Round Four of the East Midlands Winter League saw three venues being used across the Fen Drains, the Old Nene at Benwick, Ramsey Forty Foot and Whittlesey Dyke.
Those lucky enough to draw on the Ramsey Narrows had the best of the action. Top rod was Anthony Williams, he fished a chopped worm and caster approach on the Narrows taking a net of skimmers and roach together with a bonus tench.
On the team front Fox Match Stanjay Gold took the honours on 26 points while on the league front Browning Hotrods have a two point advantage with two rounds to go.
It was a good day for local side Sensas Mark One. They put in a consistent scorecard to finish runners-up on the day and are now a clear second in the league with two rounds to go, one on the Old Nene at March then the final match on the Grand Union Canal at Milton Keynes.
Result: 1 A Williams, Browning Hotrods, 18lb 2oz; 2 M Pollard, FM Stanjay Gold, 17lb 8oz; 3 A Ogilvie, Maver Bait Tech, 15lb 9oz; 4 T Watling, FM Stanjay Gold, 15lb 8oz; 5 T Nash, Browning Hotrods, 14lb 6oz.
Teams: 1 FM Stanjay Gold, 26pts; 2 Browning Hotrods, 29; 3 Sensas Mark One, 29; 4 Maver Bait Tech, 29; 5 Garbolino Peterborough, 44; 6 Stanjay Red, 53.
League: 1 Browning Hotrods, 8pts; 2 Sensas Mark One, 10; jt 3 Maver Bait Tech, and FM Stanjay Gold, both 11; 5 Garbolino Peterborough, 20; 6 FM Stanjay Red, 24.
The Jeffries Cup charity match for the emergency/armed services was held on the Old Nene in March town and it proved to be a hard nut to crack. The venue suffered from no flow, clear water, floating leaves and lots of weed which made fishing difficult for most of the competing anglers.
Huntingdon based Graham Welton continued his good run of form with an easy win from the far end of the boats on the marina section taking three tench, eight eels and perch on chop and caster at 11 metres. The team event saw the RAF Red team take a comfortable victory with three section wins out of four.
Result: 1 G Welton, RAF Red, 22lb; 2 G Atkinson, RAF Red, 14lb 7oz; 3 P Lambdin, RAF Old Lags Black, 10lb 6oz.
Teams: 1 RAF Red, 8pts; 2 Army A, 18; 3 Humberside Police, 21.
In the Wednesday match held at Clough on the North Level Drain, Andy Greenwood topped the field with a net of roach taken on the pole with maggot, weighing in 6lb 12oz. Mark Lynn came second on 6lb 6 ½ oz followed by Dave Steels with a level 5lb.
It was a good week for Greenwood – he also won Sunday’s match on the same venue, this time with bream taken on worm for 11lb. Runner-up was Dave Parlett on 8lb 11oz followed by Dave Sippitts with 3lb 15 ½ oz.
The club also ran a pike match on Sunday which saw Harry Coulson out in front putting two fish to the scales for 17lb. Runner-up with 13lb 1oz was Colin Bartram followed by John Freeman on 10lb 2oz.
Don Ingham topped the Saturday open match fished on the Woodpecker pool. Drawn on peg 15 the local rod weighed in 36lb 4oz.
Colin Begbie was second on 33lb 10oz followed by Don Burns with 28lb 2oz.
Sunday’s action at the fishery switched to the Kingfisher Lake, Colin Begbie topped the field in this one with a level 31lb all taken on a Method feeder. Geoff Arnold came second on 30lb 5oz followed by Derrick Moss on 27lb 10oz.
This Saturday’s match at the fishery is on the Kingfisher Pool with Sunday’s match on Woodpecker.
These days we get very few lady anglers fishing club matches so it’s good to see those that do take on the men getting into the main frame from time to time. Fenland Rods have some very good anglers fishing for them and it’s never easy to make the top five in any match.
So when Wendy Bedford took fourth place in Sunday’s final match of the season on the Six Island pool at Decoy you can imagine the huge cheer that went up for her as she stepped up to collect her brown envelope!
Top rod was Tim Bates, he drew fancied peg 18 and made no mistake bagging 60lb 3oz on the pole with maggot. Runner-up was John Smith with 44lb 9oz followed by Mel Lutkin on 44lb 1oz and Wendy Bedford with 40lb ½ oz.
Metal Box fished the Decoy complex recently on the Six islands. The winner with a weight of 46lb 8oz was Mick Raby, he fished close in with small pieces of luncheon meat. In second place with 34lb 6oz was Tony Campion, followed by Barry Gibson with 24lb 7oz.
Top rod on Friday was Kevin Peacock with a level 73lb taken from peg 18 on the Magpie Pool. Runner-up was Ray Torrington on 54lb 14oz followed by Paul Irons with 32lb 12oz. This Friday’s match will be on the Jay Lake, draw 0830. Bookings to Roy Whincup on 07817 694359.
In the latest match March rod Pete Rayner took the honours with a modest 55lb 8oz. Pete fished peg 22 on the Beastie Lake at Decoy and caught on a worm and caster approach netting carp to 4lb. Runner-up on 52lb was Colin Varney followed by Bryan Lakey with 43lb.