We may not have had that many cold nights since the turn of the year but last weekend turned out to be so wet and windy that I am sure the majority of anglers decided to stay at home, writes Ken Wade.
Those that did brave the elements found it tough going generally, even the hardy pike anglers fishing the fenland drains saw little action with only the Forty Foot Drain producing a few fish.
The best I heard of was a fine female pike close to the 30lb mark taken on a half mackerel.
With the much colder weather expected this week and into the weekend, pike anglers can expect some much improved action, with the North Level and Twenty Foot drains expected to produce some much better sport. Spinning and lure fishing does not seem to be producing so dead baits such as Smelt or Lamprey could well be the answer.
In the big Drennan Pairs the organisers had to switch the match onto the River Welland through Spalding instead of fishing half the match on the River Glen as the Glen was just about unfishable. Unfortunately the top end of the match length was not good, with lots of colour and flow. Phil Chesterton came out on top with a modest 7lb 12oz of roach taken on the pole and pinkie approach. Chris Jenkinson 77lb 7oz, and the only local angler to make the frame Alan Lemon third Sensas Mark One rod 5lb 4oz.
In the B section it was completely different, Wayne Swinscoe a fantastic 41lb 9oz with well over 200 roach taken on the pole with bread punch. Alistair Ogilvie took the runner-up spot with 31lb 10oz, Steve Winters on 31lb 9oz.
The top pairs on the day were Swinscoe and Chris Jenkinson with a combined weight of 49lb.
This coming weekend it’s round two of the HAJAC League fished right across the fens, let’s hope the weather is a little kinder as this weekend was a real struggle, with some clubs cancelling events.
The Townsend Lakes open match fished on the productive Cuckoo Canal Pool saw fishery boss Colin Begbie once again taking the honours. Colin drew peg 17 and started on the long pole with pellet and caught well. Wind and rain made it impossible to hold the pole out on the long line so he came in closer. The fish followed and he weighed in a very respectable 78lb.
Ricky Young drew a slightly more sheltered peg 11. On the pellet he finished second with 68lb 12oz followed by Steve Sharp, he fished red maggot down the middle for 44lb 2oz. This weekend’s match will be on the Kingfisher Pool, well worth a visit as are all the lakes on the complex right now.
Top rod in the Wednesday Tydd Gote match held on the North Level Drain at Clough was the consistent Phil Parnell with three wins on the trot, 9lb 6oz fishing the pole with pinkie taking small roach, skimmers and a few perch. Emneth rod Mick Asker second on 6lb 13oz, Andy Greenwood 6lb 2oz.
As expected Sunday’s match on the same venue saw weights considerably lower as the wind and rain swept along the fenland water ways. Colin Gibbons took the honours with a net of small fish on the pole with pinkie over groundbait for 5lb 5oz, Greenwood 5lb 3oz, Parnell 4lb 13oz.
Tydd Gote will now be running their popular Wednesday and Sunday matches until the end of the season with the draw at Clough.