Pike anglers make the most of remaining time

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There was a definite change in the weather leading up to last weekend and along with the rain sport was nowhere near as good as many of us had expected.

To be fair we have been very lucky with the weather since the turn of the year and it did not take us too long to forget the bitterly cold weather we had for weeks on end right through December.

There were quite a few anglers out and about though, pike anglers in particular making the most of the time left to fish the fen drains before the season on them draws to a close on Monday, March 14.

Dead baits have been very productive for them of late with the likes of Cock Bank, the Twenty and Forty Foot Drains and over on the North Level system too with reports of good doubles to be had.

In the Tydd Gote Angling Trust Pike Qualifier held at French Drove, Jamie Cooper came out on top putting fish to the scales for 17lb 11oz.

Rob Wright caught the biggest fish of the day weighing in at 11lb and together with a smaller sample finished second with a total of 16lb 4oz. Colin Bartram had four fish for 14lb 4oz.

The other pike open match was run by Whittlesey AA and again attracted a good field to the fen waters.

This was a pairs match which saw Stewart Leonard and Rita Clarke scoop the top spot, putting six fish to the scales for a total of 22lb 1oz.

Then came Martin Smith and Mark Spies, they also had six fish, their total weight was a little lower at 15lb 14oz.

Third place with 14lb 10oz was Jon Gerrans and Dave Raggo. The best fish of the day was taken by Trevor Avis weighing in at 11lb.

The Midweek Tydd Gote match fished on the North Level Drain saw Len Shucksmith well ahead of the field, he put a net of small fish to the scales weighing 7lb 4oz.

Runner-up was Mick Asker on 3lb 15oz followed by Sammy McSpadden with a level 3lb.

Sunday’s club match on the same water saw weights plummet, the fishing badly affected by the change in weather conditions, Carol Davis needing a modest 2lb 10oz of small fish to take the top spot. Then came Paul Constable with 1lb 7oz followed by Andy Lawrence on 15 ½ oz.

The club have two matches again this week, both at Clough Wednesday and Sunday, draw at 9am, at Clough Treatment Works, fish 10-3.

Townsend Fishery at Outwell continues to attract anglers to the venue. In the Saturday open fished on the Woodpecker Pool venue expert Andy Adams once again took the honours.

He took a mixed bag on the pellet for a match winning 46lb 8oz. Dave Corcoran came in second with 27lb 9oz followed by John Millard with 21lb 7oz.

Fishery boss Colin Begbie decided to run Sunday’s match on the same pool but unfortunately weights were not so good. Rob Hewison made it two wins in a row at the fishery running out a comfortable winner with 20lb 7oz.

Runner up with 14lb 7oz was Holbeach rod Geoff Arnold followed by Colin Begbie who took 13lb 8oz.

The tiny Horseway’s Sluice drain once again fished well for those looking for plenty of bites with small fish catches dominating the match.

Out in front in the latest Chatteris Working Men’s Club match was Steve Newell on 7lb 4oz, then came John Roper with 6lb 12oz followed by Norman Creer with 6lb 9oz.

The club will be back on the venue this coming Sunday, draw as usual at 8.30am.