It is never easy being a match organiser, particularly at this time of year when the weather can change dramatically almost day by day.
HAJAC match secretary Roy Whincup has to work on venues picked 12 months in advance.
On Sunday his choice of venues for round two of the HAJAC winter league could not have been much better. The top six anglers all came from the Factory Bank on the outskirts of Ramsey but the Old Nene at Benwick did fish well so most anglers had a day’s sport. Top rod was Mark Pollard, he drew halfway down the sections at Factory Bank and opted for a squatt and pinkie approach on the long pole line.
Usually it’s a whip fished close in that wins most matches here but Mark put a fine 18lb 0 ½ oz to the scales. Second was Phil Chesterton, again at Factory Bank, small fish to 13lb 1oz. Glen Brown third, the March rod finishing with 12lb 3½ oz.
On the team front Stanjay Silver took the honours. Maver Gold came third which was enough to see them open up a small gap at the top of the leader board.
Result: 1 M Pollard, Stanjay Gold, 18lb 0 ½ oz; 2 P Chesterton, Maver Gold, 13lb 1oz; 3 G Brown, March AC, 12lb 3 ½ oz; 4 R Reynolds, Maver Black, 11lb 7oz; 5 A Kilby, Stanjay Silver, 11lb; 6 P Kilby, Browning Hotrods, 10lb 15oz.
Teams: 1 Stanjay Silver, 21 points; 2 Stanjay Bronze, 22; 3 Maver Gold, 27; Jt 4 Stanjay Gold, Maver Black and Browning Hotrods, 29.
League: 1 Maver Gold, 4 points; jt 2, Stanjay Silver and Stanjay Gold, 6; 4 Browning Hotrods, 8; jt 5 March AC and Stanjay Bronze, 10.
Sport on the North Level drain at Tydd Gote continues to attract a good field for both the Wednesday and Sunday matches. In midweek John Young and John Taylor had to settle for a share of the spoils topping the field with 7lb 11oz, with Mick Asker third on 5lb 10oz. John young continued his fine run of form topping Sunday’s Tydd Gote AC match with a very respectable 11lb 14oz, all small fish taken on the pole with pinkie. Dave Parlett came in second on 7lb 12oz.
Tydd Gote run Wednesday and Sunday open matches, draw at Clough at 9am, fish 10-3. On Sunday the club also have an Angling Trust Pike qualifier, draw at Clough Treatment Works at 8.15.
There are still plenty of fish to be had at Townsend Lakes, in the latest Sunday open fished on the Kingfisher Pool Colin Begbie topped a small field with 33lb 4oz from peg 19, taking all his fish on the pole with pellet. Runner up was Ashley Kinsley with 24lb 5oz followed by Ray Cook on 21lb 14oz.
Sport on the Horseway Drain was in good winter form considering the close attention the cormorants have been giving it over the past few weeks, but with the suspected addition of otters in the area who knows how long anglers will be able to catch a reasonable weight here.
John Roper took the honours in latest Chatteris Workingmen’s Club winter league, he put 5lb 9oz of small fish to the scales, most taken on the whip with pinkies. Alan Owen came in second on 5lb 1oz followed by Steve Newell with 4lb 11oz.
Anglers will be pleased to note that the popular Saturday matches on Grahams Ponds will be starting again this coming weekend. The pools just outside of Huntingdon started to attract several anglers from the March area and organisers are hoping for a few more to come along and sample the fishing on offer. The draw is at 8.30am and the fishing is from 9.30am to 2.30pm.