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Old Nene consistent but sections at Creek Cottage are a disaster

By Pete Woodhouse

Round two of the East Midland Winter League took place at the weekend, writes Ken Wade.

With Creek Cottage and the Old Nene fishing well, everyone was expecting big weights.

The Old Nene was as consistent as ever but, for the sections at Creek Cottage, it turned out to be a complete disaster, with most struggling to put a few ounces on the scales.

Steve Welford, Winter League winner from the Old Nene at March on Sunday (4925585)
Steve Welford, Winter League winner from the Old Nene at March on Sunday (4925585)

March town centre was as good as always, though, which saw Browning Hotrods Steve Welford put an excellent 22lb 8oz on the scales to win the match from end peg near the bypass.

Andy Mead was runner-up with 19lb13oz, followed by the in-form Gary Miller on 19lb 6oz.

On the team front Browning Hotrods had a runaway victory, recording a 22 point total which included five section wins and a blank.

Matrix Image were 2nd with 29 points with Stanjay Gold 3rd on 36.

Browning Hotrods now lead the league with 3 points, Stanjay Gold 2nd with 4 and Matrix Image 3rd with 5 points.

The cooler nights are just starting to take their toll on fisheries around the area, even the usually productive Kingfisher Lake at Townsend Lakes saw weights lower than of late.

There was a real tussle for the top spot, though.

Colin Begbie just edged it with 39lb 4oz from peg 18.

He fished a small feeder with maggot then later switched to a long pole line with meat.

At the very next peg Steven Hillman fished the pole with meat and pellet but finished just short on 35lb, followed by Rob Blackbourne on 11lb 8oz.

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