Winter League is wide open

Just when it looked as if a couple of teams were running away with this year’s Angling Trust Winter League, round three on the Old Nene at Benwick saw a change in fortune for the chasing pack.

While both Stanjay Gold and Maver Bait Tech slipped up it allowed others to close the gap, so now at the halfway stage there are just four points separating the top four teams.

Stanjay Gold are still top despite coming third on the day, Maver Bait Tech were the big losers, coming in fourth place, while Sensas Mark One improved their chances by taking the runner-up spot. First place went to Browning Hotrods, clear winners with just 26 points.

Top individual was Steve Winters, he drew the better pegs just up from the village bridge at Benwick and weighed in 10lb 9oz 8dr of small fish all taken on the pole with pinkie over groundbait. Ricky Young led the charge for Browning Hotrods, he took second place with 10lb 9oz, followed by team mate Will Freeman on 10lb 4½oz.

So all to play for now as the league head off to the Old Nene at March for round four, this weekend it’s the practice match on the venue, in conjunction with the regular March Open. Bob Fitzjohn is the man to contact for tickets and with the venue already showing some cracking form we could see some fine nets recorded, book as early as you can by ringing Bob on 07970 673439 as there is sure to be a lot of interest.

In the Tydd Gote Wednesday match it was tough going on Black Dyke, Emneth rod Mick Asker taking a net of small fish to run out a comfortable winner with a modest 2lb 9oz. Runner-up was Andy Greenwood on 1lb followed by John Taylor with 15oz. Despite the poor result the club will continue to fish the regular Wednesday matches while on Sunday they are running an Angling Trust Pike Qualifier, draw at 8.15 at Clough Treatment Works, fish 10-3.

Telephone Dave Parlett on 01945 463913 for details.

In the recent Button Hole Lake Open fishery boss Richard Button showed the field a clean pair of heels. He fished close in with cat meat on peg 18 to weigh in 129lb 14oz. Runner-up was Les Barry fishing the long pole with pellet on peg 23 for 117lb 6oz, followed by Paul Pleasance on 115lb 10oz.

Despite the blustery conditions all those fishing the Chatteris Workingmen’s club match on the Forty Foot Drain had a good day with plenty of small fish showing. Out in front with 6lb 5oz was Paul Frear, he caught on the pole with pinkie and maggot to see off the challenge of Fred Hart, 6lb, then John Roper on 5lb 15oz. The club’s next match is on Sunday, November 17, at Horseway, draw 8.30am.

Difficult conditions down on the Decoy complex saw Fenland Rods switch lakes from Elm onto Oak so that everyone could fish in comfort with a back wind. By his own admission, Kevin Beavis has had a mediocre season but after being drawn on peg 2 he put 70lb 10oz to the scales to comfortably win. Kevin fished the maggot feeder with red maggot on the hook to take carp to 5lb. Runner-up was the consistent Tim Bates he chose to fish the waggler just past the middle and weighed in 50lb 14oz of small carp. Third Callum Judge 45lb 9oz, Darren Ogden on 44lb 7oz.

This weekend the club fish their last match of the season on the Six Island Lake at Decoy.

Kingfisher Lake at Townsend Lakes once again saw some good weights, top rod with 47lb 10oz was Robert Betts. Runner-up was Colin Begbie 44lb 6oz of carp, Steven Hillman with 43lb 6oz.