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Massive change in weather sees final round on three venues across Fenland drains


By Fenland Citizen Reporter


This was after the horrendous conditions the day before, writes Ken Wade.

Organisers have certainly made it hard for themselves this year, but it’s paid off once again as all three venues saw some very respectable weights.

I have never been a fan of spreading matches out as we have seen recently. I am old school and feel we should all be on one venue and in a line with as few end pegs as possible.

Match winner in the final round of the Angling Trust East Midland Winter League Colin Oakman (6028381)
Match winner in the final round of the Angling Trust East Midland Winter League Colin Oakman (6028381)

But times have changed and I do see the reasoning behind the move to split matches and this series proves to me and others that to keep the league and indeed big matches going you have to put as many anglers as possible on fish and the old way just doesn’t do it.

The Twenty Foot Drain at March, the Old Nene at Benwick and Factory Bank were the three venues used with the March water being where all the leading weights came from.

A massive change in the weather saw the final round of the East Midland Winter League taking place on three venues across the Fenland drains.

This was after the horrendous conditions the day before, writes Ken Wade.

Organisers have certainly made it hard for themselves this year, but it’s paid off once again as all three venues saw some very respectable weights.

I have never been a fan of spreading matches out as we have seen recently. I am old school and feel we should all be on one venue and in a line with as few end pegs as possible.

But times have changed and I do see the reasoning behind the move to split matches and this series proves to me and others that to keep the league and indeed big matches going you have to put as many anglers as possible on fish and the old way just doesn’t do it.

The Twenty Foot Drain at March, the Old Nene at Benwick and Factory Bank were the three venues used with the March water being where all the leading weights came from.

Top rod with a fine 33lb 14oz was Colin Oakman, the Browning Hotrods star caught roach, rudd, skimmers and perch all day close in on the pole. In second place with 26lb 9oz was Dave Tebbutt, then came Gary Miller on 24lb 1oz.

Wonderful winter catches but this event is all about team fishing and it was a very competent performance once again from the Browning Hotrods side that saw them crowned league champions and gain a place in the Winter League final. Runners-up were Stanjay Tackle, who also go through to the final to be fished on our Fenland drains and Decoy Lakes early in the new year.



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