Anglers lining the banks of the Great Ouse for round two of the East Midland Winter League must have wondered what had happened to the river, writes Ken Wade.
In the previous week’s practice match it was clear with little or no flow and very few fish in some areas.
On Sunday morning it was up and coloured and with a strong wind prospects looked grim. Thankfully it produced the goods.
Top rod from the Godmanchester Recreation Ground section was Simon Colclough with a fine 15lb 14oz, a net of roach taken on bread punch. Kevin Austin came in second with 15lb 2oz from St Ives, followed by Alistair Ogilvie on 14lb 9oz.
All three fished for Maver Image. But a very consistent Sensas Mark One team performance saw them make it two wins in a row and they now top the league.
The first winter March AC open match fished on the Old Nene saw the bypass section produce the winning weight. A good quality field was topped by local rod Dan Hall, a brace of tench and topped up with perch and skimmers for a fine 21lb 15oz.
Second from the fancied swimming pool section was Mick Burrell fishing two pole lines through the day to record 18lb 6oz. Third was March rod Dan Mason, 17lb 3oz.
In the Wednesday Tydd Gote match fished on the Black Dyke Drain Andy Greenwood topped the field with 7lb 4oz, his catch included a bonus tench and a net of roach. Runner-up with 6lb 15oz was Pete Emery, followed by John Young on 6lb.
On Sunday the club decided to use the same venue, Ray Groom taking the honours with a net of roach and skimmers for 7lb 17oz. Dave Sippitts came in second with 6lb 15oz, followed by Colin Burton with 1lb 9oz.
In the recent pike match run by Tydd Gote AC at Church Lane Bridge only winning angler Paul Lenton managed to catch any fish. He topped the field with a 25lb total with three pike, the biggest fish weighing 10lb all caught on roach dead bait. The next pike match for the club will be on Sunday, November 9. To book in contact Jamie Cooper on 01406 365160.
The latest Townsend Lakes open match was fished on the Woodpecker Pool which saw the in-form Ashley Kinsey topping the list with 71lb 12oz from peg 12 all taken on the pole with pellet. Fishery boss Colin Begbie came a close second on 70lb 6oz, catching on meat and meat over caster in the margins. Dave Corcoran took third place with 62lb 4oz of silver fish on caster.
There were plenty of small fish to be had in the Chatteris Workingmen’s Club match at Horseways, Steve Newell put a respectable 8lb 15oz to the scales for first place. Norman Frear came second on 4lb 15oz followed by Pete Cornwell with 3lb 3oz.
The next match will be on Sunday, November 9, at Horseways, draw at 08:30.
In the Spratt’s AC match fished on the Yew Lake at Decoy Mick Raby took the top spot, 145lb 15oz of carp fishing close in with paste. Trevor Cousins second on a bomb and meat approach for 117lb, followed by Paul Cousins on 93lb 14oz.
It was a very rough day on the Decoy Lakes complex on Sunday. Fenland Rods fished the Oak Pool which saw the Lutkin family prosper. Mel Lutkin came out on top with a level 57lb taken from peg 11 on a maggot feeder. His son Matthew drew next to him and caught 56lb 9oz, followed by John Garner on 50lb.