Bates is on the Level at Tydd

March angler Alex Bates with his fine 150lb plus net of bream taken from the North level Drain
March angler Alex Bates with his fine 150lb plus net of bream taken from the North level Drain

The Tydd Gote Wednesday open match held at Main Road on the North Level drain saw a few extra anglers looking for clues as the big Angling Trust winter league takes place on the venue this Sunday.

There’s no real surprise to hear of bream showing but when Alex Bates put a massive 152lb 14oz to the scales that certainly got the attention of the chasing pack. Alex caught all his fish on a feeder with worm and caster.

Runner-up was Len Shucksmith on 17lb 6oz followed by Ray Groom on 13lb 1oz.

On Sunday another practice match was arranged but unfortunately there was no repeat performance although the leading weights were very respectable. Steve Winters topped the large field with a winning weight of 19lb 4oz taken from Raisens Bridge, he caught two tench along with a net of skimmers and perch. Similar tactics put the in form Alex Bates into second place with four tench for 17lb 3oz followed by Dave Tebbitt on 17lb 2oz.

The Sunday Tydd Gote club match held at Black Dyke saw Andy Greenwood put 10lb 8oz to the scales to finish top, Andy caught on the pole with worm netting perch, skimmers and roach. Runner up was Ray Groom with 8lb 15oz followed by Ray Wright on 8lb 8oz.

On Sunday it will be the last summer league match for Tydd Gote anglers, draw at Black Dyke at 11am, fish 12noon till 6pm.

There were plenty of roach showing in the latest Chatteris Workingmen’s Club match fished on the pump section of the Forty Foot Drain. Top rod with 8lb 10oz was Steve Newell he caught on the pole with maggot, then came John Roper with 4lb 6oz followed by Chris Burton on 3lb 10oz.

Buttonhole Fishery has been in great form of late, but you can tell winter is not that far away as the fish are reluctant to feed through the whole day making it very difficult for some to put a weight together. Top rod in the latest Fenland rods club match on the venue was Kev Lee, he drew peg 1 and caught well all day finishing with 117lb 15oz, all big carp caught on cat meat. Runner up Tim Bates had to wait until the last two hours of the match before the fish moved in but still saw him finish with 99lb 11oz followed by Dave Garner on 95lb 5oz. This week’s match is on the Beastie Pool on the Decoy Lakes complex.

Townsend Lakes fishery had a small open match at the weekend but was another fishery to see weights a little lower than expected. Top rod was Colin Begbie fishing the Kingfisher Lake, he weighed in 55lb 8oz, taken on a Method feeder with sweetcorn, then corn over caster on the pole line. Runner-up was Ray Cook, 43lb 8oz on the feeder with pellet. Steve Sharpe third 28lb 14oz.

Metal Box AC also fished at Townsend Fishery, on the Woodpecker Pool. Bites were hard to come by but way out in front was Rodney Melnyk with 60lb 13oz. He drew peg 12 in the corner and fished close in with expander pellets on the hook. Runner-up Jim Allen with 31lb 4oz, Tony Campion third 30lb 11oz.

Two matches from Spratt’s AC. On the Six Island Pool at Decoy Lakes Mac Campbell was a comfortable winner with 105lb 15oz. Second Martin Parker on 55lb 3oz, Peter Parlett third 47lb 7oz.

On the Small Carp Lake at Kingsland Fishery Bob Allan took the honours, after lean spell, with a very respectable 133lb 12oz taken on paste close in. Runner-up Trevor Cousins 120lb 13oz, on meat and pellet up in the water, third Martin Parker 110lb.