The Division One national is fast approaching and local side Sensas Mark One have been putting in a great deal of time on the tidal River Trent, writes Ken Wade.
Given a good team draw on the day, they could well be right up there with the best in the country.
The team were given a massive boost at the weekend in the Individual National fished on the same venue, which saw team man Bob Bates taking first place in the event, putting close to 29kl to the scales.
Bob caught 10 barbel and a bream on a big feeder fished mid-river on a day which saw some very encouraging weights taken. The team also saw Rob Hewison just miss out on a medal coming a very creditable sixth on the day and, with other team members putting in a good performance, hopes will be high come the big day.
Another local rod making the news this week is John Smalley, fishery manager at Decoy Lakes. He travelled over to the Midlands to fish the Maver Match Qualifier on Barston Lake. Against a very strong field he put a fine 107lb 3oz net of carp to the scales from peg 122. John caught fish to 14lb on a pellet waggler with most of his fish coming in the second half of the match. He will now go through to the grand final at Hayfield Fishery and stands a chance of winning a massive £50,000-plus if he can put in a repeat performance.
Those fishing the regular Tuesday open matches at Buttonhole fishery seem to have caught the weather in a bad mood just about every time they visit and in the latest match damp and dismal conditions saw weights a little lower than expected once again. Leading the way was a very happy Andrew Carter as not only did he take the top spot but went home £100 better off after scooping the golden peg pay out. He caught 130lb of carp with about half on paste over pellet at 2 + 3 and the rest from the margins on meat from peg 6. In second place was Jonny Clark with 110lb of carp from peg 9, followed by Les Barry with 73lb from peg 20.
Paul Smith was a clear winner in the latest Townsend Lakes open match fished on the Kingfisher Lake. He weighed in 70lb 14oz, a net of skimmers taken on pellet and a few carp late on from the margins. Runner-up with 56lb 8oz was Simon Gilby. He had a good run of carp in the margins, then came March rod Bob Fitzjohn with 54lb 2oz, a net of skimmers taken on the pole with worm.
Anglers fishing the Chatteris Workingmen’s Club matches are still finding it hard to put any amount of fish to the scales. A change of venue to Bulls Mill did see a few more fish, but not as good as some had hoped for. Leading the way in the Wednesday match was Steve Newell, who put 3lb 4oz to the scales. Chris Gubler caught 2lb 8oz for second, followed by Jack Halverson on 1lb 13oz. A respectable 6lb 10oz saw Mark Dunham top the field on Sunday, the consistent Steve Newell came second with 2lb 7oz, followed by John Roper with 1lb 1oz.