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Zander experts to visit Fenland

March rod Andy Adams, Winner of the Thursday �1,000 qualifier at Rookery Waters.
March rod Andy Adams, Winner of the Thursday �1,000 qualifier at Rookery Waters.

Here is a diary date for all Fenland zander anglers: on Saturday, June 6, the Zander Club will be holding a mini convention at the United Services Club, 1 New Road, March, writes Ken Wade.

It starts at 10am and entrance with a lunch included is £10.

Speakers will include Ian Wilson, one of the top big river experts, canal expert John Cheynne and one of Fenland’s finest zander fishermen, Steve Younger.

There will also be a small tackle stand and a raffle. It should be a really interesting day and with the season not too far away should whet your appetite to get your tackle sorted out ready for the opening day on June 16.

Many of our local clubs are already making good their waters ready for the new season.

The close season seems to have flown by so quickly this year, but thankfully clubs have been on the ball and their waters look very good indeed.

One club that is looking to draw in more anglers this season is Tydd Gote AC. It’s a very old, well-established club, but over the past couple of seasons has picked up the pace, bringing in younger anglers onto the committee and it’s starting to pay off.

They will be running regular Wednesday open matches and will also have club matches on Thursday evenings and Sundays for club members.

New signs have already been put in place along the prolific North Level Drain which is expected to host most of the forthcoming events, including matches in the King of the Fens series and, later in the year, the winter league.

So everything is just about ready for opening day, all you have to do is remember to get your new rod licence and buy a Tydd Gote handbook.

In the £1,000 qualifier on Thursday at Rookery Waters the Jay Lake produced some fine weights topped by Andy Adams. He drew peg 28 and started on meat to the far bank then switched to soft pellet over pellet to catch carp steadily all day for an impressive 151lb 6oz.

The runners-up spot went to Yaxley rod Si Dow who opted to fish shallow at 14.5m tight to the far bank on 4mm pellet for a mixed bag of carp and brown goldfish. Third place with 83lb 8oz was Tim Bates, followed by Dave Rowell with 75lb 12oz.

The charity match on the Six Island Pool at Decoy Lakes, run by John Garner, saw some huge weights recorded – none better than Matthew Lutkin. He put a fine 195lb 2oz to the scales from peg 21, all taken on cat meat.

The same tactics saw Dick Warrener take the runner-up spot with 178lb 12oz, followed by James Garner with 105lb 8oz and Kevin Bevis on 103lb 14oz. I should also mention that £700 was raised for cancer research.

Weights were just as good in the Spratt’s AC match fished on the Kingsland Fishery Large carp lake. It was hats off to Trevor Cousins, who caught close in up in the water with pellet for a magnificent 246lb 1oz. Mac Campbell also did well, he caught on meat for 160lb 8oz, with Shaun Best third with 109lb 12oz.

Sam Hawks topped the latest Townsend Lakes open match on the Kingfisher Pool. He weighed in 96lb 6oz, then came Andy Adams with a level 74lb, followed by Brendan Strowgler on 49lb 10oz.

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