East Midlands Winter League practice venues in great form
The second practice round for the East Midlands Winter League took place on a very wet, and at times windy, Old Nene at March and Creek Cottage.
You would think the conditions would have put a few anglers off, but there was a fine turnout and the venues were in great form, writes Ken Wade.
So good that it looks like just about every section was won with 10lb-plus, remarkable even for these venues. Gary Miller won the match from near the bypass with 30lb of big rudd and roach, Rob Wright coming a close second with 29lb 6oz from behind the swimming pool, followed by Graham Welton on 26lb 4oz.
This weekend’s match will see three sections at Creek Cottage and seven from the Health Centre bridge to the bypass bridge, with the draw at the Railway Hotel at March.
In another good turnout for the Rookery Waters Over 60’s Open fished on the Raven Lake, a close match saw just a few ounces separating the top two. Pete Holland on peg 21 took the honours with a hard-earned 72lb 7oz caught on expander pellet and maggot on the hook. Will Hadley had 72lb 1oz on peg 12 and came second, followed by Chris Saunders on peg 2 with 63lb 2oz.
It was difficult for those fishing the Buttonhole Open match on Saturday, but winner Sam Hawkes topped the field with a fine 172lb 12oz from peg 17. Sam fished the pole cupping in pellet and fishing maggot on the hook. Runner-up with 68lb 8oz was Steve Pool on peg 4.
Castaways AC fished the North Level Drain on a wet and windy Sunday but found plenty of fish. Recording his first win for the club was Daniel Curtis, a net of roach and rudd together with a bonus tench for a total of 11lb 8oz.
Runner-up was Mike Smith fishing the pole with maggot and pinkie for 10lb 9oz, followed by Dave Norville on 9lb 4oz.