John takes gold in silver fish match

Townsend Lakes Fishery saw a match with a difference over the holiday period.

The fishery has become a firm favourite with anglers from Wisbech, March, Chatteris and even Peterborough looking to catch big nets of carp on the pole with pellet, sweetcorn or luncheon meat.

This match though was run to International FIPS rules and was a silver fish only match with bloodworm and joker allowed. It was a pairs event and eventual winners were John Bates and Sam Claydon with a combined weight of 35lb 8oz taken from the Kingfisher Pool. Runners-up were Rob Hewison and Brendon Strowgler. It was a good day for Wisbech rod Bates as he also topped the individual list with 27lb of skimmers.
It was back to normal for the Wednesday open match, Ricky James topping the small field with 40lb 4oz taken from the Woodpecker Pool. Colin Begbie second with 37lb 2oz, followed by Neil Peskie with 34lb 8oz.
The mild weather just after Christmas saw weights improve dramatically on the Cuckoo Canal Pool at Townsend, Steve Sharpe bagging a fine 105lb 13oz net of carp to take first place. Close behind was Ricky James with 96lb 8oz followed by Rickie Young on 84lb 11oz.

Factory Bank

A strong field of anglers fished Factory Bank in a midweek open run by Stanjay Sports, Godmanchester. Although the weather was damp and the drain was rising all match, flowing hard and coloured, the venues good form held up and there were fish there to be caught right along the match length. Top rod was Martin Caldicote who drew the far end peg and took a net of roach on pinkie over a bed of ground bait for 12lb 14 ½ oz. Runner up from the opposite end of the match length was Brian Gibson, he fished close in taking one or two better fish to finish on 10lb 15oz followed by Anthony Watling with 10lb 14oz.

Result; 1 M Caldicote, 12lb 14.5oz; 2 B Gibson, 10lb 15oz; 3 A Watling, 10lb 14oz; 4 J Roberts, 10lb; 5 R Whincup, 9lb 3oz: 6 D Rawlings, 8lb 14oz.

On Sunday the Stanjay Tackle regulars tested the form of Factory Bank. It turned out to be a very close match but weights were nowhere near as good as in previous matches. Out in front was Trevor Oakman, 9lb 11oz of roach all taken down the middle on a groundbait and pinkie approach. It turned out to be a head to head battle with John Price on the next peg, John coming so close with 9lb 10oz followed by Graham West with 9lb 8½ oz and then Josh Pace on 9lb 8oz.

Forty Foot

At first glance the Forty Foot Drain on the narrows looked unfishable on Sunday morning, it was flowing hard and coloured match but organiser Keith Rayment decided to fish despite the difficult conditions and thankfully some respectable weights were recorded. In fact it was Keith that topped the list putting over 100 fish to the scales for a match winning 7lb 10 ½ oz. Runner-up was Andrew Kilby 4lb 7 ½ oz, Simon Wagstaff 4lb 7oz.

Round one of the new Maver Pairs event saw some cracking roach weights taken from the River Welland through the town centre at Spalding. Top rod was John Oaks, he drew close to the town bridge and finished with 30lb 2oz of quality roach all taken on bread punch. Second place went to Bob Nudd, he weighed in 28lb 4oz followed by Steve Winters on 27lb 7oz.

Unfortunately, due to a mix up with the result sheets no pairs results are to hand at the time of printing.