Atherton bags another pole

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For the second match running it was Mick Atherton that took pole position in the Seniors Match at Fields End Water Fishery, Doddington.

There was a good turnout which I am sure will get even better as news spreads about the top quality form of the fishery. Fishing a big pellet waggler up in the water he demolished the field from unfancied peg 19.

The carp came regularly to the pellet approach which saw him finish with a cracking 107lb 8oz. Some way off the pace was runner-up Harold Towler, he fished a soft pellet rig to weigh in 55lb 8oz, followed by Les Palmer with a level 48lb.

A lot has been happening on this fishery over the past few months, very few matches on the bigger pool has come as a shock to many of our local clubs, but on the other hand pleasure anglers were delighted to find pegs available at the weekends.

The big news from the fishery is the completion and opening of three luxury fishing lodges. They have two one-bedroom lodges and one two-bedroom lodge, they are rentable for a three-night weekend, a four-night midweek or a seven night break. They are situated seconds away from the Pit Lake and I am sure they are going to be very popular.

Spratts Angling Club’s latest match saw them on the Small Carp Lake at Kingsland Fishery, Turves. The venue hit top form despite some poor results through the winter months.

Top rod with a fine 165lb 7oz was Trevor Cousins, he fished up in the water on the long pole line with pellet catch carp to 8lb throughout. Mick Ramm fished the margins with both meat and pellet to finish second on 103lb 3oz followed by Peter Spriggs with 100lb 13oz of carp taken on the long pole and paste approach.

In the Buttonhole Tuesday evening match Mark Grange put 74lb 15oz to the scales, all taken on the long pole with pellet. Second was Bob Bates, he caught on a pellet waggler for 57lb 12oz. Third with 57lb 11oz was Jamie Crown.

The weekend Buttonhole Qualifier saw match winner Mark Bradford fishing up in the water on peg 23 with 167 lb13oz to take a comfortable victory. Runner-up was Steve Pell, he fished similar tactics to the winner weighing in 111lb 14oz, third Mark Grange 84lb 5oz.

Metal Box fished at Gedney Hill for a match on the match lake. Top rod was Roger Archer with 35lb 1oz, Roger fished a method feeder to an island with pellet in the feeder with maggot hook bait. Runner-up was Jim Allen with 22lb 8oz using meat on the hook. third Shaun Buddle on 20lb 9oz.

Venue expert Ricky Young is the man to beat at Townsend Lakes Fishery. At the weekend he smashed the Woodpecker Pool record putting 150lb to the scales, all taken on the pole with pellet. Steven Hillman second, 67lb 4oz, taken on the feeder and waggler, followed by Colin Begbie with 64lb 8oz.

Back in the day Eric Bridgement was well known across the fens in pubs and clubs for his skills with a set of arrows. But after retiring he took up fishing and his enthusiasm was infectious. Jay Lake at Pidley was a favorite venue for Eric.

So it was fitting the second Eric Bridgement Memorial was fished there at the weekend and even better as Kev Bridgement took the top spot fishing peg 30, 69lb 3oz, all taken down the margin on pellet.

Mick Woodham second on 32lb, John Waters 31lb 6oz.