
Unfortunately the return to wintry weather saw anglers right across the area seeking home comforts it would seem over the weekend as several matches were cancelled, indeed prospects for this coming weekend do not look too good either if the weather forecasters are to be believed.
Buttonhole Fishery got their 2013 Qualifiers underway on Saturday with an impressive winning weight considering conditions. Top spot going to Matt Ayres with a level 78lb of carp taken on the long pole from peg six on punched bread. Gary Burton came in second on 39lb followed by Ian Warby with 25lb 9oz.
The midweek Tydd Gote match was switched onto French Drove and what a good choice of venue it turned out to be, in a really close contest, local rod Andy Greenwood took the honours with 11lb 13oz.
Andy fished the pole feeding pinkie and a little groundbait to tempt roach all day finishing over a pound clear of runner up John Taylor on 10lb 10oz, followed by John Young with 9lb 6oz.
Quite a few of our local matchmen and indeed pleasure anglers will now be switching to stillwaters across the area and with the likes of Buttonhole, Townsend, Headfen, Decoy and several other fisheries will should be spoilt for choice.
One fishery that many local rods head for through spring and summer is Fieldsend Water at Doddington, over the past few years its reputation has grown fast and is now regarded as one of the better waters around the area thanks to some fine results and pleasure catches.
The feeder approach looks to be your best bet until we get a spell of warmer weather and the fish start to move up in the water then the pole and pellet waggler starts to dominate.
For a day’s pleasure fishing both of the lakes on the complex are well worth a try, in fact Benwick rod Rob Lincoln recently fished the pole in the smaller pool usually fished by carp anglers.
But he found a fantastic 30lb plus haul of roach.
A new date for the HAJAC AGM: Wednesday, March 27 at 8pm, at the George PH, Ramsey Forty Foot. Let secretary Roy Whincup know as soon as possible any proposals. They need new clubs to join, call Roy on 01487 822333 for further details.