Round One of this season’s Angling Trust East Midland Winter League series got underway at the weekend with conditions more like summer rather than the bitterly cold weather on previous campaigns.
It’s always important to get a good performance under your belt early on in the series of six to put down a marker to the rest of the teams, but unfortunately that didn’t happen for local side Sensas Mark One.
On their own water they failed to capitalise on home advantage and had to settle for third place, not a disaster by any means as league favourites Maver Image came a disappointing fourth. So both teams will have to catch up quickly if they are to make it through to the final.
Browning Hotrods stole the show with a very good 21-point score card which included several section wins. Top individual angler was Mark Pollard fishing for Stanjay Gold. There are few better anglers around when it comes to catching small fish on the pinkie and squat and he did very well to put 11lb 9oz to the scales from Clough Bridge to top a strong field.
The next round is on the Great Ouse at St Ives, so a complete change of tactics will be required, let’s hope Mark One can improve on a disappointing start.
Result: 1 M Pollard, Stanjay Gold, 11lb 9oz; 2 A Ogilvie, Sensas Mark One White, 10lb 10oz; 3 M Caldecote, Stanjay Gold, 9lb 12oz; 4 T Nash, Browning Hotrods, 9lb 3oz; 5 S Clark, Maver Image, 8lb 15oz; 6 A Kendall, Browning Hotrods, 8lb 13oz 8dr.
Teams: 1 Browning Hotrods, 21pts; 2 Stanjay Gold, 24; 3 Sensas Mark One White, 31; 4 Maver Image, 37; 5 Sensas Mark One Black, 45; 6 Stanjay Tackle Silver, 49.
The North Level drain has been consistent if not spectacular this season and in the latest Tydd Gote matches on the venue there were still some good weights even if the bigger fish are not showing. In the Wednesday match Don Green topped the field with 9lb 3oz, then came Rob Wright on 6lb 6oz and Kevin Hunt with 6lb 1oz. Sunday’s club match saw Tony Mole out in front. He caught 11lb 10oz, followed by the consistent Andy Greenwood on 7lb 12oz and Ray Groom with 6lb 7oz.
Those fishing the latest Townsend Lake open match on the Kingfisher Pool saw some fine nets of fish recorded, none better than local rod Steven Hillman’s 86lb 14oz catch of carp taken on the long pole and later down the margins with meat and pellet. His catch included carp to 11lb. Andy Adams came in second, he caught on the pole and feeder for 71lb 14oz and then came Colin Begbie with 54lb 12oz.
It’s hard to understand just what is going wrong with the Forty Foot Drain at the moment. In the Chatteris Workingmen’s Club fixture Steve Newell needed a modest 1lb 5oz of small fish to run out a winner. John Roper came second with 10oz, followed by Derek Leek with just 4oz.
Let’s hope the next match on Sunday, October 18 at “Horseway”, draw 8.30am, produces a few more fish.
Fenland Rods were back at Decoy Lakes for their latest fixture fishing the famous Beastie Pool. The venue has been in fine form right through the summer months but after a few cold nights is just starting to slow down.
There was no stopping Dave Garner on fancied peg 8. He caught well in the second half of the match on cat meat close in to record 116lb 9oz. Runner-up was Matthew Lutkin with 87lb 9oz of carp taken on a feeder, followed by Mac Campbell with 63lb 2oz. This weekend the club are back at Decoy Lakes fishing the Six Island pool.
In the regular Saturday open at Rookery Waters it was Tony Dawson once again taking the honours. The man is all but unbeatable at the venue right now. Fishing corn and maggot over pellet he put 161lb 6oz to the scales,
Runner-up was Ben Townsend on 142lb 10oz and then came Kevin Peacock with 114lb 2oz. In the Over 60’s midweek encounter the consistent Chris Saunders ran out a comfortable winner, putting 112lb 10oz to the scales.
John Belshaw took the runner-up spot with 79lb with Roger Archer third on 77lb 10oz.