The last weekend of the fishing season on Fenland drains and rivers saw anglers enjoying some excellent sport.
The weather for once was kind to us as temperatures rose to almost spring like conditions and the fish responded.
The big match over the weekend was undoubtedly the March open fished on the Old Nene through the town centre and out on the bypass section.
What a match it turned out to be for Stuart Northrop. He came back to the match fishing scene with a bang just a few weeks ago in the March open and took the top spot; and on Sunday made it two in a row, bagging first place with a fine 34lb 7oz weight. Stuart drew well on the end peg upstream on the bypass section and was expecting to catch tench and went for a chopped worm and caster approach.
Shortly after the start he duly put a small tench in the net taken on the long pole line, then it all changed as the big rudd moved in. Fish after fish came thick and fast and by the final whistle he had taken fish pushing close to a pound.
Just a few pegs away was March rod Tony McGregor. He did really well to keep pace with the winner, again taking rudd on the pole to finish on 23lb 5oz which gave him second place. Third in the prizes was Lindsey Naylor, the Huntingdon rod weighing in 21lb 10oz.
Result: S Northrop, Browning Hotrods, 34lb 7oz; 2 T McGregor, March DAC, 23lb 5oz; 3 L Naylor, Browning Hotrods, 21lb 10oz; 4 I Benton, FM Stanjays, 21lb 9oz 8dr; 5 A Moss, Browning Hotrods, 20lb 6oz.
In the Wednesday Tydd Gote match fished on the North Level Drain on the Swan section the fishing failed to impress, Phil Parnell needing just 3lb 14oz of skimmers and roach to take the top spot.
Runner up on 2lb 15oz was Dave Steels followed by Len Shucksmith with 2lb 14oz.
Sunday’s match on the same section saw some much improved sport, Colin Gibbons just easing home with 8lb 1oz of roach and skimmers all taken on bread punch.
Then came Phil Parnell just behind on a level 8lb followed by Dave Steels with 4lb 14oz.
Sunday’s pike match saw lots of fish taken, Rob Wright topped the strong field with a total of 31lb, his best fish weighing in at 14lb. Runner up was John Freeman on 22lb 6oz.
Like several other waters at the weekend, Horseway Sluice produced some much needed sport for the Chatteris WMC anglers with plenty of bites for all those taking part in this final club event of the season.
Steve Newell stole the show with a good net of roach including a few better samples on hemp seed to weigh in 8lb 4oz. Runner up on 7lb 8oz was Shane Webb, followed by Tom Boswell with 5lb 15oz. Not a single blank in sight and everyone went home happy: a cracking way to end the season.
Of course for those anglers that enjoy stillwater fishing then the action is now year round and sport is only just starting to pick up as we see catches around the area starting to climb.
In the Saturday open match on the Kingfisher Pool at Townsend Fishery Steve Pell came out on top with 27lb 13oz. Runner up with 19lb 7oz was John Bates followed by Steve Hillman with 18lb 6oz.
Sunday’s match on the Woodpecker Pool was much better. Local ace Andy Adams took the honours with a fine 66lb 5oz net of carp to 4lb all taken on the pole fishing two lines close in and out at 13 metres.
Ricky Young came in second on 50lb 5oz followed by fishery owner Colin Begbie with 40lb 6oz.
If you fancy a series of matches on Townsend Lakes and Buttonhole fishery then get your name down for the Sensas Mark One organised competition.
They are running a Carp and Silverfish League over four matches organised by John Bates from Wisbech. The dates (all Sundays) are as follows: Townsend Kingfisher Lake, March 27; Townsend Kingfisher Lake, April 17; Buttonhole Lake, May 8; Buttonhole Lake, June 12.
Pools on the day will be £20 and he will also be running a £20 optional pool to include a silver fish champion, a carp champion and an overall winner: all based on points throughout the series.
Contact John Bates: home 01945 467144; mobile 07709 282965.
Local clubs tend to hold their AGM’s at this time of year. First up is the Fenland Rods one on Thursday, March 24 at Hubs in the market place in Whittlesey at 7.30pm prompt.