Barry bags big rare perch

Perch taken at Buttonhole Fishery by Les Barry
Perch taken at Buttonhole Fishery by Les Barry

As more and more anglers turn their attention to commercial stillwaters it’s inevitable that they are going to take big nets of carp and possibly bream, tench and perch.

It is rare though to hear of perch being taken, in fact quite a few fisheries around the area seem all but void of perch.

So it was something of a surprise that in the recent Buttonhole two day festival Les Barry put a cracking 3lb 1oz perch to the scales taken from peg 20 and caught on the pole in the margins with worm.

There are quite a few anglers around the country who would love to have caught a fish like that, in fact many an angler has not even seen a perch of that size!

Fenland Rods were really looking forward to fishing the prolific Jay Lake, but with torrential rain overnight, clearly the cold water meant the fish would not be feeding so readily.

Thankfully the leading weights were still impressive Kev Lee managed to produce an excellent 113lb 1oz of small carp close in on meat and paste to record a fine win.

Runner-up was Mac Campbell with 81lb 12oz, followed by Dave Garner on 68lb 5oz followed by John Smith with 62lb 14oz.

This coming weekend the club will be back at the Rook Farm Fishery, hoping the big fish will be on the feed on the Magpie Pool.

Spratt’s A C fished on the Willow Pool, Decoy in their latest match which saw Trevor Cousins take a runaway victory putting a fine 159lb 13oz to the scales. Trevor drew peg 29 and caught well on the pellet waggler throughout the day netting carp to 6lb.

Not far away was runner-up John Smith he drew on peg 22 and caught close in with meat netting barbel and small carp to finish on 62lb 14oz.

Peter Spriggs took third place with 83lb 7oz, again fishing close in on pellet and corn.

Result from Fields End Water Fishery, Senior Citizens Tuesday match: 1 141lb David Smalley; 2 Martin Parker 125lb; 3Ray Sladden 118lb 8oz.

Tuesday Tydd Gote at Black Dyke: 1 Dave Cochrane 5lb 2oz; 2 Colin Burton 4lb 11oz; 3 Andy Greenwood 4lb 8oz.

Thursday’s match also held at Black Dyke saw match organiser Dave Parlett netting skimmers and roach on pole and pinkie for 4lb 12oz and first place. Andrew Goodger was second on 4lb 1oz with Andy Greenwood third on 3lb 12oz.

Dave Cochrane swept aside the opposition in Sunday’s match held at Main Road on the North Level Drain.

He caught 22lb 13oz included two good bream and a net of skimmers on quivertip and worm to take the top spot. Carol Davis was not far behind on 21lb 13oz with Bob Fitzjohn rounding off the frame with 20lb 2oz.

Fixtures: Wednesday’s match draw at Main Road at 9am, fish 10-3. Sunday’s match draw Main Road at 11am,  fish 12-6 (6 hour match).

The Angling Trust Eastern Region Challenge Shield Match takes place on Sunday, September 15 and this year will be held on the North Level Drain. The draw will be at the Tydd Gote Inn, Main Road, Tydd Gote at 8am, fish 10.30 to 3.30pm.

Bloodworm and joker are banned and entries are now open to teams of six, one team per club (first come basis) until September 1. All teams must be members of the Angling Trust (not individuals).

Entry costs £150 per team plus optional super individual pool at £5 per head.

Entry forms and further information from Kelvin Allen, 9 Landseer Drive, Downham Market, PE38 9NG, Email:

An open practice match is planned for Sunday, September 8, contact John Bates for information on 07709282965.