Over the past few years it has been really difficult for many of our clubs up and down the country to attract youngsters into our sport, writes Ken Wade.
With so many indoor activities to occupy them, particularly computer games, many found little time to discover what angling is all about.
Thankfully though it does look as if the tide is turning and Tydd Gote AC look to have found the recipe for success. They run fun days and include a slight competitive edge with the day including age group matches. One of the main reasons the open days are such a success though is the time and effort put in by the unsung heroes of any club, the committee men and women. It’s no easy task looking after youngsters on the river bank, let alone encouraging and advising them on how to catch but they all seem to take in it their stride, nothing is too much trouble.
On Saturday they ran yet another very successful junior event and for once the weather was kind to them. Everyone enjoyed the day and with a vast array of fishing tackle given away thanks to generous sponsors, as well as the club chipping in, you can see nothing but good things happening in the future for this forward-thinking, progressive club in the Fens.
Junior results. Biggest fish winner: Barnaby Newman with 1lb 14oz bream. Overall top 3: 1 Barnaby Newman 3lb 13oz, 2 Sonny Lynn 3lb 9oz, 3 Arturs 2lb 8oz. Under 11 Winners: 1 William Bates 1lb 4oz, 2 Bryn 1lb 2oz, 3 Brandon 15.5oz.
They also have a huge fixture list throughout the season with popular matches run on Wednesday, Thursday evenings and sometimes two matches at weekends.
In the Wednesday match it was John Taylor running into top form with a very respectable 11lb 10oz net of roach and skimmers. Runner up with 3lb 2oz was Andy Greenwood, then came Don Green with 2lb 2oz. In Sunday’s club match Ray Groom took a net of roach and skimmers on the pole with pinkie over groundbait to finish on 9lb 4oz. Andrew Kilby came second with 7lb 6oz, Paul Bondene 7lb 4oz.
In the Chatteris Workingmen’s Club midweek match Steve Newman came first with 4lb 4oz, his catch included a decent bream. Chris Gubler came second with 1lb 15oz, followed by Jack Halverson on 1lb 13oz. Sunday’s match on the Pump section of the Forty Foot Drain saw most anglers struggling for bites. Leading the way with a modest 2lb 15oz was John Roper, equal second was Steve Newell and Mark Dunham with 1lb 10 oz
Spratt’s AC found the carp willing to feed in their latest match fished on the Yew Pool at Decoy Lakes. Topping the field with 150lb 12oz was Trevor Cousins. He fished meat close in from peg 20. Runner-up fishing with pellet was Mick Ramm with 99lb 2oz, then came Mac Campbell with 97lb 12oz.
Buttonhole Fishery continues to produce some very good nets of fish for those in the Tuesday matches. In the latest event it was Andrew Carter taking the honours from peg 21. He caught the majority at 10 metres on paste and a few large fish from the margins late on with luncheon meat to weigh in 125lb. Runner-up was Jonny Clark with 110lb taken on meat close in, followed by Les Barry on 106lb.
Andy Adams was in fine form on Sunday breaking the Kingfisher Lake record at Townsend Lakes with a fine 143lb 6oz net all taken on the long pole with pellet fished shallow. Runner-up on 72lb 10oz was Colin Begbie, then Nigel Wright with 68lb 12oz.
One of the top matchmen Barry Mason ran a very successful charity match on Saturday. Decoy Lakes was the venue and with Barry’s persuasive skills a whole host of prizes and a massive raffle ensured well over £1,000 was raised. Decoy Lakes were kind enough to peg the match over three lakes. First 224lb 11oz from peg 9 on the Yew Pool was Adam Major, second Simon Godfrey with 223lb from the Oak Pool, third Ray King on Willows with 184lb 1oz.