Spratt’s AC got their 2014 fixtures underway recently and it looks as if they set off in fine style with some cracking weights recorded from the Cedar pool on the Decoy Lakes complex, writes Ken Wade.
Setting the pace with a massive 146lb 5oz net of carp was Peter Spriggs, he has perfected the art of paste fishing and although it’s still a little early to be fishing the bait Peter caught well on it right from the first whistle.
Fishing the pole on a long and short line he caught carp to 8lb from peg 20. Runner-up was Trevor Cousins, he drew peg 16 and fished red maggot then luncheon meat close in to finish with 96lb 9oz, followed by Mick Raby, he also found the fish willing to feed on paste, recording 74lb 10oz from peg 11.
Another of our local clubs that got their summer season underway was Metal Box AC, and again they also fished the Cedar pool on the Decoy Lakes complex, all be it on a later day. Results were not quite as good, but at the moment with the rapid changes in conditions we will all have to accept some inconsistent results until summer eventually arrives. Philip Allen was out in front with a weight of 79lb 2oz, he drew peg 6 and fished down the edge under an overhanging tree feeding and fishing red maggot for most of the day. Runner up was Peter Harrod on 58lb 5 oz followed by Roger Archer with 58lb, so although the weights were not huge the match still produced some very consistent sport and should improve very quickly now.
One water that has already starting to produce some big weights is the Cuckoo Canal pool on the Townsend Lakes complex. In the latest open match on the venue it was Paul Hollingsworth taking the honours from peg1. Paul fished the pole in the margins, feeding and fishing sweetcorn on the hook for 110lb 6oz. It was really tight at the top of this match, runner-up John Parr just missing out by a few ounces, he fished the margins as well but used pellet to finish second on 110lb 2oz, not a bad result in his first ever open match. Third place went to Paul Pleasant, he caught carp and silvers shallow down the middle on a pole and pellet approach for 96lb 3oz.
This weekend’s Open match on Sunday will be fished on the Kingfisher Pool.
Another of our local waters that does not attract quite as much attention as one or two others is North View Fishery at Gedney Hill. But recent reports suggest the fishery is starting to fish really well with anglers reporting huge nets of carp to be had fishing close in on pellet, maggot or even paste. On Sunday Webb’s AC paid their first visit of the season to the fishery and enjoyed some cracking action despite the wet and windy conditions. Top rod with a fine 152lb 4oz net of carp taken on the pole with pellet up in the water was Dave Pearson. Runner-up with 69lb 10oz was Martin Parker, he fished the same tactics as the winner. Then came George Bates, he alternated between pellet and red maggot for 50lb 12oz. Better conditions would I am sure have seen much improved catches, this is a fishery well worth a visit for club matches or indeed a pleasure session.