Atherton’s big Gedney catch

MFCP Mick Atherton 130lb3oz
MFCP Mick Atherton 130lb3oz

It was a quiet weekend on the match fishing scene so pleasure anglers had the pick of the waters right across the Fens, writes Ken Wade.

Stillwaters were busy with the likes of Townsend Fishery, Willowcroft at Wisbech St Mary’s and Buttonhole Fishery all popular waters and in fine form.

There are some big events coming up soon though. At the end of the month the East Midland Winter League gets underway with the first match being fished on the North Level Drain at Tydd Gote.

There has been quite a bit of controversy surrounding the new rules with regard to team sizes. Organisers said that it would be a teams of eight event for the 2014/15 campaign, however it would seem that after discussions with the event organisers the East Midland League will continue to run with teams of ten anglers, although they will have to revert to the new teams of eight rule for semi-finals. 

There is also the Riverfest qualifier on the Old Nene through March, thankfully the pollution earlier in the season does not seem to have been as bad as was first thought and anglers lucky enough to get a ticket can look forward to a cracking day.

One of the biggest angling events of the year takes place in November – the British Pike Championship – and again Whittlesey AA will provide the venue. With the Twenty Foot Drain along with several other smaller Fenland waters being used hopes are high for some big fish catches. Over the past couple of weeks predator anglers have already been on the venue and have been encouraged by the results so far.

In the latest Buttonhole Tuesday evening match fishery expert Andrew Carter came back into top form topping the field in a really close finish. He fished close in with meat on peg 13 for 106lb 12oz. Andy Lawrence fished close in with meat on peg 4 to finish just ounces away from the top spot with 106lb 4oz. In third was Richard Button on peg 20 weighing in 75lb.

The Friday evening Buttonhole BBQ match proved to be a very popular event and the fishing was quite good too. Les Barry fished a bunch of maggots on a 14 hook from peg 20 for 130lb.14oz to take the honours, Andrew Carter fished peg 9 on meat for 103lb and the runner-up spot, followed by Steve Buridge in third place with 81lb 8oz.

In the Chatteris Workingmens Club match on the Forty Foot Drain winner John Roper put 8lb 10oz to the scales, including roach, small bream and a bonus tench of 4lb.

Joint second with 2lb 14oz of small fish were Mark Dunham and Steve Newell, both caught small silvers.

It was the fourth and final match of the South Holland Cup Series for Deeping St James AC members, held on the match lake at North View Lakes, Gedney Hill. The fishery is gaining a very good reputation.

Convincing winner was Mike Atherton on peg 5 who caught most of his fish from his right hand margin on banded pellet and dead maggot to weigh 130lb 3oz. In second was Corby’s Dave Thorpe on peg 1 to weigh 72lb 14oz, third Ray Torrington on peg 2 using similar tactics to Thorpe to finish with 69lb 5oz.

Townsend Fishery owner Colin Begbie won the weekend open match at his fishery, drawn on peg 16. His 98lb 13oz was all taken on the pole.

Steven Hillman came second with 80lb 2oz, Bill Bullock 77lb 6oz.