The weekend, particularly Sunday, was all but a washout on the local scene as heavy rain fell for most of the day, writes Ken Wade.
Several matches were called off while at others weights dropped off as anglers struggled with the conditions.
The wet weather also took its toll on the British Pike Championship on fenland drains that had been coloured up with the extra water. There was a good attendance, something like a 10% rise in numbers this year as anglers from all over the country came to fish the final.
The match was fished on a huge section of the Twenty Foot drain and also along Glassmoor Bank and it was the latter that produced the leading weights and eventual winner Leon Sibilski. The Waddington angler has been fishing the final for many years and has now written himself into the history books with his third win Catching the odd pike or two is something to remember in a pike match, winning it for the third time and with four fish weighed in is something really special. He drew in the Chapel Bridge section on Glassmoor bank and caught four fish, two big doubles and a couple of smaller samples throughout the five hour event to run out a comfortable winner with a total weight of 47lb. There were some big money prizes up for grabs, the winner went home with over £1500 including pools and good bet with the bookmaker would have made it a very profitable day.
Runner-up Mark Green had two fish, including the biggest of the day at 18lb 14oz for a total of 24lb 14oz and was followed by top lady angler, Rita Clark from Peterborough, 16lb 12oz. Jack Taylor was Junior Champion. He caught one pike weighing in at 10lb 1oz.
So not the easiest of days for most of the competitors but as always conditions often dictate catch rates, organisers were hoping for the fish to feed but it was not too be. It was a well run event once again though so I would be very surprised indeed if it was moved out of the area as there are few venues around the country with the access our fenland drains have and we all know they are full of pike, catching them it would seem is the hard part.
There was a very good turnout for the winter league practice match fished at Raveley Drain, Whittlesey Dyke and Factory Bank and despite the heavy rain that fell for most of the day all three venues performed remarkably well. So good was Factory Bank that unconfirmed reports suggest match winner Alistair Ogilvie broke the match record on Factory Bank with an outstanding catch of roach weighing in 29lb 6½ oz. he caught the fish with pinkie over groundbait from the bottom end of the section. He was kept on his toes though as close by was the in form Josh Pace, he fished similar tactics to the winner finishing with 21lb 9 ½ oz to claim the runner up spot. Steve Slater came third weighing 20lb 10oz, followed by Paul Hendy on 19lb 12oz.
There were further double figure weights and with 10lb plus winning all three sections in use it all looks set for a cracking round five with the top two, Maver Image and Sensas Mark One battling it out for the number one spot at the end of the six match series.
Metal Box fished the Decoy complex recently on the Elm Pool. In the winner’s berth was Rodney Melnyk with 83lb 1oz. Rod drew peg 17 and fished the pole at eight metres with sweetcorn. Runner-up Tony Campion with 55lb13oz, then came Jim Allen on 54lb.
A busy end of the fixture list for Spratt’s AC saw Trevor Cousins topping the field on the Oak Pool at Decoy. Trevor caught virtually all his fish in the last 90 minutes, catching carp to 10lb from peg 24, using a small pellet feeder and meat for 67lb 8oz. Runner-up was Bob Allan on 61lb 10oz, followed by Martin Parker with 51lb 10oz.
In the club’s last match of the season there was a big array of prizes to be won including garden accessories, pressure washers to mobile phones, cameras and tackle vouchers. The match was fished on the Cedar pool with Martin Parker having the pick of the prizes after topping the field with 45lb 15oz. Martin fished maggot at 12 metres and later pellet feeder and meat to catch carp to 5lb from peg 18. John Smith came in second with 33lb 8oz, he also fished maggot from peg 14. Third place went to Trevor Cousins with 31lb 4oz.
It was tough going at Horseways for the Chatteris Workingmen’s Club fixture at the weekend. Top rod with a modest 5lb 10oz of decent roach was Tom Boswell. Runner-up with 4lb 6oz was Shane Webb, followed by John Roper with 1lb 13oz. The club’s next fixture will be the ”Christmas Match” fished on December 14, draw 8.30am.
Townsend Fishery boss Colin Begbie took the top spot on the Woodpecker Pool in the fishery’s latest open match.
After a slow start on the long pole and pellet he caught a few fish as the match moved on and in the last hour changed to meat on the hook and caught really well to finish with 67lb 4oz. Ashley Kinsey came second with 59lb 14oz followed by Alan Owen with 51lb 14oz.