Season tipped for a top start

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Anglers right across the area will be preparing for Sunday when a brand new season opens on the fen drains and rivers.

Thankfully we have had a spell of warm weather.

Although the persistent northerly winds have made it feel more like spring than summer, reports from around the area suggest we could see some cracking action.

The Twenty Foot drain at March is always a prime target for anglers after early season tench action, a worm and caster approach should be a productive approach.

If you are after bream then the Twenty Foot from March right through to Whittlesey could see some big weights; a little ground bait with caster, squats and pinkies should do the trick.

The Old Nene at Benwick looks to be in good shape and do not be surprised to hear of good weights from the March sections too, particularly above the by pass bridge.

Sensas Mark One match organiser John Bates has done well to keep the King of the Fens series running.

It gets underway this Sunday on the North Level Drain and I think we can expect to see some big bream weights topped up with skimmers and even roach from some areas.

If it is your first time out please make sure you have a current rod licence - I wouldn’t be surprised to see Environment Agency bailiffs out this weekend!

In the latest open match fished on the Woodpecker Pool at Townsend Lakes Fishery Ian Warby topped a competitive field, 83lb 6oz from peg 16.

Ian fished the pole with pellet up in the water to see off the challenge of venue expert Ricky Young, 81lb 10oz, Matt Ayres 80lb 6oz.

Rose and Crown AC (Manea) fished the Jay Pool over at Pidley last weekend, fishing the late pegs from 35 through to 47. Bill Savage won with 38lb 10oz from peg 39 fishing pellet on the feeder. Kev Bridgement 38lb 3oz, Paul Hollingsworth 31lb 12oz.

The popular Decoy Lakes saw three of our local clubs in action recently. Metal Box fished the Yew Pool which saw Tommy Aisley taking the honours with 76lb 14oz, caught on a small Method feeder and pellet. Richard Morris 60lb 6oz, followed by Richard Deller 46lb 12oz.

Spratt’s AC had a cracking match on the Beastie Pool, Colin Varney taking pole position thanks to a fine net of small carp taken from peg 15 on the pole with pellet for 159lb 15oz. Peter Parlett came in second, he fished meat for 139lb 10oz followed by Mac Campbell with 120lb

On Saturday Fenland Rods fished a pairs match on Four Islands and Lou’s Pool. No margin fishing was allowed due to fish spawning.

Two popular members and close friends, John Garner and Joe Bedford won this event, both coming second in their respective matches. Garner fished Four Islands from peg 6 and took 79lb 4oz while Joe was on Lou’s putting 64lb 4oz to the scales to give them four points.

Second equal on points decided on weight: Sydd Starr and Darren Ogden seven points, followed by Mel Lutkin and Bob Allen. Individual winners: Four Islands Matt Lutkin 100lb 12oz; Lou’s Darren Ogden 76lb.

This weekend the club will be fishing the Yew Pool.