Fitzjohn tops winter opener


Anglers across the fens and indeed a little further afield always look forward to the winter series of open matches run by Bob Fitzjohn on the Old Nene at March.

Unfortunately the first in the run of matches clashed with local winter leagues and so the attendance was not as high as expected.

Those that did fish were rewarded with some cracking action and will be hoping for more of the same in the next one. Top rod was match organiser Bob Fitzjohn who drew well at the By Pass section a few pegs off the top corner. Fishing a chopped worm and caster approach Bob took two tench, seven big eels and topped up with rudd and skimmers for a fine 35lb 2oz.

There was a tie for the runner-up spot, Ian Warby took 18lb of roach and skimmers from the BMX track section on pinkie over groundbait while Dave Rowell took a net of rudd on the pole and waggler with maggot from the opposite end. The next match takes place on November 11, and with the winter league on the same venue the following week it’s set for a sell out, so get your tickets booked.

Round Two of the East Midlands Winter league was moved off the Great Ouse at Littleport and onto the North Level Drain system around Tydd Gote. Church Lake was the section to draw, Dan Hall leading with a very respectable 26lb 6oz. Dan fished the worm and caster taking a tench, perch and skimmers. Runner-up was Martin Caldicote, two big perch and a net of skimmers for 17lb 14oz, then Steve Welford 13lb 10oz.

Stanjay Gold came out on top for teams, they drew on points with Maver Bait Tech but took first place after totalling a better team weight. Third was Browning Hotrods followed by Sensas Mark One. Browning and Sensas Mark One are now joined by Stanjay Gold at the top, all three on five points, Maver Bait Tech on six.

The Beastie Lake on the Decoy Complex was the venue for the latest Spratt’s AC match which saw Mac Campbell out in front with a modest 64lb 12oz taken from peg 3 on pellet. Mick Raby on peg 24 60lb 1oz, Trevor Cousins on 39lb 5oz.
Darren Ogden took the honours for Fenland Rods at Headfen Fishery with a net of carp taken on bread punch then switching to red maggot to finish on 85lb 12oz. Dave Garner second with 84lb 4oz, caught most close in on sweetcorn. Third John Garner 77lb 4oz, Clint Gumbs 62lb 4oz. This week Fenland Rods will be fishing Six Islands at Decoy.

The Headfen Open match was fished on Trev’s Pool, Dave Cook taking the honours with 51lb 7oz, a net of carp and chub taken on a small Method feeder.

Adam Playford second 51lb 4oz followed by Steve Hansed with 45lb 11oz. This coming Saturday the open match will be on the Snake Pool.

Round One of the Chatteris Working Men’s Club winter series at Horseways saw plenty of small fish showing, Alan Owen leading the way with a very respectable 11lb 9oz. Runner-up with 9lb 6oz was Steve Newell followed by John Roper with 4lb 3oz.

Black Dyke fished well for the Wednesday Tydd Gote match, Dave Parlett winning with a net of skimmers and roach on the pole with pinkie and chopped worm for 10lb 10oz. John Taylor second 9lb 3 ½ oz, Mick Asker and Sammy McSpadden both 8lb 8oz.

In Sunday’s match Colin Gibbons topped the field with 6lb 14oz, Jim Neilson second 3lb 4oz, Dave Sippitts 2lb 11oz.

A busy week at Townsend Lakes on the Kingfisher Pool. In the Saturday open, fishery boss Colin Begbie won with 56lb 15oz, runner-up Harry Morgan 56lb 4oz, Trevor Haycock 48lb 15oz. On Sunday Ken Clarke was first, 53lb 14oz, Steve Sharp 48lb 12oz, Colin Begbie 38lb 14oz.