IN near perfect angling conditions our local anglers were out in force throughout the week and indeed at the weekend.
Quite a few youngsters were seen, no doubt getting in some last-minute pleasure fishing before school starts again for many of them this week.
Weed has been a big problem of late, especially on the Forty Foot Drain. Those that have managed to wet a line have taken some good nets and I hear the weed is now rapidly disappearing.
A pleasure session on the Twenty Foot Drain over the next few weeks could well see some big tench and bream weights. I have heard of good nets to be had from the Old Nene, particularly at the Benwick end and with a little more flow and colour expect the March sections through the town to start hitting top form any time now.
The North Level Drain system has been consistent all summer and indeed fished well on Sunday for the latest Tydd Gote AC match fished along the Main Road bridge section. Top rod was Paul Constable who put a fine net of skimmers and roach to the scales taken on the pole with pinkie and red maggot over groundbait. Pushing him all the way was his partner, Carol Davis, fishing similar tactics to the winner to finish on 16lb 13oz. In third place was Paul Ringham with 15lb 11oz, followed by Dave Corcoran on 14lb 11oz.
The Tydd Gote midweek matches were on the Black Dyke section which saw March rod Bob Fitzjohn taking the honours in the Tuesday match with 11lb 10oz, his catch included a decent tench. Mark Lynn came in second with 9lb 9oz followed by David Parlett with 3lb 14oz. David topped the field in the Thursday match putting 5lb 13oz to the scales, a net of skimmers taken on the waggler. Runner-up with 3lb 14oz was Dick Paul, followed by Paul Constable with 2lb 12oz. The club will be starting their popular Wednesday open matches on September 12 with the draw taking place at 9am. This Sunday’s match will also be on Black Dyke as the King of the Fens League have booked out the Main Road Bridge sections of the North Level.
Over the past few years the Headfen Lakes Masters Event has become very popular indeed, so much so that the list of entrants reads like a who’s who of the local angling scene. In the weekend final total prize money of £2,450 was up for grabs and with both lakes in cracking form some good weights were expected and those fishing were not disappointed.
Day One on the Snake pool saw Huntingdon rod Trevor Oakman taking the honours with a fine 133lb 13oz from peg 5, while on the Trev’s pool it was Matt Drayton out in front on 50lb 12oz.
Day Two saw some even better results with Kevin Shelley taking the honours on the Snake pool putting 198lb 3oz to the scales. It was all down to section wins though and at the final count back Jimmy Brooks ran off with the main prize with a perfect two point score.
Overall standings: 1 Jimmy Brooks (Anglers Corner) 2 pts, 2 Kevin Shelley (Newmarket AC), 3 Tim Dabrowa (hooked), 4 Ron Cuthbert (Webbs Tackle), 5 Geoff Arnold (Suffolks Finest), 6 Matt Drayton (Isleham).
Chatteris Workingmen’s Club got back on the Forty Foot drain at the weekend and saw Steve Newell taking first place with a net of small fish for 4lb 14oz. Runner-up with 3lb 2oz was John Roper followed by Peter Cornwall on 2lb 3oz.
In the Spratt’s AC match fished on the Willow Pool at Decoy Lakes a long awaited match win saw John Smith top the leader board. It’s been a lean time for the Whittlesey rod but in this match he weighed in 87lb 8oz of carp and barbel taken close in on meat from peg 25. Runner-up with 75lb was John Retchless followed by Shaun Buddle on 64lb
Townsend Lakes was in cracking form at the weekend, well worth a try in the regular open matches if you have a spare weekend. They fished the prolific Cuckoo Canal Pool which saw Rick James bag a massive 224lb 2oz of carp taken on pellet. Runner-up with 152lb 11oz was Rob Hewison followed by Neil Newby on 106lb 8oz.
Fenland Rods were fishing the Magpie Lake at Pidley last weekend and to try and make the venue as fair as possible match organiser John Smith decided to split the match into two sections on different parts of the lake. Unfortunately that does create end peg problems and when the club’s two most consistent anglers at the moment, Kev Lee and Tim Bates drew end pegs it was game over for most of the chasing pack. Kev took the top spot with a fine 174lb 15oz, with Tim scooping second place on 169lb 7oz. James Garner came in third with 135lb 7½ oz followed by Mel Lutkin on 101lb 2oz. Cedar pool at Decoy is the club’s next fixture this Sunday.