In August the England Ladies Coarse Team are heading to Belgium to try to regain the gold medal in the 2015 World Championship, writes Ken Wade.
The team includes one of our own anglers, Abbi Kendall from March.
She has worked very hard to get into the side, but now all the ladies in the squad face the daunting task of funding their own way to the big match and, indeed, the practice week leading up to the championship.
Most of the other national angling teams have major sponsors but, incredibly, these hugely successful competitors still do not have a sponsor and will have to raise their own funds. The target on their GoFundMe web page is just £1,000. Even the smallest donation will help.
Metal Box fished their latest match on the Townsends complex putting the popular Woodpecker Pool through its paces. In the winner’s berth was Rodney Melnyk with a weight of 90lb 4 oz. Rod caught carp to 5lb on the pole fished in the margins with pellet hook bait. Runner-up was Roger Archer. He caught a mixture of carp and barbel to weight in 80lb 3oz. Then came Shaun McKenna with 74lb 4oz, followed by Richard Deller on 67lb 15oz.
There were some cracking weights recorded in the latest Townsend Lakes open match fished on the Cuckoo Canal pool. Top rod with a fine 187lb 1oz was Andy Adams. He caught on the long pole with corn and also close in with pellet from peg 19.
Runner-up with 155lb 8oz was Perce Baxter, he caught on pellet fishing down the middle, followed by Ricky Young on 153lb 14oz.
What a fantastic day for most of the Fenland Rods anglers fishing the Kingsland Fishery Big Carp Lake and in particular match winner James Garner. James doesn’t fish as much as he would like due to work and family commitments but when he does he always seems to do very well.
Drawing a corner swim and fishing a short 10ft rod fairly close to the reeds with cat meat, he caught steadily all day and put a good catch of carp averaging 7 lb to the scales to finish with 202lb 11oz.
Not only did he win the match but also walked away with the £100 Golden Peg prize. Drawn at the other end of the match and again in a corner swim was Kev Lee. He also fished meat for 173lb 7oz to secure second place. Neil Garner came third on 133lb 2oz, followed by John Garner with 126lb 6oz.
In the £1,000 Qualifier at Rookery Waters on Saturday fished on the Jay Lake and booking a place in the two day final was RAF rod Ben Jackson from peg 28. Ben fished 6mm cubed meat over hemp and meat tight to the far side to weigh in 95lb 2oz. In second place was Ramsey youngster Kieron Payne, who fished maggot down the edges for 78lb 2oz, followed by Simon Godfrey on 76lb 4oz.
In the Wednesday over 60’s fishery match on the Magpie Pool it was Vic German taking the honours with 114lb 14oz, followed by Chatteris rod Dave Smalley on 86lb 14oz and Ray Pullman with 85lb 6oz.
There are not many anglers fishing the regular Thursday £1,000 qualifier at the fishery, well worth a mid week visit if you fancy a try at the big money final. The latest match fished on the Magpie Lake saw Mark Cross through with 127lb 2oz.
Runner-up was Jay Richardson with116lb 14oz, followed by Steve Dorks with 96lb 12oz.