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Anglers get practice in for forthcoming East Midland Winter League match

By Pete Woodhouse

It was back to the Old Nene at March last weekend for those getting some practice in for the forthcoming East Midland Winter League match on Sunday.

With many more anglers from around the country also eager to fish this in-form venue, it turned out to be one of the biggest matches in the country.

After a slow start for most anglers, sport soon picked up with several areas fishing really well. Leading the way was Matrix Image rod Pete Vasey with 28lb 8oz from peg 24 which was upstream of Wigston Bridge.

Neal Hutchings with his 16lb 8oz carp taken on his first ever visit to Buttonhole Fishery (5599551)
Neal Hutchings with his 16lb 8oz carp taken on his first ever visit to Buttonhole Fishery (5599551)

Like most, Pete started on bread punch down the middle and caught reasonably well but a switch to pinkie over hemp seed saw his catch rate improve dramatically and he also caught a much better stamp of fish to see him home.

Runner-up was team mate Dave Tebbutt from one of the hot pegs at Pig Market corner with 25lb 14oz, his approach was much the same, starting on bread then finishing the match on pinkie over hemp seed. Third place went to Bob Nudd from behind the swimming pool with 25lb 2oz. Then came Jimmy Ellis and James Drakulic who tied for 4th with 24lb 4oz.

This coming weekend’s round 5 league match will be pegged as follows: A and B Section either side of Wigston Bridge, and C to K will be spread from the Bandstand to above the turning bay. I do have a warning: much of the road network in March town centre will be closed for the popular Christmas market on Sunday. There will be a lot of extra traffic, especially after the match, so get a map out as taking sat nav directions could be a mistake! The draw is at the Station Hotel, March, please arrive early; match is 10am-3pm.


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