Brothers step down at Railway Lakes

Old Nene March
Old Nene March

It’s all change at one of the area’s stillwaters, writes Ken Wade.

After many years at the helm of Railway Lakes, brothers Tony and Paul Hudson are stepping down.

As I am sure some will know Tony was one of the best bream anglers in the area and was a member for many years fishing for the all-conquering Oundle side.

He took many titles on the individual front too, including the River Welland Championship, he was the River Nene Champion and also won the huge CIU national.

All good things come to an end, though, and now Tony and his brother have decided to step aside and have sold the fishing rights to Dale Hudson (no relation) who already has Float Fish Farm on his books.

I spoke to Dale recently and he was already planning to make some big improvements on both the shallow and deep lakes. The fishery holds carp going close to the 40lb mark and with the shallow pool full of smaller samples I think we can expect some cracking sport, especially with the healthy restocking policy planned.

There is news coming in of a large fish kill on the Old Nene through March town centre, with the Environment Agency already in attendance.

These are only rumours around the angling world at the moment.

In Sunday’s Townsend Lakes open it was Sam Hawks on peg 18 running out a comfortable winner. He fished a short pole line with pellet for skimmers, topping up with carp on a long pole to finish with 59lb 10oz. Runner-up from peg 1 was Ricky James. He caught chub and carp on a pellet waggler for 44lb 8oz, third place going to Steven Hillman with 42lb 7oz.

This week’s match will be on the Cuckoo Canal pool.

Yew Lake on the Decoy complex has not been at its best of late but still produced some fine leading weights in the latest Spratt’s AC event. Out in front with 127lb 4oz was Peter Spriggs, fishing paste close in from peg 9 and netting carp to 8lb. Runner-up Mick Ramm fishedmeat close in for 103lb 1oz, followed by Mac Campbell with 98lb 3oz again fishing meat close in.

I hear the weed cutters are slowly going through the Forty Foot Drain, let’s hope it improves sport as it’s tough going right now, that’s if you can find a few clear pegs to fish in.

Weed is also forming on the March Twenty Foot Drain. The warm weather is not helping matters, but thankfully this drain has quite a bit of clear water and is well worth a visit.

On the “Pump” section of the Forty Foot Drain, Chatteris Workingmen’s Club fished their latest match but once again there were no big fish showing. Top rod with a modest 3lb 15oz of small silvers was Mark Dunham. Second place went to Steve Newell, making a welcome return to fishing after a recent illness. Steve weighed in 3lb 11oz, followed by John Roper with 2lb 11oz.

I am sure many of you will be sad to hear of the sad passing away of John Plitsch.

He was an honorary member of the Tydd Gote Club and was for many years club secretary.

Tydd Gote match results for the week

Wednesday Match Black Dyke: 1 Pete Emery 9lb 5oz, 2 Don Green 8lb 5oz, 3 Andy Greenwood 7lb 10oz. Thurs Evening Match Black Dyke: 1 Colin Burton 4lb 1oz, 2 Dick Paul 3lb, 3 Andy Greenwood 2lb 15oz.

Sunday Main Road: 1 Paul Constable 10lb 8oz, 2 Andy Greenwood 8lb 1oz, 3= Carol Davis & Ian Benton 7lb 8oz.

Sunday’s match will be at Black Dyke, not Main Road.