Factory Bank tops weights

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We seem to have been spared the bitterly cold winter all the experts have been predicting so far this year.

As a result we have seen some cracking action over the past month at a time when anglers are normally thinking of putting their fishing tackle away for a winter break.

You only have to look at the weekend’s result of the big East Midland Winter League practice to see the fish are still on the feed. Unfortunately all the leading weights came from the tiny Factory Bank Drain at Ramsey but there were also some very consistent sport from the other two venues being used, Raveley Drain and the Old Nene at Benwick. Top rod from one of the unfancied pegs at Factory Bank was Rob Hewison. The Sensas Mark One stalwart put in a fine display of small fish fishing on the whip and pole.

Rob fished down the middle of the drain for most of the day, feeding a little groundbait with squatt in it and fishing pinkie on the hook to record 18lb 1oz.

Close by was runner-up Andrew Kilby who concentrated on the whip line all day and caught right from the off. A lean spell towards the end proved to be costly though as he finished just short on 14lb 14 ½ oz. Sam Merry took third place, once again from the Factory Bank section with 14lb 1oz.

Top rod away from the hot section was March angler and former World Champion Bob Nudd who took small fish from Benwick for 13lb 8oz.

This weekend’s last match of the winter league campaign looks as if it’s going to be a real nail biter, Stanjay Gold from Huntingdon are going to go through to the semi finals as champions but the runner-up spot will see three teams battling it out for that single spot in a semi-final.

It’s just too close to call. Sensas Mark One had a disastrous start to the campaign but have clawed their way back into contention, while Browning Hotrods and Maver Bait Tech both have had a big slip-up in previous rounds.

The Tydd Gote Wednesday matches have been very popular of late and it’s no wonder looking at the results of catches being taken from the North Level drain right now. The latest match was held at Clough with John Taylor putting a fine net of small fish to the scales taken on a pole and pinkie approach for 16lb 14oz. Runner-up was Sammy McSpadden, he caught on the pole and whip with pinkie for 9lb 11oz followed by Emneth rod Mick Asker with 9lb 8oz.

The Wednesday Tydd Gote matches take place on the North Level Drain system, Dave Parlett is the man to contact with all the details of forthcoming fixtures and draw times and you can contact him on 01945 463913.

In the weekend’s Angling Trust Pike Championship Qualifier, match winner Chris Longsdale proved to be head and shoulders above the field, netting 12 fish for a total of 68lb 2oz. Runner-up with five fish was Martin Smith weighing in at 18lb 4oz followed by Robert Hurst on 16lb 8oz.

A cold week with a couple of frosts made it tough going on the Kingfisher Lake in the latest Townsend Lakes Open match. Top rod from peg 10 was Brendon Strowlger, he took five carp on a Method feeder on sweetcorn for 28lb 3oz. Runner-up was Ray Cook, he also had five fish but they went to the scales at 21lb 10oz, followed by Colin Begbie. He struggled for carp but found some skimmers later in the match fishing the pole with red maggot to finish with 17lb 10oz.