Young keeps up fine form at Townsend Lakes

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Ricky Young continued his fine run of form at Townsend Lakes on Saturday topping the field with 167lb 8oz from peg 13 on the Cuckoo Canal Pool, writes Ken Wade.

Ricky fished on a short pole line for most of the day taking his fish on banded pellet. Runner-up from peg 37 was Nigel Wright, he alternated between a short and long pole line with both pellet and maggot to record 133lb 6oz. Rickie James came in third on 94lb 3oz.

Metal Box AC fished their latest match on the Decoy complex and fished Oak channel with great success. In the winner’s berth was Rodney Melnyk with a fine 135lb 6oz. He fished down the edge with soft pellet catching carp to double figures. Second place went to Philip Allen with 90lb 4oz. Philip fished at seven metres with sweetcorn, then came Tony Campion on 79lb 12oz and Shaun McKenna with 66lb 10oz.

Spratts AC were another of our local clubs fishing the Decoy Complex, they were on the Elm Lake and again it produced some very respectable weights. Their match saw Mick Raby out in front, he caught on pellet and cat meat close in on peg 5, netting carp to 8lb in his winning net of 136lb 3oz. Second place went to Peter Spriggs with 106lb 13oz. He caught his fish on the long pole with paste, later fishing the margins from peg 4. Ted Lloyd came in third. He weighed in 70lb 14oz, again fishing close in with cat meat.

Fenland Rods travelled to Pidley at the weekend to fish the Magpie Pool at Rookery waters but unfortunately found the fish recovering from spawning, hence the less than expected catches recorded. A cold night did not help matters either but this year’s consistent form saw Dick Warrener continue his good start to the season by putting a winning weight of 67lb 6oz to the scales all caught close in on cat meat. Neil Garner was a close second on a level 67lb, all caught on luncheon meat. Then came Mac Campbell, who caught from the end peg 35 to put him third with 65lb 4oz, followed by Dave Garner on 62lb 4oz.

A lower than expected turnout for the Saturday £1,000 qualifier fished on the Jay Lake at Rookery Waters saw Gavin Butler book his place in the final. He fished meat tight in down his right hand margin to catch 85 carp for a 145lb 8oz.

Runner-up was Mark Cross who fished maggot to the far bank from peg 18 for 129lb 14oz, followed by Steve Clarke on 97lb 10oz.

The Thursday £1,000 qualifier was also on the Jay Lake, which saw young Tom Edwards well clear on the day with a 114lb 12oz total all caught on meat close in.

Rob Anstee came second with 84lb 10oz. Then it was Ian Ward taking third place with 74lb 4oz.

Yet more fisheries are set to benefit as the Angling Trust announced last week that an additional £50,000 is up for grabs later this summer as part of the hugely successful ‘Fishery Improvement Fund’. The funding comes from the Environment Agency’s rod licence sales.

Building on the success of the first round of funding earlier this year, the Fund will again be offering awards of up to £5,000 per project. This time, proposals are invited under two strands of the National Angling Strategy ‘Fishing for Life’ – either ‘getting kids into fishing’ or ‘protecting fish stocks from predation’.

As before, clubs and organisations need not be Angling Trust members or Angling Trust-affiliated to be eligible to apply and proposals from commercial fisheries are also welcomed.

Clubs and fisheries that were unsuccessful in round one, but have a continuing need for funding in these two areas, are welcome to apply again.

Eligibility criteria and details of how to apply were available to view and download from the Angling Trust’s dedicated Fishery Improvement Fund web page www.anglingtrust.net/improvementfund from Friday.

Applications should be emailed to reach the Angling Trust by the close of business on Monday, July 13, and successful organisations must be able to spend the award by no later than the end of August.