A wet and windy Sunday saw anglers lining the banks of the North Level Drain in preparation for this coming weekend’s Round One of the Angling Trust Winter League series.
Teams have been scurrying round trying to recruit anglers from across the area and as it stands at the moment we have six teams competing.
The North Level Drain has been heavily fished over the past couple of weeks and it showed in the results with some good leading weights followed by some poor sections so I hear match organisers have decided to switch some sections of the match onto the Black Dyke.
Sunday’s match saw Wayne Swinscoe leading the way with an impressive net of skimmers and perch taken from the Harrolds Bridge area. The Maver Bait Tech backed rod fished the pole with worm and maggot over groundbait to finish with a level 16lb. Runner-up was team mate Phil Chesterton, he too was in the Harrolds Bridge section and weighed in 12lb 6oz, his catch included a good tench. Third with 11lb 7oz was March angler Alex Bates on 11lb 7oz.
Black Dyke fished well for those fishing the midweek match, Mark Lynn topped the field with 11lb 11oz, all small fish taken on the pole with pinkie. Dave Parlett came in second on 10lb 5 ½ oz followed by John Taylor with 10lb 3oz.
The Tydd Gote Wednesday match will draw at Black Dyke at 9am, fish 10-3.
On Sunday it is the last summer league match, draw at 11am, at Clough Treatment Works, fish 12-5.
On Saturday the Woodpecker Pool was used for the Townsend Open match at the fishery which saw Ken Clarke out in front from peg 17, netting 59lb 14oz, all taken on the pole with pellet. Runner-up was Barry Chilvers with 46lb 10oz followed by Harry Morgan on 43lb 3oz.
Sunday’s open match saw the in-form Steve Hillman romp home to yet another emphatic victory on the Cuckoo Canal Pool. Fishing from peg 14 Steve fished very close in with pellet netting 215lb 14oz. Ray Cook took the runner-up spot with 152lb 10oz, with Trevor Cook third on 146lb.
The Horseshoe Lake on the Decoy complex was the venue for the latest club match which saw several of the field struggle to compete due to the stiff breeze that remained with them all day.
Weights were lower than expected, Darren Ogden taking the honours with a modest 62lb 2oz from peg 15. Fishing close in on sweetcorn Darren was soon into fish and by the halfway stage was well clear of the field. But unfortunately the fish went off the feed and for the rest of the match he had to sit it out almost biteless.
He had done just enough though and went home with the winner’s purse plus a handsome £100 bonus for winning off the Golden Peg. Runner-up was Mel Lutkin with 58lb 5oz, he caught on the straight lead with pellet followed by Dave Garner with 53lb 15oz.
This weekend will see the Fenland Rods fishing the Beastie Pool at Decoy.
The midweek match was fished on the Kingsland Big Pool which saw Bob Allan take a convincing victory with a level 74lb. Bob has not made the frame for some time so it was good to see him top the list for a change. He fished close in with paste netting carp close to double figures.
Runner-up with 59lb was Peter Spriggs followed by Trevor Cousins on 45lb. Unfortunately some of the weights lower down the order were poor, a sure sign winter is not far away now.
It was really close at the top in the latest Headfen Fishery Qualifier fished on the Snake Lake. Top rod with 182lb 14oz was Matt Ayers, he drew peg 17. Dave Priestly came in second with 181lb from peg 5 followed by Ron Cuthbert with 173lb 10oz.
There is another open match at the fishery on Sunday, again on the Snake Pool.