Kendal finds Rookery Farm a piece of cake

Tim Bates
Tim Bates

The Rookery Farm Fishery at Pidley has come in for quite a bit of attention over the past couple of weeks and unfortunately it has started to show in the results.

It all started so well when Ramsey AS anglers bagged up, putting some huge weights to the scales – one angler weighing in close to 300lb fishing red maggot in the margins.

Not long after that match an impromptu open match took place and, with virtually every peg on the lake taken, weights dropped off. That’s not to say some cracking sport was not still recorded. A more modest 139lb 5oz took the honours for the in form Lee Kendal.

With most pegs on the lake taken, the pellet or meat approach failed to produce as expected, letting in Lee whose worm and caster attack worked well, seeing him bag carp to 8lb from the margins. Mick King came in second on 132lb 8oz, followed by Roger Gowler 115lb 14oz.

On Sunday Fenland Rods were on the Magpie Pool, scene of the huge weights taken recently. Top rod with 120lb 8oz was Tim Bates, he caught really well in the margins with red maggot.

Runner-up with 88lb 4oz was Dick Warrener, followed by Kev Lee on 86lb and Dave Garner 85lb – very respectable weights despite the run of matches on the same lake.

The Woodpecker pool was used for the latest Townsend Fishery open match at the weekend, Colin Begbie on peg 7 put 126lb 6oz to the scales to take the top spot. He fished the long pole with pellet and meat over caster close in. Runner-up was Ashley Kinsey from peg 13 with 77lb 10oz on the long pole fishing meat. Simon Denmark fished the margins for third place and 69lb 2oz.
This Sunday’s open match will be on the Cuckoo Canal pool.

There were lots of small fish showing for those fishing the recent Chatteris Workingmen’s Club match on the Forty Foot Drain. Steve Newell put a very respectable 9lb 2oz on the scales, roach and skimmers on the pole taken on maggot, followed by Tom Boswell on 8lb 8oz and Mark Dunham with 7lb 14oz.

Tydd Gote AC are running the Tydd Gote Centenary Charity Match on September 28 and it looks like being a very well attended event as it’s also the week before the Winter League gets under way, fished on the same venue.

The match is in memory of John Plitch, who was a former secretary and honorary member. Also it is about a 100 years since Tydd Gote Angling Club was started.

The club are raising funds for the Norfolk Hospice who looked after John until he died. There will be a raffle taking place to raise money and any donations for the raffle would be much appreciated.

It’s a teams of four and individual event. For more details contact John Bates on 07709 282965 or 01945 467144.