WIND and rain once again spoilt the start of a new fishing season on our local waters as anglers resorted to fishing under umbrellas and struggled at times to hold a pole out in very difficult conditions.
Thankfully there were fish willing to feed and anglers did enjoy some cracking action, but the weather undoubtedly kept a few people off the bank so let’s hope summer finally arrives this weekend.
The King of the Fen series run by Parson Drove angler John Spalton got underway at the weekend, once again well attended. The venue was the North Level Drain which produced an amazing winning weight taken by Tim Nash as the Browning Hotrods angler put a massive 186lb 11oz to the scales, all bream caught on the noted gas pipe area. Runner-up was Brian Harding on 21lb 3oz followed by Gavin Butler with 20lb 5oz.
The bream did not show right along the length as weights did drop off, but there was enough action along The Fen drain to keep most happy and ready for the next round in two weeks time.
On the team front it was our local lads Sensas Mark One that topped the field with an excellent 18 point score. Runners-up were Maver Image on 20 points followed by Browning Hotrods with 23 points. There is a long way to go in this series though, as there are a further five rounds, but it was good to see Mark One taking an early lead.
Fishing the Oak pool at the weekend and while some struggled those in the main frame put lots of fish to the scales. The in-form Dave Garner once again topped the strong field with a fine 146lb 6oz from peg 6. Not that many fish came to his meat and paste approach early on but a cracking late run of carp taken really close in saw him home. In second place was Dave Simpson on peg 25 and fished sweetcorn again close in for 116lb 3½ oz. Then came Tim Bates with 104lb 5½ oz.
The first Tydd Gote match of the season was fished on the main Road section of the North Level Drain which saw March rod Bob Fitzjohn topping the field with 7lb 13oz, his catch included a tench of 5lb 6oz. Runner-up with 7lb 10oz was Paul Constable followed by Phil Parnell with 6lb 3oz.
The Thursday and Tuesday club matches each week draw at Blackdyke at 5.30pm, fishing is 6pm till 9pm; this Sunday the club will draw at Blackdyke at 11am, fishing noon to 5pm.
Fields End Water fishery is still in cracking form and in the latest Fred’s Match Group series Vic German topped the field with 88lb 2oz from peg 27, all taken on the feeder with pellet. Richard Ayres came in second on 74lb 8oz again on the feeder followed by Peter Lusher with 60lb 8oz on the pole with maggot.
It’s been a busy time over at Townsend Lakes where the Chatteris-based Rose and Crown club had their latest match on the Woodpecker pool. Kev Bridgement ran out a comfortable winner with 57lb 7oz of carp taken on a feeder approach with sweetcorn; Paul Hollingsworth took the runner-up spot with 38lb 11oz, mainly barbel on corn and maggot and in third place with a mixed net of fish was Ryan Tibbles on 31lb 6oz.
Townsend Lakes’ next junior match will be this Sunday when all junior rods will be made most welcome. Do not forget to book in: call 01945 774008. Manea Juniors fished the Woodpecker Pool at the weekend with young Ed Sharp coming top with a respectable 38lb 10oz. Runner up was Joe Flitton with 26lb 15oz followed by Gary Newman on 21lb 8oz.
The Regular Townsend Open match on Sunday was fished on the Kingfisher Pool and local rod Alan Owen topped the field with 54lb 8oz of carp and small bream taken on the pole with pellet. Colin Begbie came second on 46lb 6oz followed by Steve Sharp with a level 37lb.