Sensas Mark One angler Josh off the Pace at Fish O’Mania final

Mac Campbell, Fenland Rods winner at Rookery Waters
Mac Campbell, Fenland Rods winner at Rookery Waters

It turned out to be a disappointing day at the Fish O’Mania final for Sensas Mark One rod Josh Pace, writes Ken Wade.

He had a good early start to the match and was up with the leaders, but with the fish refusing to feed in any numbers he gradually slipped down the leader board.

He gave his best though, and on another day and I would say a better venue, who knows, Josh could well have been up with the top rods all day. The chance to fish for £30,000 does not come round very often and a venue needs to be found where anglers’ full range of skills can be tested. Cudmore Fishery didn’t do that for me on the day.

There was better news for local rod Abbie Kendal in the ladies final on the same venue. For some time it looked as if she was going to win but a poor end to the match saw her slip down, but she still took a very creditable third place.

Fenland Rods were anticipating a good day at the Rookery Waters Fishery and I was pleased to accept an invitation to fish with them on the Jay Lake, which I should add has been in very good form of late. A quick look round the new facilities saw us drawn and ready to go by close to 10am, just ready for the wind to pick up and ruin plans for long pole fishing. By lunch time many of us had struggled for a fish or two, I even stopped trying to fish the long pole for fear the pole would break in my hand, such was the strength of the wind during the match.

However Mac Campbell on peg 19 did well, fishing a heavy float at full depth and them coming close in on meat to finish top on 62lb 12oz. Just a few ounces behind with 62lb 2oz was Dave Garner, his catch included a fine barbel of 8lb plus taken on luncheon meat, then came John Garner with 37lb. This week the club will be fishing Six Islands at Decoy Lakes.

The Kingfisher Pool at Townsend Lakes continues to fish really well, in difficult conditions match winner Sam Hawks put a fine 132lb 12oz to the scales to take a comfortable victory in the fisheries latest open match. Sam had a good start to the match fishing the feeder then later switching to a short pole line. Runner-up was Ricky Young, he caught on similar tactics to the winner for 90lb 6oz, followed by Geoff Arnold on 65lb 8oz who caught on a short pole line with pellet.

In the latest result sent into me from Spratts AC it was Terry Tribe that took the honours on the Elm Pool on the Decoy Lakes complex. Terry fished several methods, starting up in the water on pellet, then switching to a straight lead approach to finish well clear of the chasing pack on 144lb 7oz from peg 3. Runner-up was Trevor Cousins, he fished the feeder then switched to a short pole line in the margins for 127lb 9oz. Then came Bob Allan, he weighed in 103lb 4oz, all caught on paste fished close in.

It’s been a busy time for the Chatteris Workingmen’s Club angling section of late, but unfortunately no big fish are showing on the Forty Foot Drain, hence the low weights that have been recorded in the club’s last two matches on the venue.

Peter Cromwell topped the list with 5lb 9oz while, in the latest match fished last Sunday, it was Steve Newell who was out in front with 4lb 1oz of small fish.

Runner-up with 3lb 3oz was Chris Goebler, followed by Peter Cornwell with 2lb 3oz.