Strong winds and driving rain all day greeted anglers fishing the penultimate round of the very exciting East Midland Winter League, writes Ken Wade.
It was a must-win round for local lads Sensas Mark One as they had made a recovery in the previous round by winning it and other teams at the top faltering somewhat.
It was not to be. Despite one or two very good results the team as a whole could only manage fourth place on the day and the three teams above them look to be too far ahead and will themselves be contesting the two places up for grabs as to who goes through to the grand final.
It’s so disappointing for the Mark One lads as it would have been a final on home waters and that’s not going to happen again for a long time to come.
As to the match itself I think you will be hard pressed to find a better, more consistent, venue over 100 pegs than the Old Nene at March. Browning Hotrods’ star man Rob Wright made light work of the poor conditions, helped by a sheltered peg close to the town bridge.
He finished with a fine 26lb 15oz net of roach taken on bread punch and hemp seed. Runner-up was in-form Reece Hern, he drew close to the winner and again caught roach on bread, finishing with 20lb 5oz. March rod Alex Bates came third with 19lb 2oz.
On the team front Stanjay Tackle from Godmanchester did their prospects no harm at all by taking the round on section points from Maver Image, both on 27 points.
Browning Hotrods came in third and with three points to spare at the top of the leader board it’s all but over for the top spot and so it leaves Image and Stanjays to battle it out in the last round for the remaining place on the Old Nene at Benwick, Factory Bank and Raveley Drain.
Busy Tydd Gote Angling Club have two matches to report on from last week.
In the Wednesday open match on the in-form North Level drain at Clough Bridge John Taylor drew well and took full advantage of the prime draw, finishing with a fine 24lb net of roach, skimmers and perch taken on the pole with pinkie over groundbait and the perch falling to chopped worm. Runner-up fishing his first match on the venue was Mark Chester with 20lb 3oz, followed by Len Chucksmith with 14lb 6oz.
Sunday’s match saw the weights drop as you would expect in the poor conditions, Paul Bawden putting 9lb 7oz of roach and perch to the scales. Runner-up with 6lb 10oz was Dick Paul, then came Colin Eastwood on 2lb 8oz.
There was a very good line-up of anglers in the latest Townsend Lakes open match fished on the windswept Kingfisher Pool. What a pity the weather spoilt sport as anglers really struggled to present a bait.
Topping the field was newcomer to the fishery Simon Parker, he drew peg 4 and fished a small pellet feeder to the island for a winning 47lb 4oz. Runner-up with 27lb 10oz was Gary Mock fishing a maggot feeder, followed by Colin Begbie on a level 12lb.
The last match of the year for the Spratt’s angling club saw them on the Cedar Pool at Decoy Lakes. Even the mid week matches suffered from the poor weather conditions reflected in this result, too.
Topping the field with 57lb 15oz was Trevor Cousins, he drew peg 3 and caught on small soft pellet on a long pole line. Runner-up Peter Parlett fished cat meat closer in and caught carp to 6lb to finish with 48lb 7oz, then came Mick Raby on 45lb 2oz, feeder with red maggot.