It was most definitely ladies’ day in the first of the winter series of March open matches on Sunday fished on the Old Nene through March, writes Ken Wade.
Top rod with an impressive 12lb 8oz was Carol Davies.
I can’t ever remember a lady angler winning this match. Make no mistake Carol is a very accomplished rod, but this must go down as one of her better victories.
Not only did she take a convincing victory but beat some very, very good anglers lining the banks of this popular winter venue.
Carol drew peg 1 on the Swimming Pool section, an area she knows well as she lives just a few hundred yards from the venue.
Fishing the pole with pinkie over groundbait she had five decent skimmers and backed them up with roach and small skimmers to take first place.
Runner-up was Billy Hughes, he drew at the Health Centre Bridge and caught on the pole and waggler with bread punch for 11lb 1oz.
Then came Bob Nudd on 10lb 2oz and Dave Cooper with 8lb 12oz. This coming Sunday it’s the big Riverfest Qualifier on the same venue. Let’s hope we can get a few locals through to the grand final.
Just a few miles away, but still on the Old Nene, there was a good turn-out for the winter league practice match.
Despite a frost on the morning of the match the venue held up well with most areas producing fish. Out in front with a very respectable 14lb 10oz was Image rod Steve Joy, drawn on the Little London section.
He caught on the whip and then the long pole.
Second place went to Damien Green, who weighed in 14lb 6oz of perch, roach and skimmers.
In third was Ian Reynolds, one of the few anglers to net a tench on 11lb 10oz, then came Josh Pace with 11lb 7oz.
It was a tale of two halves in the latest Fenland Rods match on the Elm Pool at Decoy Lakes, the car park end of the lake was in poor form while at the other end anglers had a reasonable day’s fishing.
Topping the field was Whittlesey rod Dave Garner, he fished cat meat on the pole close in to finish on 59lb 5oz. It was tight at the top, Tony Nesbitt coming second with 59lb 8oz, followed closely by Carl Judge on 57lb 10oz.
Kingsland Carp Lake was the venue for the Spratts AC anglers last week which saw Trevor Cousins well clear on 114lb 8oz, a net of carp taken shallow on pellet, some of his fish going well into double figures.
Second place went to Terry Tribe with 85lb 11oz, all taken on a straight lead approach with red maggot.
He was followed by Mick Raby with 67lb 8oz.
At long last the North Level drain is starting to show some good form, with catches well above the average we have seen from the venue this season.
Top rod in the latest Tydd Gote AC match fished at Clough Bridge was Dick Paul, he had two very nice tench in his catch of 10lb 10oz, taken on worm. Then came Colin Burton with 7lb 10oz and Dave Williams with 5lb 5oz.
Sunday’s Townsend Lakes open was fished on the Kingfisher pool which saw venue regular Ashley Kinsey taking first place with a net of barbel taken on dead red maggots from peg 28, putting 34lb 12oz to the scales. Runner-up with 31lb 6oz was Brendan Strowgler, he caught skimmers on the pole and carp late in the day from the margins. Steve Hillman took third place with 29lb 8oz.
In the Rookery Waters Saturday winter qualifier open match fished on the Magpie Pool, Kevin Peacock used 6mm expander over 4mm hard pellet at six metres from peg 13 to catch carp for a total of 87lb 12oz.
Ricky Ashwell, who caught late down the edge on maggot for second place, recorded 85lb 10oz, followed by Tony McGregor on 55lb 4oz.