Eastern venues unveiled

Picture is of "Golden Peg" winner Dave Garner who took first place in the Fenland Rods match.
Picture is of "Golden Peg" winner Dave Garner who took first place in the Fenland Rods match.

The remaining details of the all new Sensas Challenge Eastern League Series has just been released by co-organisers John Bates and Rob Hewison.

It will be a Teams of Five event with an entry fee of £25 per team with pools on the day. The three dates and venues are Sunday, June 24 on the North Level Drain at Tydd Gote, July 8 again on the North Level and the final match will be on the Middle level at Marshland.

The interesting part of the details released is the fact the matches will be run to European rules. That means, no bloodworm, bait or groundbait limits, you can only fish to 13metres, no legering and there will be a ten minutes pre-baiting period. The match will be of four hours duration instead of the more usual five hours.

The first and second teams will both go through to the Sensas Challenge Final to be fished later in the year. It’s a bold move by our Sensas Mark One lads and something a little different. Let’s hope they can get a good response from across the fens and Midlands and make it a cracking series.

The Beastie Lake on the Decoy complex provided the venue for the latest Spratt’s AC match in mid week. Runaway winner with 109lb taken from peg 2 was Colin Varney. Colin fished the long pole with pellet netting both carp and barbel. Runner-up from peg 6 was Bob Allan, he weighed in 71lb of carp to 4lb taken close in on paste followed by Peter Spriggs with 66lb.

Fields End

Well before the cold and wet weather set in for the Bank Holiday weekend there was a cracking senior citizen’s match at the inform water at Doddington.

The match produced a string of fine weights including four three figure nets topped by Mick Atherton with 137lb 8oz. Mick was drawn well away from the hot pegs at the car park end and it came as something of a surprise when he started pulling all his nets out at the weigh in. He fished a pellet waggler netting carp to 5lb but unfortunately came just short of breaking the venue record.

Runner-up was Martin Parker he put 117lb 2oz to the scales again on a pellet waggler from peg 23 followed by Stuart Naylor with 114lb 1oz.

Fenland Rods

Just a week ago most of the Rods were fishing the Six islands in tee shirts and putting lashings of suntan cream on.

On Sunday though it was a completely different story as wind and rain saw most going home very cold and wet.

The weather did not stop the fish from feeding and it turned out to be a special day for match winner Dave Garner

He drew peg 7 which turned out to be the ‘Golden Peg’ worth £100 and also scooped the main pools on the day by topping the field with an impressive 107lb 3oz.

All his fish came close in to a rod and line approach with cat meat on the hook. It was a day to remember for the Garner family as son James came in second from peg 18 weighing in 98lb 11 ½ oz followed by Les Bedford on 81lb and John Smith with 80lb 1oz This week will see the Fenland Rods at Headfen Fishery on the Snake Lake.

Buttonhole Fishery

Fish were in a spawning mood which made for tough going in the Tuesday evening match. Les Barry took the honours, he fished pole and pellet on peg 19 for a modest 43lb. Runner-up was Andrew Carter with 35lb of carp taken on the pole with meat, followed by Lester Pratt on 32lb. Help wanted

I am looking for a little help this week from anyone connected with the ‘Vixen Angling Club’ from Wimblington, I admit to not knowing anything about them but would like a contact number if anyone could provide it.

New licences

With the new season on rivers and fenland drains about to get under way on June 16, it’s perhaps a good time to remind all those that do not fish the commercials to make sure you have a new rod licence before you set off for your first fishing expedition of the new campaign. You can get them on line, and from the post office, there are almost certain to be water bailiffs about on opening weekend so do not get caught out.

If any club secretaries out there would like fixtures in the weekly angling column then please feel free to drop me a line through the post or via e-mail and I will do my best to enter them so that club members and indeed pleasure anglers can see where matches are each week. My phone number is 01733 565159 and my e mail is kwadej@yahoo.com