Despite the huge amount of rain we had leading up to the last March open of the season on the Old Nene, the venue held up really well, writes Ken Wade.
When you also take into consideration the massive pressure put on the venue over the past month due to the big Angling Trust Winter League final, the water still fished very well.
Leading the way was March rod Gavin Wright. He drew the end peg down at the By-Pass and took full advantage of the good draw, going all out for tench on a long pole, chopped worm and caster approach.
It paid off handsomely as he romped to a fine victory, finishing with ten tench and a few perch for 29lb 9oz. At the very next peg was runner-up Steve Harwood. He put five tench to the scales fishing similar tactics for 15lb 3oz.
Another local rod Sammy McSpadden took third place. He had one tench topped up with perch and around 6lb of roach to put 14lb 8oz to the scales. John Taylor came fourth on 13lb 9oz, followed by Paul Constable with 12lb 10oz.
A week of varied wintry weather leading up to the latest Rookery Waters open match on the Magpie Pool had most anglers apprehensive as to how the lake was going to fish. There was no need to worry though, just a slight rise in temperature saw a cracking match take place. Booking his slot in the forthcoming two-day final was Kings Ripton based angler Dave Rawlings, who showed the field how to fish bread, dobbing around the pads and marginal reeds from peg 26. Dave ended the match with 53 carp for a very impressive 143lb 10oz winning return.
Runner-up was Ben Townsend who chopped and changed to keep the fish coming on corn tight to the bridge from peg 38 for 68lb 10oz, then came Whittlesey angler Simon Godfrey from peg 35. He caught in spells on the waggler with maggot to the sunken island and long pole to finish with 57lb 8oz. This week is the last qualifying match before the two-day final on the Easter weekend. There are just two spaces up for grabs, so booking is essential.
It was tough going for those fishing the Wednesday over 60’s open on the Magpie Pool, numbers were down too after heavy overnight rainfall put many anglers off. Top rod was Kevin Peacock from peg 22, he caught early and late in the match on a maggot feeder two feet from the far bank for 34lb 10oz. Pushing him close was corn expert John Belshaw from peg 18. He weighed in 32lb 12oz, followed by Tony Dawson on 32lb 10oz.
Townsend Lakes hosted a Pathway Angling session which saw some very talented young anglers put through their paces on a variety of methods. On hand to pass on advice was Joe Roberts and several of the area’s top local anglers. It was cold, wet and windy but a great day was had by all. Good to see a local water giving youngsters a helping hand and I know they all had a great time.