Angling was again badly affected by the persistent bad weather with match organisers having to cancel their fixtures due to the adverse conditions, writes Ken Wade.
Tydd Gote AC did manage to get their Wednesday match in, which saw Andy Greenwood taking the honours with a net of small roach, skimmers and perch taken on the pole with pinkie weighing 5lb 5½oz.
Runner-up was Dave Parlett taking a similar net of fish for a level 5lb followed by John Taylor with 4lb 14oz. Sunday’s match as expected was postponed. Hopefully things will get back to something like normal winter conditions which will see the club continuing both Wednesday and Sunday fixtures. Draw for both of these will be at Clough treatment works at 9am and fishing will be from 10am to 3pm.
As I have mentioned before Townsend Lakes continues to run Sunday opens and it would seem that conditions have not stopped anglers from putting some good weights together. Fishery boss Colin Begbie is always the man to beat at his fishery, particularly through the winter months. In this match held on the Cuckoo Canal pool he took a comfortable victory fishing the long pole from peg 16. Most of his fish came to a pellet approach although he did take a few better samples with maggot in the margins late on in the match to record 76lb 12oz. Runner up was Brian Arliss, he went for the bigger fish with a large expander on the hook weighing in 40lb 12oz followed by Steve Sharp who came in third with 40lb 4oz. This Sunday’s fixture at the fishery will see anglers lining up on the Woodpecker Pool.
The Ramsey St. Mary’s stretch of the Old Nene has been in fine form throughout the adverse conditions producing lots of fish for those brave enough to face the elements. First place in the Ramsey club match on Sunday was Ivan Steels he drew peg 3 and caught small fish all day on the whip with pinkie for a match winning 16lb 14oz. In a tight finish Paul Kilby came in second with a net of roach and a bonus tench for 16lb 8oz followed by Keith Rayment on 14lb 12 8dr and Simon Wagstaff with 14lb 8oz.
It is a busy weekend for the Ramsey club as they will be hosting an Angling Trust Pike Qualifier on Saturday which I know will interest a lot of anglers from our area, the match being fished at Staffurths Bridge with the draw at 8.15am while on Sunday the club will be running an open match on Ramsey St. Mary’s with the draw at 8am fishing 10am to 3 pm.
The final round of the big Drennan Pairs winter series came to a close at the weekend with Alex Bates and Steve Slater taking the title with a combined weight of 107lb 6oz. It was a very good series for Alex as he rounded off a consistent performance with a match win in A section on the River Welland putting a level 17lb of roach to the scales taken on bread punch. Rob Wootton came second in this section with 13lb 6oz followed by John Taylor on 12lb 12oz. B section was difficult to say the least, Graham Barry taking the honours with a very modest 2lb 13oz. Then came Martin Roper with 12oz and third on 10oz was Steve Hemmingray.
A fishery which is rapidly gaining a fine reputation is Townsend Lakes at Upwell. The snake shaped Cuckoo Canal Pool is full of fish giving the pleasure angler and match man alike bites all day. You do not need to do anything fancy, a pint of maggots will be more than enough along with a tin or two of sweetcorn to feed the margins for the bigger carp that come along later in the day. There are a few rules to remember when fishing the Cuckoo Pool at Townsend so make sure you check them out before fishing.
For those after bigger fish why not try the Kingfisher or Woodpecker Pools, both have a good mixed head of fish but in these two you are more than likely to see carp to 8lb and quite a few bigger samples on a good day. In fact on the Kingfisher carp have been recorded at 20lb plus so make sure your fishing tackle is up to scratch or you could be talking about the big one that got away.
The Woodpecker Pool looks ideal for the pleasure angler, it has 20 pegs and is very even all round and offers a wide selection of species including common carp, barbel, tench, skimmers, ide and even the odd goldfish. No floating baits or bread to be used and only one rod is allowed. There are different rules in this lake please check before fishing.
Townsend Lakes Fishery: Colin Begbie, 72 A Kingfisher Lodge, Townsend Road, Upwell, Wisbech, PE14 9HJ. Tel: 01945 774008.