Colin thrives in variable weather

I have to say that I am not a big fan of the global warming theory and I have never really had a lot of confidence in the weather forecasters we at times rely on.

I am positive we will eventually get the rain we so desperately need across the fenland area but how anyone could have predicted the weather we went through on Sunday I have no idea.

It started off with a heavy frost, then we had sunshine, a few flakes of snow, a hailstorm, rain and a beautiful sunny end. I, and I suspect many others, were mightily pleased to get back into the warm.

The fish do not seem to mind the changeable conditions. In the Spratt’s AC match on the Willows on the Decoy complex Colin Varney put a fine 129lb to the scales from fancied peg 15. Colin caught on the long pole line fishing pellet and netting carp to 3lb all day.

Runner-up was Trevor Cousins, he drew round the back of the island and took 74lb 8oz from the margins on meat. Bryan Lakey kept his early season run of form going by finishing third on a level 63lb.

Headfen Fishery

Pete Lambdin topped a strong field on the Trev’s Lake, he weighed in 41lb 4oz from peg 41 netting chub on a chopped worm and caster approach. Alan Newton came in second with 32lb 9oz followed by March rod Gary Rimmer with 24lb 5oz.

The open match on the Snake pool saw some much improved action after a slow start to the spring campaign. Top rod was Mark Cross on 109lb, he took a net of carp on the pellet from peg 2, then came Dave Priestly on 106lb 13oz followed by Matt Ayers with 100lb 8oz.

Fenland Rods

Popular member John Garner who took the honours in new season on peg 25 alternating between pole, and feeder for 50lb 5oz. John fished pellet on the pole and meat on the feeder from the Cedar Pool at Decoy Lakes.

Close was Mel Lutkin with 48lb 8oz on the feeder followed by Dick Warrener who celebrated his recent retirement by coming third with 39lb 4oz. This weekend’s club match takes place on the Elm Pool at Decoy Lakes.


Numbers were down a little for the Friday open on the Magpie pool, the lake fished well with 34lb the lowest weight. Mark Dickerson made the most of an end peg draw to win catching steadily all day netting 93lb 15oz of carp in the margins on corn over pellet

Runner-up was March rod Tim Bates he drew peg 2 and took 86lb 2oz of carp and rudd shallow on pellet from the long pole line. Third was Kevin Peacock on 69lb 8oz.

Townsend Lakes, Upwell

There are lots of big weights coming from the Cuckoo Canal Pool. Ricky Young finished well clear of the chasing pack in a recent open with 179lb 14oz from peg 31 using pellet. Alan Owen came in second with 132lb 10oz followed by Steve Sharp on a level 84lb. The fishery also held a teams of three event on the Kingfisher pool which saw The Sensas Mark One lads dominating, the “B” team topping the field with a total of 78lb 1oz.

John Bates was the individual winner, he drew peg 15 and took 39lb 14oz of skimmers on a chopped worm approach. Runner-up was Emneth tackle dealer Mick Asker on 33lb 11oz followed by Rob Hewison with 32lb 4oz.

Golden Lion

I was sad to hear that the Chatteris based club has folded but thankfully most of the members have joined the recently formed Rose and Crown club.

Most of the fixtures will be centred around either Townsend Lakes or Rookery Farm Fishery at Pidley. New members welcome, just call 07840 270874.

They have already fished their first match which saw organiser Paul Hollingsworth out in front with 68lb 2oz from the Cuckoo Canal Pool at Townsend. Paul fished the long pole and the margins netting silvers and carp to 2lb.

Mick Woodham was second with 54lb 2oz followed by Mark Dunham with 38lb 4oz. The next match will be on Saturday, May 12 so plenty of time to get in touch with Paul. Sensas Mark One will again be running their popular spring series of matches, the first will be at Buttonhole Fishery on Sunday.

It’s a carp and silver fish league. Give organiser John Bates a call on 07709282965 or 01945 467144.

Buttonhole Tuesday evening open match: 1st Andrew Carter 76lb 7oz, 2nd Dan Rust 3lb, 3rd Lester Pratt 49lb 15oz. To book in on evening matches call Richard on 07564730247.