Twenty Foot good for roach, perch and pike

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Even though the Old Nene at March has not been quite as good as usual at this time of year it’s still a cracking venue for pleasure anglers and well worth a visit if you have some time off over the holiday period.

The March Twenty Foot is another venue that can, and indeed does, fish well for roach, perch and pike through the winter months. Do not dismiss our local stillwaters either, Buttonhole Fishery has been in good form and both Headfen Fishery and Townsend Lakes are always capable of good weights even with snow on the ground and frosts in the air!

Just make sure you have red maggots with you and a few soft pellets as a back up and you should catch, well at least get a few bites.

Pike anglers will I am sure be out in force over the next week or so, and with lots of good fish being taken from Fenland drains, you can expect fast and furious action if you can drop on the right areas.

Theft

I think most anglers would agree with recent research that showed that fish theft and illegal fishing are the two biggest concerns for today’s anglers and clubs right across the country but in particular in Eastern England.

By joining the Angling Trust and Environment Agency “Special Bailiff Scheme” anglers can now help stamp out fish theft on rivers, lakes, canals and estuaries helping to preserve fisheries for generations to come.

The Angling Trust and Environment Agency are running a three year pilot to prove the effectiveness of well trained volunteers in acting as a back up to full time Environment Agency bailiffs in their difficult task of policing our fisheries.

I suppose the biggest problem with this initiative is the fact that it’s going to take three years to complete and why start off with just one area, why not try and cover the whole country and fast track the whole scheme. I shudder to think of the amount of fish lost through poaching in recent years, most would say we need action now.

Pike

I hear several local clubs are thinking of ways to educate anglers with regard to pike fishing the fens.

Whittlesey Angling Association are in fact going further, pushing ahead with plans to advise and educate anglers or indeed anyone else interested in the way we fish for pike in this country.

They would like to invite you to a training session for beginners to predator fishing. The day is for adults and juniors, it’s all free and the club will even provide tackle. The event is to be held on the Twenty Foot Drain at Popular Tree Bridge, starting at 10am on Sunday, January 22, 2012. To get booked in please call organiser Sim Youell on 07725 197766.

Sponsorship

How would you like to become a sponsored angler with one of the country’s best known tackle firms? Well this might be your chance. Top tackle brand Middy has announced that it’s looking to add new blood to its team of sponsored anglers, and is inviting match men to send in their CVs for consideration.

The news follows a number of new appointments to the brand’s list of sponsored anglers, including Steve Gregory, Marc Rodger, Lee Thornton, James Thirkill and Kayleigh Smith.

Driving the push to expand the company’s list of anglers is match ace Craig Butterfield who has recently taken over the role of consultant and sponsored angler coordinator for the brand. “We’re on the lookout for anglers who feel that they have something to offer Middy as a sponsored angler,” said Craig. “Anyone interested should send in a brief CV of their achievements along with a covering letter.” If you are interested in joining Middy’s team of anglers, send the above to info@middytackle.com

l Match organisers have recently released their early New Year Fixture list, unfortunately we have all the dates but some venues have yet to be decided.

You will notice the Bourne Winter league is on the list. I have included it as most if not all of the matches are usually fished on the fen drains, but as soon as I find out I will of course add them to my angling column.

Friday: Rookery Waters Open, at venue, draw at Fishery.

Sunday, January 1: Bourne League 1. Venue and draw to be agreed. Monday, Jan 2: Stanjay Xmas series, Raveley/Factory Bank. Draw, George Inn, Forty Foot.

Sunday, Jan 8: Bourne League 2, TBA.

Sunday, Jan 15: Open, March. Draw, Station Hotel, March. Sunday, Jan 22: HAJAC WL Round 1, Narrows/St Marys. Draw, George, Forty Foot. Sunday, Jan 29, Bourne League 3: TBA.

Sunday, February 5: HAJAC WL Round 2, Factory Bank/Benwick. Draw, George, Forty Foot. Sunday, Feb 12: Open, March. Draw, Station Hotel. Sunday, Feb 19: HAJAC WL Round 3, Narrows/St Mary’s/Benwick. Draw, George, Forty Foot. Sunday, Feb 26: Bourne League 4, TBA.

Sunday, March 4: HAJAC WL Round 4, Narrows/Factory Bank. Draw, George, Forty Foot. Sunday, Mar 11: Open, March. Draw, Station Hotel. Wednesday, Mar 14: End of season HAJAC Open, TBA.