Kestrel Lake a winter shelter

Picture is of Kingfisher Pool at Townsend Lakes
Picture is of Kingfisher Pool at Townsend Lakes

Like many other anglers around the area I was quite looking forward to a days fishing on Sunday.

Everything was planned in the early part of the week, we knew it was going to be cold with a chance of snow, but nothing like the weather that greeted us on Sunday morning down at Decoy Lakes, Eastrea. We arrived at 8.45am and by then just about everybody from several other clubs had already made the wise decision to go home. We brave souls thought we knew better though and went down to the lake we had booked on for a final inspection before fishing. After slipping in close to two feet of snow close to the waters edge, I decided a hot cup of tea and a bacon sandwich back home was much more inviting.

We left the fishery with just one club, Ramsey AS to fish their match on the Willow Pool. Ian Darler took the honours with a modest 7lb 8oz followed by Roy Whincup with 3lb 8oz, I won’t embarrass the rest of the field by finishing off the results sheet.

Over at Townsend Lakes, Outwell, fishery boss Colin Begbie was suffering like all the others. The hardy souls that did turn up for the open match at least had the pick of the venues different lakes. They chose wisely heading off for the more sheltered Kestrel Lake and what an inspired choice it turned out to be. Match winner Steve Sharpe was cracking out a fine 90lb 12oz net of carp taken on the pole and feeder with pellet and red maggot. Runner-up was local rod Steven Hillman with 85lb 10oz, carp and several bream to 7lb. Third Ricky Young with 77lb 1oz.

I personally like the Cuckoo Canal Pool, I have fished it quite a few times and expect to be paying it a visit any time now after the weekends result. The fishery run regular weekend matches and are very happy to accept club bookings. You do not need fancy bait, a pint of maggot will be more than enough along with a tin or two of sweetcorn to feed the margins for the bigger carp that come along later in the day. There are a few rules to remember when fishing the Cuckoo at Townsend, they are:

No groundbait not even in feeders or for dusting; no meat of any kind; no paste of any kind; no bread; Fishery-only feed pellets; and you can use any hook pellets on the hook only and not thrown in for feed. Remember, size 14 maximum barbless hooks and all fish to be netted.

For those after bigger fish why not try the Kingfisher or Woodpecker Pools, both have a good mixed head of fish but in these two you are more than likely to see carp to 8lb and quite a few barbel too.

The Woodpecker Pool looks ideal for the pleasure angler, it has 20 pegs and is very even all round and offers a wide selection of species. No floating baits or bread to be used in this pool and only one rod is allowed.

There are different rules in this lake please check before fishing. You are asked to purchase tickets before fishing and ensure you know all the fishery rules so why not ask Colin for a few hints and tips. The Fishery is at 72A Kingfisher Lodge, Townsend Road, Upwell, Wisbech, PE14 9HJ. Tel: 01945 774008.

For all the team and club anglers in the area the HAJAC AGM takes place tonight (Wednesday) at the George Inn, Ramsey Forty Foot starting at 8pm. New teams would be most welcome, or even if you are thinking about fishing the HAJAC matches or leagues come along and find out all about them.