The big Angling Trust Winter League final took place at the weekend on the Fenland drains and Decoy Lakes, writes Ken Wade.
But there was no joy for our local representatives Browning Hotrods.
What some would consider a poor team draw saw them slip well down the leader board. Winners were Team Osset, the West Yorkshire lads mastering two very different waters with ease to finish a full 11 points in front of runners-up Diawa Dorking.
Individually, Preston Innovations Delcac’s Jason Collins took a massive 86.200kg to the scales from Decoy Lakes, while Browning Hotrods’ Andrew Moss won on the drains with 10.000kg.
Browning Hotrods star man Andy Moss was glad he kept his eyes on the water when he arrived at his peg below the BMX track on the Old Nene at March.
He caught rudd early on in the match and then a good late burst saw him finish top rod on the drains. “The wind made casting and tackle control really difficult,” he said. “But I did catch some rudd when the float and bait were being pushed along by the wind. It looked all wrong but it worked!”
Over on the Decoy Lakes it was Preston Innovations Delcac’s Jason Collins who stormed to victory with a massive 86.200kg.
The southern angler fished out at 14.5m, netting carp all day on maggot. It was not easy for many anglers though at Decoy or the drains, in fact the angler next to the winner at Decoy failed to weigh in.
Fen drains: 1 A Moss, Browning Hotrods, 10.000kg; 2 S Barnett, Drennan Bordon, 7.310 kg; 3 D White, Maver Midlands, 6.800kg; 4 P Close, Mosella Quaker, 6.500 kg; 5 J Pantry, Sensas South East, 6.23kg; 6 C Steffen, Preston Innovations Black Horse, 5.96kg.
Decoy Lakes: 1 J Collins, Preston Innovations Delcac, 86.200kg; 2 N Crooks, Team Ossett, 81.700kg; 3 H Rushden, Maver Midlands, 54.85kg; 4 R Giffiths, Drennan North West, 49.65kg; 5 L Barrett, Woodlands Colmic, 42.25kg; 6 R Bond, Maver Image, 40.65kg.
Team result: 1 Team Ossett, 45pts (170.330 kg); 2 Daiwa Dorking, 56 (116.166 kg); 3 Maver Midland, 58, (130..425kg); 4 Drennan North West, 70 (120.292kg); 5 Drennan Barnsley Black, 73 (109.790kg); 6 Preston Innovations Black Horse, 75 (87.472 kg); 7 Matrix Leigh Tackle. 76 (98.289)kg; 8 Arun Angling, 77, (83.650kg); 9 Saints, 81 (93.140kg); 10 Drennan Bordon, 81 (91.606kg); 11 Woodlands Colmic, 83 (108.700kg); 12 Frenzee South West, 83 (102.300kg); 13 Maver Image, 83 (85.920kg); 14 Drennan Oxford, 83 (82.850kg); 15 Scunthorpe Tackle, 85 (89.748kg); 16 Mosella Quaker, 87 (106.730kg); 17 Browning Hotrods, (84.600kg); 18 Maver Bathampton, 90 (74.830kg); 19 Shakespeare Superteam, 91 (72.570kg); 20 Kamasan Starlets, 92 (88.650kg); 21 Maver Old Ghost, 93 (100.135kg); 22 Ted Carter Southport, 94 (65.596kg); 23 Sensas South East, 94 ( 64.111kg); 24 Quorn AS, 97 (75.195kgs); 25 Devizes MG, 97 (66.140kg); 26 Sensas Black Country, 99 (78.933kg); 27 Preston Innovations Delcac, 100 (137.330kg); 28 Lincs Tidechasers, 102 (84.817kg); 29 Preston Innovations Thatchers, 109 (58.860kg); 30 Ted Carter Preston, 113 (58.206kg); 31 Maver/Colemans Match Pack, 115 (48.804kg); 32 Sensas A4, 118 (51.520kg); 33 Team Lobby, 127 (59.155kg); 34 Garbolino RAF, 136 (39.711kg).
With the Fen drains being heavily fished the previous day officials of the HAJAC winter league shuffled the pegs around to hopefully find a few extra fish for those fishing round two. Not easy as a cold wind on the waters is never conducive to a good day’s sport. March rod Alex Bates made the most of a fancied draw at Raveley Drain, bagging a net of rudd on the waggler for a match-winning 16lb 9oz. Over on Cock Bank, Pete Vasey took two tench and a good net of roach to finish second with 15lb 15oz.
On the team front Stanjay Gold scored a very respectable 20 points to top the list, just ahead of stable mates Stanjay Posh. Sensas Tackle and Bates still top the league table, but Stanjay Gold are now only a point behind.
In the regular Townsend Lakes open match the Kingfisher pool produced bites for most with Del Maginn topping the field with 37lb 8oz from peg 14, fishing a feeder to start with, then on the pole with pellet. Runner-up was Dave Priestley, fishing the pole with maggot for 29lb 6oz, followed by Colin Begbie with 24lb 6oz.
With only four matches left to qualify for the two-day final at Rookery Waters it’s all getting very competitive.
Vinny Easy took the honours in the latest match with 92lb 2oz of carp caught on corn and maggot.
Runner-up was Dave Rawlings from peg 5. He caught on bread and maggots for a level 77lb, followed by Mark Pollard on 57lb 10oz.
Another close match for the over 60s at Rookery Waters saw Littleport angler Bob Coulson taking the top spot from peg 2 using corn and maggot for 54lb 12oz. Runner-up was Will Hadley on 46lb 12oz, followed by Jim Garratty 41lb 8oz.