Chris nets top spot

Round four of the King of the Fens league was fished on our local waters at Benwick which saw some very good weights taken by the leading anglers.

Top rod from the Halfpenny Toll section was Chris Vandervleit, who took a net of tench, eels and rudd on worm and caster to finish on 21lb 14oz. Ian Benton took 15 rudd and a tench for 19lb 1oz to claim the runner-up spot followed by Spike Milligan on 13lb 3oz. Sensas Mark One slipped a little finishing sixth on the day, and with two rounds to go hold onto third place in the league.

1 C Vandervleit, Image, 21-14-0; 2 I Benton, FM Stanjay, 19-1-0; 3 S Milligan, Lincs County, 13-3-0;

Teams: 1 Image Vets, 14pts; 2 Maver Bait Tech Gold, 18; jt 3 Maver Bait Tech Purple and FM Stanjay Silver both 22; 5 Lincs County 26; 6 Sensas Mark One Old Boys, 31.

League: 1 Maver Bait Tech Purple, 10pts; 2 Maver Bait Tech Gold, 20; 3 Sensas Mark One Old Boys, 21

Fenland Rods

At the weekend I joined Fenland Rods for a match at Rookery Farm Fishery, Pidley fishing, on the Rook Pool, a water I have not wet a line on before.

Talking to several local anglers before the match we were all encouraged by the weights that had been previously recorded.

Unfortunately for some reason it just did not fish well at all, several anglers not even bothering to weigh in. I sat in the bottom right hand corner and for most of the match fished a small feeder taking the odd fish throughout the day.

It looked to be enough to beat the club’s top rod Kevin Lee who remained fishless until the final 45 minutes which saw him net four good fish to pip me at the post. Kev finished with 18lb 4oz followed by me on 17lb 15oz and Mac Campbell third place with 16lb 3oz.


John Hazelden looks to be the man to beat in the Benwick matches these days. He took another club victory on Sunday in their match fished at Floods Ferry.

John fished a chopped worm and caster approach netting four small tench weighing in at 7lb 13oz. Runner-up with 6lb 13oz was Andy Ingram followed by Dave Jarrett with 5lb 14oz of small fish.

Metal Box

Metal Box AC fished at Gedney Hill on the match lake recently. In the winner’s berth with a cracking weight of 121lb 3oz was Tony Campion. Tony fished a Method feeder with luncheon meat on the hook, to an island and caught steadily all day. Runner-up was Roger Archer on 87lb 9oz followed by Ray Green with 83lb 11oz.

Westwood Lakes

Local angler Kevin Bird has been seriously ill over the past year and has not been able to fish for a long time but on Sunday, March tackle dealer Pete Rayner and a few of his friends took Kevin over to Westwood Lakes for his first outing in more than a year.

The lad pushed his wheelchair to his peg and he went on to bag fourth place in the small match with 28lb 4oz, a remarkable achievement, and I am sure it brought a smile to everyone’s face. First equal where Shaun Strachan and Cam Stokes with 39lb 4oz followed by Pete Rayner on 29lb.

Fields End Water

This Doddington water has seen some fine weights taken over the past couple of months and the form continued for the Spratt’s AC lads. Bryan Lakey took the top spot with a level 91lb all taken on the feeder with meat. Mac Campbell was second with 75lb followed by Trevor Cousins on 70lb. 

Townsend Fishery

Last week the Cuckoo Canal Lake record was broken and on Saturday Tom Wilson went into the record books, breaking the lake record on the Woodpecker Pool with 118lb 11oz of carp taken on a feeder.

Carl Gifford came in second with 70lb 12oz followed by Derrick Upson on a level 50lb. Sunday’s open match on the

Cuckoo Canal Pool saw Andy Adams finishing top on 136lb 4oz, all carp taken close in on pellet. Rick Young was second with 97lb 8oz followed by Neil Newby on 89lb 8oz. As usual the fishery holds Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday opens and with the lakes all in form they are well worth a visit.

Headfen Fishery

Sunday’s open match saw Matt Ayers out in front with 106lb 4oz taken close in on sweetcorn from peg 18. Runner-up was Steve Gifford on 96lb 8oz followed by Dave Rodwell with 82lb.

Buttonhole Fishery

This has to be one of the top waters in the area right now.

In a recent series of five matches 90lb-plus was needed to make the top three and on the opening day Gary Craven put a massive 267lb 11oz to the scales.

You would think that a run of four matches on consecutive days would have seen weights drop off but match after match saw huge weights recorded.

Day One, Gary Craven 267lb11oz peg 21. Day Two, Gary Craven 151lb 1oz peg 17. Day Three, Paul Crooks 110lb 6oz peg 2. Day Four, Paul Crooks 185lb 12oz peg 20. Day Five, Paul Crooks 107lb 10oz peg 4.

Tydd Gote

As usual a full match calendar for the Tydd Gote club saw Mark Lynn taking the top spot in the Tuesday evening match with a net of small fish taken on the whip for 8lb 3oz.

Thursday’s match, again on Blackdyke, saw Dave Parlett home by a few ounces from the chasing pack, Dave weighing in 4lb 8½ oz.

Sunday’s Summer League match saw Steve Pell taking a comfortable victory with a net of skimmers and bream for 15lb 5oz. Runner-up with 5lb 10½ oz was Dave Parlett followed by Ray Groome on 5lb 9oz. 

The club fixtures are the same as usual: Tuesday and Thursday evenings, draw at Blackdyke at 5.30, fish 6-9. Sundays: draw at Blackdyke at 11am, fish 12-5.

Chatteris WMC

There looks to be plenty of small fish action on the bottom end of the Forty Foot Drain but very few tench and bream have been showing of late. In the two recent Chatteris WMC matches on the venue it was all small fish weights.

In the Wednesday match Steve Newell came top with 4lb 1oz followed closely by John Roper on a level 4lb. Sunday’s match saw some slightly better weights topped by Mark Dunham on 8lb 13oz, his catch did include a decent tench. Steve Newell took the runner-up spot with 5lb 6oz followed by John Roper with 4lb 5oz.

The club have a Wednesday Evening match: Draw 5.30pm at The Pump.