Last weekend saw the two-day Rookery Waters Final take place – but, unfortunately, the winner for quite a few of those taking part was the atrocious weather, writes Ken Wade.
They had just about everything to contend with – gale force winds, heavy rain, bright sun light and hailstones. Through it all though many of the area’s top rods still put some impressive weights to the scales.
On the first day local rod Tony McGregor took a very impressive 123lb 14oz winning net from peg 38 to take an early lead.
Runner-up was Ricky Ashwell with 82lb 14oz from peg 25, then came the ever consistent Mark Pollard with 71lb 2oz. It was all about section points, though, so all to play for on the second day. That saw the eventual winner of the two-day event, Mark Pollard, steal the show with a match win from peg 32, putting a fine 113lb 4oz to the scales.
The back-up weights were very, very, close with Ben Townsend just sneaking second spot with 63lb 3oz from peg 25, followed by Dave Rawlings who caught on corn tight to the pads for 62lb 12oz.
Overall final results: 1 Mark Pollard 2pts, 185lb; 2 Ricky Ashwell 3pts, 132lb 14oz; 3 Dave Rawlings 3pts, 106lb 2oz.
Jay Lake at Rookery hosted the latest Over 60’s match which saw John Belshaw leading the way with a very respectable 81lb 2oz from peg 11. He caught on bread and corn. Runner-up was Tony Dawson with 72lb 4oz, then Mick Curtis on 50lb 10oz.
The Cuckoo Canal Pool over at Townsend Lakes once again fished well, but like most venues right across the country, the weather was the real winner. Out in front with a very respectable 87lb was Andy Deller. He fished a short pole line all day with pellet from peg 18. Just a few pegs away was runner-up Andy Adams on 86lb 8oz, taken on the pole with pellet, followed by Steven Hillman with 72lb 8oz.
There is some good news to report this week regarding Buttonhole Fishery as I have been told that the popular Tuesday evening matches will be starting up again. I should be getting all the details this week so I will bring you right up today as soon as I can. Spratts AC and Fenland Rods will also be looking forward to their new campaign and I hear both clubs have a strong membership which should see even more anglers fishing our local waters.
The Angling Trust and Environment Agency partnership has now made possible the keenly anticipated national roll-out of the Voluntary Bailiff Service (VBS), following a pilot project in the South East.
The Anglian region was the sixth and final VBS region to go ‘live’ on Saturday, March 12. The region includes Humberside, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Norfolk, Essex and Suffolk, with 25 successful applicants attending the inaugural mandatory induction day held in Cambridgeshire.
Paul Thomas, Angling Trust regional enforcement manager for the east of England, said: “This was a truly pivotal day for angling in the East of England with 25 volunteers joining Phase 1 Voluntary Bailiff Service and offering their valuable time and support to the Environment Agency and the police in the ongoing initiative Operation Traverse, aimed at targeting poaching and all angling-related crime.”
Spokesperson Nick Willey said: “From a policing perspective I am extremely pleased the Voluntary Bailiff Service now is up and running in our area. It is early days and we shouldn’t expect to see huge changes overnight, however it is really refreshing to know that people are prepared to give up their time to support the VBS.”
Environment Agency team leader in the Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire area, Kye Jerrom, contributed to training at the induction and said: “The Angling Trust Voluntary Bailiff Service induction day was well supported by volunteers from around the region. We were really pleased with the candidates’ input and are hopeful that this will be the start of a new way of working.
“The new recruits will liaise directly with Environment Agency Fisheries enforcement staff in the east of England. Together with the Angling Trust, they will help us direct Environment Agency resources to combat illegal fishing better than ever, working to reduce rod licence evasion and to protect fisheries.
“Having the police on board, and having more information and access to vital enforcement resources, will all help in tracking down offenders.”