OVER the past few years angling has been on the receiving end of some pretty harsh criticism as the anti-brigade seems to have set their sights on our sport.
Yet it is often forgotten the work we put in on our local waterways to preserve and look after the countryside. Many anglers and fisheries are also heavily involved in raising charity funds each year so I am pleased to report news of yet another angling event that has raised a considerable sum of money for charity.
Murrow Bell's Chris Markillie memorial charity match was fished on the Horseshoe Lakes at Willowcroft fisheries by kind permission of owner Bob Foreman. Together with a general raffle, a total of 900 was raised towards the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Conditions at times were torrential rain, but some excellent weights were recorded. First place went to local angler Sam Kilby who had 62lb 2oz of carp; runner-up was Richard Humphrey with 61lb 8oz, followed by Stuart Lawson on 49lb 4oz. Next year it is 25 years since Chris's death and organisers are going to raise as much as they can with an even bigger and better event.
Father and son Gary and Chris White dominated affairs at the recent Golden Lion AC match fished on the Big Carp Lake at Kingsland Fishery Turves. They both opted to fish off the top with dog biscuit and the tactics paid off handsomely, son Gary taking the honours by a clear 10lb, finishing on 79lb 4oz from peg 3. Next to him was Chris who had 69lb 4oz followed in third place by Barry Linney on 14lb 8oz. This weekend's club match is on the Woodpecker Pool at Townsend Fishery.
In the senior citizen's match fished on the Magpie Lake at Pidley John Garrity ran out a comfortable winner netting carp to 4lb on the pole using pellet and corn to record 127lb 4oz.
Runner-up was the consistent Pete Norris who finished with 99lb 10oz followed by Roger Abbott with 97lb 5oz.
Fields Ends Water Fishery at Doddington produced some good weights for the Townsend AC anglers. Top rod from fancied peg 23 was Ian Darrington who fished a pellet waggler up in the water taking a net of carp to 4lb to weigh in 58lb 8oz. A cracking net of ide saw Alan Owen take the runner up spot as he fished the pole shallow with pellet to record 47lb 12oz. Third place went to Shaun Strachan fishing the pellet waggler for 46lb 14oz.
So far this season two anglers have dominated the Fenland Rod matches on a variety of our local stillwaters and on Sunday there was no-one able to break the mould.
Fishing the Magpie pool at Pidley, Tim Bates took first place with 98lb 6oz to the scales taken on pellet fished close in. Arch rival Kev Lee was second on 85lb 15oz followed by Mac Campbell with 73lb 11oz.
Tydd Gote AC
Blackdyke drain was once again the venue for the Tydd Gote midweek matches. Top rod in the Tuesday event was Dick Paul who fished the pole with worm and caster to finish on 9lb 13oz, a net of bream and perch. Second was Barry Stacey on 6lb 3oz followed by Mark Lynn with 4lb.
Mark Lynn went on to win Thursday's match as he put a net of small fish to the scales for 4lb 14oz. Second was Dave Parlett on 4lb 7oz followed by Bob Fitzjohn who had 3lb 8oz.
Sunday's match was generously sponsored by the Tydd Gote Inn and was fished at Main Road on the North level Drain. Once again the venue produced a cracking match with Mick Evered taking the Tydd Gote Inn Challenge Cup with a weight of 19lb 11oz.
Mick fished the quiver tip with worm, tempting a good tench along with bream and skimmers. Runner-up was Paul Constable on 12lb 8oz followed by Ray Groome with 11lb 8oz.