This weekend Wisbech-based Sensas Mark One take on the might of the best teams around the country in the Angling Trust Division One National.
The venue for the premier match in the angling calendar is the River Avon in and around Bristol. It is a cracking venue, although at times it can be a very difficult river to fish, but our lads have been down practising and I would not be at all surprised to see them make the top ten and with a good draw they could even find themselves in the top five.
Also competing from our area will be Browning Hotrods, they are also expected to do well.
The whole competition could be in for something of an overhaul, it has been announced that next year’s Division Two will be on commercial carp waters for the first time ever, a drastic and from what I hear, a very unpopular move. I suspect that if enough teams object there could well be a change of heart from angling’s governing body, if not the move could well attract a few new teams into the competition.
Team fishing is certainly not at its peak that’s for sure, the Winter League was always a major event nationally yet over the past couple of seasons it looks to have gone downhill fast with literally scores of teams dropping out.
Even our local East Midland Division which was one of the founder divisions looks to be under threat as making up the six teams needed could be a hard task. There is talk of reducing numbers in a team, and one or two other rule changes may help but creating the interest in the first place is the difficult task it would seem.
The Woodpecker Pool was used for the weekend open match at Townsend Fishery and saw Alan Owen taking a comfortable victory with 90lb 12oz of carp taken from peg 4 on luncheon meat. Harry Morgan came in second with 67lb 6oz, he fished the margins with sweetcorn from peg 4 followed by Ray Cook with 40lb 11oz.
Mac Campbell ran out a clear winner in the latest match fished on the Beastie Pool on the Decoy Lakes complex. Drawn on peg 14 Mac fished the meat close in netting carp to 4lb, putting 116lb to the scales. Mick Raby came in second on 95lb, he also fished meat, although a little further out netting carp to double figures.
In third place with 94lb 8oz was Trevor Cousins.
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It was a really busy week at Doddington and with the fishery in cracking form most visiting put some very respectable nets to the scales. In the regular Senior Citizens match Harold Towler topped the field with an impressive 94lb 8oz, all taken on the feeder, just ahead of Martin Parker who caught well on the pellet waggler for a level 94lb. In third place was Les Palmer with 66lb 8oz.
In the Littleport Ex-Servicemen’s Club fixture Paul Yardy came in first with 92lb 6oz, Paul fished the pole and pellet approach.
Second place went to Ian Haynes on 91lb 2oz followed by John Caulder with 64lb 14oz.
Sunday’s match on the venue saw Leverington AC anglers in action with John Graham topping the field with 48lb 12oz from peg 13, all caught on a maggot feeder. Josh Retches took the runner-up spot with 47lb 4oz followed by Martin Burggraf with 40lb 10oz.
This is another local water that continues to produce the goods and on Sunday quite a few of the Fenland Rods found the carp willing to feed.
There is no stopping Kevin Lee right now though, with the usually productive basin not in great form all the better pegs were along the side which was where Lee drew, fishing his meat and pole approach. He hauled a fine 207lb 9½ oz to take a very comfortable victory. Runner-up on 140lb 5oz was Tim Bates followed by Bill Foster with 104lb 4oz.
This weekend’s fixture will see the club on the Snake Pool at Headfen Fishery.
Once again the three weekly Tydd Gote matches were held on the Black Dyke Drain, in the Tuesday evening event Mark Lynn took the honours putting a very respectable 9lb 1oz to the scales, a net of roach and skimmers taken on the long pole. Runner-up with 7lb 12oz was Dick Pool, followed by Andy Greenwood on 5lb 7oz.
March rod Bob Fitzjohn took the top spot in the Thursday match with 5lb 14oz of perch and skimmers taken on the waggler. Dave Parlett was second on 4lb 6oz followed by Andy Greenwood with 3lb 14oz.
The Sunday match was something of a struggle, Paul Constable putting a modest 4lb 14½ oz to the scales to top the field. Then came Colin Burton 4lb 13oz and Barry Stacey 4lb 7oz.
l Downham Market & District Angling Association will be holding an extraordinary general meeting on September 3 to discuss important matters that relate to the club. The committee invite all club members to be there. The meeting will be held at the Chequers Pub in Wimbotsham at 7.30pm.