Round four of the Angling Trust East Midland Winter League fished on the Old Nene at Benwick and Factory Bank at Ramsey at long last saw the real Sensas Mark One team turn up, writes Ken Wade.
They topped a strong field with an excellent 23-point scorecard.
Let’s hope they have not left it too late to turn on the style as with just two rounds left they are still way behind Browning Hotrods who came a consistent second on the day and it looks as if they will need at least another match win to put them in with a chance of making it through to the grand final in February.
It turned out to be a very good day for the Sensas lads on the individual front too, as team man John Taylor topped the field from Factory Bank with a fine 17lb 7oz catch.
He was ably backed up by section wins from Rob Hewison, Alex Bates, Dave Tebbutt and Alan Lemmon. The practice match for the penultimate round is this Sunday on the Old Nene at March which should fish well after a good flush-through.
Result: 1 J Taylor, Sensas Mark One White, 17lb 9oz; 2 S Welford, Browning Hotrods, 15lb 5oz; 3 P Vasey, Maver Image, 15lb 3oz; 4 R Wright, Browning Hotrods, 14lb 14oz; 5 A Lemmon, Sensas Mark One White, 14lb 11oz 8dr.
Teams: 1 Sensas Mark One White, 23pts; 2 Browning Hotrods, 25; 3 Maver Image, 27; 4 Stanjay Gold, 29; 5 Stanjay Silver, 51; 6 Sensas Mark One Black, 53.
League: 1 Browning Hotrods, 6pts; 2 Maver Image, 10; jt 3 Stanjay Gold and Sensas Mark One White, both 12; jt 6 Stanjay Silver and Sensas Mark One Black, both 22.
On the local match scene Andy Adams got back to winning ways at Townsend Lakes putting a fine 153lb 2oz net of carp to the scales from the Cuckoo Canal pool fishing maggot down the middle in the deep water from peg 21.
Runner-up was Colin Begbie with 122lb 14oz, again taken on maggot fished on the long pole and margins. In third place with 109lb was Ricky James.
Rookery Waters qualifiers still seem to be attracting a good competitive field. In the last match fished in very difficult conditions Kev Shellie led the way from peg 38 on the Magpie Pool. He fished maggot on several lines netting carp and roach for a respectable 54lb 4oz. Runner-up was Tony McGregor with 48lb 2oz followed by Tony Watling senior on 45lb 8oz.
In the Wednesday Over 55’s match also fished on the Magpie Pool a late run on pellet over small pellet was enough for Huntingdon rod Will Hadley to take first place with 57lb 6oz. Roger Abbott came in second on 38lb 10oz followed by Roy Whincup with 37lb.
Spratts AC have a couple of matches left on their fixture card before they close down for this year, but they still seem to be finding plenty of fish on the Decoy complex thanks to the unusually mild conditions.
Topping the latest match fished on the Horseshoe pool was the in-form Martin Parker. Drawn on peg 10 he caught up in the water with pellet for 82lb 13oz. Runner-up was Mick Ramm; he put 52lb 5oz to the scales from peg six fishing the margins on meat. Mick Raby on peg 1 caught 51lb 7oz of carp fishing close in with a small feeder on meat.