Super catches as Fenland fishing season off to great start

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The new fishing season got off to a tremendous start with anglers right across the area reporting some great catches, writes Ken Wade.

This reinforces what many had predicted that we could well be in for one of the best periods of fishing on natural waters we have seen for some time.

All it needs now is for more anglers to return to the mile upon mile of Fenland waterways to sample what we have to offer in this area.

Right from the very first day I have had reports of good nets of fish.

March head bailiff Syd Starr called to tell me of quite a few catches, a couple of the best were from two of the area’s top anglers, Tony McGregor and Bob Fitzjohn.

Tony had pre-baited the Twenty Foot drain not far from the noted pump pegs and caught a huge net of bream and tench on a worm and caster approach, estimated to be well over 200lb.

Down at Chain Bridge, Bob Fitzjohn fished similar tactics to catch tench, bream and skimmers, again on the pole fishing worm over a bed of worm and caster.

It did not end there, though, over at Creek Cottage on the Old Nene Daniel Hull caught a big net of skimmers and bream, quite a few falling to a red maggot hook bait and not far away several anglers reported good nets of rudd.

Rudd have also been taken from the Old Nene above the by-pass bridge at March, a noted hot spot for some fine early season sport.

On the North Level Drain the water run by Tydd Gote AC fished really well on opening day, with some good nets of tench and bream being taken on the pole and feeder.

With a spell of warm weather with us it’s prime time fishing on Fenland drains so don’t miss out on a great opportunity to bag up, get out and give it a go.

Ricky Young continued his fine run of form at Townsend Lakes at the weekend, topping the field in the fisheries latest open match fished on the Woodpecker Pool with 159lb.

After a slow start sport soon picked up as the fish responded to his pellet fished shallow and then later he switched to paste over groundbait down the edge to give him his third win in a row.

Sam Hawks came in second with 142lb, fishing similar tactics to the winner, followed by Ashley Kinsey with 87lb 6oz on the feeder.

On the same day Southery AC had a match on the Kingfisher Pool which saw Gary Feltwell break the lake record with 175lb 8oz.

The results from the first Chatteris WMC match of the season was not as good as expected, in fact weights were very disappointing and made up of small fish.

Top rod was Derek Leek with a modest 2lb 6oz, followed by Steve Newell on 2lb 5oz and Jack Halverson with 1lb 3oz.

In the latest Spratts AC match fished on the Kingsland Large Carp Lake at Turves Peter Spriggs topped the field with a fine 127lb net of big carp taken on paste.

Second place went to Terry Tribe. He fished a straight lead with corn for 123lb 11oz, followed by Mac Campbell on 115lb 3oz.

In the Rookery Waters Saturday £1,000 qualifier fished on the Magpie Lake.

It was the in-form Tony Dawson topping the field, he was the clear winner with an impressive 176lb 12oz.

He fished shallow to the reeds to start with, before catching really consistently down his right hand margin on maggot over groundbait.

Runner-up Josh Pace caught well in the margins for 122lb 2oz, then came Simon Godfrey with 121lb 8oz.

Steve Clarke won the Thursday £1,000 qualifier on Jay Lake with 118lb 10oz, followed by Ben Townsend with 110lb 10oz and Jay Richardson on 104lb.