Nationals may prove too costly

The Thursday Tydd Gote AC winner Dick Paul
The Thursday Tydd Gote AC winner Dick Paul
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If you have ever done any serious match fishing you will, I am sure, have found out it can be quite an expensive hobby.

At the top end that the likes of Sensas Mark One strive to achieve it pays not to count the cost too closely or I suspect many would give it up. At the weekend our local team fished the Division One National on the Bristol Avon and after a great deal of time and money putting in practice sessions they managed 19th place.

Not great by their own high standards but I applaud them for giving it a go on a water so far away from the fens.

The cost to them was getting to the point of being ridiculous and l fear if they continue to rise, nationals could soon be a thing of the past as more and more good teams drop out and start looking for more local matches to fish.

On a slightly brighter note, Browning Hotrods from Huntingdon took 9th place, a very creditable achievement and will now see them going through to the Preston Euro weekend.

Onto the local match fishing scene now and there was sure to be a lot of burnt bodies about after the weekend heat wave, plenty of suntan cream still didn’t stop some parts of me going very red, thank God I wore a fishing cap!

The hot and humid weather has played havoc with the weed problem on the Forty Foot Drain, it has hardly been fishable for a couple of weeks now and at the weekend Chatteris Workingmen’s Club angling section had to postpone their club match and in fact have now cancelled all matches on the venue until conditions improve.

Spratt’s AC

Trevor Cousins topped a strong field on the Elm Pool at Decoy Lakes, running out a clear winner from peg 16 with 108lb. Trevor fished close in with meat catching steadily all day netting carp to 4lb. Runner up was Peter Parlett, he fished a little further out, again on meat for 85lb followed by Bob Allan with 68lb.

Rose and Crown

The Rose and Crown Angling Club from Chatteris found the fish more than willing to feed in the hot sunny weather at Townsend Lakes. Fishing the Cuckoo Canal pool, Kevin Bridgement put a massive 161lb 1oz to the scales to take the honours. Drawn on peg 4 Kevin was kept busy all day taking a net of silvers and carp close in on sweetcorn and pellet. A few pegs away was Paul Hollingsworth, he relied on a hemp and corn approach to finish on 126lb 4oz, which was more than good enough for the runner-up spot. Then came Dave Beeken with 118lb 2oz, again fishing close in with corn and pellet.

Tydd Gote

Black Dyke continues to fish quite well for the regular club matches, in the Tuesday match it was the consistent Mark Lynn that took the honours with 6lb 4oz of roach and skimmers taken on the whip with pinkie. Andy Greenwood came in second, he put 5lb 5oz to the scales followed by Sammy McSpadden with 4lb 3 ½ oz.

There were some much improved catches in the Thursday evening club match, Dick Paul found a few bigger samples, including a tench and bream in his winning 10lb 6oz catch taken on the pole with worm. Dave Parlett second on a level 7lb, followed by Mark Lynn with 6lb 9oz.

As expected Sunday’s match weights were not so good, Colin Gibbons taking the honours with 160 small fish on the whip weighing in 7lb 2oz. in a tight finish Ray Groom came second on 7lb 1oz followed by Paul Constable with 6lb 14 ½ oz.

Fixtures are as usual for this coming week, the Tuesday and Thursday evening matches will draw at Black Dyke at 5pm, fishing is 5.30pm till 8.30pm.

Sunday: draw is at the Main Road at 11am, fish noon till 5pm.

Headfen Lakes

These have been in fine form recently so it was no surprise to see some really good weights taken by the Fenland Rods angling club in their latest match on the Snake pool. It turned out to be a head to head battle between two of the club’s most consistent anglers, Kev Lee and Tim Bates and they even drew next to each other.

Kev took the top spot thanks to a few better fish taken on meat late on, he weighed in a very respectable 165lb 4oz. Tim was with him all the way finishing on 162lb 8oz all taken on corn and pellet. In third place was John Smith with 133lb 10oz.

The club do not have a fixture over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The Saturday open match on Headfen was won by Jimmy Brooks, he drew peg 19 and took carp to 4lb in a fishery record breaking 213lb 12oz, all taken on red maggot.

In second place from peg 14 was Alan Newton, he caught 162lb 13oz followed by Adam Playford with138lb 2oz.

l Anglers from across the area decended on Buttonhole Fishery at the weekend to fish the two day event. Top rod with two section wins was Matt Ayes. he put a total of 125lb 6oz to the scales.

Runner-up was Martyn Freeman with three points and 190lb 12oz. It was close at the top though: also on three points was John Smalley but he lost out to Martyn on weight.