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March rod Steve Smith takes runner-up spot from peg at the Clock Tower

By Fenland Citizen Reporter

After a successful HAJAC Winter League last week all eyes were back on the Old Nene at March which attracted yet another huge match on the venue.

Despite the particularly rough and windy conditions the venue once again came up trumps – not quite so many big weights, but we still saw anglers catching 10lb-plus right along the match length.

As expected the bottom end of the match length below Wigstone’s Bridge was the real hot spot and with Mark Pollard pulling peg 1 out of the bag it was always going to be an uphill task to beat him.

Stuart Egginton with his fine 17lb 1oz Pike taken from the North Level Drain (6794978)
Stuart Egginton with his fine 17lb 1oz Pike taken from the North Level Drain (6794978)

Mark is one of the best small fish anglers around and if proof were ever needed once again he showed his class.

Fishing the pole with pinkie over groundbait he was instantly into roach and just carried on catching for most of the day, varying his lines to keep the fish coming to finish with a fine 30lb 3oz.

March rod Steve Smith took the runner-up spot from the peg at the Clock Tower right in the middle of the town. He opted for a bread punch approach and caught skimmers close in for 27lb 4oz.

Dave Brooks came third with 25lb 4oz and, with 21lb-plus needed to make the main frame, I think it’s safe to say this has to be the best natural venue in the country right now.

We can only hope it does not get over-fished in the coming weeks before the big Winter League Final at the end of February.

Full result, March DAA, Old Nene: 1 Mark Pollard, Matrix, 30lb 3oz; 2 Steve Smith, March, 27lb 4oz; 3 D Brook, 25lb 4oz; 4 J Drakulic 22lb 1oz; 5 G Welton, 21lb 14oz; 6 P Bordon, Sensas Mark One, 21lb 4oz.

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