AFTER a run of Bank Holidays coupled with some glorious weather it was back to normal last weekend.
Thankfully for the fishermen the expected heavy rain did not reach this part of the country, but I think we all agree rain is badly needed right now. Some of our local waters are already seeing levels dropping, almost unheard of at this time of year.
Last weekend I think we all went fishing with one eye on the weather. I know I took my full rain gear as the forecast was not good, but it missed us on the whole and it ended up a breezy but gloriously warm day.
The fish certainly responded with most of our local waters once again producing some cracking action.
Fenland Rods fished the in-form Buttonhole Fishery which saw some huge weights recorded topped by the in-form Kevin Lee.
He drew peg 3 in the bay and fished out on the long pole for most of the day on meat. He caught steadily all day and a good last burst of big fish in the margins, netting four fishing for 38lb on paste, saw him put a fine 132lb 11oz to the scales.
Then came Matt Lutkin with 110lb 12 ½ oz, he fished long to the island catching on pellet and corn followed by Dave Garner on the waggler with 82lb 3 ½ oz.
In the Buttonhole Tuesday evening match, weights held up well. Fishery boss Richard Button took the honours putting 54lb 3oz to the scales from peg 21. Second place went to Mark Grange on 41lb 1oz followed by Bob Bates with 38lb 14oz.
Venue expert Andy Adams showed the field a clean pair of heels in the latest Townsend Fishery Open match fished on the Kingfisher Pool. Drawn on peg 9, the local rod fished the pole with pellet at full depth to weigh in 77lb 2oz. Runner up on 55lb 1oz was Colin Begbie followed by Ricky Young on 47lb 10oz.
It has been a very busy time at Fields End Water Fishery. Some waters see weights drop off dramatically if they get heavily fished, but right now the fishing is hard to beat.
In the Tuesday Seniors match Don Burns topped the field with a fine display of out in the water fishing on maggot, finishing on a level 80lb. Runner up was Les Palmer with 41lb 6oz followed by Rod Crossley with 39lb 4oz.
There was a good turnout for the Ship Inn Open match which saw Stuart Redman taking the honours with a fine 108lb 2oz catch fishing close in on the pole with caster and maggot.
Runner up with 86lb 8oz was the match organiser and owner Paul Wing on 86lb 8oz, then came Ray Sladden on 69lb 4oz.
The final match of the weekend saw the Fred’s Match Group in action and it seems they had one of the best match results of the season so far at the fishery.
Out in front with 101lb 8oz was Sam Hawks, he drew fancied peg one and took his fish on paste close in.
Runner up with 91lb was Ray Sladden followed by Martin Caldicote on 83lb 4oz.
The Six Island Pool on the Decoy Lakes complex was the latest venue for the Golden Lion AC lads, Dave Beeken topping this one with 61lb 8oz, a net of carp taken on the pole close in fishing meat over pellet.
Runner up was Kev Bridgement on 46lb 4oz, a net of carp taken on sweetcorn, followed by Barry Linney on 36lb 4oz.
This weekend’s match is on the Cuckoo Canal Pool at Townsend Fishery which should see some fine weights taken.
Ramsey AS angler Pete Holland made it three wins in a row at Rookery Farm Fishery, Pidley.
In the Thursday Open match he bagged 100lb 5oz from the Magpie Pool from peg 16.
Runner up with 90lb 14oz was Kevin Peacock followed by Chris Saunders on 76lb 13oz. Tomorrow’s match will be fished on the Jay Lake.
Metal Box AC fished at the North View fishery, Gedney Hill on the old match lake recently. This is well worth a visit judging by the great result.
Out in front was Tony Campion, on a Method feeder close up to the island with maggot and meat to record 117lb 14oz. Runner up was Shaun Buddle, 91lb 15oz, followed by Pete Harrod on 59lb 8oz and Jim Allan on 55lb 11oz.
Veteran angler Bryan Lakey showed once again his vast knowledge and skill.
He won the latest Spratt’s AC match fished on the Yew Lake at Decoy Lakes with an excellent 101lb, a net of carp to 8lb all taken close in from peg 1 on meat and sweetcorn.
Runner up was Martin Parker, 92lb 8oz, followed by Colin Varney 82lb.