The result from the latest King of the Fens League on Sunday makes it hard to encourage anglers to get excited about the usually prolific venue right now, writes Ken Wade.
We all know that at this time of year at the venue – at Tydd Gote on the North Level Drain from Church Lane to Main Road – the bream, skimmers and tench are usually feeding and anglers are recording big weights but, as yet, it just has not happened.
You have to feel very sorry for those who have put the hard work in to get the venue ready for big matches and, indeed, those who are running the event.
Top rod on Sunday from the Owl Box section was Huntingdon rod Duncan Ray. He had a big bream and a good net of skimmers taken on a groundbait feeder for 24lb 8oz. Runner-up was Phil Speakman from the Church Lane section, he had a tench and lots of perch in his catch of 21lb 6oz, with Paul Spriggs third on 12lb 14oz. With two rounds fished it is tight at the top of the leader board, Browning Hotrods and Sensas Mark One White are joint top on five points.
In the Townsend Lakes Open it was Bob Smith topping the field with a very respectable 123lb 8oz taken from the Woodpecker Pool.
He caught on meat and paste on a short pole line for most of the day.
Colin Begbie came in second fishing the pole with pellet then later in the margins for 89lb 15oz and third was Ashley Kinsey on a level 85lb, he caught on the pellet shallow.
It looks as if it’s going to be a busy time at Townsend Fishery over the coming weeks. Along with their regular weekend open matches the fishery will also be hosting family fishing days running throughout the school holidays (see below). Then on August 15 they have a charity match for Macmillan at the King’s Lynn Hospital.
Dick Warrener is Fenland Rods’ most improved angler this season. He made the most of peg12 on the Elm Pool at Decoy Lakes, which happened to have the wind blowing in to the corner as an added bonus. Alternating between cat meat and pellet he put a match winning weight of 145lb 2oz to the scales and in so doing collected the £100 Golden Peg envelope together with his pools money on the day. Mac Campbell continues to frame in every match by catching 119lb 12oz, again on pellet close in, then came James Garner with 98lb 3oz and Neil Garner on 88lb 1oz.
In the Rookery Waters £1,000 qualifying open match fished on the Magpie pool once again it was Tony Dawson taking the top spot, putting an excellent 198lb 12oz to the scales from peg 3. Tony fished corn and maggots down the margins to catch carp, barbel and brown goldfish.
Runner-up was Graham Welton who had a peg to peg battle with Newmarket-based rod Geoff Arnold, who booked a place in the two-day bonanza as the top two are already there. Graham finished on 158lb 6oz, with Geoff putting 153lb 4oz to the scales.
In the Wednesday Over 60’s it was Jim Garrity topping the field. He weighed in 122lb 12oz, followed by Roger Gowler with 114lb 4oz and Steve Tyler with 97lb 8oz.