Team fishing in the area has always been very strong thanks to a healthy fixture list of good quality venues and plenty of teams more than willing to compete against each other.
While other parts of the country have seen a decline in team fishing the fens and the East Midlands have remained quite buoyant.
Unfortunately anglers willing to take part have slowly dwindled, making team building difficult. Not so long ago the Wisbech-based Sensas Mark One side were top dogs not only in the East Midlands but very well respected across the country. They mixed good experienced anglers with younger rods more than willing to learn.
However the last few seasons have seen the team’s fortunes drop somewhat as the younger rods left culminating with one of the best young anglers from March, Alex Bates, leaving recently. They are now recruiting again, taking Josh Pace on from Browning Hotrods and the experienced Paul Wright from Garbolino Peterborough.
It’s not easy to find anglers willing to move so they have done a good job and will be looking forward to the Summer Leagues and the prestigious Angling Times Team Championship event with a great deal more confidence with those two on board.
One of my favourite waters in the area, Townsend Lakes does not seem to attract the matchmen for some strange reason. Despite three very different lakes, a very healthy stock of fish and good weights always recorded in the matches run, numbers are not what I would have expected.
The canal type pool is an ideal club venue, with over 30 pegs it can accommodate small or much bigger club events. Have a look the next time you are in the Outwell area.
In the latest open match fished on the Kingfisher Pool it was venue boss Colin Begbie who took the honours. He drew peg 32 and took a net of carp and skimmers on the long pole and down in the margins for a fine 72lb 8oz catch. Runner up with 46lb 8oz was Andy Adams. He drew peg 17 and fished the pole and pellet. Third place went to Steve Young with a level 41lb all taken on red maggot.
Another local water well worth a try is Button Hole Fishery. The weekend match saw Richard Button in pole position, he caught on pellet and paste from peg 24, weighing in 76lb 9oz. John Smalley came in second on 52lb 14oz followed by Sammy McSpadden on 47lb 11oz. The fishery also ran a Friday evening event in conjunction with a BBQ. It was a great success, the match being won by Jimmy Joyce with 114lb 14oz. Les Barry came in second on a level 82lb followed by Lester Pratt with 75lb 4oz.
March tackle dealer Pete Rayner is a good exponent at the worm and caster approach and in the right conditions it’s hard to beat.
In Sunday’s Three Counties match fished on the Beastie lake on the Decoy complex Pete worked his swim well with the worm finishing top with a net of silver fish and a big carp, weighing in a level 65lb.
Runner up was Ray Cade on 57lb followed by Mark Carter with 54lb.
Golden Lion AC
The Chatteris based Golden Lion AC were also at Button Hole recently, their match did not fish quite so well though. The windy conditions saw Derek Moss take the honours with 31lb 6oz, four carp taken on pellet. Chris White came in second on 26lb 7oz followed by Kev Bridgement with a level 22lb.
This Saturday the club will be trying their luck at Fields End Water Fishery, Doddington.
A rough and windy Fields End greeted the Spratt’s AC lads for their midweek match which saw weights well below the high level recorded in recent weeks. Out in front with a net of carp taken on the feeder with luncheon meat was Mac Campbell.
Mac is having a fine run of form and continued to produce a match-winning net, putting 60lb 12oz to the scales. Runner up was Bob Allan on 45lb 12oz followed by Peter Parlett with 44lb 12oz.
On Sunday it was the South Holland League match on the same venue, Stuart Redman took the honours with a mixed bag taken up in the water with maggot from peg 5 weighing in 54lb 4oz.
Runner-up was Andy Wilson on a level 53lb followed by Ray Torrington with 45lb.