Still waters in good form for time of year

First picture is of Rookery Farm Fishery winner Gary Burton
First picture is of Rookery Farm Fishery winner Gary Burton

We have been very lucky with the weather over the past couple of weeks, in fact winter has yet to arrive presenting anglers with lots of weekend action that we would normally be thinking of giving a miss too.

I am sure we will get some heavy frosts and perhaps even snow so let’s make the most of it and get out onto our local waters while the going’s good.

Even still waters around the area have been in quite good form for this time of year. I am sure you will all remember the bitterly cold weather we had just a year ago which saw waters frozen over and angling right across the country coming to a virtual standstill.

Even carp have been on the feed recently, Button Hole Fishery, Townsend Lakes and Decoy Lakes have all produced good nets with red maggot by far the best bait.

On the fen drains anglers have reported good nets of roach coming from the Twenty Foot and even the odd bonus tench.

The Old Nene has seen a few anglers on it and despite the clear water with very little flow at all roach and skimmers have been taken with hemp seed by far the best bait.

Old Nene

Parson Drove match organiser John Spalton ran a small open match on the Old Nene recently, pegging the match just above the top bridge going out towards the Health Centre Bridge and, my goodness, did it fish well.

First place went to Shaun Higgingbottom. He put a fine 15lb 7oz to the scales, the Boston youngster fished hemp seed all day. Runner-up was John Spalton with 15lb 1 ½ oz followed by Bob Nudd on 12lb 1oz.

Raveley Drain

Raveley Drain was the venue for the first of two matches run by Stanjay Tackle over the holiday period, I was surprised quite a few more of our local rods did not take part as the small fen drain is in fine form. Top rod in this one with a net of roach and perch was Roy Whincup, he fished close in with pinkie over groundbait to record a match winning 13lb 4 ½ oz.

Stanjay Open Raveley Drain: 1 R Whincup, Stanjay Tackle, 13lb 4oz 5dr; 2 T Nash, Browning Hotrods, 13lb 4oz; 3 K Jerrom, Browning Hotrods, 12lb 10oz 5dr; 4 P Hendy, Browning Hotrods, 11lb 10oz 5dr; 5 M Caldicote, Stanjay Tackle, 11lb 3oz 5dr; 6 T Oakman, Stanjay Tackle, 10lb 9oz.  

Tydd Gote

Tydd Gote AC were the only local club to continue their matches over the holiday period and it turned out to be a very productive time for Colin Gibbons as he took the top spot in both matches.

In the Wednesday match fished at Clough Bridge on the North Level Drain Colin fished the pole with pinkie to record 7lb 13oz.

Pushing him right to the final whistle was Dave Parlett on 7lb 3oz followed by John Young with 7lb 2oz.

Sunday’s match on the same venue saw Colin put 6lb 6oz to the scales. Runner-up was Andy Greenwood on 5lb 9oz followed by Simon Sutterby with a level 5lb.

The club are running a Wednesday and Sunday match this week, draw for both is 9am at Clough Bridge. Tydd Gote AC will also be running a Pike Qualifier on the North level, draw time for this one is 8.15am again at Clough Bridge.

Rookery Farm

Roy Whincup continues to run regular Friday Open matches on the in-form Rookery Farm Fishery at Pidley, in fact it seems to be a venue that is starting to attract a few more locals to its door.

In the latest match it was local rod Gary Burton that took the honours putting a very respectable 50lb 10oz to the scales.

Gary fished the Magpie Lake and took his fish on the long pole with pellet. John Millard came in second netting a mixed bag on the waggler with maggot for a level 35lb. in third place with 34lb 11oz was Richard Bond.