Sensas Mark One had a drop in form by their own high standards in the Division One National but at the weekend bounced back to the top with two very good performances, writes Ken Wade.
These will set them up nicely for the forthcoming Angling Trust Winter League and indeed their trip to France in a couple of weeks’ time to compete in a big Euro final.
The Wisbech-based side had to split up the squad so that they could fish two big events on Sunday. They came in third in a smaller than usual Eastern Region Shield Match on the River Yare in Norfolk. There may have been less teams but it was a very strong field so a good performance was needed to make the top five, third was very respectable. Over on the River Ouse at St Ives, a venue they know well, they ran out winners taking the HAJAC Teams of Four event. The river fished well despite the low and clear conditions, roach showed on most sections and there was always a few bleak to help anglers put a weight together.
Rob Hewison, John Price, Josh Pace and Pete Wills scored 14 points to just edge out Browning Hotrods on 15 and locals St Ives with 17. It was a good day for Paul Spriggs, he took the individual honours with 13lb 1oz of roach taken on the pole with maggot and also a few better samples with hemp seed. John Price came in second on 11lb 8oz, Ricky Young was third with 10lb 6oz followed by Amar Jawad on 8lb 6oz.
In the popular Saturday open match at Rookery Waters fished on the Magpie pool it was Tony Dawson once again taking the honours with 198lb 11oz. Drawn on peg 22 Tony fished both sweetcorn and maggot close in. Ben Townsend came in second, relying on a luncheon meat approach from peg 20 netting 123lb 4oz. In third place was Mark Fountain on 97lb 7oz, followed by John Millard with 94lb.
In the Wednesday over 60’s event top rod with 70lb 6oz from the Magpie pool was Jim Garretty, he fished paste close in to see off the challenge of runner-up Will Hadley on 63lb 2oz, then came Dave Lack and John Pratt, both with 60lb 2oz.
The Forty Foot drain has not produced any reasonable form for many weeks now and once again very few big fished showed in the latest Chatteris Workingmen’s Club match on the Pump section. Match winner Peter Cornwell did find a decent tench willing to feed and together with a few small fish topped the field with 5lb 4oz. John Roper came in second on 4lb 10oz followed by Steve Newell with 1lb 3oz.
It’s not just the Forty Foot that has shown no big fish form though, anglers fishing the North Level drain have also found it tough going for tench and bream. Thankfully there have been plenty of smaller samples to keep weights respectable. Top rod in the Tydd Gote Wednesday match was Len Shucksmith with 9lb 10oz, runner-up on 5lb 4oz was John Youngs, followed by Mick Asker, Pete Harrison and Andy Greenwood all with 4lb 7oz. On Sunday it was Paul Bowen taking a modest 4lb 6oz of small fish, followed closely by Colin Gibbons with 4lb 2oz. Andy Greenwood came third on 3lb 12oz.
Anglers should note that the draw for both the regular Wednesday and Sunday matches will now be at Clough Bridge Treatment Works.