It was a day of surprises on Sunday for those fishing the penultimate round of the HAJAC Winter League, writes Ken Wade.
A section had to be moved off the popular Old Nene at Benwick and onto the untried Bower at Whittlesey.
Everyone expected it to be a patchy match due to the continued cold spell and so it turned out to be. Unfortunately league leaders going into this match Stanjay Gold slipped up badly and could only manage sixth place on the day with a hefty 34 points.
That left the way clear for their close rivals, last year’s winners, Stanjay Posh to step up. They came second on the day with 24 points and have overtaken their stable mates and, going into this weekend’s final match, hold a handy two-point advantage.
All to play for as a poor draw could see any team slip up in another exciting finish to what has become one of the leading team events in Eastern England. The Stanjay Posh side also had the added pleasure of seeing team man Andy Mead topping the individual list. He caught seven big tench and a few small perch on the “wires” at Benwick to put a match winning 27lb 13oz to the scales.
Drawn close by was Craig Shaw, the Garbolino RAF man put four tench to the scales to take the runner- up spot on 14lb 7oz and his points helped his team to victory on the day with a fine 20 point score. Team mate Graham Welton came third with 11lb ½ oz.
Once again the North Level Drain produced a cracking match for those fishing the Tydd Gote AA fixture. Leading the way with 27lb 5oz from the Clough Bridge section was Andy Greenwood. He caught some big perch on the pole with worm, his best fish weighing in at 3lb 7oz. In second place was John Taylor with a level 15lb, followed by John Young with 13lb 5oz and Don Green with 12lb 7oz.
There were several other double figure weights. With the venue in such fine form it’s well worth a visit before the season draws to a close on Fenland Drains on March 14.
There was a good turnout at Townsend Fishery for the open match fished on the Cuckoo Canal Pool. There was an overnight frost but for once no ice breaking was required. The venue fished really well, Matt Wiles taking the honours from peg 14 with a net of carp taken close in on the pole for 96lb 12oz.
Fishery boss Colin Begbie is rarely out of the frame these days and on Sunday he came in second with a level 82lb, all taken on the long pole with pellet. Ashley Kinsey came third, he also caught on the pole with pellet, weighing in 79lb 12oz from peg 2. The Townsend fishery will be running another pair’s match after the popular event they had a few weeks ago and with the venue in form it should be a good match. The date set is March 7, so get booked in as it’s sure to be well attended.
Members of the Fenland Rods Angling Club are reminded that the club’s AGM will take place at the New Crown pub in Whittlesey on Monday, March 9, at 7.30pm. With several changes to fishery rules and new venues springing up it should be a very interesting evening
The Canal and River Trust together with angling ruling body the Angling Trust are have just announced that the entry forms to apply for the Canal Pairs Qualifiers will be available from Monday 2nd March. I know quite a lot of local anglers will be interested in this event which has grown in stature over the past couple of seasons This year there will be 11 qualifiers with the first one commencing on Sunday 12th April on the Loughborough Canal, and the final qualifier on Sunday 27th September on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. lifier will have a maximum of 50 pairs to accommodate 110 pegs, with the top 5 pairs from each qualifier getting invited to the grand final on Saturday 24th October on the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal. This Championship will also carry a prize pot for the top four pairs in the final of 1st £4,000, 2nd £3,000, 3rd £2,000 and 4th £1,000 (payouts dependant on a sell-out of all qualifiers subject to entries and sponsorship). Entries will only be accepted by postal applications with cheques/postal orders payable to ‘Angling Trust’. Pegs are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If however, venues are oversubscribed there will also be reserve lists against qualifier venues. Entry forms and a full list of qualifiers and dates are available via the Angling Trust website at www.anglingtrust.net/competitions