MARCH angler Barry Mason missed out on one of the most coveted trophies for local stillwater anglers in the Decoy Festival event after looking to have the competition in the bag.
This year’s line up looked to be the strongest seen lining the banks since it all started and Mason, who has performed really well in the event, and after quite a few near misses many thought it was going to be his year.
After two rounds it looked to be all over as Mason had scored two lake wins and seemed to be cruising home but on day three it all went wrong after a terrible draw on the Yew Pool.
He was end peg on the lake but unfortunately the wrong end and crashed out of contention having to give way to eventual champion Steve Freeman.
A disappointing end to this year’s event, but I am sure he will win it in years to come as he is too good an angler. Given the right draw there are not many better than him at stillwater carp fishing in the area.
As if to prove a point Barry Mason took it out on those fishing in the Head Fen qualifier on Saturday bagging 103lb 4oz from peg 18, taking carp on pellet and corn close in. Runner-up with 102lb 3oz was Tony Dawson, followed by Bob Coulson with 90lb 2oz.
There were some good weights recorded in the Chatteris-based Golden Lion club match on the carp lake at Kingsland Fishery on Sunday. It turned out to be a real White family battle between father and son. Son Gary took the honours with a fine net of carp weighing in at 93lb 4oz, all taken shallow on pellet.
Dad Chris has obviously taught him well as the young star weighed in 67lb 4oz for the runner-up spot. Third place went to Kev Bridgement with 34lb 12oz all taken close in.
In the Three Counties match fished on the Six Island pool at Decoy Lakes, Mark Carter romped home with a cracking 123lb 6oz net of carp all taken on the pellet. Runner-up was Shaun Stimpson on 103lb, followed by Pete Carter with 90lb 8oz.
Townsend Lakes are in fine form with the Cuckoo pool producing its best form of the season so far. In fact Sunday’s open match saw Steve Hillman produce a new lake record putting a mighty 201lb 13oz to the scales.
Hillman is a regular to the fishery and when he drew fancied peg 18 was always on for a big weight and fishing pellet close in was soon putting fish after fish in the net.
He was pushed hard though with Neil Newby not so far behind with 198lb 6oz for second place and Harry Morgan came third on 120lb.
Saturday’s open on the King-fisher Pool also saw some good weights topped by Colin Begbie.
He drew peg 32 and took a net of carp on the long pole with a few better samples late on close in for 78lb 4oz.
Steve Hillman came in second with 74lb 4oz followed by Andy Carter with 27lb 4oz.
Townsend Lakes run regular opens each week on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Fenland Rods fished the large lake at Kingsland on Sunday with Kevin Bevis taking the honours with a net of carp taken close in from peg 3 for 67lb 4½ oz.
It was close at the top as John Garner came in second with 65lb 4½ oz followed by Dave Garner on 52lb 5oz.
Considering the windy conditions Fields End Water fished quite well for the Sutton AC lads, Martin Spragg leading the way with an excellent 89lb all taken up in the water on maggot and caster.
Adam Woodbridge came in second on 63lb 1oz followed by Shaun Frear with 52lb 2oz.
There were plenty of small fish showing on the Forty Foot for those fishing the Chatteris WMAC midweek match, John Roper taking the top spot with 5lb 2oz, then came Steve Newell on 3lb 14oz followed by Tom Boswell with 3lb 1oz.
Sunday’s club match on the same section saw John Roper top the list again but this time he had to share the honours with Steve Newell, both weighing in 4lb 12oz. Third place went to Chris Burton with 4lb 11oz.
The club run regular Wednesday and Sunday matches, draws: Wednesdays at 5.15pm at the pump on the Forty Foot; Sundays at the same venue at 7.15am.
Tydd Gote AC
In the Tuesday evening Tydd Gote AC match held at Blackdyke March rod Bob Fitzjohn took the top spot with 4lb 11½ oz of skimmers, the win also saw Bob scoop the £50 golden peg prize money.
The Thursday evening match held on the same venue saw better weights with Dave Parlett taking the honours, putting 7lb 14 to the scales.
Sunday’s club match was again fished on Blackdyke, Dick Paul finishing well clear of the chasing pack with 16lb 14oz of skimmers taken on the tip with worm. Joint runners up were Tom Wilson and Dave Parlett on 8lb 15oz.
Tuesday and Thursday evening matches draw at 5.30 at Blackdyke, fish 6-9. Sunday draw at Blackdyke at 11am, fish 12-5.
King of the Fens
It was good to see the King of the Fens series move off the drains and onto a big river at the weekend but unfortunately the Great Ouse at Littleport did not fish that well with many of the field finding it difficult in the blustery conditions to put any amount of fish in the net.
There were no problems for match winner Alan Lemmon though.
He drew well on the Willows and fished the tip taking a net of skimmers and bream on a worm and maggot cocktail to finish well clear of the chasing pack, putting 49lb 10oz to the scales.
On the team front it was Maver Bait Tech Purple that took a comfortable victory on the day with an excellent 13 point score and they now look to be in an unassailable position at the top of the leader board with just two matches to go.
Our local lads Sensas Mark One were leading the way but a really poor draw saw them slip up badly and now look to be out of contention.
Result: 1 A Lemmon, Sensas Mark One, 49lb 10oz; 2 I Benton, FM Stanjay, 7-0-0; 3 B Harding, Maver Bait Tech, 6lb 5oz 8dr; 4 J Weedon, Image, 6lb 4oz 8dr; 5 G Butler, Maver Bait Tech, 5lb 10oz 8dr; 6 A Bates, Maver Bait Tech, 5lb 9oz;
Teams: 1 Maver Bait Tech Purple, 13pts; 2 Image Ladies, 20; 3 Maver Bait Tech Grey, 22.
League: 1 Maver Bait Tech Purple, 7pts; jt 2 Maver Bait Tech Grey and Image Ladies, both 14; 4 FM Stanjay Gold, 15; 5 Sensas Mark One Old Boys, 16; 6 Maver Bait Tech Gold, 18.