Rain adds freshness but spoils the sport for Fenland anglers

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We certainly got the much needed rain at the weekend, but unfortunately the downside was that it spoilt sport for those trying to get a bite or two, writes Ken Wade.

Let’s just hope fresh water in our local rivers and fenland waterways clears weed and puts some colour and even flow back into the water.

Fenland Rods fished the Six Island pool at Decoy Lakes and while some enjoyed a reasonable day’s sport others with head wind spent more time battling with brollies trying to keep out of the rain.

Top rod from fancied peg 18 was Neil Garner. Usually this peg will see anglers fishing tight across to the far bank, but with the strong wind Neil decided to fish cat meat down the middle and it paid off as he caught from start to finish putting 131lb 9oz to the scales. Runner-up was Matt Lutkin on peg 9 again on meat, he weighed in 119lb 9oz followed by Mac Campbell with 115lb 10oz. This week’s match is on the Snake Lake at Head Fen Fishery.

Over at Townsend Lakes the open match on the Kingfisher Pool saw Andy Adams topping the field with a very respectable 91lb from peg 15. He caught on the long pole with pellet then later in the margins. Next up was Colin Begbie, he caught early on a Method feeder then on the pole with pellet for 85lb 10oz, followed by Geoff Arnold with 59lb 12oz.

Metal Box fished their latest match at Wold Farm fisheries in Northamptonshire which produced some very good weights from the Oak Lake. In the winner’s berth was Shaun Buddle who put 82lb 8oz to the scales, Shaun fished with paste hook baits to land carp to 6lb. Runner-up was Richard Deller with 77lb 7oz, then came Tony Campion on 53lb 15oz.

In the latest Spratt’s AC match fished on the small Carp Lake at Kingsland Fishery, Turves match winner Trevor Cousins was in red hot form putting a massive 289lb 10oz to the scales from peg 17 all caught on pellet fished off the top, netting carp to double figures. Second place went to Peter Parlett, he caught close in on meat and bread for 119lb 8oz, followed by Peter Spriggs with 80lb 11oz.

It’s not been a great start to the season on the North Level drain but many feel that’s all going to change over the next few weeks now that we have had quite a bit of rain. In the latest Tydd Gote Club match weights were not that big but all the signs are there with skimmers and a few bream starting to show.

Dick Paul topped the field with a good bream topped up with skimmers for 8lb 9oz. Runner-up was Andy Spence, he fished a chopped worm approach for perch and weighed in 5lb 9oz and in third place on 5lb 2oz was Colin Gibbons catching small fish on the whip with pinkies for 5lb 2oz. The pairs event on the day went to Dick Paul and Dave Williams with a total weight of 12lb 7oz.

Those fishing the latest Chatteris Workingmen’s Club matches on the Forty Foot will be the ones hoping for a vast improvement in sport after the rain as in their latest matches very few of the resident bream or tench showed up. In the Wednesday evening match Steve Newell won with 4lb 11oz of small fish taken on the pole with pinkie. Match winner in the club’s Sunday match saw John Roper taking a bream in his catch of 8lb. Second place went to Steve Newell on 1lb 14oz followed by Peter Cornwell with 10oz.

In the latest Rookery Waters £1,000 qualifier fished on the Magpie Pool some very good weights were recorded. Winner from peg 27 was rising star Tom Edwards, the youngster fished shallow tight to the pads on banded pellet to catch carp to 5lb then switched to his margins with dead maggots over groundbait to finish on 200lb 4oz. Runner-up was another young angler from Boston Davis Gurton with 167lb 2oz from peg 34. Third Kevin Peacock on 143lb 6oz.