Nash warms up for Sensas

Tim Nash, winner of the Sensas Challenge practice match on the Great Ouse
Tim Nash, winner of the Sensas Challenge practice match on the Great Ouse

The HAJAC Winter League came to its conclusion on Sunday rounding the series off with a cracking match fished on Factory Bank, Raveley Drain and the Old Nene at Benwick.

Extra teams took part and most anglers enjoyed some of the best winter sport we have seen for many a year despite the wet and windy conditions. Sunday’s match saw the Stanjay Posh side comfortably taking the team event, they could only manage fourth place on the day but went into this round with an unassailable position.

Factory Bank again produced the majority of the leading weights with RAF man Graham Welton topping a strong line up with 21lb 11oz of roach and perch taken from the far end peg on the whip and short pole line with pinkie. Similar tactics saw Anthony Watling (Jn) take the runner-up spot on 19lb 9oz followed by Mark Pollard 19lb 6oz. Top individual with just 10 penalty points was Andy Mead.

Match organisers of the Sensas Challenge Final have been hoping the Great Ouse through Littleport and onto the Ten Mile Bank section would see some colour introduced after quite a lot of rain. They certainly got it all right, unfortunately too much for the competitors out last Saturday before the big two day event this weekend.

The river proved to be almost unfishable on the pole, and unfortunately the international rules do not allow anglers to fish a feeder which would have been the main line of attack for all those taking part. However anglers drawn around the River Lark mouth found a few bream at least.

Top rod with an impressive 45lb 5oz net of bream was Tim Nash. He fished a massive 25 gram pole float and bagged 13 bream taken on worm and caster over groundbait laced with bloodworm and joker from nine pegs below the Lark outfall, the only area to produce any amount of fish. That extra water could well be a real bonus for the main event if the colour and flow stay.

Result: 1 T Nash, Browning Hotrods, 45lb 14oz; 2 T Scholey, Trentmen, 14lb 5oz; 3 B Bates, Sensas Mark One, 12lb 10oz; 4 A Palmer, Sensas Mark One, 4lb 5oz.

In the Wednesday Tydd Gote open fished on the North Level Drain at Clough local rod Len Shucksmith took the honours with a net of perch and skimmers taken on the quivertip and worm from peg 1 weighing in 6lb 12oz. Phil Parnell second 5lb 6oz, Mick Asker third 4lb 13oz.

Sunday’s club match saw Sammy McSpadden return to form with 8lb 9oz of roach to 6oz taken on the pole with pinkie. Parnell runner-up, 7lb 7oz, Colin Gibbons 6lb 4oz. The Wednesday Open will draw at 9am at Clough, fishing is 10am-3pm.

Runaway winner in the Fakenham AC match fished at Buttonhole Fishery was Kevin Nicholson, he drew peg 1 and fished sweetcorn on a straight lead approach for 61lb 4oz. Steve English fished similar tactics on peg 21 for 52lb 1oz, Marcus English 22lb 8oz.

A touch of wintery weather crept in through last week, the cold snap and a few frosts upset the fishing this week at Townsend Lakes. In the Saturday open match Ricky Young on peg 4 romped home with 43lb 1oz. After drawing the same peg as last week from which he came second he knew just what to do, starting off close in with a short pole line and castor taking 15lb of silver fish then went onto the long pole to find some better carp and skimmers.

Runner-up Colin Begbie could not find the carp so concentrated on the silvers on the pole feeding lightly with caster to record 17lb 11oz, followed by Steve Sharp 17lb 5oz.

This Sunday the open match will be on the Kingfisher Pool.