Stillwaters in top form

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Despite reasonable weather conditions the bank holiday weekend almost passed the world of angling by, there was even a lack of matches even though our local stillwaters have been in tip top form.

Before the school holidays and indeed holidays in general come to an end now is the time to wet a line as inevitably sport will begin to take a downturn over the next few weeks. On natural venues the Black Dyke drain continues to fish well for those entering the Tydd Gote matches.

In the Tuesday night event the consistent Mark Lynn took the honours with a net of small skimmers and roach plus a bonus tench of 3lb to top the field with 7lb 1oz. Runner-up was Andy Greenwood 6lb 6oz, Sammy McSpadden with 6lb 1oz. The Thursday match saw Greenwood move up a slot taking first with two tench and a bream on a chopped worm and caster approach for 14lb 6oz. Mark Lynn came in second with 6lb 8oz followed by Dick Paul with a level 6lb.

Sunday’s big match was fished on the Main Road section of the North Level drain and some big weights recorded. Top rod with an excellent 28lb 1oz of skimmers and bream was Bourne angler Dave Corcoran. Dave now fishes for the successful Sensas Mark One squad and with the main bulk of the anglers fishing in the big Evesham festival it was left to him to fly the team’s flag locally. Runner-up was Phil Thrower 23lb 1oz, Carol Davis with 22lb 11oz.

This week’s Tydd Gote fixtures will see the Tuesday and Thursday matches on the Black Dyke now drawing at 4.30pm, fishing will be from 5pm to 8pm.

Sunday’s match will be on the main drain once again, draw for this one is at 11am fishing from 12 noon to 6pm.

The North Level Drain is going to come under a lot of pressure over the next few weeks as it is the chosen venue for the huge Eastern Region Shield, the following day the same venue will be used for the East Midlands winter league practice and then on the first Sunday in October the winter league gets under way and they will be using the majority of the water used for those two previous events.

Whilst everyone agrees the North Level has been in cracking form some are concerned that the venue will be hit hard from the angling pressure put upon it; and come round one of the winter league we could struggle for bites in some sections.

Fields End

This fishery at Doddington must be one of the top local waters, a consistent performer, so why not give it a try? Just have a look at the results from the latest Senior Citizens match, with anglers bagging 50lb plus on a variety of methods. Top rod was Martin Parker from peg 7 he fished a pellet waggler up in the water taking 116lb 12oz.

Fishing a small Method feeder was Harold Towler 76lb 4oz, Albert Hawkins 73lb 4oz.

Metal Box AC

The latest match on Cedar Lake on the Decoy complex saw Mick Raby put a handsome 100lb to the scales he fished luncheon meat close in netting carp steadily all day. Runner-up was Richard Chase with 78lb 14oz followed by Shaun Buddle with 69lb 6oz.

Button Hole

King’s Lynn tackle dealer Lester Pratt took first place in the recent barbecue Friday evening match. It’s rare that anglers catch well on luncheon meat fished over sweetcorn but it proved to be a winning combination as Lester finished top from peg 3 weighing in 117lb 11oz. Second was Steve Smalley who fished chopped worm and caster for 94lb 9oz followed by Andrew Carter with 79lb 9oz.

Spratts AC

Some really good weights were recorded in the latest match fished on the Yew Lake at Decoy, top rod with a level 125lb was Ken Shearing, he fished meat in the margins on peg 11 netting carp into double figures. It was his first match win ever fishing for the Wisbech based club. Mac Campbell 118lb took second place, Trevor Cousins 96lb.

Townsend Lakes

This once again produced the goods for those fishing both Saturday and Sunday in the fishery opens. First place on Saturday on the Woodpecker pool was venue regular Steve Hillman. He weighed in 89lb 6oz taken on pellet fished shallow. Second place went to Chris Smith with 68lb 6oz followed by Steve Roberts on 66lb 6oz.

It turned out to be a cracking weekend for Hillman as he romped home in Sunday’s open on Cuckoo Canal putting an excellent 162lb 2oz to the scales all caught on pellet fished in the margins. Alan Owen was second on 143lb 6oz followed by Shaun Buddle with 121lb.

Graham’s Pond just outside Huntingdon has been a popular venue for many Fenland anglers over the past few years so it is with some sadness that I have to announce that owner Graham Marsh is retiring from the fishery.

Over the past 15 years the water has become well established with pleasure anglers in particular being rewarded. Thankfully there is a new regime in place and I am sure the fishery will continue to prosper.