There is little doubt that Sensas Mark One rod John Taylor is a real force to be reckoned with on our local Fenland waters and indeed further afield, too, as he proved once again throughout 2015, writes Ken Wade.
He has been all but unbeatable in both the Whittlesey and Tydd Gote matches over many weeks now.
In the Wednesday Tydd Gote match fished on the North Level Drain he even gave up what most would consider to be the best peg on the length, yet still took the honours.
John fished a groundbait and pinkie approach, taking a net of roach to top the field with 10lb 3oz.
Second place went to John Young. He came close with 9lb 12oz of roach and skimmers, followed by Don Green with a level 9lb.
In Sunday’s club match there was a big turn-out for the club’s Christmas match.
Leading the way in this one was Paul Bawden. He fished the whip with pinkie and maggot, catching fish to hand all day to record 9lb 9oz.
Second place went to Sammy McSpadden. He caught roach on the pole to finish with 8lb 9oz.
Then came Colin Gibbons on 7lb 11oz.
There was a huge Christmas raffle after the match with every angler going home with a present.
Still on the Tydd Gote theme, if you are into your pike fishing then now could be a great time to get onto the North Level system as several double figure pike have been caught over the Christmas period, one of 22lb and another of 18lb.
With the amount of fish all along the Clough stretch of the North Level there is plenty of action to be had.
Over at Rookery Waters Roy Whincup rounded off a fine pre-Christmas campaign on local stillwaters by taking the top spot in the Over 60’s match fished on the Jay Lake.
It was far from an easy day’s fishing as those taking part had to work hard for bites. Roy caught small carp on maggot from peg 45 to finish with 27lb 4oz. Ken Gammon took second place on 23lb, followed by Bob Coulson on 18lb 4oz.
Matches at the fishery and indeed around the area will be back to normal this weekend and attendances should be well up as the unusually mild conditions see many waters still in great form.
Rookery Waters should be well worth a visit and Townsend Lakes is another commercial water that has been in great form.
A little further afield the well-known Decoy Lakes complex is much easier to fish at weekends throughout the winter months in terms of getting on the lakes as club matches tend to ease off until well into the New Year.
Don’t miss the chance to fish Decoy – 160lb won a match at the weekend, that’s very good indeed for this time of year.
The Old Nene at March is of course always going to be the one to head for throughout the winter months, but other sections of the Old Nene at Benwick are also well worth a visit.
Groundbait and pinkie is still the best approach, but if or when the cold weather arrives make sure you have bread punch with you.
When the venues turn cold and clear there is not a better bait to use.