Those fishing round one of the East Midland Winter League on the North Level Drain on Sunday were greeted with the first frost of the year, writes Ken Wade.
It was not totally unexpected as warnings had been given but it made for a very difficult match for quite a few taking part.
The good news though was that Wisbech-based Sensas Mark One came out on top of what looks like being a very competitive series of six matches.
They took first place with 25 points just ahead of new team Maver Image, tipped to take the top spot.
Our local lads will have something to say about that though. A strong performance led by individual match winner Rob Hewison laid down a marker to tell the newcomers they will be no push-overs.
Rob drew well at the end of the section at Pauls Bridge and fished the long pole with worm and caster, taking 26 skimmers and a few perch for a very respectable 21lb 4oz.
Runner up was Steve Welford, the Hotrods man putting 14lb 10oz to the scales. His catch included a tench, a few skimmers and topped up with hemp roach. Alistair Ogilvie was third with a level 12lb, followed by Mark One rod Andy Ellis on 11lb 7 ½ oz.
The next match takes place in two weeks’ time on the Great Ouse at St Ives and Godmanchester, with a practice match coming up this weekend. Perhaps then the teams will look to include another river in next year’s series.
In the Tydd Gote Wednesday fixture fished at Black Dyke Mick Asker took the top spot with a net of hemp roach for 6lb 12oz. Runner-up was Ray Groom on 6lb 7oz, Peter Emery 5lb 4oz.
Weights were down for the Sunday match, although Ray Green won with a 7lb net of roach taken from Golden Peg 130. Dick Paul was second on 3lb 8oz with Josh Bays third with 12oz.
You can tell winter is not far away when clubs start running a few pike matches. The first A.C.A Pike open match qualifier will be fished at Tydd Gote on Sunday. To book in please contact Jamie Cooper on 01406 365160 or Mike Mumby on 01406 490268.
Despite a cold start to the day Cuckoo Canal on the Townsend Lakes complex still produced some big carp weights in their latest open match, Steven Hillman topping the field with 141lb 14oz taken on pellet and sweetcorn. Harry Morgan came close with 141lb 6oz fishing similar tactics, followed by Derrick Upson on 88lb 12oz.
There was a good turn-out for the annual Fenland Rods Beastie Lake match at Decoy Lakes, fished in awful conditions for most of the match.
Drawn on peg 30 club secretary John Smith caught steadily all day, fishing meat close in for carp and barbel but when he changed to paste in the closing stages the better fish came. His best fish went 11lb 3oz at the scales which saw him weigh in 143lb 4oz.
In second place drawn on peg 14 on the end of the spit, was Kev Lee 124lb 1oz; again meat the best bait. Mac Campbell came third on 97lb 2oz. On Sunday the club will be fishing Lou’s Pool at Decoy Lakes.
Clear water and a frost kept the weights on the low side on the Forty Foot Drain for Chatteris Workingmen’s Club on Sunday. Winner Steve Newell 3lb 3oz, John Roper 2lb 2oz, Jack Halverson/Derek Leek joint third on 1lb 7oz. Next match: Sunday, October 19, at Horseways, draw 8am.