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Leading from West End park section was Drennan Bordon rod Arnold Liaurevicuis

By Pete Woodhouse

Once again there was a huge turnout for the first March Open fished on the Old Nene through the town and again it proved it is still one of the very best venues for silvers in the country with every section being won with double figure weights, writes Ken Wade.

Leading the way from the West End park section was Drennan Bordon rod Arnold Liaurevicuis, he caught roach and skimmers on the pole with pinkie over ground bait, weighing in 33lb 6oz.

Just missing out was local rod Dale Stones who was at Wigstons and caught small roach early in the match before switching to hemp seed which produced bigger fish to see him put 33lb 2oz on the scales. Third on 29lb 4oz was Paul Cowern.

Steve Poole Buttonhole (5338776)
Steve Poole Buttonhole (5338776)

Buttonhole regular Steve Poole once again took the honours in the fishery’s latest open match at the weekend. Fresh from his huge success in the Buttonhole Tournament, Steve managed to pull out peg 23 the exact same peg he won off a few weeks ago. The start of the match saw him fishing the long pole over to the aerator, but after an hour without a single bite a change of tactics was called for. He switched to a margin approach and it paid off as he started to catch carp on pellet down the edge to finish with a very respectable 105lb 6oz. Andy Kelk drew well on peg 17 and with the wind blowing down that way to the old Willow tree stump he found plenty of fish willing to take sweetcorn which saw him finish second with 79lb 1oz. Third place went to Rob Satt on peg 2 with 57lb 15oz.

With no matches booked in for a couple of weeks its an ideal time for pleasure anglers to head over to the fishery on the outskirts of Wisbech as well as carp to fish for I hear that some very good perch have been taken on worm or prawns and there are plenty of silvers to keep everyone happy fishing maggot.

Spratts AC fished the in form Oak Pool on the Decoy complex recently, but like a lot of waters across the area have seen a dramatic drop in the weights. Top rod with 49lb 8oz was Mac Campbell, he was on peg 13 one of the better pegs on the lake. It was no easy ride through as he had to keep alternating between the feeder and pole lines to keep the bites coming fishing pellet, maggot and sweetcorn. John Garner did really well from peg 2, he fished a small feeder for most of the day with sweetcorn on the hook to finish just short on 44lb 7oz, followed by Terry Tribe on peg 14 with 39lb 9oz, all caught on a Method feeder from peg 14.

Jimmy Brooks Rookery waters winner (5338778)
Jimmy Brooks Rookery waters winner (5338778)

At Rookery Waters round two of the Teams of Three Winter League saw all three lakes in good form. The tactics on the day were simply, maggots or 4mm expander on the hook, with either dead maggot, micro pellet and groundbait, all producing well but the method that is now coming into its own is dobbing bread with big weights always possible from the right areas. On Jay Lake it was Wayne Shepherd taking first place with 138lb 10oz, followed by Richard Bond on 103lb. Jimmy Brooks had the best weight of the day from peg 7 on the Magpie Pool weighing in 169lb 11oz, Ricky Ashwell was second on 128lb 11oz. James Taylor comfortably won Raven with 95lb 12oz, then came Adam Playford on 73lb 10oz.

Team points on the day: 1 - Preston - 6 points; 2 - Team Fin - 10; 3 - Harlow Angling - 13.

Clear water on most of the waters around Holbeach has seen the fenland roach a little hard to find recently, but Holbeach AC club member Gary Boxhall found the skimmers willing to feed on the Leedsgate Bridge section, so well worth a pleasure trip out that way with pinkie and a little groundbait on a pole line the best approach.

On the North Level Drain at Tydd Gote, a few tench have been taken and the odd big bream in catches into double figures and with plenty of bites on the pole from perch, small roach and rudd its yet another fen water to head off too.

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