The first match of the winter series run on the Old Nene at March by Bob Fitzjohn saw numbers down as the match clashed with several local winter leagues, in particular the East Midland League.
Those that did fish saw the Old Nene in cracking form; this could well be the start of a really good winter series. Joe Harber took the top spot with a net of quality roach taken on hemp seed. The Match Pack squad man drew the West End Park section close to the town bridge and fished seed across to the boats, catching steadily all day to weigh in 24lb 12oz.
Result: 1 J Harber, Match Pack, 24lb 12oz; 2 D Mason, Bills Tackle, 16lb 11oz; 3 R Johnson, Stamford, 13lb 11oz; 4 A Wakelin, Preston Innovations, 13lb 8oz; 5 M Asker, Sensas Mark One, 11lb 13oz.
The East Midland Winter League fished on the River Cam produced a good match for most fishing, despite the river standing and very clear. Wisbech rod John Taylor, who drew peg 1 on the Pike and Eel section, topped the strong field. The Sensas Mark One rod caught good quality roach all day fishing bread punch at nine metres to finish with 18lb 8oz.
On the team front locals Browning Hotrods scored an emphatic victory with 27 points.
The win sees them top the league at the halfway stage by a point over Maver Bait Tech and our local lads Sensas Mark One.
Result: 1 J Taylor, Sensas Mark One, 18lb 8oz; 2 D Rowell, Garbolino Peterborough, 15lb 1 ½ oz; 3 R Whincup, FM Stanjay Gold, 11lb 5oz; 4 B Harding, Maver Bait Tech, 10lb 9oz; 5 R Young, Browning Hotrods, 9lb 9oz.
Teams: 1 Browning Hotrods, 27pts; 2 Sensas Mark One, 34 (weight advantage); 3 F Stanjay Gold, 34; 4 Maver Bait Tech, 35; 5 Garbolino Peterborough, 38.
League: 1 Browning Hotrods, 6pts; jt 2 Maver Bait Tech and Sensas Mark One, both 7; 4 FM Stanjay Gold, 10; 5 Garbolino Peterborough, 15.
Six Islands Lake on the Decoy complex produced a very close match for the anglers topped by Les Bedford. The club stalwart fished meat in the margins to record 57lb 5oz from peg 11.
Dave Simpson came second with 55lb 4oz taken on the pellet, followed by Kev Beavis who put 42lb 14 oz to the scales on sweetcorn. This weekend’s match is on the Yew Lake at Decoy.
Townsend Fishery boss Colin Begbie had the upper hand at his fishery on the Kingfisher Pool on Sunday. Drawn on peg 18, Colin fished the Method feeder to start with, changing later to the pole and pellet for 37lb 10oz.
Steve Sharpe came in second with 31lb 3oz followed by Derrick Upson on a level 30lb.
The open match on Saturday will be on the Kingfisher Lake, with Sunday’s open on the Woodpecker Pool. There will also be a junior match on Saturday, call the fishery for full details.
Fields End Water fished well for the FRED Match Group, Peter Lusher coming in first with 41lb 5oz fishing with chopped worm and caster on peg 3. Runner-up was Richard Ayres with 34lb 3oz, followed by Brian Chapman on 27lb 8oz.
John Smith kept his good run of form going with a match win fished on the Willow Pool at Decoy. John drew peg 15 and took a net of fish from the margins on meat for a level 38lb. Bryan Lakey came in second with 35lb followed by Trevor Cousins on 24lb 8oz.
Metal Box AC were another local club to fish their latest match on the Decoy complex. The winner on the Six Island Pool with a good weight of 54lb 14oz was Roger Archer.
Roger fished a short pole line with maggot and pellet hook baits. In the runner-up berth with 50lb was Shaun Buddle, Lewis Parry coming third on 47lb 7oz.
A decent turnout of anglers for the first Friday Winter Open on Magpie Lake at Pidley and on a glorious autumn day the lake responded well with a lowest weight of 26lb 8oz.
Plenty of small carp and barbel showed although the larger carp were not as active. Top rod was Roger Abbott on peg 10 weighing in 62lb 12oz on maggot and meat. Roger Gowler came second on 55lb 10oz followed by Chris Saunders on 51lb.
The North Level Drain produced a couple of decent results. In the Wednesday match at Clough Bridge Mark Lynn came first with a level 6lb taken on the pole with pinkie.
Runner-up was Dave Sippitts with 5lb 7oz followed by Andy Greenwood with 4lb 14oz.
Sunday’s match held at Clough saw Ray Groome out in front on 8lb 5oz. Dave Parlett came second on 7lb 8 ½ oz, followed by Colin Gibbons on 6lb 7 ½ oz.
The club’s Wednesday and Sunday matches will now draw at Clough at 9am, fishing will be 10am-3pm.
l Chatteris Working Men’s Club angling section have announced they will be running their Winter League once again at Horseway. The first match is on Sunday. Draw 8am, Fish 9am-2pm.