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Benwick village end victory also gives him the Alan Lemmon Shield

By Pete Woodhouse

The Old Nene at Benwick was once again the venue for the East Midland Winter League, writes Ken Wade.

Given that it had fished so well in the previous rounds everyone was looking forward to a very good match.

Unfortunately round four could never have lived up to the fantastic catches that were taken in the previous round, although the Benwick village end was once again the hot spot.

Match winner Kye Jerrom was drawn there on peg A6 and fished a great match, topping a very strong field with 23lb 8oz, well over 400 fish taken on a short whip line and small waggler.

Kye Jerrom (5479113)
Kye Jerrom (5479113)

The victory also gave him the Alan Lemmon Shield, which has been fished for over the past three years since “Jockey”, as he was known, passed away.

He was a Sensas Mark One angler through and through, never let you down and won many a match, including national events and to this day is still missed on the Wisbech and East Anglian match circuit.

In second place was Mark One’s Andy Ellis.

He was also in A section and put 22lb 6oz to the scales, again a small fish catch taken on the whip.

A special mention now for third man Colin Oakman drawn well away from the huge shoals of fish in A section.

He put a very impressive 19lb 14oz catch to the scales to comfortably win E section and take third place overall.

On the team front Browning Hotrods go marching on and I doubt any of the chasing teams are going to catch them now after they recorded yet another match win with just 20 points, and now top the league table with two matches to go on five points.

Results in the panel right.

Results: 1 Kye Jerrom, Browning Hotrods, 23lb 8oz; 2 A Ellis, Sensas Mark One, 22lb 6oz; 3 C Oakman, Browning Hotrods, 19lb 14oz; 4 P Cowern, Matrix Image, 19lb 8oz.

Teams on the Day: 1 Browning Hotrods, 20pts; 2 Stanjay Gold, 34; 3 Matrix Image, 36.

League: 1 Browning Hotrods, 5pts; 2 Stanjay Gold, 8; 3 Matrix Image, 12.

At this time of year it’s often wise to mix your tactics up a little and not stick to what is usually a tried and trusted approach. In the Townsend Lakes open match on Sunday fished on the Kingfisher Lake, fishery boss Colin Begbie started on a small feeder and caught a few fish early in the match so switched to the long pole line with casters over ground bait. That also worked well but as before on the feeder the carp decided they didn’t want casters any more so in the late stages of the match he changed again to pellet and it worked out really well as a good late run of fish saw Colin well ahead of the field putting 81lb 15oz to the scales from peg 1.

Alan Cragg on peg 2 fished a pellet feeder to the island to take second place with 44lb 6oz, followed by Steven Hillman on 28lb 2oz.

Spratts AC fished their last match of the season on the Cedar Pool on the Decoy Lakes complex, a wise choice as the lake has been in good form of late, particularly in the low number pegs.

Top rod with a level 98lb was Terry Tribe.

He drew peg 5 and caught on the Method feeder and straight lead netting carp close to double figures on sweetcorn. On peg 6 was Peter Harrington, who fished a small Method feeder, alternating between sweetcorn and maggots on the hook for 93lb, then came Trevor Cousins with 61lb 11oz from peg 2, he was on a small groundbait feeder with sweetcorn.

Castaways AC fished the Twenty Foot Drain at March on Sunday and saw some very good nets of fish taken, leading the way with an excellent 27lb 8oz catch of roach was David Norville. He caught on the pole fishing maggot and hemp seed, netting some good quality fish. In the runner up spot was Martin McHugh he weighed in 21lb, followed by Mike Smith on 18lb 14oz. The result shows us once again that the fenland drains are in good form right now despite the change to much colder conditions. I didn’t get any North Level reports this week but I did hear that the drain is also still fishing very well with plenty of roach showing along with perch and the odd tench too, so all well worth a visit before winter really sets in.

It’s also a very good time of year for predator anglers and with the vast fenland drains system to fish on you can expect some great catches at this time of the year on dead baits and lure fishing too.


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