Pollard on top at March open

Mark Pollard
Mark Pollard

The big March open on Sunday is always a popular event which once again attracted a class field of anglers from all over the country.

Out in front was Mark Pollard. He drew four pegs below Wigstons footbridge and put a very respectable 18lb of roach to the scales.

Mark fished the punch down the middle and caught regularly for the first three hours then switched to a far side line with a squatt approach. Runner up from the end peg along Nene Parade was Joe Roberts, he also caught roach, bagging 330 small fish to bread punch.

So that is the end of the open matches on this cracking venue, but tickets are already selling well for the next match early in the New Year, March match organiser Bob Fitzjohn is the man to get in contact with for all the remaining matches on 07970 673439.

Metal box fished their Christmas Fayre match at the Decoy complex on Sunday fishing the Oak Lake. In the winners berth was Paul Green with a weight of 28lb 11oz. Paul fished a small maggot feeder cast to the far bank. Runner up Peter Harrod had 24lb 7oz followed by Roger Archer with 21lb 8oz.

With most of us having a few days off over the Christmas and New Year holidays its gives us a chance to try out all that new fishing tackle gratefully accepted from loved ones. But where to wet a line in often very cold conditions is always a question I am being asked. So I thought I would give you a few options you may like to consider. For those that prefer to fish natural venues then now is the time to get over to Spalding and give the River Welland a try through the town. I know there have already been double figure weights of small fish to pinkie, with one or two anglers also finding the bigger roach on punch and hemp seed. Over at March the Old Nene that runs from Benwick and right through the centre of the Fenland town is another renowned winter hotspot, it is very rare poor weights are taken here with double figure weights nets of roach and skimmers regularly taken to a pinkie and groundbait approach.

Other waters such as The Briggate and Bower at Whittlesey, Raveley Drain, Factory Bank at Ramsey and even the River Nene in the Stibbington/Wansford area are all well worth a visit.

Stillwaters are little less predictable during the winter months, but fishing a light rig and small hook combination even on the coldest of days often produces a few bites. You see from results that Townsend Lakes is fishing well to maggot, caster and pellet, while at Buttonhole fishery the silvers and carp have been feeding as we continue to get relatively mild conditions. Decoy Lakes is a noted match venue but at this time of year there is usually plenty of room for the pleasure angler to fish these tactics. Kingsland Fishery will often see some good nets to a small feeder and the relatively new Float Fish Farm Fishery has seen more and more anglers going through the gates in recent weeks suggesting sport is reasonably good for this time of year. They do have lakes stocked with silvers if you are not too bothered about carp fishing.

For some big fish action why not try a spot of pike fishing, my top tip is to try the March Twenty Foot Drain, not only are you in with a chance of pike action on dead baits but it is also an ideal water for a spot of lure fishing. Other good hotspots for pike should be the Forty Foot and Twenty Foot Drain towards Whittlesey along with Glassmore Bank and even Cock Bank.

If there is a better small fish angler in the area, or perhaps I should say more consistent than John Taylor then I would be very surprised right now. Taylor continued his winning form in the Tydd Gote Wednesday open match held at Clough Bridge with a catch of 16lb 2oz consisting of over 200 roach taken on the pole with pinkie fished over groundbait, topping his impressive catch up with a few decent perch caught on the pole on the chopped worm and caster approach. The North Level Drain fished really well with runner up Andy Greenwood putting 15lb 4oz followed by David Parlett on a level 8lb.

The club are having a break over the Christmas period but will be back on the banks of the North Level Drain on New Years Day for an open match run by David Parlett.

The draw is at 9am at Clough and fishing will be from 10am till 4pm.