In a surprise move Tydd Gote AC have decided to drop the team size down to just three anglers in an attempt to draw a few more new teams into the King of the Fens series, writes Ken Wade.
The series has always been very popular but for some strange reason this year it would seem the numbers have dropped.
There is time to get in on the matches, though, and teams of three should be a lot easier to get together for the four-match series which gets underway at the end of the month.
The new season on Fenland drains and rivers starts on June 16 and, after taking a look at quite a few of our local waters at the weekend, we could well be in for a very good start. There is a bit of weed about right along the Forty Foot drain, but I did see fish moving which is always a good sign. The March end of the Twenty Foot Drain is always a good starter, lots of tench about with bream also likely to show. A chopped worm and caster approach will be one of your best tactics I would think. I am never quite sure about the Great Ouse, it’s a big deep water and often hard to find the fish, but pre-baiting evens up your chances considerably. In fact that’s a good idea on most waters if you are after tench and bream.
Stillwaters have been in good form of late, although fish spawning or thinking about it put paid to any really big weights as the Fenland Rod anglers found on Sunday. They were at Headfen Fishery at Little Downham, and with a slight breeze on the water and a warm day expectations were high.
It turned into a struggle for some, but not Dave Garner who is turning into a fishery expert and once again he was a clear winner. Drawn on peg four he had to wait until three hours into the match before he caught his first fish, but made up for it in the latter stages netting big carp on luncheon meat close in on rod and line for 84lb 2oz. Neil Garner came in second with 64lb 12oz followed by Mac Campbell on 62lb 8oz and myself with 41lb 4oz.
This week the club are at Rookery Waters fishing the Magpie Pool.
Carters Bridge will be the first Chatteris Workingmen’s Club fixture this season. The match will take place on Wednesday, June 17, with a draw time of 5.30pm.
The Rookery Waters matches continues to gain in popularity, l suspect that has something to do with the £1,000 final though as anglers clamber for a place through the qualifying matches. In the Saturday £1,000 qualifier on the Magpie Pool despite the fish spawning it fished well and the result at the top of the leader board was very close. Top rod was Tony Dawson, he fished shallow but found a few better fish in the margins late on to weigh in 88lb 12oz. Then came Richard Bond, he caught on a Method feeder and maggot down the edge later in the match to weigh in 86lb. In third place was Tom Edwards with 83lb 6oz, followed by Lee Marlow with 80lb 12oz.
The Thursday £1,000 qualifier on Jay Lake saw Andy Leathers out in front, he put a fine 155lb 10oz to the scales fishing across to the far side on pellet. Runner-up was Tony Evans on 141lb 12oz followed by Jay Richardson on 108lb 2oz.
Spratts AC were back at Decoy Lakes for their latest fixture, this one was on the Willow Lake. Top rod with 89lb 13oz was Mac Campbell. He fished cat meat and pellet close in from peg 30. Runner-up was Mick Raby fishing his favourite paste and pellet approach on peg 19, putting 65lb 10oz to the scales. Trevor Cousins came in third on a level 50lb.
The carp were spawning heavily at Townsend Lakes, but Ricky Young still managed to put 168lb to the scales from the Cuckoo Canal Pool to win the latest open match at the venue, fishing shallow with maggot and pellet.