Price takes prize at Halfpenny Toll

Huge Rudd taken from Glassmoor Bank Drain
Huge Rudd taken from Glassmoor Bank Drain

Round two of the King of the Fens series saw the Old Nene at Benwick produce a cracking match for those taking part.

Top rod from the Halfpenny Toll section was John Price, the Sensas Mark One rod put a fine 42lb 12oz to the scales. John fished a chopped worm and caster approach netting tench, bream, skimmers and eels.

Runner-up from the same section was Steve Milligan on 28lb 12oz followed by Steve Clarke with 26lb 7oz. On the team front it was Maver Image that stole the show with a fine 16 point score card, Browning Hotrods came in second with 21 points followed by local rods Sensas Mark One (BL). With two rounds gone Maver Image top the league on three points closely followed by Mark One on four points and Hotrods with five.

Tydd Gote

Is there anyone that can beat Dave Parlett right now? Judging by the latest set of results I very much doubt it, the only match he did not top the leader board in was last Sunday and that was because he did not fish it.

In the Tuesday match held on Blackdyke Dave topped the field with 6lb 11oz of skimmers and roach taken on the waggler with bronze maggot. Andy Spence can second with 5lb 7 ½ oz followed by Mark Lynn with 5lb 3oz.

In the Thursday match Dave put 10lb 11oz to the scales with Dick Paul second on 8lb 1oz and Mark Lynn third with 5lb 13oz.

Sunday’s club match gave the field a new winner in Paul Constable, he caught two good tench on the tip together with roach and skimmers for 19lb 7 ½ oz. Colin Gibbons had a level 15lb for second followed by Phil Parnell on 13lb 14oz.

Fixtures: Tuesday and Thursday evenings, draw at 5.30pm, at Blackdyke.

Sunday draw at 11am, fish 12-5 at Blackdyke.


In the Tuesday Evening Match Andy Carter took the top spot, he drew peg 1 and fished into the corner with meat to record 97lb. Runner-up was Les Barry, he fished the feeder with corn for 64lb 14oz followed by Richard Button with 59lb 10oz.

Top rod in the weekend Buttonhole Qualifier Match was in the in form Barry, he drew peg 6 and fished meat for a fine 128lb 4oz. Then came Barry Mason on 104lb 4oz followed by Norman Gilbert with 80lb 4oz. Fenland Rods

Cedar Pool on the Decoy Complex produced a cracking result at the weekend with six weights recorded over the 100lb mark. Top rod was Kev Lee, back in form after a slow start to the clubs 2012 campaign. He fished close in with meat to weigh in 185lb ½ oz. Then came Kevin Beavis with 141lb 10oz and Dave Simpson on 118lb 9oz. Next week the club are on the Snake Lake at Ely

Metal Box AC

In the match on the Snake Pool over at Headfen Fishery Tony Campion was out in front with 71lb 14oz of carp taken on a feeder with red maggot. Runner-up with 69lb 6oz was Richard Deller followed by Rodney Melnyk with 68lb 8oz.

In the latest open match result from Headfen Fishery Adam Playford topped the field with 150lb 10oz taken on a feeder and pole approach. Runner up was Dave Priestly on 115lb, third was Matt Ayers with 88lb 8oz.

Spratt’s AC

Some good weights were taken in the match fished on the large lake at Kingsland Fishery, Peter Spriggs taking the honours with a level 77lb. Peter took carp on the pole fished close in with paste. Runner up on a level 70lb was Bob Allan followed closely by Trevor Cousins on 69lb.

Fields End Water

The Fishery at Doddington hosted the latest Chivers AC match recently which saw Joel Scott topping the field with a level 65lb of carp taken on a feeder with sweetcorn. Zak Mappledorom came in second with 62lb14oz followed by Ray Sladden with 60lb 8oz.

Townsend Lakes Fishery

Fishery boss Colin Begbie continues to make the running, in the latest open match he topped the field with 71lb 6oz from the Kingfisher Pool, netting big carp down the edge. Runner up with 68lb 2oz was Steve Hillman followed by Harry Morgan on 42lb 12oz.

Manea Juniors had a match on the Cuckoo Canal Pool which saw some fine weights taken topped by Jordan Tweed with 86lb 14oz Runner-up was Tom Wayman with 59lb 11oz and Jacob Heaps with 47lb 2oz.

Chatteris WMC

There are still plenty of small fish to be had on our local fenland drains as the latest result shows. The club fished the Forty Foot Drain on the pump section which saw Steve Newell out in front with 5lb14oz, his catch included a decent tench. Runner up on 2lb 13oz was Mark Dunham followed by Tom Boswell with 1lb 5oz.

Next match: Sunday, draw 7.15am at The Pump.

A magnificent rudd has recently been taken from a fenland drain and if it was a genuine rudd could well have broken the British record set at 4lb 10oz. We may never know though, it was weighed in at 5lb 2oz, but after taking pictures it was returned safely to a fenland drain. The fish was caught by Adrian Cannon, but in the picture it’s 9-year-old Oliver Bottomley holding the fish.

The rudd was caught just upstream of Ponders Bridge with a single grain of sweetcorn on the hook. Big rudd are known to be in the area particularly on the Old Nene at March but nothing anywhere near this size of fish has ever been taken.