Malle benefits from huge weights on Twenty Foot Drain at March
The HAJAC Winter League got off to a flying start at the weekend and it was good to see a much improved turnout as well, writes Ken Wade.
I think that was mainly due to the Angling Trust Winter League Final being fished on the venues and anglers from around the country joining teams to get some valuable practice in as well as fishing a big match.
No matter what the reason, though, it’s so good to see so many anglers enjoying some fantastic sport on our local waters, a good showcase proving once again just how good our Fenland waters are at the moment.
My only fear is that they will be over fished before the final in late February and if we do get a prolonged spell of winter weather then sport could well drop off quite dramatically. For now, though, let’s all enjoy what’s on offer. On the Twenty Foot Drain at March the venue produced huge weights with the top five anglers in the winter league all coming from this section.
Leading the way was local rod Ray Malle, who drew well away from the footbridge but put a tremendous 41lb 5oz net of silvers to the scales taken on the pole and whip with pinkie and maggot over groundbait. Just a few ounces behind with 41lb 2oz was Allan Donnelly, he was much closer to the footbridge again catching on the pole and whip.
There were some good weights from Factory Bank and the Old Nene at March and Benwick with many putting double figure weights to the scales, but nothing to compare with the Twenty Foot.
Full result, Old Nene March and Benwick, Factory Bank & Twenty Foot Drain: 1 R Malle, Tackle & Bates Select, 41lb 5oz; 2 A Donnelly, Tackle & Bates, 41lb 2oz; 3 S Winters, Tackle & Bates, 39lb; 4 J Taylor, Sensas Mark One Black, 36lb 10oz. 5 R Tomara, RAF, 32lb.
Teams: Tackle & Bates Select, 17pts; 2 Sensas Mark One Black, 20; 3 Tackle & Bates,31; 4 Tackle & Bates Mismatch, 33; 5 Stanjay Gold, 40.